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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
34.7 4.07 1.36 37 2 1 0 0.3
Birth Date7-3-1987
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age32 years, 0 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.22015
0.72016
0.32017
2018
0.32019
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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
2011 CLE MLB 8 0 7.3 1 1 0 10 0 9 1 109 12.3 0.0 1.2 11.0 0% .409 1.36 3.19 6.14 98 3.79 88.1 0.1
2012 COL MLB 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 116 13.5 4.5 0.0 0.0 0% .375 2.00 4.63 0.00 76 2.47 56.6 0.1
2013 CHN MLB 5 0 3.3 0 0 0 9 0 4 1 108 24.3 0.0 2.7 10.8 0% .571 2.70 4.52 18.90 74 2.15 51.4 0.1
2014 CHA MLB 49 0 54.7 5 3 6 39 20 46 2 101 6.4 3.3 0.3 7.6 0% .257 1.08 3.10 1.98 97 3.54 86.8 0.6
2015 CHA MLB 49 0 48.7 3 3 0 42 24 64 7 105 7.8 4.4 1.3 11.8 0% .310 1.36 4.06 4.07 80 2.68 62.6 1.2
2016 CHA MLB 25 0 27.3 1 0 0 25 11 30 2 101 8.2 3.6 0.7 9.9 41% .324 1.32 3.06 2.30 82 2.86 63.4 0.7
2017 CHA MLB 7 0 8.7 0 0 0 2 1 9 0 2.1 1.0 0.0 9.3 56% .111 0.35 1.41 1.04 72 2.52 53.7 0.3
CareerMLB1450152.010761305716213977.73.40.89.650%.2961.233.363.20863.0571.83.0

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 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-
2008 MHV A- NYP 3 3 9.7 0 1 0 7 5 8 0 99 6.5 4.6 0.0 7.4 0% .259 1.24 3.50 3.71 104 4.05 83.0
2009 KIN A+ CRL 5 5 24.0 2 0 0 22 5 23 1 97 8.3 1.9 0.4 8.6 0% .313 1.13 2.60 4.13 81 3.61 76.0
2009 AKR AA EAS 33 0 56.7 4 2 2 59 18 57 2 99 9.4 2.9 0.3 9.0 0% .341 1.36 2.58 4.13 77 4.15 87.3
2009 PES Wnt AFL 5 5 12.3 0 1 0 18 3 18 0 13.2 2.2 0.0 13.2 0% .500 1.71 2.04 8.78 0 0.00 0.0
2010 AKR AA EAS 20 7 51.3 4 1 3 58 9 41 2 102 10.2 1.6 0.4 7.2 0% .339 1.31 2.79 3.86 0 0.00 0.0
2010 COH AAA INT 17 0 24.3 0 1 0 20 7 24 2 7.4 2.6 0.7 8.9 0% .273 1.11 3.24 3.33 0 0.00 0.0
2011 CLE MLB AL 8 0 7.3 1 1 0 10 0 9 1 109 12.3 0.0 1.2 11.0 0% .409 1.36 3.19 6.14 98 3.79 88.1
2011 COH AAA INT 44 0 69.0 6 3 9 61 23 68 6 8.0 3.0 0.8 8.9 0% .284 1.22 3.43 3.65 84 3.22 65.7
2012 COL MLB NL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 116 13.5 4.5 0.0 0.0 0% .375 2.00 4.63 0.00 76 2.47 56.6
2012 CSP AAA PCL 49 0 60.7 3 4 12 73 27 49 5 10.8 4.0 0.7 7.3 0% .351 1.65 4.50 4.15 100 4.91 102.3
2013 CHN MLB NL 5 0 3.3 0 0 0 9 0 4 1 108 24.3 0.0 2.7 10.8 0% .571 2.70 4.52 18.90 74 2.15 51.4
2013 IOW AAA PCL 17 0 19.3 1 1 4 20 6 22 0 9.3 2.8 0.0 10.2 0% .364 1.34 2.22 3.26 71 3.05 66.2
2014 CHA MLB AL 49 0 54.7 5 3 6 39 20 46 2 101 6.4 3.3 0.3 7.6 0% .257 1.08 3.10 1.98 97 3.54 86.8
2014 CHR AAA INT 5 0 7.0 1 0 0 4 1 12 0 5.1 1.3 0.0 15.4 0% .308 0.71 0.34 0.00 39 1.87 39.5
2015 CHA MLB AL 49 0 48.7 3 3 0 42 24 64 7 105 7.8 4.4 1.3 11.8 0% .310 1.36 4.06 4.07 80 2.68 62.6
2016 CHA MLB AL 25 0 27.3 1 0 0 25 11 30 2 101 8.2 3.6 0.7 9.9 41% .324 1.32 3.06 2.30 82 2.86 63.4
2017 CHA MLB AL 7 0 8.7 0 0 0 2 1 9 0 2.1 1.0 0.0 9.3 56% .111 0.35 1.41 1.04 72 2.52 53.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2011 114 0.5965 0.5000 0.7368 0.6324 0.3043 0.9070 0.2143 0.2632
2012 30 0.5333 0.5000 0.6000 0.5625 0.4286 0.6667 0.5000 0.4000
2013 70 0.4714 0.5143 0.7778 0.6364 0.4054 0.9524 0.5333 0.2222
2014 847 0.3601 0.4640 0.6768 0.6164 0.3782 0.8404 0.5268 0.3232
2015 803 0.3263 0.4770 0.6240 0.6221 0.4067 0.8344 0.4682 0.3760
2016 444 0.3514 0.4910 0.6239 0.6923 0.3819 0.7685 0.4818 0.3761
2017 103 0.4175 0.5437 0.6429 0.6744 0.4500 0.9310 0.3333 0.3571
Career24110.36630.48030.65280.63540.38940.83330.47580.3472

