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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
36.0 4.38 1.33 34 2 1 0 0.0
Birth Date5-12-1987
Height6' 3"
Weight243 lbs
Age32 years, 6 months, 7 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.22015
0.42016
-0.02017
0.12018
0.02019
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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
2015 LAN MLB 39 0 29.7 2 2 0 26 9 29 3 95 7.9 2.7 0.9 8.8 0% .284 1.18 3.43 4.25 94 4.15 96.8 0.2
2016 LAN MLB 58 0 42.7 2 2 0 34 17 47 2 88 7.2 3.6 0.4 9.9 40% .296 1.20 2.92 3.38 99 4.15 91.8 0.4
2017 LAN MLB 4 0 3.3 0 0 0 3 2 5 0 8.1 5.4 0.0 13.5 63% .375 1.50 1.97 2.70 110 6.12 130.2 0.0
2018 LAN MLB 17 0 13.0 2 1 0 10 8 12 1 96 6.9 5.5 0.7 8.3 64% .281 1.38 4.35 2.77 91 3.96 88.5 0.1
CareerMLB118088.76507336936887.43.70.69.446%.2971.233.263.55974.1994.50.7

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 PCH A+ FSL 38 1 90.3 6 5 1 88 31 70 3 103 8.8 3.1 0.3 7.0 0% .321 1.32 3.42 3.09 97 4.79 97.8
2012 MNT AA SOU 33 0 52.0 3 4 8 53 20 27 4 9.2 3.5 0.7 4.7 0% .295 1.40 4.60 2.94 112 5.01 104.4
2012 DUR AAA INT 16 0 21.0 1 1 1 18 8 21 0 7.7 3.4 0.0 9.0 0% .300 1.24 2.30 1.29 82 3.57 74.3
2013 MNT AA SOU 1 0 2.0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% .250 0.50 -0.10 0.00 72 3.66 79.6
2013 DUR AAA INT 43 0 60.3 5 3 0 50 25 69 1 7.5 3.7 0.1 10.3 0% .308 1.24 2.42 3.58 81 3.34 72.5
2014 DUR AAA INT 54 0 65.0 6 1 4 43 15 86 1 6.0 2.1 0.1 11.9 0% .292 0.89 1.64 1.66 55 2.29 48.5
2015 LAN MLB NL 39 0 29.7 2 2 0 26 9 29 3 95 7.9 2.7 0.9 8.8 0% .284 1.18 3.43 4.25 94 4.15 96.8
2015 OKL AAA PCL 19 0 21.7 0 1 3 18 10 18 2 7.5 4.2 0.8 7.5 0% .267 1.29 4.65 3.74 103 3.32 72.8
2016 LAN MLB NL 58 0 42.7 2 2 0 34 17 47 2 88 7.2 3.6 0.4 9.9 40% .296 1.20 2.92 3.38 99 4.15 91.8
2016 RCU A+ CAL 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 27.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 17% .500 3.00 3.70 18.00 113 6.79 150.0
2016 OKL AAA PCL 4 0 5.0 0 0 1 0 2 10 0 0.0 3.6 0.0 18.0 75% .000 0.40 0.92 0.00 40 1.30 28.8
2017 LAN MLB NL 4 0 3.3 0 0 0 3 2 5 0 8.1 5.4 0.0 13.5 63% .375 1.50 1.97 2.70 110 6.12 130.2
2017 RCU A+ CAL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 108 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 67% .000 0.00 1.92 0.00 88 2.59 55.2
2017 OKL AAA PCL 10 0 11.7 0 1 0 9 1 10 0 6.9 0.8 0.0 7.7 36% .273 0.86 2.52 2.31 81 2.76 58.7
2017 DOD Rk AZL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 103 0.0 9.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 1.00 3.22 0.00 84 3.48 74.0
2018 LAN MLB NL 17 0 13.0 2 1 0 10 8 12 1 96 6.9 5.5 0.7 8.3 64% .281 1.38 4.35 2.77 91 3.96 88.5
2018 OKL AAA PCL 18 0 17.3 2 2 0 29 6 17 3 15.1 3.1 1.6 8.8 41% .413 2.02 5.41 5.19 104 7.58 160.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2015 467 0.5011 0.4518 0.7299 0.6496 0.2532 0.8026 0.5424 0.2701
2016 700 0.5043 0.4543 0.7610 0.6346 0.2709 0.8527 0.5426 0.2390
2017 75 0.4533 0.4133 0.7742 0.5294 0.3171 0.8333 0.6923 0.2258
2018 181 0.4033 0.4586 0.7711 0.6575 0.3241 0.8333 0.6857 0.2289
Career14230.48770.45190.75280.63690.27430.83280.56860.2472

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
2018 LAN $
2017 LAN $
2016 LAN $
2015 LAN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 86 d1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/18. DFA by LA Dodgers 8/31/18. Released 9/5/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2015). Contract selected, acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Tampa Bay 11/20/14. Signed by LA Dodgers 3/15.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2010 (21-641) (Tennessee Tech).

