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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date1-31-1989
Height5' 11"
Weight180 lbs
Age30 years, 9 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.22015
-0.12016
0.42017
0.22018
0.12019
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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
2014 ATL 25 93 360 80 16 1 1 36 40 1 2 1 .251 .328 .317 91 -3.3 -0.2 0.0 0.6
2015 CHN 26 33 75 18 6 0 1 5 7 1 2 0 .269 .324 .403 97 0.0 -0.4 -0.2 0.2
2016 CHN 27 74 169 40 12 1 2 18 27 2 0 1 .270 .357 .405 97 -0.2 -1.8 -4.2 -0.1
2017 CHN 28 73 151 36 8 0 5 20 18 2 0 0 .288 .389 .472 114 3.0 -0.7 -2.8 0.4
2018 CHN 29 123 192 45 8 0 1 17 27 2 0 1 .266 .340 .331 84 -2.9 0.7 -1.5 0.2
2019 ANA 30 80 321 86 8 0 16 20 28 3 0 0 .295 .346 .486 119 9.7 -1.0 -2.9 1.5
Career4761268305582261161471143.272.345.3971016.2-3.4-11.72.7

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
2011 ROM A SAL 63 270 .259 .330 .396 .337 108 18.8 7.8 -0.6 158 0 -4.2 0.1 12.0 1.5
2012 LYN A+ CAR 85 358 .257 .328 .396 .305 93 22.5 10.7 -1.2 126 0 -3.8 -0.3 9.1 1.4
2012 BRA Rk GCL 5 18 .254 .336 .361 .182 97 1.9 0.6 -0.1 139 0 -0.1 0.3 0.5 0.1
2013 LYN A+ CAR 7 29 .260 .326 .402 .556 107 7 0.9 -0.4 302 0 -0.1 0.9 5.3 0.7
2013 MIS AA SOU 81 324 .248 .320 .375 .380 96 24.4 8.8 -0.8 162 0 -3.2 -1.8 16.2 2.1
2014 ATL MLB NL 93 360 .249 .309 .380 .283 97 -7.6 9.3 -0.5 91 9 0.0 -0.2 -3.3 0.6
2014 GWN AAA INT 47 199 .251 .320 .376 .308 107 2.2 5.9 -0.7 122 0 2.9 0.0 2.1 1.0
2015 CHN MLB NL 33 75 .249 .313 .394 .283 90 1.1 2.0 0 97 15 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 0.2
2015 TEN AA SOU 10 41 .272 .347 .397 .257 99 0 1.1 0 92 0 1.3 -0.7 -1.0 0.1
2015 IOW AAA PCL 9 38 .260 .323 .403 .333 115 2 1.1 -0.3 129 0 0.1 -0.7 0.5 0.1
2016 CHN MLB NL 74 169 .258 .327 .418 .319 91 4.8 4.8 0.4 97 10 -4.2 -1.8 -0.2 -0.1
2016 TEN AA SOU 2 7 .273 .331 .407 .500 103 1.4 0.2 0 175 0 0.1 -0.3 0.4 0.0
2016 IOW AAA PCL 12 46 .281 .336 .456 .324 88 -1.7 1.3 -0.1 83 0 0.3 0.4 -1.5 0.0
2017 CHN MLB NL 73 151 .256 .326 .431 .298 99 7.8 4.4 0.1 114 9 -2.8 -0.7 3.0 0.4
2017 IOW AAA PCL 33 121 .270 .332 .430 .261 96 -7.9 3.6 -0.2 56 0 0.3 1.0 -6.1 -0.1
2018 CHN MLB NL 123 192 .251 .320 .412 .312 100 -3 5.2 0.2 84 10 -1.5 0.7 -2.9 0.2
2019 ANA MLB AL 80 321 .257 .327 .438 .282 98 8.1 9.5 0 119 11 -2.9 -1.0 9.7 1.5

