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Tyler Colvin LF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
11 1315 .239 .287 .446 98 4.0
Birth Date9-5-1985
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age33 years, 3 months, 11 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2009 CHN 23 6 20 3 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 .176 .250 .176 79 -0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1
2010 CHN 24 135 394 91 18 5 20 30 100 3 6 1 .254 .316 .500 113 8.3 1.2 -4.2 1.4
2011 CHN 25 80 222 31 8 3 6 14 58 0 0 0 .150 .204 .306 70 -6.7 1.2 4.0 0.3
2012 COL 26 136 452 122 27 10 18 21 117 2 7 3 .291 .327 .531 114 9.9 1.2 0.7 2.2
2013 COL 27 27 78 12 0 0 3 3 27 0 0 0 .160 .192 .280 68 -2.5 0.6 -1.1 -0.1
2014 SFN 28 57 149 31 10 3 2 8 45 1 1 0 .223 .268 .381 69 -4.5 1.7 0.3 0.1
Career4411315290632149783526144.239.287.446984.06.20.04.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 BOI A- 64 288 .255 .330 .373 .302 110 11.2 8.0 -1.3 124 1 9.3 0.4 8.7 2.7
2007 DAY A+ 63 262 .262 .327 .382 .356 100 15.8 8.1 0.6 110 2 3.7 1.5 4.1 1.7
2007 TEN AA 62 257 .257 .330 .397 .341 102 0.9 8.1 -0.4 100 1 1.8 1.0 1.2 1.2
2008 TEN AA 137 602 .260 .339 .392 .288 112 -6.7 17.8 -2.2 97 1 3.4 4.9 0.8 2.5
2009 CHN MLB 6 20 .274 .352 .442 .231 99 -1.6 0.6 0.1 79 19 0.2 0.3 -0.4 0.1
2009 DAY A+ 32 129 .247 .325 .348 .321 101 -2.4 3.7 -1.7 95 2 1.4 2.1 -0.5 0.5
2009 TEN AA 84 330 .255 .331 .384 .325 94 13.9 10.2 -3.4 118 2 -4.8 -0.1 10.5 1.3
2010 CHN MLB 135 394 .257 .323 .403 .296 98 9.8 10.9 -2.6 113 16 -4.2 1.2 8.3 1.4
2011 CHN MLB 80 222 .256 .319 .400 .175 100 -16.3 6.0 -1.6 70 12 4.0 1.2 -6.7 0.3
2011 IOW AAA 50 212 .288 .354 .456 .313 103 -6.3 6.6 -1.6 80 2 1.7 -0.5 -4.3 0.2
2012 COL MLB 136 452 .253 .315 .403 .364 118 3.2 12.2 -3.1 114 15 0.7 1.2 9.9 2.2
2013 COL MLB 27 78 .258 .311 .400 .200 115 -6.8 2.1 -0.1 68 17 -1.1 0.6 -2.5 -0.1
2013 CSP AAA 67 272 .278 .348 .433 .340 115 5.6 7.7 -1.4 125 2 -3.3 0.2 9.4 1.3
2014 SFN MLB 57 149 .257 .318 .386 .312 98 -2.8 3.8 -0.7 69 23 0.3 1.7 -4.5 0.1
2014 FRE AAA 50 176 .279 .348 .442 .294 95 -10.7 5.3 -1.8 67 2 3.7 1.4 -5.2 0.3
2015 CHR AAA 88 323 .250 .317 .365 .310 109 -17.4 9.0 -3.7 74 1 -3.5 -1.0 -9.2 -0.9
2018 TUL AA 15 47 .248 .325 .386 .367 109 -0.1 1.3 -0.7 91 4 1.7 0.5 -0.4 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 BOI A- 288 265 50 71 12 6 11 128 53 17 55 12 5 .268 .317 .483 .215 0 0
2007 TEN AA 257 247 34 72 11 2 9 114 31 5 54 7 1 .291 .313 .462 .170 1 1
2007 DAY A+ 262 245 38 75 24 3 7 126 50 10 47 10 4 .306 .341 .514 .208 0 0
2008 TEN AA 602 540 68 138 27 11 14 229 80 44 101 7 4 .256 .314 .424 .169 5 5
2009 TEN AA 330 307 51 92 13 7 14 161 50 16 57 5 1 .300 .332 .524 .225 4 4
2009 DAY A+ 129 112 18 28 5 2 1 40 10 13 27 3 1 .250 .333 .357 .107 0 0
2009 CHN MLB 20 17 1 3 0 0 0 3 2 2 5 0 0 .176 .250 .176 .000 1 0
2010 CHN MLB 394 358 60 91 18 5 20 179 56 30 100 6 1 .254 .316 .500 .246 2 1
2011 CHN MLB 222 206 17 31 8 3 6 63 20 14 58 0 0 .150 .204 .306 .155 1 1
2011 IOW AAA 212 203 32 52 12 6 7 97 32 5 55 1 1 .256 .270 .478 .222 3 1
2012 COL MLB 452 420 62 122 27 10 18 223 72 21 117 7 3 .291 .327 .531 .240 1 2
2013 CSP AAA 272 229 47 63 8 6 9 110 32 36 62 6 3 .275 .377 .480 .205 1 1
2013 COL MLB 78 75 8 12 0 0 3 21 10 3 27 0 0 .160 .192 .280 .120 0 0
2014 FRE AAA 176 163 21 37 9 2 2 56 18 11 43 1 0 .227 .278 .344 .117 1
2014 SFN MLB 149 139 16 31 10 3 2 53 18 8 45 1 0 .223 .268 .381 .158 1
2015 CHR AAA 323 305 27 69 15 3 4 102 25 15 92 0 1 .226 .264 .334 .108 1 1