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
2014-07-24 2014-08-08 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2013-06-12 2013-09-30 60-DL 110 100 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2013-08-02 -
2012-03-10 2012-03-17 Camp 7 0 Right Elbow Soreness - -
2010-05-27 2010-06-23 Minors 27 0 Right Mid Back Tightness Rhomboid -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $
2017 CHA $1,117,500
2016 CHA $975,000
2015 CHA $525,000
2014 CHA $
2013 CHN $
2012 COL $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,617,500
3 yrTotal$2,617,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 135 dISE Baseball1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/18/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 2018. Injured, did not play.
  • 1 year/$1.1175M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Chicago White Sox 12/1/17.
  • 1 year/$0.975M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.525M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 3/3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 11/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago White Sox 4/17/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 12/21/12 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 5/30/13. Sent outright to Triple-A by Chicago Cubs 10/9/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Acquired by Colorado in trade from Cleveland 1/20/12. Claimed by Chicago Cubs off waivers from Colorado 11/2/12. Non-tendered by Chicago Cubs 11/30/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Cleveland 9/13/11.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2008 (5-171) (Michigan) $0.6M signing bonus.

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 2.7 1.3 0.8 51 0 52.8 37 20 56 5 .248 1.07 2.70 2.99 11.3 1.2
80o 2.3 1.1 0.6 44 0 46.4 35 19 50 4 .265 1.16 3.09 3.41 7.9 0.9
70o 2 0.9 0.6 40 0 41.9 34 18 45 4 .276 1.24 3.38 3.72 5.7 0.6
60o 1.8 0.8 0.5 37 0 38.2 32 17 41 4 .287 1.30 3.63 3.99 4.1 0.5
50o 1.7 0.7 0.4 33 0 34.8 31 16 37 4 .296 1.36 3.87 4.25 2.8 0.3
40o 1.5 0.6 0.4 30 0 31.5 29 16 34 4 .306 1.43 4.11 4.51 1.7 0.2
30o 1.3 0.5 0.3 27 0 28.0 27 15 30 3 .316 1.50 4.37 4.8 0.7 0.1
20o 1.1 0.4 0.3 23 0 24.1 25 13 26 3 .328 1.59 4.68 5.14 -0.3 0.0
10o 0.8 0.3 0.2 18 0 18.9 21 11 20 3 .345 1.71 5.13 5.62 -1.2 -0.1
Weighted Mean1.60.70.433034.03016364.2931.353.834.212.90.3

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
20203231153056482760645.2901.344.064.287.74.39.61.00.5
20213321147049442452545.2961.384.134.368.04.49.50.90.4
20223421037039352041545.2961.414.314.558.14.69.51.20.2
20233521036038341840445.2981.384.254.488.14.39.61.00.2
20243621034035321737445.2961.394.284.518.24.39.41.00.2
20253721030032291633445.3031.424.304.538.24.59.41.10.2
20263821033035321736445.2991.414.334.578.34.49.31.00.2
20273921033034321735445.3001.444.364.608.54.59.31.10.2
20284021033035321736445.2981.404.364.608.24.49.31.00.2

