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Birth Date10-27-1989
Height5' 11"
Weight200 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.92014
1.92015
-0.12016
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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
2010 NYN 20 78 255 216 28 46 12 0 1 61 22 38 8 3 6 15 2 2 .213 .305 .282 .226 1.4 -0.5 0.1
2011 NYN 21 96 376 328 31 93 15 1 0 110 35 50 6 3 4 36 5 1 .284 .360 .335 .274 18.7 2.2 2.2
2012 NYN 22 114 501 464 53 134 26 0 1 163 27 73 5 2 3 25 4 4 .289 .333 .351 .262 23.4 -4.4 2.0
2013 NYN 23 57 227 208 20 42 12 0 0 54 15 24 1 0 3 10 2 1 .202 .259 .260 .203 -1.8 2.9 0.1
2014 NYN 24 119 419 355 30 84 11 0 5 110 50 73 8 2 34 1 2 .237 .342 .310 .260 13.2 12.9 2.9
2015 NYN 25 116 407 360 36 94 23 0 3 126 38 70 5 2 2 28 2 1 .261 .338 .350 .277 22.1 -4.2 1.9
2016 SFN 26 13 38 32 3 5 3 0 0 8 5 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 .156 .270 .250 .204 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2016 SLN 26 23 40 34 6 6 2 0 0 8 2 8 1 3 0 3 0 0 .176 .225 .235 .199 -0.9 1.1 0.0
2017 BAL 27 41 124 113 17 26 6 0 0 32 8 15 2 0 1 5 0 0 .230 .293 .283 .195 -3.4 -2.9 -0.6
Career657238721102245301101106722023563615201581611.251.325.318.25171.66.98.5

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 TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 MTS Rk 35 149 .259 .258 .351 .366 .251 .321 102 -0.1 4.1 1.4 5.9 0.1 5.5 1.1 5.5 1.1
2007 vme Rk 32 149 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .410 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 SLU A+ 131 555 .221 .249 .322 .362 .248 .263 98 -23.4 16.5 7.6 3.1 2.0 2.8 0.6 2.8 0.6
2009 BIN AA 134 553 .262 .253 .329 .373 .263 .310 98 0.9 15.4 6.3 -6.4 1.8 24.4 1.9 24.4 1.9
2010 NYN MLB 78 255 .226 .257 .324 .403 .268 .250 90 -8.9 7.0 1.1 -0.5 2.2 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2010 BUF AAA 65 244 .228 .264 .332 .406 .254 .319 104 -8.7 7.4 3 3.1 0.6 2.4 0.5 2.4 0.5
2011 NYN MLB 96 376 .274 .252 .313 .387 .257 .331 96 5.1 10.1 1.7 2.2 1.8 18.7 2.2 18.7 2.2
2011 BUF AAA 54 231 .241 .261 .323 .405 .253 .274 92 -5.3 7.2 3.2 -4.3 2.4 7.6 0.3 7.6 0.3
2012 NYN MLB 114 501 .262 .254 .312 .402 .257 .339 97 0.9 13.7 6.3 -4.4 2.4 23.4 2.0 23.4 2.0
2012 SLU A+ 2 9 .189 .254 .324 .387 .245 .143 116 -0.7 0.3 0.1 -0.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1
2012 BUF AAA 6 21 .152 .260 .322 .404 .253 .235 99 -2.6 0.6 0.3 -0.2 0.8 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2012 PAN int 4 18 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYN MLB 57 227 .203 .252 .310 .394 .256 .228 97 -12.3 6.0 2.7 2.9 1.8 -1.8 0.1 -1.8 0.1
2013 LVG AAA 60 269 .252 .277 .342 .423 .268 .316 113 -2.3 7.7 3.5 -0.5 2.7 11.6 1.1 11.6 1.1
2013 MTS Rk 3 10 .252 .228 .286 .322 .231 .750 104 -0.1 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2014 NYN MLB 119 419 .260 .254 .313 .388 .264 .283 95 0 10.8 4.9 12.9 -2.5 13.2 2.9 13.2 2.9
2015 NYN MLB 116 407 .277 .257 .318 .407 .267 .315 89 6.8 11.0 3.7 -4.2 0.6 22.1 1.9 22.1 1.9
2016 SFN MLB 13 38 .204 .275 .338 .455 .277 .185 95 -2.2 1.1 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2016 SLN MLB 23 40 .199 .257 .336 .431 .279 .207 97 -2.5 1.1 0.2 1.1 0.2 -0.9 0.0 -0.9 0.0
2016 SFD AA 3 9 .250 .268 .314 .407 .271 .375 101 -0.1 0.2 0.1 -0.4 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2016 SAC AAA 40 155 .268 .283 .341 .440 .276 .341 93 1.3 4.4 1.9 0.2 -0.5 7.0 0.8 7.0 0.8
2017 BAL MLB 41 124 .195 .247 .317 .405 .251 .265 107 -8.4 3.6 1.5 -2.9 -0.1 -3.4 -0.6 -3.4 -0.6
2017 NOR AAA 13 51 .281 .236 .311 .363 .244 .341 92 1.2 1.5 0.4 -0.2 0.0 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2017 SWB AAA 37 148 .270 .263 .333 .399 .258 .266 101 1.6 4.4 0.6 -1.3 0.8 7.4 0.6 7.4 0.6
2018 NOR AAA 75 300 .221 .253 .323 .389 .256 .298 98 -12.9 8.9 1 -1.3 3.4 0.4 -0.1 0.4 -0.1