2018 TUL AA 47 42 7 12 2 0 1 17 5 4 12 0 0 .286 .340 .405 .119 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 79 0.3544 0.5696 0.7556 0.6786 0.5098 0.9474 0.6154 0.2444 -0.0010
2010 1428 0.4559 0.5112 0.7000 0.6820 0.3681 0.8311 0.4965 0.3000 -0.0055
2011 810 0.4815 0.5370 0.7379 0.7077 0.3786 0.8442 0.5535 0.2621 0.0036
2012 1683 0.4641 0.5092 0.7048 0.6735 0.3670 0.7852 0.5770 0.2952 -0.0025
2013 316 0.4715 0.4873 0.7078 0.6711 0.3234 0.7600 0.6111 0.2922 -0.0026
2014 551 0.4791 0.4809 0.6679 0.6553 0.3206 0.7977 0.4239 0.3321 -0.0019
Career48670.46500.51080.70570.67960.36350.81090.53500.2943-0.0023

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-09-29 2012-09-30 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Soreness - -
2010-09-20 2010-10-04 15-DL 14 13 Left Chest Collapsed Lung Pneumothorax From Bat Laceration -
2010-09-13 2010-09-13 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2009-05-10 2009-05-19 Minors 9 0 Head Concussion Moderate -
2008-10-26 2008-10-26 WIN 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-10-26
2008-02-24 2008-02-27 Camp 3 0 Left Elbow Tightness -
2007-03-04 2007-03-13 Camp 9 0 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CHA $
2014 SFN $
2013 COL $
2012 COL $481,000
2011 CHN $440,000
2010 CHN $401,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,322,000
3 yrTotal$1,322,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 85 dISE Baseball1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/20/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 2017. Did not play.
  • 2016. Long Island of independent Atlantic League.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Miami as a free agent 1/5/15 (minor-league contract). Released by Miami 4/3/15. Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 5/3/15 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by San Francisco 2/22/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May opt out of contracts 3/31/14 or 6/1/14 if not on 25-man roster. Contract selected by San Francisco 5/10/14. DFA by San Francisco 8/1/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/7/14. Refused assignment 10/4/14.
  • 1 year/$2.275M (2013). Re-signed by Colorado 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$0.481M (2012). Signed by Colorado 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.44M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/11. Acquired by Colorado in trade from Chicago Cubs 12/8/11.
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2010). Re-signed 2/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased 9/21/09.
  • Drafted 2006 (1-13). $1.475M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 Injuries are a part of the game, and thus so is Tyler Colvin, who can park one on occasion while filling in at left, right or first.
2014 Can you say Quad-A? Tyler Colvin looked like a major-leaguer in the Pacific Coast League, which is not a major league.
2013 The good news is that Colvin, acquired from the Cubs in December 2011 for fellow disappointment Ian Stewart, hit more line drives and returned to his rookie level of offensive production. The bad news is that his plate discipline has gone from bad to worse. Once pitchers figure out that they don't have to throw Colvin strikes, he'll scuffle again. In fact, it may have started to happen. Last season, his ISO dropped from .321 in the first half to .176 in the second. Small samples or not, those are troubling trends. Primarily a right fielder, Colvin also saw action in center field and at first base last year.
