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2018 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .245 6 27 28 3 .246 0.5
Birth Date6-18-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age33 years, 1 months, 0 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
3.22014
2.52015
-0.72016
-0.12017
0.52018
+proj
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 FLO 24 128 565 504 84 162 31 6 9 232 53 77 4 1 3 47 8 5 .321 .390 .460 .299 36.1 -5.4 3.1
2010 FLO 25 91 400 358 60 96 20 3 5 137 33 84 4 2 3 28 10 3 .268 .335 .383 .274 18.3 -1.6 1.8
2011 FLO 26 65 298 269 33 62 20 1 5 99 22 49 4 2 1 22 7 6 .230 .296 .368 .248 3.0 1.3 0.5
2012 MIA 27 39 105 93 10 13 1 0 1 17 9 12 0 2 1 10 0 2 .140 .212 .183 .156 -7.5 -2.1 -1.0
2013 MIA 28 70 214 195 10 50 10 3 1 69 17 43 1 1 0 10 2 0 .256 .318 .354 .263 5.7 2.3 0.9
2014 CHN 29 125 432 385 50 109 28 5 9 174 39 81 3 2 41 7 4 .283 .352 .452 .292 23.8 4.9 3.2
2015 CHN 30 148 503 440 64 110 25 6 16 195 58 94 3 1 1 41 11 2 .250 .341 .443 .279 21.4 2.0 2.5
2016 CHN 31 48 128 103 21 26 7 2 1 40 22 26 2 1 0 16 1 0 .252 .391 .388 .295 7.0 1.0 0.8
2016 OAK 31 51 172 158 14 23 5 0 5 43 13 47 1 0 0 14 1 1 .146 .215 .272 .167 -11.1 -3.4 -1.5
2017 TOR 32 36 88 75 7 15 2 0 1 20 9 22 2 1 1 5 0 0 .200 .299 .267 .210 -1.6 0.3 -0.1
Career80129052580353666149265310262755352413102344723.258.334.398.26795.1-0.710.0

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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 JAM A- 28 111 .287 .239 .308 .335 .253 .326 113 2.5 2.5 0 3.7 2.0 7.1 1.2 7.1 1.2
2006 MRL Rk 2 7 .461 .272 .371 .367 .302 .333 82 0.9 0.1 0 -0.7 -0.8 0.2 -0.1 0.2 -0.1
2007 GRB A 81 360 .309 .266 .344 .405 .264 .353 118 19 10.7 -0.7 -1.5 -0.6 28.4 2.7 28.4 2.7
2007 JUP A+ 34 148 .223 .265 .334 .395 .262 .220 95 -6.3 4.6 -0.4 3.5 1.6 -0.4 0.3 -0.4 0.3
2008 CAR AA 132 565 .274 .264 .344 .397 .254 .332 107 9.4 17.5 -0.7 -1.8 2.6 28.7 2.7 28.7 2.7
2009 FLO MLB 128 565 .299 .261 .328 .418 .263 .365 97 23.4 16.3 -3.8 -5.4 0.2 36.1 3.1 36.1 3.1
2009 NWO AAA 25 110 .372 .260 .329 .387 .275 .361 83 13.3 3.2 0.1 -3.0 1.7 18.2 1.5 18.2 1.5
2010 FLO MLB 91 400 .274 .257 .321 .403 .265 .336 94 5.6 11.0 -2.6 -1.6 4.3 18.3 1.8 18.3 1.8
2011 FLO MLB 65 298 .248 .255 .313 .393 .259 .263 93 -3.5 8.0 0.7 1.3 -2.3 3.0 0.5 3.0 0.5
2011 JUP A+ 10 41 .316 .265 .325 .384 .251 .387 88 2.6 1.2 -0.1 -1.4 0.1 3.8 0.2 3.8 0.2
2011 JAX AA 5 23 .246 .249 .334 .370 .255 .222 87 -0.4 0.7 0 -0.8 0.5 0.8 -0.0 0.8 -0.0
2011 NWO AAA 15 68 .260 .288 .350 .431 .269 .240 93 0 2.1 0.1 2.2 1.4 3.5 0.5 3.5 0.5
2012 MIA MLB 39 105 .156 .251 .314 .393 .258 .146 93 -10.8 2.9 -0.3 -2.1 0.7 -7.5 -1.0 -7.5 -1.0
2012 NWO AAA 84 368 .300 .280 .345 .442 .275 .309 93 16.6 10.9 -3 2.8 0.2 24.7 2.7 24.7 2.7
2012 AGU Wnt 24 104 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .246 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 MIA MLB 70 214 .263 .251 .310 .393 .257 .322 95 0.6 5.6 -0.4 2.3 -0.1 5.7 0.9 5.7 0.9