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
2007 vme Rk 149 32 44 5 0 3 25 19 19 16 5 .364 .469 .479 .116 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 MTS Rk 149 13 34 4 3 0 16 19 16 2 1 .283 .401 .367 .083 .259 5.5 5.9 1.1
2008 SLU A+ 555 55 114 19 4 2 37 41 77 8 5 .229 .290 .296 .066 .221 2.8 3.1 0.6
2009 BIN AA 553 59 141 24 3 5 46 37 59 19 3 .289 .343 .381 .092 .262 24.4 -6.4 1.9
2010 BUF AAA 244 25 61 11 0 1 16 14 36 1 3 .280 .322 .344 .064 .228 2.4 3.1 0.5
2010 NYN MLB 255 28 46 12 0 1 15 22 38 2 2 .213 .305 .282 .069 .226 1.4 -0.5 0.1
2011 BUF AAA 231 26 51 7 3 3 21 19 30 4 2 .246 .314 .353 .106 .241 7.6 -4.3 0.3
2011 NYN MLB 376 31 93 15 1 0 36 35 50 5 1 .284 .360 .335 .052 .274 18.7 2.2 2.2
2012 BUF AAA 21 3 4 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .200 .238 .250 .050 .152 -0.8 -0.2 -0.1
2012 NYN MLB 501 53 134 26 0 1 25 27 73 4 4 .289 .333 .351 .062 .262 23.4 -4.4 2.0
2012 PAN int 18 2 5 3 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 .312 .353 .500 .188 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 SLU A+ 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .111 .111 .222 .111 .189 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1
2013 LVG AAA 269 38 69 14 1 2 24 14 30 1 1 .287 .337 .379 .092 .252 11.6 -0.5 1.1
2013 MTS Rk 10 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 .333 .400 .444 .111 .252 0.5 0.0 0.0
2013 NYN MLB 227 20 42 12 0 0 10 15 24 2 1 .202 .259 .260 .058 .203 -1.8 2.9 0.1
2014 NYN MLB 419 30 84 11 0 5 34 50 73 1 2 .237 .342 .310 .073 .260 13.2 12.9 2.9
2015 NYN MLB 407 36 94 23 0 3 28 38 70 2 1 .261 .338 .350 .089 .277 22.1 -4.2 1.9
2016 SFD AA 9 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .444 .111 .250 0.4 -0.4 0.0
2016 SFN MLB 38 3 5 3 0 0 2 5 5 0 0 .156 .270 .250 .094 .204 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2016 SLN MLB 40 6 6 2 0 0 3 2 8 0 0 .176 .225 .235 .059 .199 -0.9 1.1 0.0
2016 SAC AAA 155 18 43 11 1 1 21 7 21 0 1 .301 .338 .413 .112 .268 7.0 0.2 0.8
2017 NOR AAA 51 9 14 3 0 0 2 4 4 0 0 .311 .392 .378 .067 .281 3.1 -0.2 0.3
2017 BAL MLB 124 17 26 6 0 0 5 8 15 0 0 .230 .293 .283 .053 .195 -3.4 -2.9 -0.6
2017 SWB AAA 148 22 35 7 0 6 21 15 17 0 2 .269 .345 .462 .192 .270 7.4 -1.3 0.6
2018 NOR AAA 300 28 65 11 0 1 26 17 55 3 0 .243 .304 .296 .052 .221 0.4 -1.3 -0.1