2012 Colvin's isolated power in 2010 was higher than all but 11 of the qualifying batters in the major leagues. He lost a lot of that tremendous power in 2011, but the problem was deeper—he lost some of the gains he'd made in plate discipline, and he wasn't centering up the ball at all, leading to a lot of weakly hit balls and thus easy outs. Colvin didn't even regroup as hoped in Triple-A. Still, a fly-ball hitter who plays half his games at Coors Field always has a chance. He'll be in the mix for at-bats at all three outfield spots as well as first base.
2011 Is Colvin baseball's answer to the fish taco? In his way, he's an interesting collection of unlikely elements that make for a surprising treat in concert. He's too athletic to be a mere slug, providing good speed on the bases and a fly-ball stroke that limits GIDPs, the arm for right if not the range for center, and less patience than you'd like but more than he used to have. Whether he's an interesting oddity or a burgeoning star will depend on his ability to keep delivering homers at a steep clip; his home run/fly ball rate was up in the same stratosphere as guys named Pujols, Konerko, and Papi. If he can do that and play a great right field, he'll deserve an everyday gig, even while exacerbating the team's OBP problem. The near tragedy of his being speared by the barrel of Welington Castillo's shattered maple bat shouldn't be an issue for him in camp.
2010 Colvin’s second pass through the Southern League was a mixed bag. Half-full thinkers will see the increased slugging percentage and note that the former first-round pick finally developed the home run power his size and swing have long suggested, while the half-empty set will retort that Colvin’s move from center to right may have upped the offensive ante beyond what he can be expected to produce. Colvin’s walk rate and power production remain inversely proportional, and the product of that unique formula is more likely to be a bench player than a starting corner outfielder.
2009 A toolsy maybe, Colvin made big strides in the second half when he learned to start ripping the pitches he could hit instead of waiting for a walk to just happen. Pitch identification is an issue, but at some point it's going to boil down to what he can do opposed to trying to make him do what he can't. Poor instincts might keep him out of center, and while he has the arm for right, he'll need to hit a lot better than his slugging over .500 after the Southern League's all-star break, as promising as that was in his age-23 season. In short, he's still shy of a finished product, and will need to build on a good second half to deliver as something more than just an extra outfielder.
2008 At this stage of his development, Colvin has a couple of significant holes in his swing; any time your strikeout-to-walk ratio looks like Tom Brady's touchdown-to-interception ratio, that's bad news. While the power and speed tools are there, they're not off the charts. Colvin's upside is a .280/.320/.500-type of hitter; that's valuable in center field, but less so in an outfield corner, so his defensive progress is the key. Although our translations suggest Colvin took quite well to center last year, the scouting reports were mixed.
2007 The Cubs` first-round pick in 2006 had a lackluster pro debut, but the predictive power of a player`s first exposure to wooden bats is exceptionally low. He`s more toolsy and less polished than your typical collegiate first-rounder; then again, most scouts thought he was more of a third-round pick than a first. He`s seen as above average in the traditional five tools, but his plate discipline last year was dismal.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)What players to you see suffering a big regression. What players do you think surprise this year?
(Jason from Philadelphia )
Torii Hunter seems like an obvious regression candidate. The BABIP was extreme and the power and speed are dwindling as he moves into his later 30s. Chris Davis is kind of a one-trick pony and if the power slips even a little his value takes a serious hit. I don't see another 30+ bombs for Davis this year. As far as surprises go, I think Ike Davis shakes off the rust of his Valley Fever and becomes a serious 40 home run threat. Tyler Colvin is a player I really like to find a way into playing time and hit 20 home runs (assuming, of course, he gets to play). (Mike Gianella)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tyler Colvin in Denver or Ian Stewart in Chicago, who has a better 2012?
(Chuck Norris' Right Fist from Choose or Die)
Ugh. Uuuuugh. Stewart. (Sam Miller)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Tyler Colvin? He is a very controversial player amongst Cub fans.
(Matt from Chicago)
I think he can be a useful piece, but I wouldn't overexpose him as an every day player. He's never going to have a high OBP, he's always going to strike out a lot, but power is power, especially from the left side. If I'm the Cubs, I carry him as a 4th outfielder (remember, Soriano, Byrd, and Fukudome are all 32 or older) and bench bat, and then also carry a 5th guy who's righty and can play defense, like a Reed Johnson type. (Mike Petriello)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Happy New Year KG. I know there's no love for Tyler Colvin as a future star, but 2nd division starter seems a bit low too. Is there any wiggle room there?
