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Portrait of Elih Villanueva

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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
33.7 5.55 1.48 23 2 2 0 -0.1
Birth Date7-27-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age33 years, 6 months, 20 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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2018
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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 FLO MLB 1 1 3.0 0 1 0 5 5 2 1 87 15.0 15.0 3.0 6.0 0% .364 3.33 11.99 24.00 139 7.57 176.0 -0.1
CareerMLB113.001055218715.015.03.06.025%.3643.3311.9924.001397.57176.0-0.1

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-
2011 FLO MLB NL 1 1 3.0 0 1 0 5 5 2 1 87 15.0 15.0 3.0 6.0 0% .364 3.33 11.99 24.00 139 7.57 176.0
2011 NWO AAA PCL 28 28 165.0 7 11 0 199 59 105 24 93 10.9 3.2 1.3 5.7 0% .325 1.56 5.50 5.35 110 6.29 128.3
2012 NWO AAA PCL 32 16 113.0 9 8 1 120 44 83 11 92 9.6 3.5 0.9 6.6 0% .310 1.45 4.73 3.90 102 4.92 102.5
2012 TOR Wnt DWL 7 7 30.0 1 2 0 27 11 21 3 8.1 3.3 0.9 6.3 0% .270 1.27 4.13 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2013 NWO AAA PCL 8 8 46.3 2 3 0 41 11 31 5 82 8.0 2.1 1.0 6.0 0% .265 1.12 4.34 3.50 97 3.46 75.1
2013 MRL Rk GCL 4 4 18.0 2 0 0 20 3 19 0 96 10.0 1.5 0.0 9.5 0% .377 1.28 1.84 1.00 81 4.57 99.4
2014 NWO AAA PCL 27 27 137.0 10 10 0 148 47 104 18 89 9.7 3.1 1.2 6.8 0% .304 1.42 5.06 4.47 110 5.20 110.0
2015 BOW AA EAS 17 17 110.7 8 7 0 92 21 67 6 94 7.5 1.7 0.5 5.4 0% .254 1.02 3.47 2.93 97 3.18 69.8
2015 NOR AAA INT 11 11 57.3 4 5 0 67 14 24 6 95 10.5 2.2 0.9 3.8 0% .304 1.41 4.56 4.71 117 5.53 121.4
2017 PME AA EAS 14 12 57.3 5 5 0 85 15 48 12 106 13.3 2.4 1.9 7.5 48% .372 1.74 5.27 7.85 114 7.45 158.4
2018 AGU Wnt DWL 7 5 22.3 0 2 0 32 11 18 3 113 12.9 4.4 1.2 7.3 0% .392 1.93 4.54 5.64 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2011 87 0.4713 0.3908 0.9412 0.4878 0.3043 0.9500 0.9286 0.0588
Career870.47130.39080.94120.48780.30430.95000.92860.0588

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 1 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Miami (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). DFA by Florida 1/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Florida 6/15/11.
  • Drafted by Florida 2008 (27-808) (Florida State).

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 8.7 0 0 9 9 49.8 48 13 33 8 .262 1.21 4.19 4.56 -7.0 -0.8
80o 7.4 0 0 8 8 44.0 45 12 29 7 .276 1.30 4.59 4.99 -8.2 -0.9
70o 6.5 0 0 8 8 40.0 43 12 26 7 .285 1.37 4.88 5.31 -8.8 -1.0
60o 5.8 0 0 7 7 36.7 41 11 24 7 .294 1.43 5.13 5.58 -9.1 -1.0
50o 5.2 0 0 6 6 33.6 39 10 22 6 .302 1.48 5.37 5.84 -9.3 -1.0
40o 4.6 0 0 6 6 30.6 37 10 20 6 .310 1.54 5.61 6.11 -9.3 -1.0
30o 4 0 0 5 5 27.5 35 9 18 6 .319 1.61 5.88 6.39 -9.2 -1.0
20o 3.3 0 0 5 5 23.9 32 8 16 5 .329 1.68 6.19 6.74 -8.9 -1.0
10o 2.5 0 0 4 4 19.1 27 7 13 4 .343 1.79 6.64 7.22 -8.1 -0.9
Weighted Mean5.1006632.93810226.3001.475.345.81-9.0-1.0

