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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 30)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
12.7 4.66 1.41 12 1 1 6 0.0
Birth Date8-13-1988
Height6' 5"
Weight235 lbs
Age31 years, 0 months, 5 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2015
2016
0.72017
-0.62018
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
2013 BOS MLB 20 3 41.7 6 3 0 44 15 47 5 101 9.5 3.2 1.1 10.2 0% .345 1.42 3.45 4.97 95 3.77 90.3 0.5
2014 BOS MLB 19 15 87.0 1 10 0 88 36 70 11 102 9.1 3.7 1.1 7.2 0% .296 1.43 4.47 5.17 107 5.30 130.0 -0.5
2017 BOS MLB 33 0 39.7 1 1 0 37 11 37 7 8.4 2.5 1.6 8.4 44% .283 1.21 4.48 3.18 89 3.68 78.3 0.7
2018 BOS MLB 43 0 41.3 6 1 0 34 16 37 6 108 7.4 3.5 1.3 8.1 46% .259 1.21 4.45 3.27 121 6.21 138.7 -0.6
2019 BOS MLB 57 0 56.0 9 1 7 23 32 77 1 108 3.7 5.1 0.2 12.4 52% .200 0.98 2.45 1.93 81 3.02 61.6 1.4
CareerMLB17218265.72316722611026830897.73.71.09.145%.2811.263.883.86994.48103.01.5

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 GRN A SAL 26 26 131.0 6 7 0 128 33 115 10 110 8.8 2.3 0.7 7.9 0% .313 1.23 3.63 3.71 87 4.23 86.3
2012 SLM A+ CAR 20 20 113.7 7 7 0 104 20 107 10 99 8.2 1.6 0.8 8.5 0% .298 1.09 3.20 3.40 86 3.48 72.4
2012 PME AA EAS 5 5 25.0 3 1 0 23 5 23 2 105 8.3 1.8 0.7 8.3 0% .296 1.12 2.99 3.96 82 3.54 73.7
2013 BOS MLB AL 20 3 41.7 6 3 0 44 15 47 5 101 9.5 3.2 1.1 10.2 0% .345 1.42 3.45 4.97 95 3.77 90.3
2013 PME AA EAS 11 10 65.7 5 1 0 51 17 74 6 102 7.0 2.3 0.8 10.1 0% .280 1.04 3.07 3.43 77 3.14 68.3
2013 PAW AAA INT 6 6 35.3 3 1 0 39 13 34 6 102 9.9 3.3 1.5 8.7 0% .340 1.47 4.75 2.80 107 5.33 115.8
2014 BOS MLB AL 19 15 87.0 1 10 0 88 36 70 11 102 9.1 3.7 1.1 7.2 0% .296 1.43 4.47 5.17 107 5.30 130.0
2014 PAW AAA INT 11 11 61.3 7 1 0 61 17 55 10 95 9.0 2.5 1.5 8.1 0% .298 1.27 4.50 4.11 103 5.15 109.1
2016 LOW A- NYP 5 0 8.0 0 1 0 9 4 8 2 10.1 4.5 2.3 9.0 56% .304 1.63 6.01 6.75 104 4.62 102.0
2016 PME AA EAS 4 0 10.0 0 0 0 15 7 5 3 13.5 6.3 2.7 4.5 48% .324 2.20 8.35 9.00 135 6.76 149.2
2016 RSX Rk GCL 1 1 2.0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 91 9.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 40% .400 1.00 0.30 4.50 77 2.24 49.4
2017 BOS MLB AL 33 0 39.7 1 1 0 37 11 37 7 8.4 2.5 1.6 8.4 44% .283 1.21 4.48 3.18 89 3.68 78.3
2017 PAW AAA INT 18 0 29.0 4 1 2 16 13 35 1 5.0 4.0 0.3 10.9 46% .234 1.00 2.72 1.55 82 2.48 52.8
2018 BOS MLB AL 43 0 41.3 6 1 0 34 16 37 6 108 7.4 3.5 1.3 8.1 46% .259 1.21 4.45 3.27 121 6.21 138.7
2018 PAW AAA INT 17 0 30.0 2 1 1 21 5 34 3 6.3 1.5 0.9 10.2 39% .247 0.87 2.96 3.90 79 2.93 61.9
2019 BOS MLB AL 57 0 56.0 9 1 7 23 32 77 1 108 3.7 5.1 0.2 12.4 52% .200 0.98 2.45 1.93 81 3.02 61.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2013 766 0.5052 0.4191 0.7477 0.6021 0.2322 0.8283 0.5341 0.2523
2014 1415 0.5060 0.4495 0.8160 0.6159 0.2790 0.8889 0.6513 0.1840
2017 612 0.4673 0.4624 0.7562 0.6538 0.2945 0.8556 0.5625 0.2438
