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Jeremy Giambi DH

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
10 1704 .263 .377 .430 108 2.1
Birth Date9-30-1974
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
Age44 years, 7 months, 25 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1998 KCA 23 18 70 13 4 0 2 11 9 0 0 1 .224 .343 .397 95 -0.3 -1.3 -0.8 -0.1
1999 KCA 24 90 336 82 13 1 3 40 67 3 0 0 .285 .373 .368 85 -5.2 -1.7 -2.9 -0.6
2000 OAK 25 104 302 66 10 2 10 32 61 3 0 0 .254 .338 .423 95 0.0 -1.2 -3.9 0.0
2001 OAK 26 124 443 105 26 0 12 63 83 4 0 1 .283 .391 .450 112 9.2 1.8 -8.7 0.9
2002 OAK 27 42 187 43 7 0 8 27 40 3 0 0 .274 .390 .471 140 10.1 -0.1 -5.2 0.9
2002 PHI 27 82 210 38 10 0 12 52 54 1 0 1 .244 .435 .538 137 10.7 0.5 -4.0 1.1
2003 BOS 28 50 156 25 5 0 5 26 42 2 1 0 .197 .342 .354 92 -1.0 0.8 -1.0 0.1
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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 PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1996 SPO A- NWN 67 300 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 LNS A MDW 0 141 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 WIC AA TXS 0 318 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 KCA MLB AL 18 70 .275 .343 .426 .229 102 -0.6 1.9 -0.8 95 19 -0.8 -1.3 -0.3 -0.1
1998 OMA AAA PCL 0 388 .000 .000 .000 .419 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 KCA MLB AL 90 336 .269 .339 .431 .356 100 -2.4 9.4 -6.3 85 8 -2.9 -1.7 -5.2 -0.6
1999 OMA AAA PCL 0 159 .000 .000 .000 .376 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OAK MLB AL 104 302 .275 .350 .440 .290 87 5 9.5 -4 95 13 -3.9 -1.2 0.0 0.0
2000 SAC AAA PCL 0 39 .000 .000 .000 .409 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 OAK MLB AL 124 443 .267 .330 .429 .335 94 14 13.2 -6.8 112 8 -8.7 1.8 9.2 0.9
2001 SAC AAA PCL 9 28 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OAK MLB AL 42 187 .260 .323 .415 .321 95 9.6 5.4 -1.4 140 8 -5.2 -0.1 10.1 0.9
2002 PHI MLB NL 82 210 .255 .325 .404 .289 94 19.3 6.1 -2.7 137 8 -4.0 0.5 10.7 1.1
2003 BOS MLB AL 50 156 .273 .336 .438 .250 106 -4.1 4.2 -2.4 92 14 -1.0 0.8 -1.0 0.1
2003 PAW AAA INT 10 42 .000 .000 .000 .368 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LVG AAA PCL 11 26 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIR AA SOU 5 13 .306 .367 .458 .375 101 0.4 0.4 -0.2 94 0 0.0 -0.1 -0.3 0.0
2005 CHR AAA INT 4 10 .248 .326 .390 .000 91 -0.6 0.1 0 58 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.8 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1996 SPO A- NWN 300 231 58 63 17 0 6 98 39 61 32 22 5 .273 .440 .424 .152 0 0
1997 LNS A MDW 141 116 33 39 11 1 5 67 21 23 16 5 1 .336 .454 .578 .241 0 0
1997 WIC AA TXS 318 268 50 86 15 1 11 136 52 44 47 4 4 .321 .428 .507 .187 0 0
1998 KCA MLB AL 70 58 6 13 4 0 2 23 8 11 9 0 1 .224 .343 .397 .172 1 0
1998 OMA AAA PCL 388 325 68 121 21 2 20 206 66 57 64 8 5 .372 .474 .634 .262 0 0
1999 KCA MLB AL 336 288 34 82 13 1 3 106 34 40 67 0 0 .285 .373 .368 .083 4 1
1999 OMA AAA PCL 159 127 31 44 5 1 12 87 28 31 30 1 1 .346 .478 .685 .339 0 0
2000 OAK MLB AL 302 260 42 66 10 2 10 110 50 32 61 0 0 .254 .338 .423 .169 4 3
2000 SAC AAA PCL 39 31 8 11 2 0 2 19 8 8 7 1 1 .355 .487 .613 .258 0 0
2001 SAC AAA PCL 28 27 1 9 1 0 0 10 1 1 6 0 0 .333 .357 .370 .037 0 0
2001 OAK MLB AL 443 371 64 105 26 0 12 167 57 63 83 0 1 .283 .391 .450 .167 2 3
2002 OAK MLB AL 187 157 26 43 7 0 8 74 17 27 40 0 0 .274 .390 .471 .197 0 0
2002 PHI MLB NL 210 156 32 38 10 0 12 84 28 52 54 0 1 .244 .435 .538 .295 0 1
2003 PAW AAA INT 42 35 6 8 4 0 1 15 4 7 15 0 0 .229 .357 .429 .200 0 0
2003 BOS MLB AL 156 127 15 25 5 0 5 45 15 26 42 1 0 .197 .342 .354 .157 0 1
2004 LVG AAA PCL 26 23 3 3 0 0 1 6 1 3 8 0 0 .130 .231 .261 .130 0 0
2005 CHR AAA INT 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 0 0
2005 BIR AA SOU 13 11 1 3 1 0 0 4 2 2 3 0 0 .273 .385 .364 .091 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

