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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 4.34 1.29 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date3-11-1988
Height6' 0"
Weight232 lbs
Age31 years, 7 months, 6 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.82015
1.52016
0.32017
1.02018
0.02019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2014 LAN MLB 20 0 24.0 0 0 0 16 5 18 3 97 6.0 1.9 1.1 6.8 0% .197 0.88 3.85 2.63 109 4.69 114.9 -0.1
2015 LAN MLB 52 0 51.0 4 2 0 47 11 60 4 90 8.3 1.9 0.7 10.6 0% .326 1.14 2.53 3.35 86 3.43 80.2 0.8
2016 LAN MLB 73 0 74.0 3 2 0 52 22 83 11 91 6.3 2.7 1.3 10.1 44% .233 1.00 3.84 3.04 89 3.18 70.3 1.5
2017 LAN MLB 66 0 64.0 3 6 0 56 29 64 9 7.9 4.1 1.3 9.0 35% .267 1.33 4.45 2.95 106 4.81 102.4 0.3
2018 LAN MLB 55 0 56.3 4 3 0 46 23 62 4 97 7.3 3.7 0.6 9.9 38% .286 1.22 3.12 2.88 90 3.35 74.8 1.0
2019 LAN MLB 71 0 69.7 7 2 1 43 23 69 6 97 5.6 3.0 0.8 8.9 37% .213 0.95 3.46 3.10 97 3.68 75.6 1.3
CareerMLB3370339.02115126011335637766.93.01.09.539%.2441.103.563.03953.7682.84.8

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 LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2013 RCU A+ CAL 32 0 34.7 2 2 2 41 15 32 3 10.6 3.9 0.8 8.3 0% .349 1.62 4.68 3.63 104 6.34 137.7
2013 CHT AA SOU 16 0 23.3 1 1 0 26 8 23 3 10.0 3.1 1.2 8.9 0% .338 1.46 3.63 4.24 105 5.57 120.9
2014 LAN MLB NL 20 0 24.0 0 0 0 16 5 18 3 97 6.0 1.9 1.1 6.8 0% .197 0.88 3.85 2.63 109 4.69 114.9
2014 CHT AA SOU 17 0 19.3 2 1 6 15 9 18 0 7.0 4.2 0.0 8.4 0% .278 1.24 2.87 2.79 89 3.49 73.8
2014 ABQ AAA PCL 23 0 22.7 0 0 6 27 4 20 4 10.7 1.6 1.6 7.9 0% .343 1.37 5.01 4.76 102 5.49 116.2
2015 LAN MLB NL 52 0 51.0 4 2 0 47 11 60 4 90 8.3 1.9 0.7 10.6 0% .326 1.14 2.53 3.35 86 3.43 80.2
2015 OKL AAA PCL 3 1 3.0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 91 6.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 0% .222 0.67 2.26 0.00 84 2.77 60.7
2016 LAN MLB NL 73 0 74.0 3 2 0 52 22 83 11 91 6.3 2.7 1.3 10.1 44% .233 1.00 3.84 3.04 89 3.18 70.3
2017 LAN MLB NL 66 0 64.0 3 6 0 56 29 64 9 7.9 4.1 1.3 9.0 35% .267 1.33 4.45 2.95 106 4.81 102.4
2017 OKL AAA PCL 3 0 3.0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 3.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 29% .143 0.67 2.72 6.00 93 3.26 69.4
2018 LAN MLB NL 55 0 56.3 4 3 0 46 23 62 4 97 7.3 3.7 0.6 9.9 38% .286 1.22 3.12 2.88 90 3.35 74.8
2018 TUL AA TEX 1 0 1.3 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 6.8 0.0 6.8 6.8 50% .000 0.75 11.69 6.75 104 3.87 81.9
2018 OKL AAA PCL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 75% .250 0.50 0.74 0.00 73 2.74 57.9
2019 LAN MLB NL 71 0 69.7 7 2 1 43 23 69 6 97 5.6 3.0 0.8 8.9 37% .213 0.95 3.46 3.10 97 3.68 75.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2014 344 0.5814 0.5698 0.8010 0.7800 0.2778 0.8269 0.7000 0.1990
2015 811 0.5006 0.5327 0.6921 0.7340 0.3309 0.7349 0.5970 0.3079
2016 1176 0.4881 0.5187 0.6967 0.6899 0.3555 0.7677 0.5654 0.3033
2017 1180 0.4907 0.5322 0.6815 0.7582 0.3145 0.7472 0.5291 0.3185