2018 648 0.4877 0.4059 0.7262 0.5633 0.2560 0.8820 0.4000 0.2738
2019 953 0.4376 0.3945 0.6622 0.5204 0.2966 0.8479 0.4088 0.3378
Career43940.48290.42760.74920.59030.27340.86380.52880.2508

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
2011-06-20 2011-07-02 Minors 12 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $1,150,000
2018 BOS $
2017 BOS $
2016 BOS $539,500
2015 BOS $
2014 BOS $518,000
2013 BOS $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,057,500
2019Current$1,150,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$2,207,500
3 yrTotal$2,207,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 51 dCAA Sports1 year/$1.15M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2019). Re-signed by Boston 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.835M (2018). Re-signed by Boston 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.635M (2017). Re-signed by Boston 12/16/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5395M (2016). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5395M (2015). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/15.
  • 1 year/$0.518M (2014). Re-signed by Boston 3/7/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Boston 7/9/13.
  • Drafted by Boston 2010 (2-57) (University of Texas). $0.8M 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 0.6 0.6 6 12 0 27.9 22 10 27 3 .249 1.14 3.44 3.66 1.8 0.2
80o 0.6 0.6 6 12 0 22.5 19 9 22 3 .263 1.23 3.86 4.09 1.2 0.1
70o 0.6 0.6 6 12 0 18.7 16 8 18 3 .273 1.30 4.15 4.4 0.8 0.1
60o 0.6 0.6 6 12 0 15.6 14 7 15 2 .281 1.36 4.41 4.68 0.4 0.0
50o 0.6 0.6 6 12 0 12.7 12 6 12 2 .290 1.41 4.66 4.94 0.1 0.0
40o 0.6 0.7 6 12 0 9.9 10 5 9 2 .298 1.47 4.92 5.2 -0.3 0.0
30o 0.6 0.7 6 12 0 7.0 7 3 7 1 .307 1.54 5.20 5.49 -0.7 -0.1
20o 0.6 0.7 6 12 0 3.7 4 2 4 1 .317 1.61 5.52 5.83 -1.1 -0.1
Weighted Mean0.60.6612011.9115112.2881.404.634.90.10.0

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
20203121046048462247743.2871.414.795.078.64.18.81.3-0.0
20213221042045422044743.2851.394.674.948.54.08.91.40.1
20223321040043402042743.2841.414.785.068.44.28.91.50.0
20233421041043411941743.2881.404.805.088.64.08.61.5-0.0
20243521038040381838643.2841.394.765.048.54.08.51.30.0
20253621032034321532543.2851.404.825.108.64.08.61.3-0.0
20263710028030281329543.2861.384.815.098.53.98.81.5-0.0
20273810028030281328543.2851.374.845.128.43.98.41.5-0.0
20283910027029281327543.2861.434.905.188.84.18.51.6-0.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 86 Wil Ledezma 2011 15.00
2 86 Josh Outman 2015 0.00 DNP
3 85 Tyler Yates 2008 4.79
4 84 Kyle Snyder 2008 21.60
5 84 Angel Guzman 2012 0.00 DNP
6 84 Matt Thornton 2007 4.95
7 83 Anthony Bass 2018 3.52
8 83 Wesley Wright 2015 4.91
9 83 Brian Tallet 2008 3.04
10 83 Chris Narveson 2012 8.00
11 83 Nate Bump 2007 0.00 DNP
12 82 Matt Guerrier 2009 2.71
13 81 Shawn Camp 2006 5.16
14 81 Chris Resop 2013 7.00