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
2010 904 0.5177 0.4170 0.8117 0.5705 0.2523 0.8801 0.6455 0.1883 421 0.002338
2011 1410 0.5220 0.4738 0.8308 0.6658 0.2641 0.8878 0.6742 0.1692 616 -0.000925
2012 1879 0.4891 0.4577 0.8523 0.6257 0.2969 0.9165 0.7228 0.1477 848 0.007821
2013 855 0.5099 0.4339 0.8814 0.5917 0.2697 0.9535 0.7168 0.1186 402 -0.002564
2014 1542 0.5071 0.4591 0.8136 0.6496 0.2632 0.8858 0.6300 0.1864 675 -0.011216
2015 1518 0.4967 0.5033 0.7893 0.7215 0.2880 0.8676 0.5955 0.2107 620 0.002529
2016 268 0.5373 0.5112 0.7883 0.7083 0.2823 0.8725 0.5429 0.2117 0 0.000000
2017 450 0.5111 0.4867 0.8493 0.7348 0.2273 0.9231 0.6000 0.1507 0 0.000000
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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
2014-03-01 2014-03-07 Camp 6 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-09-19 2013-09-30 DTD 11 11 Right Lower Leg Fracture Fibula - -
2013-05-30 2013-07-06 15-DL 37 33 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2013-02-25 2013-02-27 Camp 2 0 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2012-05-07 2012-06-24 15-DL 48 44 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2012-03-12 2012-03-20 Camp 8 0 Left Groin Strain - -
2011-09-02 2011-09-04 DTD 2 2 Left Hand Contusion - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BAL $
2017 BAL $
2016 NYN $491,803
2016 SLN $1,500,000
2015 NYN $1,880,000
2014 NYN $1,100,000
2013 NYN $514,701
2012 NYN $491,209
2011 NYN $
2010 NYN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$6,377,713
6 yrTotal$6,377,713

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 162 dLegacy Agency1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Baltimore as a free agent 11/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/12/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.35M in majors. Acquired by Baltimore in trade from NY Yankees 6/4/17. Contract selected by Baltimore 6/6/17. Sent outright to Triple-A by Baltimore 8/17/17.
  • 1 year/$3M (2016). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration, with Tejada receiving one additional day of Major League service in dispute regarding timing of his promotion from Triple-A 9/10/13). Released by NY Mets 3/16/16. (Due 30 days' severance pay, or $491,803.) 1 year/$1.5M (2016). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 3/19/16. DFA by St. Louis 5/28/16. Released by St. Louis 6/1/16. Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 6/13/16 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by San Francisco 6/29/16. DFA by San Francisco 7/20/16.
  • 1 year/$1.88M (2015). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2014). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/15/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$514,701 (2013). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/3/13.
  • 1 year/$491,209 (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Contract purchased by NY Mets 4/5/10.
  • Signed by NY Mets 2006 as an amateur free agent from Panama.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .266 .350 .367 .275
11 vs R (Multi) .228 .306 .297 .246
18 Split (Multi) -.038 -.044 -.070 -.029
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .267 .342 .400 .284
31 vs R (2016) .083 .154 .111 .123
38 Split (2016) -.183 -.188 -.289 -.161
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the impact of Peralta's injury on Kolten Wong's value? There was talk this spring that Wong was headed to a platoon with Jedd Gyorko, but maybe Gyotko will be needed more at SS now with Peralta out. Thoughts?
(Truganini from Co)
I don't know why you'd take at-bats away from Wong--who's better both offensively and defensively--and give them to Gyorko. Maybe Gyorko spells Wong specifically against lefties or something.
And I'm in no hurry to see Gyorko play shortstop either. I think Ruben Tejada was a very savvy pickup and can at least be better than replacement-level, which might not literally be Pete Kozma anymore, but still feels like Pete Kozma. (Michael Baumann)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)So Cards definitely need an upgrade at SS now. I saw the Ahmed talks and definitely like him. One guy, though, who has always intrigued me is Ruben Tejada. He seems like one of those guys who would just be much better on the Cardinals. What would it take to get him? Is it possible the Mets could trade Tejada and a prospect for a better prospect from the Cards? Thanks!
(Georgie from St Louis)
If only Desmond had stayed on the market for another couple of weeks. As for Tejada, I don't think I'd want to court a guy coming off of a broken leg to be my insurance policy. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)WHY OH WHY Wont the Mets actually give Wilmer Flores a shot, does Sandy Alderson need to take Ruben Tejada away from Terry Collins?
(Steve from Winnipeg)
I don't know, Steve. Ive been saying since this past winter that they needed to give Flores at-bats, even if it meant having to watch him butcher things at SS. Who cares? It's not going to be a competitive season anyway. Let's see just how well the kid can hit. But instead we're getting more confirmation that he can rake in Vegas. Big whoop. I don't get it. He needs to play regularly in the majors and I don't care at what position. The Mets are going to go into next year still not knowing what kind of bat he is at the major league level, and that's a travesty. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)I love to collect scrappy, young MI not named Jose Altuve. Which of my collection has the most upside: Jose Ramirez, Alexi Amarista, Ruben Tejada, Leury Garcia
(tbwhite from San Diego)
Do I have to? (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben, thanks for the chat. supposedly flores got in shape to the point where the mets may use him at short. i guess he played ss on tues. what do you think the odds are he could become the starter by years end?
(hdub from the bleachers)
Someone asked about Flores at short in Jason Parks' most recent chat, and Jason said:

"He won't be a good shortstop. He doesn't have the range to excel there at the highest level. I guess the kind way of putting it is that Flores isn't an ideal shortstop, physically speaking. He has really nice hands and a strong arm, but the range is just what you want at the position. I think he could be a very good 3B, but obviously that's not going to happen with the Mets. Underrated player, though. He doesn't get enough credit for being able to hit. He's a natural hitter that keeps getting stronger."

