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Birth Date5-12-1987
Height6' 5"
Weight280 lbs
Age31 years, 2 months, 5 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
1.02014
1.22015
2016
0.82017
-1.62018
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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 oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2011 SLN MLB 18 2 34.7 1 1 1 25 11 40 3 .256 96 6.5 2.9 0.8 10.4 58% .272 .209 1.04 2.84 3.12 83 3.44 79.9 0.6
2012 SLN MLB 35 29 176.0 18 7 0 168 64 180 16 .255 100 8.6 3.3 0.8 9.2 46% .321 .259 1.32 3.53 3.78 85 3.55 81.4 3.3
2013 SLN MLB 33 33 201.7 15 10 0 189 76 198 14 .254 102 8.4 3.4 0.6 8.8 45% .314 .256 1.31 3.25 3.97 91 3.37 80.7 3.9
2014 SLN MLB 33 33 203.7 15 10 0 185 72 181 13 .256 104 8.2 3.2 0.6 8.0 46% .290 .253 1.26 3.31 2.74 99 4.42 108.4 1.0
2015 SLN MLB 31 31 175.3 12 11 0 172 68 167 13 .258 98 8.8 3.5 0.7 8.6 46% .319 .259 1.37 3.46 3.03 98 4.49 104.8 1.2
2017 SLN MLB 33 33 186.3 11 8 0 151 78 153 27 .259 95 7.3 3.8 1.3 7.4 45% .244 .248 1.23 4.83 3.43 115 5.19 110.4 0.8
2018 MIN MLB 18 18 91.3 7 7 0 96 55 91 10 .263 101 9.5 5.4 1.0 9.0 52% .333 .287 1.65 4.56 5.22 115 7.15 161.5 -2.0
CareerMLB2011791069.079541986424101096.2571008.33.60.88.547%.300.2571.323.723.54994.35100.39.8

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.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2008 QUD A 2 2 8.0 0 1 0 8 2 7 2 .271 96 9.0 2.2 2.2 7.9 38% .273 .272 1.25 5.88 2.25 100 4.38 99.2
2008 BAT A- 6 4 18.7 1 0 0 12 4 22 0 .253 99 5.8 1.9 0.0 10.6 41% .261 .170 0.86 2.06 0.96 81 2.98 65.4
2009 PMB A+ 5 2 15.7 0 0 0 16 3 17 0 .249 89 9.2 1.7 0.0 9.7 55% .364 .250 1.21 1.60 2.29 79 1.52 35.5
2009 SFD AA 22 22 126.3 11 4 0 117 51 98 5 .252 115 8.3 3.6 0.4 7.0 49% .301 .244 1.33 3.51 2.92 90 4.06 83.6
2009 MEM AAA 1 1 6.7 0 0 0 5 3 9 0 .259 75 6.7 4.0 0.0 12.1 56% .312 .222 1.19 2.10 2.69 86 3.31 66.5
2010 MEM AAA 29 29 164.0 13 10 0 164 62 141 21 .262 99 9.0 3.4 1.2 7.7 44% .301 .248 1.38 4.80 4.77 86 4.24 79.1
2011 SLN MLB 18 2 34.7 1 1 1 25 11 40 3 .256 96 6.5 2.9 0.8 10.4 58% .272 .209 1.04 2.84 3.12 83 3.44 79.9
2011 MEM AAA 12 12 75.0 7 3 0 79 25 64 2 .268 95 9.5 3.0 0.2 7.7 46% .344 .242 1.39 3.50 3.84 84 4.22 74.4
2012 SLN MLB 35 29 176.0 18 7 0 168 64 180 16 .255 100 8.6 3.3 0.8 9.2 46% .321 .259 1.32 3.53 3.78 85 3.55 81.4
2013 SLN MLB 33 33 201.7 15 10 0 189 76 198 14 .254 102 8.4 3.4 0.6 8.8 45% .314 .256 1.31 3.25 3.97 91 3.37 80.7
2014 SLN MLB 33 33 203.7 15 10 0 185 72 181 13 .256 104 8.2 3.2 0.6 8.0 46% .290 .253 1.26 3.31 2.74 99 4.42 108.4
2015 SLN MLB 31 31 175.3 12 11 0 172 68 167 13 .258 98 8.8 3.5 0.7 8.6 46% .319 .259 1.37 3.46 3.03 98 4.49 104.8
2016 PMB A+ 2 2 3.7 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 .248 87 9.8 0.0 0.0 9.8 67% .333 .296 1.09 1.07 2.45 88 2.64 63.3
2016 SFD AA 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 .261 101 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 50% .375 .222 1.00 2.17 0.00 94 3.69 87.9
2017 SLN MLB 33 33 186.3 11 8 0 151 78 153 27 .259 95 7.3 3.8 1.3 7.4 45% .244 .248 1.23 4.83 3.43 115 5.19 110.4
2018 MIN MLB 18 18 91.3 7 7 0 96 55 91 10 .263 101 9.5 5.4 1.0 9.0 52% .333 .287 1.65 4.56 5.22 115 7.15 161.5