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
20203371202727162196511023544.3021.535.916.2610.92.85.71.9-1.3
202134690212112315039782644.3041.545.936.2811.02.95.71.9-1.0
202235690222212715540802844.3031.535.956.3111.02.85.72.0-1.1
202336590202011914538752644.3041.535.976.3310.92.95.72.0-1.1
202437580191911113536702444.3041.546.006.3610.92.95.71.9-1.0
202538580181810813236682444.3041.556.006.3611.03.05.62.0-1.0
202639580181810713035672344.3041.556.026.3811.03.05.71.9-1.0
202740580191911113637702444.3031.566.056.4111.03.05.71.9-1.1
202841580181810613036662344.3031.566.086.4411.03.05.61.9-1.1

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 95 Greg Smith 2016 0.00 DNP
2 93 Thad Weber 2017 0.00 DNP
3 91 Duane Below 2018 0.00 DNP
4 91 Derek Hankins 2016 0.00 DNP
5 91 Brian Mazone 2009 0.00 DNP
6 90 Shawn Haviland 2018 0.00 DNP
7 90 Toru Murata 2017 0.00 DNP
8 90 Yadel Marti 2012 0.00 DNP
9 89 Angel Castro 2015 2.25
10 88 Travis Banwart 2018 0.00 DNP
11 87 Mark Nussbeck 2006 0.00 DNP
12 86 Matt Buschmann 2016 2.08
13 86 Chris Gissell 2010 0.00 DNP
14 84 Matt Wright 2014 0.00 DNP
15 84 Matt Zaleski 2014 0.00 DNP
16 84 Will Glen 2010 0.00 DNP
17 83 Jair Jurrjens 2018 0.00 DNP
18 83 Austin Bibens-Dirkx 2017 4.67
19 83 Barry Enright 2018 0.00 DNP
20 83 Yunesky Maya 2014 0.00 DNP
21 83 Mitch Atkins 2018 0.00 DNP
22 82 Andy Van Hekken 2012 0.00 DNP
23 82 Matt Fox 2015 0.00 DNP
24 82 Kyle Davies 2016 0.00 DNP
25 81 Justin Thomas 2016 0.00 DNP
26 81 Justin Germano 2015 0.00 DNP
27 81 Shane Loux 2012 5.33
28 81 Chris George 2012 0.00 DNP
29 80 Jeremy Kehrt 2018 0.00 DNP
30 80 Trey Hodges 2010 0.00 DNP
31 80 Jarrett Grube 2014 13.50
32 80 Donovan Hand 2018 0.00 DNP
33 79 Justin Lehr 2010 0.00 DNP
34 79 Willie Collazo 2012 0.00 DNP
35 79 Boof Bonser 2014 0.00 DNP
36 78 Lindsay Gulin 2009 0.00 DNP
37 78 Giancarlo Alvarado 2010 0.00 DNP
38 78 Yohan Pino 2016 0.00 DNP
39 78 Eddie Gamboa 2017 0.00 DNP
40 78 Jason Stanford 2009 0.00 DNP
41 77 Andrew Albers 2018 0.00 DNP
42 77 Virgil Vasquez 2014 0.00 DNP
43 77 Tony Pena 2013 0.00 DNP
44 77 Dan Reichert 2009 0.00 DNP
45 77 Clay Condrey 2008 3.39
46 76 Cory Riordan 2018 0.00 DNP
47 76 Brad Mills 2017 0.00 DNP
48 76 Jason Berken 2016 0.00 DNP
49 75 Shawn Hill 2013 0.00 DNP
50 75 Doug Mathis 2015 0.00 DNP
51 75 Brian Burres 2013 0.00 DNP
52 75 Matt Ginter 2010 0.00 DNP
53 75 Zach Kroenke 2016 0.00 DNP
54 74 J.D. Martin 2015 0.00 DNP
55 74 Michael Nix 2015 0.00 DNP
56 74 Dylan Axelrod 2018 0.00 DNP
57 74 Tom Cochran 2015 0.00 DNP
58 74 Lenny DiNardo 2012 0.00 DNP
59 73 Randy Keisler 2008 0.00 DNP
60 73 Brian Sweeney 2006 3.51
61 73 Jason Phillips 2006 0.00 DNP
62 73 Kei Igawa 2012 0.00 DNP
63 73 Pat Misch 2014 0.00 DNP
64 73 Anthony Lerew 2015 0.00 DNP
65 72 Scott Carroll 2017 0.00 DNP
66 72 Everett Teaford 2016 0.00 DNP
67 72 John Lannan 2017 0.00 DNP
68 72 Bill Murphy 2013 0.00 DNP
69 72 Brian Cooper 2007 0.00 DNP
70 71 Aaron Laffey 2017 0.00 DNP
71 71 Josh Geer 2015 0.00 DNP
72 71 Clayton Mortensen 2017 0.00 DNP
73 71 Mike Burns 2011 0.00 DNP
74 71 Dustin Richardson 2016 0.00 DNP
75 70 Mike Saipe 2006 0.00 DNP
76 70 Spike Lundberg 2009 0.00 DNP
77 70 Zach Jackson 2015 0.00 DNP
78 70 Wade LeBlanc 2017 4.63
79 70 Chris Jakubauskas 2011 5.72
80 70 Michael Tejera 2009 0.00 DNP
81 70 Jeff Harris 2007 0.00 DNP
82 69 Matt Palmer 2011 5.74
83 69 Bobby Cramer 2012 0.00 DNP
84 69 Kris Medlen 2018 15.75
85 69 Radhames Liz 2016 0.00 DNP
86 69 Andy Mitchell 2011 0.00 DNP
87 68 Marty McLeary 2007 9.39
88 68 Eric DuBose 2008 0.00 DNP
89 68 Joe Martinez 2015 0.00 DNP
90 68 David Huff 2017 0.00 DNP
91 67 Cesar Valdez 2017 8.51
92 67 Roger Deago 2009 0.00 DNP
93 67 Eric Stults 2012 3.55
94 67 Kyle Snyder 2010 0.00 DNP
95 66 Colt Hynes 2017 0.00 DNP
96 66 Adam Loewen 2016 15.00
97 66 Roman Colon 2012 6.75
98 66 Pete Munro 2007 0.00 DNP
99 66 Chris Fussell 2008 0.00 DNP
100 66 Scott Richmond 2012 6.00