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Pedro Feliciano 2008 4.05
2 88 Jesse Crain 2013 1.47
3 88 Steve Cishek 2017 2.01
4 88 Nick Masset 2013 0.00 DNP
5 87 Adam Ottavino 2017 5.06
6 87 Fernando Rodney 2008 4.91
7 87 Bobby Jenks 2012 0.00 DNP
8 86 Jeremy Affeldt 2010 4.50
9 85 Jim Kern 1980 5.54
10 84 Mike MacDougal 2008 2.12
11 84 J.P. Howell 2014 2.57
12 83 Wade Davis 2017 2.45
13 83 Scot Shields 2007 4.32
14 83 Francisco Rodriguez 2013 2.70
15 82 Darren O'Day 2014 1.83
16 82 Jason Frasor 2009 2.65
17 82 Greg McMichael 1998 5.16
18 82 Joakim Soria 2015 2.66
19 82 Kevin Gregg 2009 4.98
20 82 Tony Watson 2016 3.33
21 82 Sparky Lyle 1976 2.86
22 82 John Grabow 2010 8.42
23 81 Ramon Ramirez 2013 12.71
24 81 Jeff Fassero 1994 3.50
25 81 Joe Nathan 2006 1.58
26 81 Sean Marshall 2014 9.00
27 81 Jeff Montgomery 1993 2.27
28 81 Bruce Sutter 1984 1.98
29 81 Brad Brach 2017 3.57
30 80 Sean Burnett 2014 13.50
31 80 Norm Charlton 1994 0.00 DNP
32 80 Scott Williamson 2007 5.02
33 80 Brett Cecil 2018 7.44
34 80 Tippy Martinez 1981 3.36
35 80 Jason Isringhausen 2004 3.23
36 80 Juan Rincon 2010 4.50
37 80 Nate Jones 2017 2.31
38 80 Chad Qualls 2010 8.54
39 80 Kevin Jepsen 2016 6.34
40 79 Jake McGee 2018 6.66
41 79 Ryan Madson 2012 0.00 DNP
42 79 Gary Lavelle 1980 3.96
43 79 A.J. Ramos 2018 6.41
44 79 Casey Janssen 2013 2.91
45 79 Jake Diekman 2018 5.40
46 79 Paul Shuey 2002 3.84
47 78 Jeff Nelson 1998 4.02
48 78 Damaso Marte 2006 4.63
49 78 B.J. Ryan 2007 14.54
50 78 John Franco 1992 1.64
51 78 Michael Wuertz 2010 4.76
52 77 Matt Guerrier 2010 3.55
53 77 Gene Garber 1979 5.60
54 77 Luke Gregerson 2015 3.54
55 77 Heath Bell 2009 2.71
56 76 Will Ohman 2009 5.84
57 76 Doug Corbett 1984 2.33
58 76 Aaron Heilman 2010 4.50
59 76 Peter Moylan 2010 3.39
60 76 Dennys Reyes 2008 2.33
61 76 Nick Vincent 2018 4.47
62 76 Joe Page 1949 3.01
63 76 Brian Fuentes 2007 3.82
64 76 Darren Holmes 1997 5.84
65 76 Jonathan Broxton 2015 4.77
66 76 Steve Karsay 2003 0.00 DNP
67 76 Santiago Casilla 2012 3.41
68 76 Matt Bush 2017 5.16
69 76 Al Holland 1984 3.48
70 76 Brendan Donnelly 2003 1.70
71 76 David Hernandez 2016 3.84
72 76 J.J. Putz 2008 3.88
73 75 Ryan Dempster 2008 3.27
74 75 Willie Hernandez 1986 3.65
75 75 Daniel Hudson 2018 4.89
76 75 Pedro Strop 2016 3.04
77 75 Frank Francisco 2011 3.73
78 75 Scott Linebrink 2008 3.88
79 75 David Phelps 2018 0.00 DNP
80 75 Joaquin Benoit 2009 0.00 DNP
81 75 Will Harris 2016 2.39
82 75 Francisco Cordero 2006 3.82
83 75 Lindy McDaniel 1967 4.21
84 75 Jon Rauch 2010 3.12
85 75 Jose Valverde 2009 2.50
86 75 Danny Farquhar 2018 5.63
87 74 Mike Timlin 1997 3.72
88 74 Chad Bradford 2006 3.34
89 74 Jason Motte 2013 0.00 DNP
90 74 Jason Christiansen 2001 3.22
91 74 Kyle Farnsworth 2007 5.25
92 74 Tommy Hunter 2018 3.94
93 74 Andrew Miller 2016 1.57
94 74 Jonathan Papelbon 2012 2.83
95 74 Rafael Perez 2013 0.00 DNP
96 74 Dan Jennings 2018 3.78
97 74 Joel Hanrahan 2013 9.82
98 74 Jim Mecir 2001 3.57
99 73 Eric O'Flaherty 2016 7.85
100 73 Jesse Orosco 1988 3.06