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
2003-08-02 2003-10-17 60-DL 76 54 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2003-08-19
2003-06-22 2003-07-17 15-DL 25 21 Left Shoulder Inflammation Bursitis -
2002-07-01 2002-07-04 DTD 3 3 Left Wrist Inflammation - -
2001-05-16 2001-06-09 15-DL 24 21 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2001-05-10 2001-05-11 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2000-08-21 2000-09-09 15-DL 19 17 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
1999-04-05 1999-05-15 15-DL 40 34 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 BOS $2,000,000
2002 OAK, PHI $1,065,000
2001 OAK $282,500
2000 OAK $228,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,575,500
4 yrTotal$3,575,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 18 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from BOS 1/04 (minor-league contract)
  • released 12/03 acquired in trade from PHI 12/02 acquired in trade from OAK 5/02
  • 1 year/$2M (03)
  • 1 year/$1.065M (02) $35K 450 plate appearances, $35K 500 plate appearances
  • avoided arbitration 1/02 ($1.4M-$0.8M) acquired in trade from KC 2000

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2004 "Little G" was the one hitter Epstein brought in that did not work out; PECOTA didn't like his long-term outlook heading into 2003 and projected a huge drop from his '02 level, though not nearly huge enough. Giambi tried to play through a left shoulder injury, struggled badly, and was finally discovered to have a torn labrum. The Red Sox didn't miss him much, in large part because their regulars were injury-free. He should be healthy in the spring but will be attempting his comeback outside of New England.
2003 Dumped by Oakland in one of the strangest deals you’ll ever see, Giambi rotted on the Phillies’ bench thanks to Larry Bowa’s unwillingness to try to outscore the opposing team. Giambi’s natural position is designated hitter, since he’s a brutal fielder at any position. That said, Bowa’s reluctance to use him last season bordered on the inexplicable. Travis Lee’s bat was an unmitigated disaster with little to make you think it would get any better any time soon and Giambi scorched the ball whenever he got a chance. Giambi’s been traded to the Red Sox for Josh Hancock, so the Phillies turned John Mabry into a Giambi rental and a nondescript minor league pitcher. Boston will appreciate his offensive skills and put them to far greater use.
2002 He showed flashes of the offensive brilliance that was expected of him after punishing the ball in the minors. He's going to break out in a big way sooner rather than later. Giambi can't play defense in the outfield any better than his brother could, and he may be the solution to replace Jason at first base. If he can be signed to a four-year deal at a reasonable price, the A's should go for it.
2001 Jeremy Giambi continues to be a tantalizing mystery. Even with our corrections for league difficulty levels, he has still hit significantly below what you'd expect based on his minor-league performance. It would be interesting to see what would happen if he finally got 400 to 500 plate appearances, but he may get only 300. His near-term future depends heavily on John Jaha’s health; his long-term future depends on how soon Encarnacion is ready.
2000 He can’t help himself; despite doing his best to disprove the idea that minor-league performance is meaningful, Giambi still had a promising rookie season. It was easy to see how the Royals’ lack of confidence in him manifested itself at the plate. At times, it appeared he had decided to swing at a pitch before it even left the pitcher’s hand, which was rather astonishing for such an ordinarily patient hitter. Not coincidentally, his power completely disappeared: his slugging average was lower than that of Rey Sanchez. In 452 Triple-A at-bats, Giambi has hit .365 with 32 homers and 88 walks. It would be almost unprecedented for such a dominant Triple-A hitter to fail in the majors.
1999 He’s not particularly fast, and his defense won’t make anyone stand up and cheer. But he has an incredible idea of what he’s doing at the plate. He has better plate discipline than all but a few players in baseball, very good power - and hit .372 in AAA. The Pacific Coast League is not what it used to be - Omaha used to be in the American Association, and Giambi’s numbers are not solely a product of a good offensive environment. His EqA was the highest in the minor leagues last season.

He would have been a front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award in 1998, and should be a front-runner in 1999. He only hit .224 in a short callup, but drew as many walks (11) in three weeks as Dye did all year. The Royals absolutely need his bat in the lineup from start to finish this season.
1998 Along with Brown, one of the two best prospects in the organization. Unlike Brown, he’s probably ready for the major leagues right now. Giambi was a college teammate of Mark Kotsay, and like Kotsay he doesn’t do anything the scouts like except hit. He’s the same kind of slashing, 40-doubles-a-year hitter as his brother Jason, and even more patient. Could easily draw 100 walks this year, which is punishable by three-to-five in Kansas City. Should start on Opening Day.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will we ever read something like this again on BP? From the Top 40 prospects of 1999 - Jeremy Giambi (#8) "It’s hard to not find fault with Baseball America, who somehow deemed 63 other minor leaguers to be more valuable than Jeremy Giambi. That’s like calling Ted Williams the 64th-best player of all time. Yes, Giambi is slow and has no defensive value. But to suggest that one of the two or three best hitting prospects in the minor leagues is only the 64th-best overall prospect is to suggest that offense represents an absurdly small fraction of a position player’s overall contribution."
(Bob from Seattle)
I don't think anyone's going to be writing much about Jeremy Giambi on BP. Honestly? It's hard when writing about things that haven't happened yet to say nothing that won't look strange in retrospect. There are probably some things on those 1999 lists that look really off, both from us and from BA. You try to learn from it. (Colin Wyers)


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