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
2011 558 0.5412 0.4427 0.7652 0.6093 0.2461 0.8207 0.6032 0.2348
2012 2985 0.4858 0.4459 0.7596 0.6034 0.2971 0.8091 0.6645 0.2404
2013 3351 0.4996 0.4617 0.7595 0.6487 0.2749 0.8278 0.5987 0.2405
2014 3443 0.4999 0.4490 0.7807 0.6426 0.2555 0.8318 0.6523 0.2193
2015 3026 0.4818 0.4633 0.7846 0.6824 0.2596 0.8322 0.6683 0.2154
2017 3164 0.4738 0.4374 0.7702 0.6438 0.2517 0.7990 0.7041 0.2298
2018 1747 0.4316 0.4556 0.7588 0.6910 0.2769 0.8215 0.6400 0.2412
Career182740.48480.45160.76960.64770.26760.82040.65340.2304

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
2014-06-28 2014-06-28 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2014-06-01 2014-06-01 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Hyperextension -
2012-02-21 2012-03-07 Camp 15 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-08-10 2011-10-09 60-DL 60 46 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2008-08-07 2008-09-05 Minors 29 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 MIN $12,000,000
2017 SLN $7,500,000
2016 SLN $7,500,000
2015 SLN $7,000,000
2014 SLN $535,000
2013 SLN $513,000
2012 SLN $482,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$23,530,000
2018Current$12,000,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$35,530,000
7 yrTotal$35,530,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 119 dExcel Sports1 year/$12M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$12M (2018). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 3/12/18. Performance bonuses: $1M each for 170, 180 innings pitched.
  • 3 years/$22M (2015-17). Signed extension with St. Louis 1/15/15 (avoided arbitration). 15:$7M, 16:$7.5M, 17:$7.5M. 2016 performance bonuses: $0.125M each for 25, 27, 29, 31 starts. 2017 performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 25, 27, 29, 31 starts.
  • 1 year/$0.535M (2014). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.513M (2013). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.482M (2012). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/29/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by St. Louis 6/2/11. Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2008 (1-39) (Mississippi). Signed 6/08, $0.938M signing bonus.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-04-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)Am I the only one who looks at the Twin's rotation and sees no possible way of it leading them to the playoffs? Kyle Gibson, the inevitable 2nd half meltdown of Lance Lynn, terrible depth, etc......
(Mr. Fister from Arlington)
I didn't pick them for the Wild Card, although there isn't a dominant team beyond the top four in the AL. I could see the Twins or another team winning 83-85 and sneaking in to the Wild Card game. (Mike Gianella)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Craig, thanks for answering our questions. Dynasty league trade question. Prince Fielder for Lance Lynn. Who needs to add or is it pretty even?
(Henry from TX)
I think that's fine. A lot more stability in Lynn but a much higher payoff for Fielder if he can return to something close to his old self. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Justin Upton, Lance Lynn, and Derek Holland a reasonable price for Chris Sale, Joey Gallo, Kenley Jansen, and a top 5-10 prospect pick (assume 2014 draftees)?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I value Sale over Upton by enough to want more in this deal if I'm the Sale side. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best dynasty league keeper: Lance Lynn or Nathan Eovaldi? Why?
(cracker73 from Florida)
That's tough. I really like both. Lynn is more actualized, but Eovaldi has the higher ceiling. I think I'd lean toward the latter because of that ceiling. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Lance Lynn a top 40 starter?
(cracker73 from Florida)
No and, if I might editorialize, gosh no. (Sam Miller)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you name a non-ace or two in the NL whom you expect to be better in the second half?
(Jason from Not leaving yet)
Better meaning they've pitched and failed. Lance Lynn, Jeff Samardzija, Homer Bailey, Edwin Jackson, Dillon Gee (already surging), Brandon McCarthy & Ryan Vogelsong when healthy, and keep an eye on Tom Koehler who is throwing tonight. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)One more offer I received today in an NL keeper: my Rutledge ($10 S1) for Lance Lynn ($4 S1)?
(sbnbaseball from New Jersey)
Yes. But I'm a known Rutledge non-believer. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matt, Enjoy the chats alot. Who do you consider the best choice in a dynasty league without regard to position. Lance Lynn, Trevor Cahill or Starling Marte.
(dhorrell1956 from Winston Salem, NC)
Thanks, I enjoy the questions a lot. I'm really not a fantasy guy, but I do like me some Starling Marte. So take that for what it's worth. Also I'd think in dynasty you'd be concerned with injuries and so I'd suggest staying away from pitching prospects. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rather have Leonys Martin or Lance Lynn in a dynasty league?
(Justin from Chicago)
As is traditional when about to close up shop (ha HA!) we'll do a lightning round which is fun to shout if you over-pronounce "round."