2018 940 0.4596 0.5106 0.6854 0.7315 0.3228 0.7816 0.5000 0.3146
2019 1088 0.4513 0.5129 0.6810 0.7312 0.3333 0.7242 0.6030 0.3190
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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
2011-05-11 2011-09-05 Minors 117 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-05-06 2010-06-24 Minors 49 0 Left Shoulder Strain -
2009-07-20 2009-09-08 Minors 50 0 Knee Surgery -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $2,100,000
2018 LAN $1,500,000
2017 LAN $550,000
2016 LAN $520,000
2015 LAN $512,500
2014 LAN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,082,500
2019Current$2,100,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$5,182,500
5 yrTotal$5,182,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 59 dKelvin Nova1 year/$2.1M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2018). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/11/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.52M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2015). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 10/13 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 11/20/13. Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/2/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed as pitcher by LA Dodgers 10/13 (minor-league contract).
  • Signed as infielder by LA Dodgers 2007 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 14.4 10 5 15 2 .239 1.04 3.18 3.35 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 9.4 7 3 10 1 .252 1.12 3.58 3.77 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 5.9 5 2 6 1 .262 1.18 3.86 4.07 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 3 1 3 0 .271 1.24 4.11 4.33 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 .279 1.29 4.34 4.58 -0.1 0.0
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Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20203231152055472156840.2941.244.364.897.73.59.21.30.0
20213321147049421949740.2881.244.444.977.73.58.91.3-0.0
20223421144047401848740.2881.244.525.067.73.59.31.3-0.1
20233521146048411750840.2841.204.424.957.63.29.31.5-0.0
20243621145048411849740.2891.244.444.987.73.49.31.3-0.0
20253721141044381744740.2901.264.515.057.83.59.11.4-0.1
20263821140042361642740.2881.244.555.107.73.49.01.5-0.1
20273921139041361641740.2891.264.555.107.83.58.91.5-0.1
20284021140043371642740.2871.244.565.117.83.48.91.5-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Brad Brach 2017 3.57
2 88 Matt Bush 2017 5.16
3 88 Kiko Calero 2006 3.41
4 88 Santiago Casilla 2012 3.41
5 86 Matt Lindstrom 2011 3.50
6 85 Jerry Blevins 2015 0.00
7 85 Danny Farquhar 2018 5.63
8 85 Will Ohman 2009 5.84
9 85 Nick Masset 2013 0.00 DNP
10 85 Fernando Salas 2016 3.91
11 85 Frank Francisco 2011 3.73
12 84 David Carpenter 2017 0.00 DNP
13 84 Jeff Montgomery 1993 2.27
14 84 Fernando Rodney 2008 4.91
15 84 Scott Williamson 2007 5.02
16 84 Jose Veras 2012 3.90
17 84 Darren O'Day 2014 1.83
18 84 Fernando Abad 2017 3.50
