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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date6-19-1991
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age28 years, 4 months, 1 days
BatsR
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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
2017 SDN 26 12 32 11 1 0 4 0 10 0 0 0 .344 .344 .750 102 0.2 -0.4 -0.9 0.0
2018 SDN 27 110 384 83 15 0 20 23 104 9 3 0 .236 .299 .450 101 1.9 0.4 -1.8 1.3
Career122416941602423114930.245.303.4751012.00.0-2.71.3

Statistics for All Levels

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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
2010 RNG Rk AZL 51 210 .270 .328 .368 .390 96 13 6.8 0.8 161 0 0.6 0.3 -1.2 0.7
2011 HIC A SAL 126 529 .261 .331 .396 .300 108 11.1 15.3 2 114 0 20.5 4.3 -0.8 4.2
2012 DAY A+ FSL 25 95 .256 .328 .367 .304 110 0.4 2.8 0.3 106 0 6.8 -0.1 0.5 1.0
2012 MYR A+ CAR 100 425 .254 .322 .386 .338 89 18.8 12.7 1 130 0 -4.7 -2.4 12.5 1.9
2012 OBR Wnt LMP 23 60 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TEN AA SOU 133 542 .244 .317 .368 .303 106 6.7 14.7 1.3 117 0 -4.9 1.8 2.1 1.6
2014 TEN AA SOU 62 259 .258 .324 .388 .284 101 -3 7.1 0.9 92 0 1.3 -1.0 -5.9 0.3
2014 IOW AAA PCL 64 248 .269 .334 .416 .266 89 -7.8 7.4 1 65 0 7.2 -0.1 -11.1 0.4
2015 TEN AA SOU 6 28 .257 .336 .364 .176 89 1.7 0.8 0.1 116 0 -0.4 0.4 0.0 0.1
2015 IOW AAA PCL 123 508 .265 .329 .402 .273 96 5.7 14.1 -1.4 102 0 4.2 -2.2 -7.7 0.7
2017 SDN MLB NL 12 32 .248 .312 .412 .389 84 6.4 0.9 0.1 102 26 -0.9 -0.4 0.2 0.0
2017 ELP AAA PCL 109 454 .277 .345 .439 .326 107 18.1 13.4 -3.1 124 0 -0.8 -1.1 15.3 2.3
2018 SDN MLB NL 110 384 .240 .309 .390 .276 99 0.4 10.8 1.3 101 11 -1.8 0.4 1.9 1.3

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
2010 RNG Rk AZL 210 188 30 59 14 1 2 81 35 13 42 6 2 .314 .367 .431 .117 2 2
2011 HIC A SAL 529 467 78 130 30 3 17 217 84 37 86 32 6 .278 .338 .465 .186 13 0
2012 DAY A+ FSL 95 84 14 21 5 0 4 38 9 10 24 5 2 .250 .337 .452 .202 0 0
2012 OBR Wnt LMP 60 51 9 9 3 0 2 18 6 6 25 0 1 .177 .283 .353 .176 1 0
2012 MYR A+ CAR 425 375 45 107 19 1 10 158 59 24 83 9 9 .285 .356 .421 .136 5 1
2013 TEN AA SOU 542 490 60 128 41 2 19 230 72 34 117 5 7 .261 .317 .469 .208 6 3
2014 IOW AAA PCL 248 223 22 47 18 0 6 83 26 21 64 2 1 .211 .283 .372 .161 1
2014 TEN AA SOU 259 234 31 58 20 0 4 90 32 19 42 0 1 .248 .310 .385 .137 2
2015 TEN AA SOU 28 24 5 5 0 0 2 11 7 4 5 0 0 .208 .321 .458 .250 0 0
2015 IOW AAA PCL 508 455 56 118 23 2 18 199 88 35 80 2 3 .259 .313 .437 .178 9 4
2017 ELP AAA PCL 454 398 69 118 28 2 20 210 86 43 83 4 2 .296 .369 .528 .231 6 1
2017 SDN MLB NL 32 32 5 11 1 0 4 24 7 0 10 0 0 .344 .344 .750 .406 0 0
2018 SDN MLB NL 384 351 42 83 15 0 20 158 46 23 104 3 0 .236 .299 .450 .214 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 119 0.5042 0.5546 0.7121 0.7500 0.3559 0.8000 0.5238 0.2879 0.0000
2018 1508 0.4556 0.5411 0.6985 0.7409 0.3739 0.7898 0.5472 0.3015 0.0000
Career16270.45920.54210.69950.74160.37260.79050.54550.30050.0000