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 What if we told you the White Sox had claimed a 26-year-old Triple-A right-handed reliever off waivers whose repertoire consisted of spamming a mid-80s splitter? What if we told you this pitcher would then strike out 149 batters over 139 innings with an ERA of 2.71 across the next few seasons? Well, it’s true, and that’s Putnam. Unfortunately, whether you believe it or not, Tommy John surgery meant a second straight season cut short by injury, and his durability is now a serious question.
2017 Zach Putnam missed yet another half-season, this time due to bone spurs. The good news for this split-finger reliever is that, according to his punch card, his next elbow operation is 50 percent off.
2016 Putnam doesn't throw overwhelmingly hard, but since arriving on the South Side in early 2014 he's gone to extremely heavy splitter usage, and batters haven't solved that pitch yet. In 2015, he threw the splitter over 63 percent of the time, and nearly a quarter of those offerings (not just the ones batters swung at) resulted in swings and misses. There's nothing else he does especially well, but if he can even maintain this skill he's a good middle reliever.
2015 In a season that could have been the sweeps-week episode of When Buildings Collapse, this minor-league free agent stood out for sturdiness. Putnam used a heavy splitter to generate groundballs, and while lefties hit him hard, he was tougher on righties than Dellin Betances. Even the .260 BABIP can regress a good long way before he stops being useful, assuming health: Putnam has been plagued by arm injuries for much of his career, having missed time in 2012 and 2013 with elbow trouble and in 2014 with shoulder inflammation.
2014 Bone spurs resulting in August elbow surgery cut short Zach Putnams season, but his sinker/splitter combo generates enough strikeouts and groundballs to work in a bullpen.
2013 Putnam, Cleveland's fifth-round pick in 2008, went to the Rockies in a January 2012 trade for Kevin Slowey. He started strong but struggled to throw strikes from June to season's end, walking 21 batters over his final 40 1/3 innings at Triple-A. He works with a low-90s fastball and a splitter that generates grounders. The University of Michigan product made a few starts earlier in his career but has spent the last two seasons working exclusively out of the bullpen, which is where his future lies. The Cubs picked him up on waivers in early November, then promptly non-tendered him.
2012 Taking a big step forward in his first full season at Triple-A, Putnam will compete for a spot in Cleveland's bullpen this spring and should be a mainstay for years to come. Already possessing a true knockout pitch in a brutal splitter that drops off the table, Putnam changed the grip on his slider this season to give him a second big-league-quality off-speed pitch. That slider complements a 92-93 mph fastball that touches 96. Putnam also improved his fastball command last season and has little left to learn in the minors. An athletic player who could have been drafted as a hitter, Putnam bounced between the rotation and bullpen before finally settling into a relief role in 2011. Shoulder issues hampered his effectiveness in the middle of the season, but he bounced back well and should be fine.
2011 When Putnam was a high-school star in Michigan, he was generally seen as one of the top players in the country. His stock slipped after three years at his home state's university, and while he'll never be a star, he should at least provide some relief help. His 92-94 mph fastball played better out of the pen, and he pounds the strike zone with it before throwing hitters off-balance with an average slider and an impressive split/change that produces some ugly swings. Putnam's ceiling is that of a seventh- or eighth-inning arm, but he's close to being ready.
2010 The Tribe's bullpen woes created some panic down below, as they briefly converted Zach Putnam to relief work in 2009; he'll be back to starting at Double-A, and has the stuff to fit in the back end of a good rotation.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-07-19 17:00:00 (link to chat)White Sox closer? Clippard? Any chance that works?
(tomhauck from NJ)
Probably not. 52% fly ball rate in Guaranteed Rate Field? ABORT ABORT ABORT.

The sad thing is, they probably don't have a better option. Nate Jones and Zach Putnam are both done for the year, and Anthony Swarzak is probably going to get some save opportunities as well. It's a mess. (Brett Cowett)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)When it comes to saves in 2015, can you please rank the following. Vic Black, Josh Fields, Zach Putnam, Junichi Tazawa. Thanks dude.
(Corey from San Jacinto)
Putnam, Fields, and Black, Tazawa with the caveat that anything can happen between now and ST 2015. If you're looking for fluidity, Chicago and Houston are better place to go than Boston (sounds like they might bring back Koji Uehara) and New York (Mejia is OK if he's healthy, and Familia looks like a solid back-up plan). (Mike Gianella)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some prospects at RP that you like (are there any)?
(McPaine from St. Paul)
There's rarely such a thing as a RP "prospect." The good pitching prospects generally start out in the rotation, and if they can't hack it, they move into the bullpen. That said, there are certainly some relievers in Triple-A that could prove valuable to an AL or NL-only team. Don't count on them for saves anytime soon, but they could provide good ratios. A few off the top of my head: Eduardo Sanchez was just recalled by St. Louis and has good stuff. Juan Abreu is interesting in Houston if he can improve his control. I like Zach Putnam for Colorado. Nick Hagadone's been up and down for Cleveland this year. Jose Ceda is out for 2012 (Tommy John) but is interesting next year, perhaps even getting in the saves mix at some point. (Derek Carty)


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