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 8.1 0 1 60 0 51.7 38 19 47 5 .242 1.11 3.39 3.59 -3.6 -0.4
80o 6.9 0 0.8 53 0 45.5 37 18 42 5 .257 1.20 3.79 4.01 -5.2 -0.6
70o 6.2 0 0.7 48 0 41.2 35 17 38 5 .268 1.27 4.08 4.33 -6.1 -0.7
60o 5.5 0 0.6 43 0 37.6 34 16 35 5 .277 1.33 4.34 4.6 -6.7 -0.7
50o 5 0 0.6 40 0 34.4 32 16 32 5 .286 1.39 4.58 4.86 -7.1 -0.8
40o 4.5 0 0.5 36 0 31.2 30 15 29 4 .294 1.45 4.82 5.13 -7.3 -0.8
30o 3.9 0 0.4 32 0 27.9 28 14 26 4 .304 1.51 5.09 5.41 -7.4 -0.8
20o 3.3 0 0.3 28 0 24.1 26 13 22 4 .315 1.59 5.41 5.76 -7.3 -0.8
10o 2.6 0 0.2 22 0 19.1 22 11 18 3 .330 1.71 5.87 6.25 -6.8 -0.7
Weighted Mean4.900.539033.63115314.2831.374.544.82-6.8-0.7