2013 JUP A+ 9 28 .165 .245 .314 .345 .246 .238 94 -2.9 0.8 -0.1 -0.9 0.4 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
2013 NWO AAA 3 14 .530 .270 .344 .388 .273 .455 79 4.1 0.4 0.1 -0.2 -1.2 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3
2014 CHN MLB 125 432 .292 .246 .307 .375 .256 .337 99 12.8 11.1 -2.6 4.9 2.4 23.8 3.2 23.8 3.2
2014 IOW AAA 24 88 .267 .267 .336 .403 .267 .321 94 0.7 2.6 -1.1 -1.0 0.5 2.7 0.2 2.7 0.2
2015 CHN MLB 148 503 .279 .260 .321 .410 .266 .284 98 9.5 13.6 -3.1 2.0 1.4 21.4 2.5 21.4 2.5
2016 CHN MLB 48 128 .295 .250 .320 .406 .266 .325 91 4.6 3.6 -0.9 1.0 -0.2 7.0 0.8 7.0 0.8
2016 OAK MLB 51 172 .167 .258 .320 .423 .257 .170 99 -16.3 4.9 -0.4 -3.4 0.7 -11.1 -1.5 -11.1 -1.5
2016 TEN AA 5 21 .464 .249 .334 .368 .269 .533 104 4.3 0.6 -0.2 -0.5 -0.6 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2016 IOW AAA 5 17 .446 .263 .308 .416 .262 .533 86 3.3 0.5 -0.2 0.5 0.2 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2017 TOR MLB 36 88 .210 .245 .316 .418 .259 .264 101 -4.6 2.6 0 0.3 0.4 -1.6 -0.1 -1.6 -0.1
2017 DUN A+ 4 13 .411 .275 .342 .388 .263 .500 112 2 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2017 BUF AAA 7 28 .271 .244 .294 .356 .237 .250 91 0.4 0.8 -0.1 0.4 -0.7 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
2018 IOW AAA 12 47 .182 .264 .309 .397 .266 .185 82 -4 1.4 -0.7 -0.5 0.4 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
2018 CUB Rk 8 36 .401 .248 .330 .362 .261 .391 84 6.4 1.2 -0.4 0.6 0.2 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 JAM A- 111 14 28 5 1 0 12 13 9 5 2 .298 .380 .372 .074 .287 7.1 3.7 1.2
2006 MRL Rk 7 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .000 .461 0.2 -0.7 -0.1
2007 GRB A 360 60 99 26 4 10 64 47 43 19 4 .325 .423 .534 .210 .309 28.4 -1.5 2.7
2007 JUP A+ 148 17 26 5 3 2 18 15 19 5 1 .200 .283 .331 .131 .223 -0.4 3.5 0.3
2008 CAR AA 565 83 144 32 5 7 74 67 65 34 10 .298 .395 .429 .130 .274 28.7 -1.8 2.7
2009 NWO AAA 110 21 33 9 1 3 22 12 10 9 1 .344 .422 .552 .208 .372 18.2 -3.0 1.5
2009 FLO MLB 565 84 162 31 6 9 47 53 77 8 5 .321 .390 .460 .139 .299 36.1 -5.4 3.1
2010 FLO MLB 400 60 96 20 3 5 28 33 84 10 3 .268 .335 .383 .115 .274 18.3 -1.6 1.8
2011 JAX AA 23 3 4 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 .211 .348 .263 .053 .246 0.8 -0.8 -0.0
2011 NWO AAA 68 11 13 4 0 1 7 8 5 3 1 .245 .358 .377 .132 .260 3.5 2.2 0.5
2011 JUP A+ 41 4 12 1 0 0 2 5 5 1 1 .343 .415 .371 .029 .316 3.8 -1.4 0.2
2011 FLO MLB 298 33 62 20 1 5 22 22 49 7 6 .230 .296 .368 .138 .248 3.0 1.3 0.5
2012 MIA MLB 105 10 13 1 0 1 10 9 12 0 2 .140 .212 .183 .043 .156 -7.5 -2.1 -1.0
2012 AGU Wnt 104 15 19 5 2 4 14 10 26 1 0 .213 .294 .449 .236 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 NWO AAA 368 42 90 21 3 7 31 46 44 10 2 .284 .375 .435 .151 .300 24.7 2.8 2.7
2013 MIA MLB 214 10 50 10 3 1 10 17 43 2 0 .256 .318 .354 .097 .263 5.7 2.3 0.9