19 84 Joakim Soria 2015 2.66
20 83 Jesse Crain 2013 1.47
21 83 Al Holland 1984 3.48
22 83 Tyler Yates 2009 9.00
23 83 Dan Wheeler 2009 3.75
24 83 David Riske 2008 5.31
25 83 Jason Frasor 2009 2.65
26 83 Daniel Hudson 2018 4.89
27 83 John Axford 2014 4.28
28 82 Kevin Jepsen 2016 6.34
29 82 Junichi Tazawa 2017 5.69
30 82 Steve Cishek 2017 2.01
31 82 Scott Linebrink 2008 3.88
32 82 Juan Rincon 2010 4.50
33 82 Jon Rauch 2010 3.12
34 82 Casey Janssen 2013 2.91
35 82 Jose Valverde 2009 2.50
36 82 Nate Jones 2017 2.31
37 82 Brendan Donnelly 2003 1.70
38 82 Damaso Marte 2006 4.63
39 82 Jake McGee 2018 6.66
40 81 Francisco Rodriguez 2013 2.70
41 81 Todd Coffey 2012 5.12
42 81 Brian Fuentes 2007 3.82
43 81 David Hernandez 2016 3.84
44 81 Adam Ottavino 2017 5.06
45 81 Craig Breslow 2012 3.13
46 80 Joaquin Benoit 2009 0.00 DNP
47 80 Luke Gregerson 2015 3.54
48 80 Mel Rojas 1998 6.05
49 80 Josh Fields 2017 3.00
50 80 Manny Acosta 2012 7.23
51 80 Jeff Nelson 1998 4.02
52 80 Jason Isringhausen 2004 3.23
53 80 Greg McMichael 1998 5.16
54 80 Jason Motte 2013 0.00 DNP
55 80 Nick Vincent 2018 4.47
56 80 Darren Holmes 1997 5.84
57 80 Kyle Farnsworth 2007 5.25
58 80 Bobby Seay 2009 4.62
59 80 Bill Campbell 1980 5.66
60 80 Brett Cecil 2018 7.44
61 79 Jason Christiansen 2001 3.22
62 79 J.P. Howell 2014 2.57
63 79 Sam LeCure 2015 4.05
64 79 Aurelio Lopez 1980 4.14
65 79 Mike Jackson 1996 4.00
66 79 Al Alburquerque 2017 2.50
67 78 Joe Page 1949 3.01
68 78 Lindy McDaniel 1967 4.21
69 78 Doug Corbett 1984 2.33
70 78 Joel Hanrahan 2013 9.82
71 78 Rafael Betancourt 2006 4.13
72 78 Juan Cruz 2010 3.38
73 78 Randy Myers 1994 4.02
74 78 Paul Shuey 2002 3.84
75 78 Skip Lockwood 1978 3.57
76 78 John Hiller 1974 3.06
77 78 Mike MacDougal 2008 2.12
78 78 Kevin Gregg 2009 4.98
79 78 Wesley Wright 2016 0.00 DNP
80 78 Don Elston 1960 4.01
81 77 Joba Chamberlain 2017 0.00 DNP
82 77 Lee Smith 1989 3.69
83 77 Louis Coleman 2017 0.00 DNP
84 77 Doug Slaten 2011 5.51
85 77 George Sherrill 2008 4.73
86 77 Tippy Martinez 1981 3.36
87 77 Aaron Heilman 2010 4.50
88 77 Steve Karsay 2003 0.00 DNP
89 77 Mike Timlin 1997 3.72
90 77 Bruce Sutter 1984 1.98
91 77 Willie Hernandez 1986 3.65
92 77 Scott Strickland 2007 0.00 DNP
93 77 Sean Doolittle 2018 1.60
94 77 Cory Gearrin 2017 2.12
95 77 Huston Street 2015 3.18
96 77 Anthony Swarzak 2017 2.44
97 77 Kerry Ligtenberg 2002 3.11
98 77 Norm Charlton 1994 0.00 DNP
99 77 Matt Wise 2007 5.03
100 76 Jay Howell 1987 6.09

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Back in May of aught-seven, Officer Edward Sanchez of Dearborn, Michigan, seized some marijuana while on patrol and pocketed it. He brought it home, baked a big ol' pile of it into some brownies, and then he and his wife ate a plate full of the first weed brownies they'd ever had. How many brownies did they eat? And how many herbs were in the brownies? "I don't know," a panic-stricken Sanchez frantically warned the 911 dispatcher he'd just called. "We made brownies, and I think we're dead. I really do."