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Like Koehler, Villanueva was roughed up in his first year at New Orleans after easily handling Double-A the year before. Villanueva's average stuff was exposed in Triple-A, where hitters were less likely to chase his breaking pitches out of the zone and get themselves out. The 59 walks Villanueva surrendered fell five short of his career total in 384 career innings prior to 2011, not surprising given how hard he was hit when he pitched around the zone (.499 SLG, 24 HR allowed). Villanueva found success in the lower minors by locating his fastball and coaxing immature hitters to swing at his breaking pitches out of the zone, tricks that rarely work in Triple-A. He isn't a soft-tosser, so there's a chance he could figure things out in his second trip around the Pacific Coast League.
2011 A chunky, durable control artist, Villanueva won the organization's pitcher of the year award. The former Florida State star spun a trio of complete-game shutouts while winning the Southern League ERA title. However, exceptional command of a mediocre assortment and slow fastballs generally doesn't get you listed on top-prospect lists, so like his fellow under-regarded teammate, Tom Koehler, Villanueva is stuck in the "show me" pile for the time being. Given the crowd ahead of him for the fifth slot in the rotation, he will have to take a number and wait for a back-end rotation opportunity.
2010 2008 27th-rounder Elih Villanueva doesn't have much in the way of a fastball, but oh, can he locate, making one wonder about his 11 hit batsmen and the definition of 'purpose pitch.'

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