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
20203331160052462149743.2981.294.414.948.03.68.51.2-0.0
20213431154047412044643.2981.314.475.007.93.98.51.2-0.1
20223531153046401943643.2961.284.545.087.83.78.41.2-0.1
20233621150043381841643.2981.304.485.028.03.88.61.3-0.1
20243721144038341635543.3001.324.595.148.13.88.31.2-0.1
20253821145039351636543.3001.324.535.078.13.78.41.2-0.1
20263921141036331533543.3021.334.625.178.23.88.21.2-0.1
20274021143037341635543.3021.344.635.188.23.98.41.2-0.1
20284121142037331534543.3011.314.635.198.13.78.31.2-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Louis Coleman 2018 3.68
2 86 Blake Parker 2017 2.67
3 83 Jumbo Diaz 2016 4.19
4 82 Tommy Layne 2017 8.31
5 82 Mitch Stetter 2013 0.00 DNP
6 82 Clay Rapada 2013 0.00
7 80 Pat Neshek 2013 3.57
8 80 Justin Hampson 2012 3.60
9 80 Nick Hagadone 2018 0.00 DNP
10 79 Pat Venditte 2017 0.00 DNP
11 79 Rob Wooten 2018 0.00 DNP
12 78 Tim Hamulack 2009 0.00 DNP
13 78 Al Alburquerque 2018 0.00 DNP
14 77 Scott Atchison 2008 0.00 DNP
15 77 Josh Kinney 2011 6.62
16 77 Brandon Gomes 2017 0.00 DNP
17 77 Scott Strickland 2008 0.00 DNP
18 77 Cory Gearrin 2018 3.77
19 77 Randy Choate 2008 0.00 DNP
20 76 Dale Thayer 2013 3.60
21 75 Fernando Cabrera 2014 0.00 DNP
22 75 Dane De La Rosa 2015 0.00 DNP
23 75 Chris Hatcher 2017 4.37
24 75 Chris Leroux 2016 0.00 DNP
25 75 Marcos Mateo 2016 0.00 DNP
26 75 Mike Koplove 2009 0.00 DNP
27 75 Jim Henderson 2015 0.00 DNP
28 75 Blake Wood 2018 2.31
29 74 Fernando Rodriguez 2016 4.20
30 74 Kevin Gregg 2010 3.66
31 74 Brad Brach 2018 4.60
32 74 Anthony Varvaro 2017 0.00 DNP
33 74 Jean Machi 2014 2.58
34 74 Will Harris 2017 3.18
35 74 Randy Flores 2008 5.61
36 74 Micah Bowie 2007 4.71
37 73 Jason Bulger 2011 3.86
38 73 Jeff Manship 2017 0.00 DNP
39 73 Chris Schroder 2011 0.00 DNP
40 73 Tom Wilhelmsen 2016 6.99
41 73 Carlos Almanzar 2006 0.00 DNP
42 73 George Sherrill 2009 1.70
43 73 Jason Frasor 2010 4.24
44 73 Matt Bush 2018 5.09
45 73 Bobby Korecky 2012 18.00
46 73 Pedro Feliciano 2009 3.94
47 73 Gabe DeHoyos 2012 0.00 DNP
48 72 Rafael Martin 2016 2.45
49 72 Fernando Rodney 2009 4.52
50 72 Steve Cishek 2018 2.56
51 72 Jared Burton 2013 3.95
52 72 Evan Meek 2015 0.00 DNP
53 72 Mike MacDougal 2009 5.13
54 72 Brandon Villafuerte 2008 0.00 DNP
55 72 Brandon Kintzler 2017 3.15
56 72 Ramon Ramirez 2014 0.00
57 71 Sam LeCure 2016 0.00 DNP
58 71 Casey Janssen 2014 4.34
59 71 Fernando Abad 2018 0.00 DNP
60 71 Javy Guerra 2018 6.81
61 71 Craig Breslow 2013 2.41
62 71 Jack Taschner 2010 6.41
63 71 Joe Thatcher 2014 4.75
64 71 Peter Moylan 2011 3.24
65 71 Wesley Wright 2017 0.00 DNP
66 71 George Kontos 2017 3.80
67 71 Dustin Molleken 2017 0.00 DNP
68 71 Cesar Ramos 2016 6.61
69 71 Scott Williamson 2008 0.00 DNP
70 71 Tim Dillard 2016 0.00 DNP
71 71 Will Ohman 2010 3.86
72 71 Justin Miller 2010 4.44
73 71 Kevin Jepsen 2017 0.00 DNP
74 70 Mike Marshall 1975 3.79 DNP
75 70 Logan Kensing 2015 5.87
76 70 Cristhian Martinez 2014 0.00 DNP
77 70 Chad Paronto 2008 4.35
78 70 Todd Coffey 2013 0.00 DNP
79 70 Matt Wise 2008 6.43
80 70 Santiago Casilla 2013 2.52
81 70 Anthony Swarzak 2018 6.15
82 70 Jesse Crain 2014 0.00 DNP
83 70 Paul Shuey 2003 3.00
84 70 Mike Adams 2011 1.59
85 70 Tyler Sturdevant 2018 0.00 DNP
86 70 Bobby Seay 2010 0.00 DNP
87 70 Casey Fien 2016 5.49
88 70 Jonathan Broxton 2016 4.45
89 70 Doug Slaten 2012 2.77
90 69 Luke Gregerson 2016 3.59
91 69 Matt Lindstrom 2012 3.26
92 69 Adam Ottavino 2018 2.90
93 69 Brendan Donnelly 2004 3.00
94 69 Darren O'Day 2015 1.79
95 69 Kyle Farnsworth 2008 4.77
96 69 Jose Veras 2013 3.30
97 69 J.P. Howell 2015 1.84
98 69 Matt Thornton 2009 2.74
99 69 Saul Rivera 2010 22.09
100 69 Jose Valdez 2015 0.00 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Would-be LOOGY Adam Liberatore was unable to liberate himself from injury in 2017, as groin and forearm issues limited him to just four spring appearances before an eventual September rehab shutdown.
2017 In 2014, Childish Gambino dropped a freestyle on HOT97 with Rosenberg that accomplished something heretofore thought impossible: positive YouTube comments. It was four minutes of straight fire, kicked off with the refrain "I've been grindin' my whole life." Liberatore knows a little something about grinding—as do most 28-year-old rookies. A 21st-round pick by the Rays from Tennessee Technological University in 2010, Liberatore wasn't handed anything on the diamond, including a check. But as Gambino croons, "they gave the wrong [pitchers] money." Liberatore didn't post an ERA over 3.74 in his minor league career, yet he didn't earn many chances due to his low-90s fastball, even as a lefty. Finally afforded an opportunity to get that paper in 2016, he reeled off a string as epic as the aforementioned freestyle, recording a 42-game, 33-inning stretch from April to July where he allowed two earned runs and struck out 38 against only 10 walks. Liberatore struggled down the stretch and was ultimately surpassed by Grant Dayton as the go-to lefty―likely due to an elbow that needed arthroscopic surgery after the season. As a result, he'll enter Spring Training just trying to make the team. That's nothing new for Liberatore, of course. He's been grindin' his whole life.
2016 Not content to rely on J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta alone, Andrew Friedman also picked up Liberatore to round out a bullpen replete with former Rays, but the lefty never made it to the majors in Tampa. His debut with the Dodgers was fine, okay, nondescript, average, middle of the road, vanilla. Still, the large lefty will need to miss a few more bats if he wants to earn his name à la Simon Bolivar, Emperor Alexander II and Pedro I of Brazil. Now those were some Liberatores who knew how to provide relief.
2015 A classic three-year Triple-A project, Liberatore has gone from just a big body to a big-league-ready fireman. He beat out Durham's entire starting rotation for the team's Most Valuable Pitcher Award, was named the Rays' minor-league Reliever of the Year and was by most statistical measures the best reliever in the International League. Liberatore's increasingly heavy, 93 mph fastball was responsible for most of his success, along with a workable slider, a show-me changeup and (more importantly) maturity that allowed him to assume Durham's closer role late in the season. The 2010 21st-rounder should make his big-league debut this year; his sub-.500 OPS allowed to lefties over three Triple-A seasons recommends him for situational use, but he handles righties, too.
2013 Adam Liberatore, a 2010 21st-rounder out of Tennessee Tech, has moved quietly but steadily up the system and, in a late-season stint at Triple-A, put up his best numbers yet.

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