I'll take Lynn. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trevor Rosenthal.Long termer reliever or starter ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
I want so badly to say starter bc I'm such a huge fan. We'll see how this year goes. If he can pull some spot starts, I'll be heartened that they might Lance Lynn him next year. If he is a long term reliever, he succeeds Motte in 2015. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am in a NL only 5x5 auction league and really debating my last carryover...I have Lance Lynn at $7, Paul Maholm at $1, Ian Stewart at $2 and Chris Nelson at $3....Considering their prices, what order would you put them in for terms of potential profit over their cost? Thanks! Chris PS--got the Starting Pitching Guide for the first time this year....WOW!!! incredible breadth of coverage and depth to the point I really feel like I have a unfair advantage going into drafting my pitchers this year...THANKS!!
(cgraham73 from Charleston, SC)
Thanks so much, Chris. As you'll note in the said guide, I like Maholm a good bit with Atlanta, but I have to go Lynn because I think he can be special. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Daniel, Always enjoy and look forward to the BP chats. I'd like your opinion on the long term prospects of Lance Lynn and Trevor Cahill. I've read differing opinions on Lynn, from he's going to be special to mid-rotation guy. Opinions on Cahill seem to be a little more scarce. Thanks in advance.
(dhorrell1956 from NC)
Hey, dhorrell1956 - glad to hear that you enjoy these.

I was intrigued by the progress that Cahill made last year, when he ticked his walk rate down a bit, upped his strikeout rate to 18.6 percent from 16.3 percent, and induced a rather ridiculous 61.2 percent ground-ball rate. He's only 25, so I think there's room for even more improvement here, which could make Cahill a perennial 3+ win pitcher.

I am less bullish on Lynn, but do think that he'll be a solid third or fourth starter for a long time. It'll be interesting to see how he tweaks his mechanics and holds up after dropping 40 pounds this offseason (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/baseball/st-louis-cardinals-pitcher-lance-lynn-loses-40-pou/nWMyP/). (Daniel Rathman)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a couple starting pitchers in mind that might break out this season?
(Matt M from Malone, NY)
I do Matt from Malone. Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn, Iwakuma, Teheran, Wade Davis are some good late round names depending on your league size. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can keep one for a starting pitcher keeper for 2013... Josh Johnson, Jake Peavy, Anibal Sanchez, Lance Lynn... Not opposed to taking a bit of a risk, almost want to keep Lynn, am I crazy?
(GMan from Detroit)
You're not crazy, I *REALLY* like Lynn. Is there no differentiating cost between them? I'd lean Peavy if not, but if you want to go for broke with Lynn, I support it. (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you attach any credence to the rumor that the Indians are asking an arm and a leg (specifically, Lance Lynn's and Joe Kelly's arms, and Matt Adams' gynormous legs along with the rest of him) of St. Louis for Asdrubal Cabrera? That would be an Adams-sized overpay, wouldn't it?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Nice one, Bill - and the asking price for Cabrera at this point does seem exorbitant. Paul Hoynes from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer characterized it as "three to four players," at least two of whom are likely to be top prospects. Cabrera is a reliable, two-win player signed for $16.5 million through 2014, so it's understandable that Chris Antonetti doesn't want to give him away. But given his iffy defense at shortstop, and the other options at 2B and 3B, unless teams get desperate (and I don't think the Cardinals are), that demand is unlikely to be met. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you attach any credence to the rumor that the Indians are asking an arm and a leg (specifically, Lance Lynn's and Joe Kelly's arms, and Matt Adams' gynormous legs along with the rest of him) of St. Louis for Asdrubal Cabrera? That would be an Adams-sized overpay, wouldn't it?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Nice one, Bill - and the asking price for Cabrera at this point does seem exorbitant. Paul Hoynes from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer characterized it as "three to four players," at least two of whom are likely to be top prospects. Cabrera is a reliable, two-win player signed for $16.5 million through 2014, so it's understandable that Chris Antonetti doesn't want to give him away. But given his iffy defense at shortstop, and the other options at 2B and 3B, unless teams get desperate (and I don't think the Cardinals are), that demand is unlikely to be met. (Daniel Rathman)
2011-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of timetables for prospects, do you think the Cardinals were gaming the system by keeping Lance Lynn on the 60-day DL until the last minute, so he could come back and be a healthy fire-breathing reliever against dinged-up hitters? Or was that use of the 60-day legitimate? How good is he going to be?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I don't see what's wrong with gaming the system if it's there to be gamed. That's just smart management. I like Lynn out of the bullpen, but still would like to see him as a starter. No. 4 type. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Lance Lynn have the potential to be a legit closer?
(John from IL)
Haven't seen enough personally, but from what I hear 7th inning guy is a more likely fit. Why doesn't anyone talk about their rotation issues in 3-4-5 spot? (Mike Ferrin)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chattin'; I think you may be overestimating the likelihood of McClellan's shifting to the rotation, CK. Lance Lynn was *very* good in AAA over his final dozen starts (83-20 K-BB in 73 innings), and Duncan likes him.
(Bob from Malibu)
Believe me, that's my very point from my column last week: Lynn should be the best choice, especially with last year's boosted velocity on top of the better second-half results. But if they hold up McClellan for some media misdirection over the next couple of weeks, until Lynn wins the job without the immediate pressure of "YOU WILL REPLACE ADAM WAINWRIGHT!", I can't say I blame them. (Christina Kahrl)


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