(strupp from Madison)
Not for me. No clue how he's a first-division starter at 1B or a corner OF. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do scouts around the league view Tyler Colvin as a viable , everyday player or more of a 4th OF?
(Matt from Chicago)
At the beginning of the year, strictly a fourth outfield. Now, opinion is more evenly split. (John Perrotto)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance that Tyler Colvin can get his OBP in the .330-.340 range? I like the pop but he seems hopeless against decent breaking stuff.
(Matt from Chicago)
His minor league walk rates were never that high, and I don't usually see players develop patience at the major league level. I'd say .330 would be his 80th percentile in a perfect world, but that we're looking at a .280/.315/.460 hitter worth keeping around pre-arbitration, but not after that. (Eric Seidman)
2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)After mining the relevant data, is there anything that tells you that Tyler Colvin can settle in as a .280/.340/.840 type if player? His K rate can't stay this high, can it?
(Matt from Chicago)
I relayed this question to resident Cubs fan and data miner Colin Wyers. I'll let his answer stand on its own: "Colvin exists to punish me for every time I've laughed at Jeff Francoeur." (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Tyler Colvin? His power has been impressive, but he seems a little out of place leading off. Have you talked with KG recently about what his ceiling might be given this year's performance? He seems like more of a 5-hitter than a leadoff guy to me....Thanks!
(mschroeder14 from wi)
That's kind of my hope, with DeWitt added to the team, is that they slot him up front and move Colvin lower down again. But let's face it, as much of an interesting tools guy with potentially high upside as he might have, I find it hard to believe that Colvin is going to get homers on 18 percent of his fly balls forever. Cut that down several pegs, and you've got a guy a lot like a young Jacque Jones (with a better arm). Playable in a corner for several seasons, up until he gets expensive. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has anything youve seen from Tyler Colvin, thus far, changed your statistical outlook on him for this season or for his career, going forward?
(Matt from Chicago)
Not especially. It is hard to seem him continuing to hit .375 with isolated power of .519 on balls in play, even if he's played for a full-time platoon advantage. He's still within his first 100 PA, and major league pitchers often seem to go through an extended "show me you can this" phase before developing a more detailed book. If he can through May with numbers like this I'll start to believe there's a real component to the changes. (Clay Davenport)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)the chicago media is gaga over Tyler Colvin, mostly because he's not Milton Bradley. What is his upside? What do you think about his prospects?
(spf from ill.)
Remember back in the day when Todd Hollandsworth got hot and that certain subsection of Cubs folks (you know the type) got all worked up and wanted him to play more and then when he did, it wasn't so good? It's like that. Colvin is going to have a big league career, but he'll have for more time as a bench outfielder than a starter. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What can we read into Tyler Colvin's ridiculous August (.379/.425/.689) and good season (.300/.334/.524)? Still MLB starter potential? 4th OF/bench bat?
(Mark from Sacramento)
Stock is certainly back up, but I have problems seeing him as a every day guy in a corner. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the biggest 1st round blunder you've seen a team make in the past few years Tyler Colvin seems like a good candidate. And don't give up on the Jonas brothers just yet, Alec Baldwin joined the group and...never mind they just kicked him out.
(carl from airport)
uh, Matt Bush?

Back in the day, I had a theory that Hanson would, like 20 years after mmm-bop release some kind of sprawling masterpiece, because they were actually musicians -- That might be true about the Jonas brothers as well. They play instruments, they're living a life that could lead to some strangeness down the road. I wouldn't be shocked. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you view Tyler Colvin after the subpar 2008 season?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
He's another tough one because he did have a real good second half and showed an improved approach. I wasn't a huge fan even coming into the year because he's fringy in center and doesn't have the power for a corner -- bad combo. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageCubs take Brett Jackson from Cal, who seemed to be in the mix for every team in the 20s. He's either a star or the next Tyler Colvin. That's really the range here as a risk/upside college guy. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageThis reminds me what the Cubs did a few years ago when they drafted Tyler Colvin with the intention of spending money on Jeff Samardzija later in the draft. We hear the Pirates will be busy in the Dominican and in later rounds, but it's certainly weird to see Sanchez' name in the top five. Not more than a couple days ago, Kevin and I agreed that Jason Castro was a better prospect one year ago. And we know what we all thought about that Castro pick then. (Bryan Smith)
 

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