2013 NWO AAA 14 1 6 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 1 .500 .571 .833 .333 .530 3.3 -0.2 0.3
2013 JUP A+ 28 1 5 0 1 0 2 1 6 0 0 .185 .214 .259 .074 .165 -1.8 -0.9 -0.3
2014 CHN MLB 432 50 109 28 5 9 41 39 81 7 4 .283 .352 .452 .169 .292 23.8 4.9 3.2
2014 IOW AAA 88 9 17 5 0 0 6 13 18 6 1 .243 .379 .314 .071 .267 2.7 -1.0 0.2
2015 CHN MLB 503 64 110 25 6 16 41 58 94 11 2 .250 .341 .443 .193 .279 21.4 2.0 2.5
2016 IOW AAA 17 3 8 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .471 .471 .647 .176 .446 3.8 0.5 0.4
2016 TEN AA 21 3 8 4 0 0 6 5 1 0 0 .500 .619 .750 .250 .464 4.1 -0.5 0.4
2016 OAK MLB 172 14 23 5 0 5 14 13 47 1 1 .146 .215 .272 .127 .167 -11.1 -3.4 -1.5
2016 CHN MLB 128 21 26 7 2 1 16 22 26 1 0 .252 .391 .388 .136 .295 7.0 1.0 0.8
2017 TOR MLB 88 7 15 2 0 1 5 9 22 0 0 .200 .299 .267 .067 .210 -1.6 0.3 -0.1
2017 BUF AAA 28 2 5 2 0 0 4 5 3 0 2 .217 .357 .304 .087 .271 0.4 0.4 0.1
2017 DUN A+ 13 2 6 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .500 .538 .750 .250 .411 2.0 -0.1 0.2
2018 IOW AAA 47 5 6 1 0 1 1 5 13 0 0 .146 .255 .244 .098 .182 -2.9 -0.5 -0.3
2018 CUB Rk 36 7 10 2 1 1 4 7 5 1 0 .345 .472 .586 .241 .401 7.3 0.6 0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2009 2223 0.5110 0.4058 0.8282 0.5555 0.2493 0.8970 0.6679 0.1718 1076 -0.010551
2010 1594 0.4994 0.4235 0.7985 0.5641 0.2832 0.8575 0.6814 0.2015 748 0.000143
2011 1096 0.4772 0.4443 0.8131 0.5985 0.3037 0.8978 0.6609 0.1869 500 -0.003350
2012 414 0.5193 0.4058 0.8571 0.5349 0.2663 0.8957 0.7736 0.1429 211 -0.001262
2013 789 0.5006 0.4221 0.7598 0.5949 0.2487 0.8213 0.6122 0.2402 377 -0.004438
2014 1657 0.4900 0.4490 0.8065 0.6429 0.2627 0.8870 0.6171 0.1935 730 -0.001632
2015 1989 0.4937 0.4369 0.8032 0.6415 0.2373 0.8778 0.6067 0.1968 920 0.002561
2016 1177 0.4724 0.4350 0.7461 0.6223 0.2673 0.8295 0.5723 0.2539 0 0.000000
2017 354 0.5028 0.4661 0.8000 0.6573 0.2727 0.8718 0.6250 0.2000 0 0.000000
Career112930.49530.42990.80180.6010.26240.87350.63960.1982669.1364-0.0025

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
2014-08-18 2014-08-19 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Soreness -
2013-06-09 2013-09-01 15-DL 84 73 Right Low Back Strain - -
2013-06-05 2013-06-08 DTD 3 1 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2012-03-10 2012-03-12 Camp 2 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2011-07-29 2011-07-29 On-Alr 0 0 Left Elbow Hyperextension - -
2011-06-17 2011-08-19 15-DL 63 55 Left Knee Inflammation -
2011-04-28 2011-04-30 DTD 2 1 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2011-03-17 2011-03-25 Camp 8 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2011-03-08 2011-03-10 Camp 2 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2010-07-26 2010-10-04 60-DL 70 64 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2010-08-11
2010-07-18 2010-07-21 DTD 3 3 Low Back Strain -
2009-09-07 2009-09-08 DTD 1 0 Ankle Sprain -
2007-08-23 2007-09-09 Minors 17 0 - General Medical Hernia - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 TOR $