Now, the dispatcher's 80-grade training is on point throughout this call. She plays him like the stoned fiddle he is, and has the entire situation on lock not three minutes in, save for living in Dearborn, Michigan, and not having the score of the Red Wings game at the ready. But with the stakes still less certain, early on in the call, she has the young corporal checking with concern on the vitality of his potentially-overdosing-on-marijuana-somehow wife. She's okay, he reports, but "time is going by really, really ... really ... really slowly."

Still two-and-two, by the way. Deuces wild here in the seventh, as Baez comes set.
2017 You know those nature documentaries that track members of the big cat family? Where the British voiceover speaks in hushed tones and says something like "here now we see the felidae panthera, more commonly known as the Jaguar, lie patiently in wait of its prey. It will wait up to six hours, barely moving, as to keep its impending victim unaware." That's the approach announcers need to take with Baez, who registered the slowest pace in the majors, averaging over 30 seconds between pitches. It was an effective plan of attack, at least in 2016, as Baez would lull batters to sleep before unleashing an upper-90s fastball. The downside? He continues to give up too many long balls and he's borderline unwatchable—unlike those nature docs.
2016 Death, taxes and Baez getting pounded after relieving Clayton Kershaw in the playoffs. Before Baez decided to make David Wright a postseason hero, he was quite good for the Dodgers, striking out nearly 30 percent of opposing batters and lowering his homer rate from 2014, but the former position player seemed to wear down as the season dragged on, allowing nine earned runs in his final 14 regular-season innings and ceding his setup role to Chris Hatcher. When Baez is on, his fastball is devastating and his slider keeps hitters honest, but when Baez is off, the only thing devastated is the Dodgers' fanbase; see, in this regard, the seven (including postseason) appearances in which he allowed two or more earned runs. That's not an atypical profile for a reliever, but it's one the Dodgers are likely tired of seeing in October.
2015 It took a bit more than a year for Baez to convert from minor-league third baseman to major-league pitcher, which is impressive even if the end result is not. Mattingly fell in love with Baez's mid-90s fastball, but it's too straight to avoid hard contact, and he has no effective secondary pitch to cover it. Case in point: After Clayton Kershaw's Game One meltdown in the NLDS, Baez was brought in. He threw six fastballs in a row to Randal Grichuk and issued a walk; then a first-pitch fastball to Matt Holliday, who homered. Amusingly for a former infielder, he has an .885 fielding percentage as a pitcher.
2011 Pedro Baez has big-time power potential and an above-average arm—enough for him to be selected to two Futures Games—but injuries and a lack of plate discipline have prevented him from converting his tools into skills, and his high error rate keeps his fielding percentages in the Hobsonian .900 range.
2010 This toolsy Dominican is considered to have the system's best raw power and strongest arm, but he has struggled to convert those tools into skills thus far. Baez was so overmatched at Low-A in 2008 that he was sent back down to Rookie ball. As such, it was surprising that the Dodgers decided to jump him to High-A in 2009, and his performance at Inland Empire was a mixed bag; he flashed power, but continued his free-swinging ways, striking out in more than a quarter of his plate appearances, and footwork and positioning woes led to defensive difficulties. A July knee injury required surgery, cutting his season short.
2009 This toolsy Dominican began the year at Great Lakes but was overmatched, lunging at pitches and giving away far too many at-bats. The Dodgers wisely extricated him, and he salvaged his season with a strong showing in Ogden. Baez has massive raw power and a fluid swing, but as his K/BB ratios suggest his plate discipline needs major improvement. Defensively, he’s got a great arm and good range, but his throwing can be erratic; he made 20 errors in 59 games at Ogden and fielded a Hobsonian .898. He’ll start the year back at Great Lakes with hopes of reaching High-A by the end.
2008 Though his GCL stats didn't blow anyone away, the Dodgers adore Pedro Baez, a raw, toolsy 19-year-old, who has plus power (he homered off a rehabbing Pedro Martinez), a strong arm, and excellent range at third.

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