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
2014-06-30 2014-07-08 Minors 8 0 - Not Disclosed -
2009-06-09 2009-08-22 Minors 74 0 Knee Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 SDN $548,500
2017 SDN $
2016 CHN $507,500
2015 CHN $
2014 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,056,000
2 yrTotal$1,056,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 14 dMunger English2019

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5485M (2018). Re-signed by San Diego 3/18. DFA by San Diego 11/20/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by San Diego 12/12/16 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by San Diego 9/18/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16. Non-tendered by Chicago Cubs 12/2/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 11/20/12. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/13.
  • Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Texas 7/31/12.
  • Signed by Texas 2008 as a free agent from Mexico.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 505 69 129 29 2 24 75 41 117 3 1 .285 .354 .518 123 32.1 3B -5, 1B 0 2.9
80o 486 64 119 26 2 22 69 38 115 3 1 .272 .340 .492 115 24.8 3B -5, 1B 0 2.1
70o 472 60 112 25 2 20 65 36 113 3 1 .264 .329 .473 110 19.8 3B -5, 1B 0 1.6
60o 460 57 105 24 1 19 62 34 112 3 1 .252 .317 .452 105 15.8 3B -5, 1B 0 1.2
50o 449 55 99 22 1 18 59 32 110 3 1 .243 .307 .435 101 12.2 3B -5, 1B 0 0.8
40o 438 52 94 21 1 17 56 31 109 2 1 .236 .299 .422 96 8.7 3B -5, 1B 0 0.5
30o 426 49 89 20 1 16 53 29 107 2 1 .229 .291 .410 91 5.2 3B -4, 1B 0 0.1
20o 412 46 84 19 1 15 50 27 105 2 1 .223 .284 .399 86 1.3 3B -4, 1B 0 -0.3
10o 393 42 76 17 1 14 46 24 103 2 1 .211 .269 .381 78 -3.6 3B -4, 1B 0 -0.8
Weighted Mean4525510223119603311131.249.314.45010213.03B -5, 1B 00.9

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Mike Olt? Will he keep the job all year?
(MattN from Silver Spring)
I've been on the Olt bandwagon for too long to jump off now. The Cubs don't have much reason to not give him at least 400 PA this season - really, only Christian Villanueva could conceivably steal time away from him later in the season. I think he can be a low average, 25 homer guy. (Ben Carsley)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any favorite sleepers in the Cubs system? Also, do you think Mike Olt can resurrect his career?
(Duff Man from Shelbyville)
I'm excited about Olt. My friend Sahadev Sharma did some great reporting on Olt's vision issues, and, no pun intended, things have cleared up.
As far as sleepers, it's hard for me to say who would appear to be a sleeper ... Christian Villanueva? Arismendy Alcantara? The aforementioned Olt? If so, those guys. (Harry Pavlidis)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)As someone who was very high on Christian Villanueva while in the Rangers organization, would you be able to touch on what type of player he the Cubs got in return? Does he have 1st division potential? Would he be able to handle 2nd base?
(Andrew from IL)
I've seen him play 2B, but I think [athletically], he is a better fit for 3B. He has a very good glove, with clean actions, and a strong arm. His bat isn't all that special, but he has good hands and shows quality bat speed. I don't think he's big batting average type, but he might be able to achieve the .265-.270 range, with 10-15 bombs. Not a first division talent, but a steady major league regular if everything clicks. Big makeup as well. Works very hard. Good kid. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you expect Starlin Castro to switch positions any time soon? If so, when and to where?
(sitdancer from DC)
The Cubs are popular today.

I do believe Castro will change positions within the next three years. Ideally, you would slide Castro to center field and be done with it. The problem is he doesn't seem to profile well out there. That leaves third base or second base as the most likely locations. You'd like to think at least one of Josh Vitters and Christian Villanueva will develop, so I would guess Castro winds up at second base. (R.J. Anderson)


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