2016 OAK $4,800,000
2015 CHN $2,505,000
2014 CHN $
2013 MIA $503,500
2012 MIA $500,000
2011 FLO $490,000
2010 FLO $475,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$9,273,500
6 yrTotal$9,273,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 148 dBoras Corp.1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 2/3/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $3M in majors. May earn additional $1M in performance bonuses. Released by Philadelphia 3/28/17. Signed by Toronto 4/1/17 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Toronto 4/14/17. DFA, released by Toronto 8/12/17.
  • 1 year/$4.8M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Chicago Cubs 2/25/16. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Oakland 6/9/16.
  • 1 year/$2.505M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 5/3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5035M (2013). Re-signed by Miami 3/13. Non-tendered by Miami 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Renewed by Miami 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2011). Re-signed by Florida 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.475M (2010). Re-signed by Florida 3/2/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Florida 5/8/09.
  • Drafted by Florida 2006 (1s-36) (Mississippi). $0.95M 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
90o 311 40 77 18 2 9 38 39 61 5 2 .288 .384 .472 .287 17.4 3B -2, LF 0 1.7
80o 290 36 69 16 2 8 34 34 58 4 2 .275 .367 .450 .274 12.1 3B -2, LF 0 1.2
70o 275 33 63 15 2 7 31 31 56 4 2 .264 .352 .431 .264 8.7 3B -2, LF 0 0.8
60o 262 31 58 14 2 6 29 29 55 4 2 .253 .341 .410 .256 6.0 3B -2, LF 0 0.5
50o 250 28 54 13 2 6 27 27 53 3 1 .247 .333 .406 .248 3.7 3B -2, LF 0 0.3
40o 238 26 50 12 2 5 25 25 51 3 1 .239 .325 .388 .240 1.6 3B -2, LF 0 0.1
30o 225 24 45 11 1 5 23 22 49 3 1 .226 .308 .367 .232 -0.5 3B -2, LF 0 -0.2
20o 210 22 40 10 1 4 20 20 47 3 1 .215 .297 .344 .222 -2.6 3B -2, LF 0 -0.4
10o 189 18 34 8 1 4 17 17 43 2 1 .201 .277 .331 .208 -5.0 3B -1, LF 0 -0.6
Weighted Mean2552955132628285431.247.335.404.2514.73B -2, LF 00.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201934486920155101.238.330.381.2450.00.40.0-0.11.3-0.8-0.2
20203540582014490.238.326.381.2420.00.30.0-0.11.1-0.7-0.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 John Valentin 2000 .247
2 87 Chase Headley 2017 .272
3 87 Andres Blanco 2017 .206
4 87 David Bell 2006 .255
5 87 Mike Lamb 2009 .000 DNP
6 86 Bernie Allen 1972 .265
7 85 Todd Zeile 1999 .268
8 85 Daryl Spencer 1962 .270
9 85 Casey McGehee 2016 .184
10 85 Jack Hannahan 2013 .217
11 85 Mike Lowell 2007 .299
12 85 Don Hoak 1961 .296
13 85 Brooks Robinson 1970 .282
14 84 Robin Ventura 2001 .279
15 84 Puddin Head Jones 1959 .269
16 84 Aaron Boone 2006 .229
17 84 Wayne Gross 1985 .289
18 84 Greg Dobbs 2012 .258
19 84 Kurt Bevacqua 1980 .233
20 84 Ken Caminiti 1996 .339
21 84 Vance Law 1990 .000 DNP