Of course, Flores' competition in the short term is Ruben Tejada, so sure, it could happen. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Need a shortstop in NL-only deep dynasty league, traditional 5x5, and options are running slim: Gregorious, Furcal, Hechavarria, Dee Gordon, Ruben Tejada, Freddy Galvis, Haveabananarama. Not a rebuilding team, should compete this year, but did not keep Gregorious.
(Greg from KC)
Gordon is the guy I'd take a flier on at the moment. OBP risk and could flame out again but he has the upside. Furcal and Gregorius are the next two players on my list but - as you point out - this is a deep NL-only so the options are unsurprisingly uninspiring. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Altuve extension? Seems like it's going to be tough for him to walk through fields with those little paws.
(Kevin from St. Louis)
He's the same age as Ruben Tejada, he's done almost exactly as much, and it's almost impossible to see him playing any role besides second base. Tejada at least could be a utility infielder or a second baseman, besides playing short. Nobody's clamoring for a Tejada extension. I like Altuve enough, and it's hard for a team to really lose these extensions, and R.J. pointed out in his TA that it's a valuable signal for the Astros to be putting out. But seems like there's some degree of The Internet Likes Him Because He Quirky in the reaction. (Sam Miller)
2013-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've got five shortstops born over the course of six months, September 1989-March 1990. Take contract status out, but considering all else, how do you rank them for the short and the long term? Andrelton Simmons, Ruben Tejada, Didi Gregorius, Jean Segura, Starlin Castro.
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
Short: Castro, Segura, Gregorius, Simmons, Tejada
Long: Castro, Segura, Simmons, Gregorius, Tejada (Sam Miller)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Mets will call up Matt Harvey this season and give him another full year in the minors? Also, how do you think Ruben Tejada will do in place of Reyes?
(Scot from Washington, DC )
Harvey will spend most, if not all of the year in the minors. September callup at best, as he's not ready. I actually like Tejada as a solid performer. He's not a star, but there are plenty of shortstops I'd take Tejada over. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-12-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)What would you estimate for the number of times out of 100 the threesome of Dee Gordon, Jemile Weeks, and Jose Altuve has more productive careers than the threesome of Ruben Tejada, Johnny Giavotella, and Kyle Seager?
(goiter6 from MN)
98. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Sandy Alderson's right hand man, and Reyes has already signed elsewhere, what would you advise as a course of action?
(Matt from Whippleville, NY )
Abject surrender, like the rebels at Appomattox. They can stick Ruben Tejada in there, but there isn't a handy way to replace the offense or the electricity that player provides. (Steven Goldman)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton and Starlin Castro all played last year at age 20. Has there ever been a year when that many 20-year-olds did as well in the majors as those three? Of the players who've done that in the past, have most ended up in Cooperstown?
(Rex Little from Big Bear, CA)
Restricting our inquiry to hitters who had at least 200 PAs, last year had four: the ones you mention plus Ruben Tejada. Years with four 20 year-old hitters aren't so rare (e.g. 1976, 1970), but the only year in recent memory with MORE 20 year-old hitters is 1964. That year, Ed Kranepool, Rusty Staub, Tony Conigliaro, Derrell Griffith, Ed Kirkpatrick, and Terry Jones all played their age-20 seasons. As best I can tell, that (6) is the record. (Tommy Bennett)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team strato keeper league - who would rather have, Ruben Tejada or Jake Fox?
(goiter6 from MN)
I wouldn't be too excited about either of those guys, but I guess I'd take Tejada for position and upside. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ruben Tejada: still just a utility guy or does he have a chance to be a regular with J Wilson type career?
(Rave from Mahwah, NJ)
Well, he's not the glove wiz Wilson is. I could see him having some years as a second-division starter certainly. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets starting 2B on Opening Day 2010 will be ...? In 2011????
(dianagramr from NYC)
Luis Castillo. Ruben Tejada. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)When do you see Ruben Tejada making an impact in the majors and what kind of impact do you see him making?
(Carl from Buffalo, NY)
Ruben Tejada is going to be a big leaguer, but not an impact one. For me, he's kind of a future Enrique Wilson kind of player. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I wrong to love Ruben Tejada? 19 years old in AA ball, hitting for average and demonstrating great plate discipline?
(Thomas from NY)
Is love really ever wrong? Love is a good thing, the world needs more love. In all seriousness though, I like Tejada for all the reasons you do, but I'm not convinced his more than a good utility guy in the end. (Kevin Goldstein)


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