15 81 Phil Norton 2006 0.00 DNP
16 81 Kevin Gregg 2008 3.93
17 81 Justin De Fratus 2018 0.00 DNP
18 81 Josh Hancock 2008 0.00 DNP
19 80 Tom Wilhelmsen 2014 2.50
20 80 Nate Karns 2018 0.00 DNP
21 80 Adam Bernero 2007 0.00 DNP
22 80 Tom Koehler 2016 4.74
23 80 Mike Bolsinger 2018 0.00 DNP
24 80 Tim Stauffer 2012 7.20
25 80 Phil Coke 2013 5.63
26 79 Felix Doubront 2018 0.00 DNP
27 79 Tyler Lyons 2018 8.64
28 79 Christian Friedrich 2018 0.00 DNP
29 79 Matt Belisle 2010 3.23
30 79 Greg Aquino 2008 12.54
31 79 Lenny DiNardo 2010 0.00 DNP
32 79 Scott Elbert 2016 0.00 DNP
33 79 Luke Hudson 2007 22.50
34 78 Preston Claiborne 2018 0.00 DNP
35 78 Craig Stammen 2014 4.21
36 78 Vance Worley 2018 0.00 DNP
37 78 Cha Seung Baek 2010 0.00 DNP
38 78 Philip Humber 2013 7.90
39 78 Brian Duensing 2013 4.28
40 78 Scott Stewart 2006 0.00 DNP
41 78 Denny Bautista 2011 0.00 DNP
42 78 Roman Colon 2010 18.00
43 78 Michael Tejera 2007 0.00 DNP
44 78 Darin Downs 2015 0.00 DNP
45 78 Brandon Villafuerte 2006 0.00 DNP
46 77 Alex Wilson 2017 5.10
47 77 Seth Greisinger 2006 0.00 DNP
48 77 Adam Ottavino 2016 3.00
49 77 Tanner Scheppers 2017 6.75
50 77 Rob Scahill 2017 5.64
51 77 Dan Meyer 2012 0.00 DNP
52 77 Troy Patton 2016 0.00 DNP
53 77 Brandon Backe 2008 6.16
54 77 Matt Shoemaker 2017 4.75
55 77 Tim Adleman 2018 0.00 DNP
56 77 Sam LeCure 2014 4.29
57 77 Dave Borkowski 2007 5.78
58 77 Neal Cotts 2010 0.00 DNP
59 77 Tyler Walker 2006 7.11
60 77 Josh Edgin 2017 3.89
61 76 Matt Lindstrom 2010 4.39
62 76 Justin Germano 2013 9.00
63 76 Jason Bergmann 2012 0.00 DNP
64 76 Mike Wood 2010 0.00 DNP
65 76 Mike Gallo 2007 0.00 DNP
66 76 Gary Majewski 2010 22.50
67 76 Rick Bauer 2007 0.00 DNP
68 76 Jorge Campillo 2009 6.23
69 76 Joe Beimel 2007 4.01
70 76 Brian Matusz 2017 0.00 DNP
71 76 Chad Cordero 2012 0.00 DNP
72 76 Ramon Troncoso 2013 6.60
73 76 Edgar Gonzalez 2013 7.50
74 76 Trevor Cahill 2018 4.25
75 76 Wilton Lopez 2014 11.37
76 76 Jeremy Guthrie 2009 5.36
77 76 Vinnie Chulk 2009 4.50
78 76 Scott Richmond 2010 0.00 DNP
79 75 Brandon Kintzler 2015 7.71
80 75 Justin Miller 2017 0.00 DNP
81 75 Arquimedes Caminero 2017 0.00 DNP
82 75 Dustin Moseley 2012 9.00
83 75 Brian Stokes 2010 9.72
84 75 Chris Smith 2011 0.00 DNP
85 75 Leo Rosales 2011 0.00 DNP
86 75 Luis Garcia 2017 2.78
87 75 Zach Miner 2012 0.00 DNP
88 75 Chris Rusin 2017 3.28
89 75 Jon Adkins 2008 2.45
90 75 Fu-Te Ni 2013 0.00 DNP
91 75 Ryan Dempster 2007 4.86
92 75 Glen Perkins 2013 2.30
93 75 Pat Misch 2012 0.00 DNP
94 75 Billy Traber 2010 0.00 DNP
95 75 Eric DuBose 2006 9.64
96 75 Dennys Reyes 2007 4.60
97 75 Jason Stanford 2007 5.13
98 75 Jose Veras 2011 4.18
99 75 Scott Proctor 2007 4.27