22 83 Geoff Blum 2006 .242
23 83 Darrell Evans 1980 .279
24 83 Denis Menke 1974 .173
25 83 Brook Jacoby 1993 .000 DNP
26 83 Wes Helms 2009 .237
27 83 Kevin Seitzer 1995 .279
28 83 Scott Brosius 2000 .223
29 83 Willie Harris 2011 .255
30 83 Clete Boyer 1970 .243
31 82 Stephen Drew 2016 .318
32 82 Edgardo Alfonzo 2007 .000 DNP
33 82 Rico Petrocelli 1976 .219
34 82 Bill Mueller 2004 .267
35 82 Juan Uribe 2012 .200
36 82 Tony Phillips 1992 .294
37 82 Morgan Ensberg 2009 .000 DNP
38 82 Mike Fontenot 2013 .000 DNP
39 82 Ed Charles 1966 .287
40 82 Tony Batista 2007 .246
41 82 Bill Spiers 1999 .254
42 82 George Kell 1956 .265
43 82 Chris Sabo 1995 .221
44 82 Randy Jackson 1959 .238
45 82 Gene Baker 1958 .257
46 81 Yulieski Gurriel 2017 .282
47 81 Ken Keltner 1950 .242
48 81 Josh Bard 2011 .225
49 81 Billy Klaus 1962 .217
50 81 Mark Ellis 2010 .273
51 81 Grady Sizemore 2016 .000 DNP
52 81 Ryan Roberts 2014 .123
53 81 Jed Lowrie 2017 .276
54 81 Scott Spiezio 2006 .300
55 81 Don Kelly 2013 .252
56 81 David Freese 2016 .270
57 81 Gil McDougald 1961 .000 DNP
58 81 Daniel Nava 2016 .233
59 81 Charlie Hayes 1998 .267
60 81 Nate McLouth 2015 .000 DNP
61 81 Michael Young 2010 .257
62 81 Ray Knight 1986 .282
63 81 Solly Hemus 1956 .298
64 81 Denny Walling 1987 .277
65 81 Steve Buechele 1995 .182
66 80 Kelly Johnson 2015 .280
67 80 Tony Fernandez 1995 .235
68 80 Graig Nettles 1978 .299
69 80 Mark DeRosa 2008 .297
70 80 Nick Punto 2011 .295
71 80 Javier Valentin 2009 .000 DNP
72 80 Brian Roberts 2011 .214
73 80 Herbert Perry 2003 .132
74 80 Todd Walker 2006 .269
75 80 Martin Prado 2017 .221
76 80 Brandon Inge 2010 .250
77 80 Dave Bergman 1986 .240
78 80 Orlando Hudson 2011 .259
79 80 Aaron Hill 2015 .241
80 80 Grady Hatton 1956 .241
81 80 Orlando Merced 2000 .000 DNP
82 80 Art Howe 1980 .294
83 80 Tadahito Iguchi 2008 .217
84 80 Melvin Mora 2005 .278
85 80 Daryle Ward 2008 .246
86 79 Wally Joyner 1995 .294
87 79 Ed Sprague 2001 .298
88 79 Alex Gonzalez 2006 .112
89 79 Dick McAuliffe 1973 .289
90 79 Joe Randa 2003 .281
91 79 Billy Johnson 1952 .258
92 79 Elliott Maddox 1981 .000 DNP
93 79 Jeff King 1998 .269
94 79 Ross Gload 2009 .271
95 79 Jerry Hairston 2009 .257
96 79 Jorge Orta 1984 .289
97 79 Jason Michaels 2009 .260
98 79 Ryan Doumit 2014 .217
99 79 Carmen Fanzone 1975 .000 DNP
100 79 Ron Fairly 1972 .295

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .168 .277 .230 .195
11 vs R (Multi) .237 .325 .407 .264
18 Split (Multi) .069 .047 .177 .069
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .120 .267 .160 .165
31 vs R (2016) .195 .293 .335 .228
38 Split (2016) .075 .026 .175 .064
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 In 2015, Coghlan rode an increasingly leveraged swing into one of the best seasons of his career. In 2016, the league caught up to him, and even a midseason return to Chicago couldn’t save the full-season numbers. He’s got a strong enough approach at the plate to put up good numbers for a few years more if used situationally, but at age 32 don’t look for him to be a starting outfielder on a contending team.