100 75 Tom Mastny 2011 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 Workman went more than three full years between MLB appearances, but he finally fought his way back to “The Show” in 2017. For the most part, he looked just like the pitcher he was before he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015. He featured a low-90s fastball with late life, a big ol’ Uncle Charlie and decent command. Workman also demonstrated a penchant for giving up the long ball, so it’s nice to know that some things never change. Boston’s bullpen figures to be crowded in 2018, but Workman has enough to offer as a middle-innings guy who doesn’t crumble in high-leverage spots that he should stick around. Plus, maybe people will stop complaining about his World Series at-bat now that John Farrell is gone.
2017 Brandon Workman has now thrown just 20 innings over the past two seasons thanks to Tommy John surgery, giving him the most ironic reliever name since Josh Outman.
2016 Early arm woes led to mid-June Tommy John surgery for Brandon Workman, whose similarity scores lend a whole new meaning to underwhelming Workman's comp cases.
2015 If it looks like a reliever, loses velocity when starting like a reliever, and lacks a strong third pitch like a reliever, it's probably a reliever. Workman pitched well enough as a starter in 2013 that you can't blame the Red Sox for trying it again, but the follow-up proved that Workman belongs in the bullpen. His fastball has ticked up to the mid-90s in relief, and his hammer curveball provides him with the second weapon he needs to induce swinging strikes. That's a more appealing package than what he brings to a rotation, where his fastball sits 90-91 and his curveball loses bite. If he can throw 80-plus innings and serve as part of a set-up crew, he's still plenty valuable.
2014 Workman's ascent is the fulfillment of his best-case-scenario, as he had the body and the arm to become a mid-rotation starter in the majors, but dreaming that dream on draft day and seeing it in action are two very different things. His stat line from the bigs doesn't jump off the page, but he was also adjusting to a relief role for the first time in his career, on the fly, because that's where Boston's need was. Command is the question for the tall righty: If he can keep his fastball down in the zone with regularity, he won't give up the homers and cheap hits that are a threat to his future as a starter. The Sox believe his future is as a mid-rotation workhorse, and they'll give him every opportunity to prove them wrong.
2013 A plus fastball moved Brandon Workman up the ranks to Double-A, where hell have to improve his secondary offerings to avoid ending up in the bullpen.
2012 Brandon Workman was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft, and his first pro season at age 22 went well enough in the Sally League thanks to his high-80s cutter.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)in the Twilight Zone where the nation and the universe come together how about a trade Peavy and 4m for Gardner
(mlee730 from Boston)
You mean if the Red Sox and Yankees decide to hug it out the way the mail carrier and the dog did at the end of The Naked Gun?