2016 Despite winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2009, knee and back injuries hampered Coghlan's career with the Marlins. He failed to crack the 100-games mark from 2010 to 2013 before finally regaining some health in 2014 with the Cubs. Last year was more of the same, albeit with a slight drop-off in hitting, though the result still left Coghlan a slightly above-average player overall. He hits for good power, gets on base and plays a solid left field. Fortunately for him, he seems to be pulling it all together just in time for his post-2016 free agency; unfortunately for him, he seems to be pulling it all together just in time for his decline phase.
2015 Mostly an afterthought after suffering numerous injuries over the past four seasons—including knee and back issues—Coghlan was healthy and, in turn, productive, for the first time since his 2009 Rookie of the Year campaign. Though the bat was quite strong, the defense left much to be desired. Yes, he's hidden in left field, but he chases batted balls with all the awkward gusto of your uncle's Thanksgiving-table speech about Kim Kardashian's posterior. It's not a disaster if Coghlan is your Opening Day left fielder, but he fits much better for a contender as a bat-first fourth outfielder.
2014 A motley group of 11 received Rookie of the Year votes in 2009, and none has produced fewer WARP since the ceremony than Coghlan. A back injury limited him to just 70 games last season, and it's a shame, reallywith one home run and a .354 slugging percentage, it was Coghlan's best season in some time. He did start eight games at third base, his first action there, but even if he masters the hot corner, he doesn't hit for average or power, get on base or run well. Otherwise, though.
2013 Coghlan burst onto the scene by hitting .321 in his first tour of the majors and taking home the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year award. Skeptics who pointed to his unsustainable BABIP have since been vindicated. It is now safe to call Coghlans decorated debut a fluke. He was demoted to Triple-A in early June, despite the fact a spate of Marlins' injuries should have created ample opportunities for him to contribute. Now battling for a spot on the organizational depth chart, Coghlan needs to separate himself in spring training or he may struggle to resurface as more than a fifth outfielder.
2012 Injuries, mostly to his left knee, have cost Coghlan more than 120 games over the last two years, but it's what he's shown when healthy that causes concern. Since winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2009, Coghlan has hit a combined .252/.317/.376 in 156 games. The time he's lost has allowed Emilio Bonifacio and Bryan Petersen to emerge, and they and Scott Cousins will challenge Coghlan for playing time in 2012.