Brett Gardner is probably an upgrade on Daniel Nava because of the former's defense, but not a huge upgrade and not enough for Boston to trade an asset like Jake Peavy. Even if the Red Sox thought that Felix Doubront or Brandon Workman could slot into the rotation, starting pitching depth is always at a premium. The deal would be great for the Yankees, but I think Peavy could bring back more in trade for Boston. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What will Brandon Workman do now that the Red Sox have signed Edward Mujica and traded for Burke Badenhop?
(Paul from Boston)
That's tough because No. 6 starter seems like a good plan for him, but if Dempster is 5 and Doubront is 6...

They have so much starting pitching that I could see a trade at some point. There are guys who would have more value to other teams than they have to the Red Sox. (Zachary Levine)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Baseball America said Brandon Workman is a potential top 100 prospect. How can be top 100 if he is going to be a 4th starter long term?
(Tim from NYC)
I still see Workman as a 7th/8th inning type, with a chance to log innings at the back of a rotation. He's a Texan, but I wouldn't rank him that high. But we all see talent thru a different lens, so its not a right/wrong debate. (Jason Parks)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)If you needed to manage one game for your life and Joe Maddon couldn't be reached, who would your next three calls be to? The internet bashes every manager into oblivion, but other than Maddon, it seems they seldom get any credit. Then again, Don Mattingly makes me want to bang my head against the wall.
(Connie Mack Daddy from Oz)
Can I go back in time? I don't bash managers, but it is hard to differentiate between them because so many of them employ the same tactics and have the same kind of group think. John Farrell would be on my list as long as he doesn't have to play with National League rules; him batting Brandon Workman in the ninth inning of Game 3 was maddening. Terry Francona still strikes me as a really strong manager who I'd put at the top of my short list. I'm having a hard time coming up with a third manager that I love. Joe Girardi is probably underrated because of the Yankees huge payroll, but he did a lot this year despite limited resources for the first time in his tenure. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Brandon Workman's future in Boston is in the bullpen, or in the rotation?
(PJ from Providence)
I think he has a skill set that could work in a rotation, but Boston will have a high enough bar for their rotation that he's unlikely to ever grab one of those spots. Pen for a playoff contender; potential second division rotation arm. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Jimmy Nelson, Chris Owings, Brandon Workman, Tyler Skaggs, and Johnny Cueto just got traded for R.A. Dickey, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Adam Dunn in my league. Not a fan of the veto so I wont veto this trade in my league, but just how lopsided is this for the side receiving Lee, Dickey, etc.?
(Gary from Georgia)
Hi Gary:

It depends on if your league has contracts or allows you to slot guys into rounds if you have a draft league. Cueto is a potentially strong keep assuming health and Skaggs has a nice ceiling. I've seen leagues where getting Cueto and Skaggs will net you four players, and it's not like Dickey or Dunn have been anything close to elite. It sounds like this is atypical for your league, though. The answer to these types of questions often depend more on your league culture than anything else. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Any thoughts on Brandon Workman. Think he could make it as a starter in the bigs? Also, can you see Boston having a shortstop 'problem' in a couple of years with Vinico, Bogaerts, Iglesias, Marrero and Tzu_Wei Lin?
(Gaillimh from Dublin, Ireland)
I think Workman ends up in the bullpen, most likely as a 7th inning type. I don't think the SS problem will be a legit problem. You can never have too much depth at a premium spot, and in the unlikely event that every shortstop prospect in the org develops into a shortstop at the highest level, the team can trade from the depth to fill a weakness elsewhere on the field. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Brandon Workman? Is it reasonable to characterize him as an under-the-radar future No.4 SP, or do you think he's more likely destined for a 7th inning role?
(Ben from Boston)
I see Brandon Workman as a reliever. There is some effort and jerk in the delivery. He wears himself down given the energy he expends over the course of multiple innings and trips through a lineup. The cutter is a plus pitch, which should play up nicely for him in a relief role. I've had his fastball up to 95 mph and think it can work close to its peak in the shorter stints too. 7th inning reliever sounds right, with a chance to get a little more leverage out of him depending on how the stuff plays up and the command works in the shorter stints. (Chris Mellen)


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