2011 The 2009 Rookie of the Year took a major tumble at the plate before tearing the meniscus in his left knee and missing the last 10 weeks of the year, but the knee was just the coup de grce in a season-long litany of hurts. While a torrid June (.477/.463/.642, with 20 extra-base hits) provided a quick reminder of his capabilities, time may not heal all that ails him. Beyond the possibility that the knee could hamper his stated desire to bring his minor-league aggression on the basepaths to his big-league game, the other major red flag is the big spike in his strikeout rate, because if Coghlan keeps whiffing 20 percent of the time, what does that leave? Not a lot of power and a walk rate below 10 percent, and it's hard to expect him to repeat his rookie .368 batting average on balls in play on demand. In the wake of the Maybin trade, they are now pondering a camp tryout in center; set your expectations low, and if Matt Dominguez doesn't claim third base for himself, don't be surprised if that shift reappears on the options menu for Coghlan.
2010 The Marlins have experienced enough variation in the performances of their primary leadoff menfrom Todd Dunwoodys .292 OBP of 1998 to Luis Castillos .418 of 2000that they should have known better than to mess around with Bonifacio, but NL Rookie of the Year Coghlan rescued them from that error in judgment. A supplemental first-round pick out of Ole Miss in 2006, Coghlans combined performance between Triple-A and the majors suggests either a great leap forward that scouts didnt anticipate or an early, not-to-be-repeated peakmore likely the latter, because his .365 BABIP is likely to drop faster than Lehman Brothers. The other bad news is that Coghlan was very much the transplanted infielder in left field. Should he, as expected, return to second base or third, Coghlans bat should nevertheless play very nicely, leaving the Fish a heck of a lot better off than they were when they put their faith in Bonifacio.
2009 A former first-rounder out of the University of Mississippi, Coghlan can work the count and knows what to do on base once he gets there. The knock against him is that none of his skills stand out and he doesn't have much projection left, but he has potential at second or as a frequently used utility infielder who can get on base.
2008 A third baseman in college, Coghlan has been learning second base for a year, and the early returns have been good enough to keep him at the keystone, the position he played in last year's Futures Game after raking in the Sally League. He was less successful after a promotion to the High-A Florida State League, but an injury may be to blame for that. With his solid on-base skills and improving defense at second, Coghlan is sort of the anti-Uggla.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better 2016 slash line at 500 PA: Coughlin or Soler?
(Dan from Boston)
Tom Coughlin is an old football coach. Chris Coghlan is an outfielder who I think has a higher floor than Jorge Soler this season, but who definitely has a much lower ceiling. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)As the Mets end this series, because of their dominant starting pitching, can you please explain how starting pitching is still grossly overrated? Thanks for the chat! Enjoy reading your Twitter trolling.
(Jon from NYC)
Let's be clear: the Mets didn't win this series because of their dominant starting pitching. They won by playing a bit better than the Cubs were in all areas throughout the series. The Cubs failed to put together good at-bats at times, missed mistake pitches at others. The Mets' team defense provided excellent support to the Mets' pitchers, especially the starters.
More broadly, starting pitching is overrated basically because of what I outline above. Run prevention isn't all about the pitcher, and way too often, the game itself is looked at through the lens of starting pitching when there are two or three other (and often better) ways to explain the same action. It would be silly, for instance, to truly blame the Cubs' starters for the loss of this series. Yes, they made some critical mistakes, most notably the one Hammel made to Lucas Duda last night. The Mets hitters still had to make those mistakes hurt, though, and they couldn't have done much better a job. The pitch Murphy hit out for two runs off Arrieta: there was a ton of narrative around that, "What happened to Arrieta? Is he gassed?" Well, yeah, probably, but that's not why Daniel Murphy took that pitch out. Murphy did that because he just couldn't miss for a week. It wasn't even a bad pitch. Murphy beat Arrieta. Duda beat Hammel. Chris Coghlan also beat Noah Syndergaard in Game 2, only to have Granderson make that great catch. Pitchers aren't nearly the controllers of the action we make them out to be.
All that, plus, the more we learn about the game, the more it seems like starters should very often be gone by the sixth or seventh inning, so the role of the role in the modern game is ever-shrinking. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Seriously though, what is the plan for Schwarber now?
(JD from North of Victory)
Schwarber is another interesting element of the Cubs' interesting winter ahead. He's a better defensive left fielder than he appeared to be over the last week. He could stick just fine out there. Obviously, he has more defensive value at catcher, and that would help alleviate the jam the Cubs have out there-not only Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan, but Billy McKinney could be knocking on the door by midsummer, and depending how the infield shakes out, Kris Bryant might become an outfield refugee. On the other hand, I can't really see Schwarber being more than an average defensive catcher, especially with regard to framing. (He was exactly average in that regard this season.) The Cubs went out of their way to add Miguel Montero and David Ross last winter, in no small part because those guys are exceptional framers. Both guys are under contract for next season and using Schwarber as a catcher crowds that picture, too. They also have Willson Contreras, who broke out as a prospect in 2015, and might well think he's the catcher of the (long-term) future. I think Schwarber breaks camp as the starting left fielder, but that's nowhere near certain yet. (Matthew Trueblood)
2014-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jacob deGrom the next Chris Coghlan? Meaning he wins the ROY, but then fades away? We have to remember that he didn't become a pitcher until later in his career and also had TJS.
(MetsFaithful5 from Syracuse)
Pitchers' growth curves aren't linear, so I'm much more likely to believe he took a real leap forward than I am with a hitter who simply happened to line his "rookie" year up with his physical peak years. (Sam Miller)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)10 tm NL only, Drop Coghlan for Belt? Is Ike Davis still rosterable in NL only? Thanks
(sdoron from Jerusalem, Israel)
Tough question, lots of complicating factors. Brandon Belt is better, but is still probably 3 weeks away from getting back to the bigs, and at that, the Giants weren't committing to him as an everyday player before the injury. Things are crazy in Florida right now, and a lot of Chris Coghlan's value is going to come down to McKeon's opinion of him. He's been bad so far, but he just announced that he was playing through injury, which might make them more willing to give him another chance. There's no right call here unless you can see into the minds of these managers, but I might go with Belt, if forced to pick.

Yes. Davis is absolutely still rosterable in NL-only. (Derek Carty)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where is Chris Coghlan going to play most of his games in the Majors? Think he moves to the infield when the Marlins inevitably fall out of the race and deal Dan Uggla?
(Trey from San Diego)
While an Uggla deal which restores him to second base is an intriguing and legitimate possibility, nobody loved Coghlan's D at the keystone before, and it's only going to get tougher for him to move back the more time passes. I suspect his long-term future is in the outfield, and hope for his sake he can maintain last year's breakout level. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Although not nearly the defeneder Emilio Bonifacio is at 2B, wouldn't the Marlins be best suited putting Chris Coghlan at 2B should they deal Dan Uggla based on the value of his bat in the infield?
(Goose from Chicago)
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Garrett Jones would easily have 30+ home runs if he had come up with McCutchen. Are either viable ROY candidates in the NL?
(WilliamWallace from Pittsburgh)
Jones leads NL rookies in VORP, curiously enough, with McCutchen right behind him. As good as Jones has been, I view him as a journeyman having an unsustainable season, and I wonder if the Writers will see it the same way. I think Chris Coghlan also has to be in the conversation, as well as J.A. Happ and Tommy Hanson. (Steven Goldman)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the sudden emergence of Chris Coghlan, do you think Dan Uggla's days in Miami are numbered?
(Gray from Chicago)
In that Uggla is older and more expensive than Coghlan, sure, that's possible. But money aside, let's not let one smokin' hot month from Coghlan confuse which of them is the better player. (Ken Funck)
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi John. Do you hear anything from scouts about Chris Coghlan? Is his future at 2nd base or in the outfield?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
He's certainly a better defensive second baseman than Dan Uggla, but, long-term, most scouts like him better in the outfield. (John Perrotto)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)If you were the Marlins, would you field offers for Dan Uggla this offseason and give the 2B job to Chris Coghlan?
(Tom from Miami)
I would do half of that. Uggla has peaked, and trading him now would be a good idea. That said, the Marlins are in position to trade offense for defense a bit, and maybe instead of Coghlan, they could look for someone with more glove than bat. (Joe Sheehan)


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