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
2011 ROM A SAL 270 232 46 76 13 5 9 126 40 26 28 2 2 .328 .401 .543 .216 4 3
2012 BRA Rk GCL 18 13 4 3 0 1 1 8 3 4 1 0 0 .231 .444 .615 .385 0 0
2012 LYN A+ CAR 358 298 43 90 22 5 5 137 56 36 24 13 2 .302 .386 .460 .158 10 3
2013 LYN A+ CAR 29 20 7 11 1 0 1 15 4 8 1 1 1 .550 .690 .750 .200 0 0
2013 MIS AA SOU 324 283 32 97 21 2 4 134 41 37 34 7 1 .343 .422 .473 .131 0 1
2014 GWN AAA INT 199 167 18 49 6 1 1 60 23 25 14 1 1 .293 .384 .359 .066 4
2014 ATL MLB NL 360 319 22 80 16 1 1 101 31 36 40 2 1 .251 .328 .317 .066 1
2015 TEN AA SOU 41 36 9 9 3 0 0 12 3 3 1 0 0 .250 .325 .333 .083 0 0
2015 CHN MLB NL 75 67 4 18 6 0 1 27 11 5 7 2 0 .269 .324 .403 .134 1 0
2015 IOW AAA PCL 38 33 3 11 2 1 1 18 6 4 3 0 0 .333 .395 .545 .212 1 0
2016 TEN AA SOU 7 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 .500 .714 .500 .000 0 0
2016 CHN MLB NL 169 148 17 40 12 1 2 60 11 18 27 0 1 .270 .357 .405 .135 0 0
2016 IOW AAA PCL 46 44 6 12 2 0 1 17 3 2 9 0 0 .273 .304 .386 .114 0 0
2017 IOW AAA PCL 121 110 14 24 2 0 1 29 6 10 22 0 1 .218 .281 .264 .045 1 0
2017 CHN MLB NL 151 125 18 36 8 0 5 59 22 20 18 0 0 .288 .389 .472 .184 2 0
2018 CHN MLB NL 192 169 23 45 8 0 1 56 19 17 27 0 1 .266 .340 .331 .065 0 0
2019 ANA MLB AL 321 292 49 86 8 0 16 142 44 20 28 0 0 .295 .346 .486 .192 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2014 1477 0.4963 0.4204 0.8357 0.5866 0.2567 0.8581 0.7853 0.1643 0.0008
2015 321 0.5202 0.4299 0.8986 0.5988 0.2468 0.9200 0.8421 0.1014 -0.0032
2016 689 0.4688 0.4572 0.7778 0.6471 0.2896 0.8373 0.6604 0.2222 0.0000
2017 629 0.5135 0.4452 0.8536 0.6347 0.2451 0.8780 0.7867 0.1464 0.0000
2018 725 0.4883 0.4538 0.8267 0.6441 0.2722 0.8947 0.6733 0.1733 0.0000
2019 1185 0.5105 0.4211 0.8838 0.5620 0.2741 0.9412 0.7610 0.1162 0.0000
Career50260.49840.43410.84410.60420.26550.88660.75010.15590.0000

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
2014-09-09 2014-09-09 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Other Migraine Headache -
2014-08-12 2014-08-12 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2014-07-02 2014-07-02 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 ANA $1,350,000
2018 CHN $950,000
2017 CHN $573,500
2016 CHN $532,000
2015 CHN $513,000
2014 ATL $
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,568,500
2019Current$1,350,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$3,918,500
5 yrTotal$3,918,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 57 dBeverly Hills Sports Council1 year/$1.35M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2019). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.95M (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.532M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • 1 year/$0.513M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Atlanta 5/28/14. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Atlanta 11/16/14.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2011 (8-266) (Coastal Carolina). $0.105M signing bonus.

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 467 54 118 23 2 11 53 45 80 1 1 .286 .361 .431 109 22.8 2B -4, 3B -4 1.6
80o 449 50 108 21 2 10 49 42 79 1 1 .271 .346 .409 101 16.6 2B -4, 3B -4 1.0
70o 436 47 103 20 2 10 46 39 78 1 1 .265 .339 .405 96 12.5 2B -4, 3B -3 0.6
60o 424 44 97 19 2 9 44 37 77 1 1 .255 .326 .387 92 9.1 2B -4, 3B -3 0.2
50o 414 42 92 18 1 9 42 35 76 1 1 .248 .318 .375 88 6.1 2B -4, 3B -3 -0.1
40o 404 40 87 17 1 8 40 33 75 1 1 .240 .308 .358 84 3.2 2B -4, 3B -3 -0.4
30o 392 38 82 16 1 8 38 32 74 1 1 .232 .301 .350 79 0.3 2B -3, 3B -3 -0.7
20o 379 35 76 15 1 7 36 29 72 1 1 .222 .288 .332 74 -2.9 2B -3, 3B -3 -1.0
10o 361 32 69 13 1 7 33 27 70 1 1 .210 .274 .319 67 -6.9 2B -3, 3B -3 -1.4
Weighted Mean4164394182943367611.252.323.383896.82B -4, 3B -30.0

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not really a prospect question, but all I hear everywhere is the Angels should sign Gerrit Cole. But why NOTHING on Anthony Rendon? I’m not sure Zack Cozart will ever be healthy or good again. I’m not convinced Tommy La Stella is a 30-homer All-Star suddenly at age 30. Both are gone in 2021. As is Andrelton Simmons. Leaving an infield of David Fletcher and...uh...yeah. There isn’t help coming soon from the farm. I can squint and see a solid top-3 of a rotation in Ohtani,Heaney, and Canning despite the risk with Sandoval being a decent back end guy. I can’t see the infield being even passable beyond 2020. Why not try to get Rendon + a lesser pitcher for the same price as Cole? Then deal prospects for a Dylan Bundy or Caleb Smith high-upside type that shouldn’t cost a ton.
(Matt from Boston)
Sure. I mean they should probably sign both, but I think broadly speaking the upgrade from Peters/Barria/Suarez group to Cole is just going to be more significant than Rendon over some league average IF options. (Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Chat)
2019-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm still bummed that Tommy La Stella's breakout season was cut short by injury. He'd probably be hitting his 35th HR today.
(Paul Sporer from Austin, TX)
He's actually really good. Always has had an advanced eye and a solid stroke. Hit's the ball hard and was one of those guys who's swing is suited for the juiced ball (as shown by your 35 HR prediction). (Tyler Oringer)
2019-05-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tommy La Stella on the Ivan Drago training program?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
He reminds me more of Clubber Lang. I pity the fool who doubts Tommy La Stella. (Mike Gianella)
2019-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like a lot of young batters are making some unusual jumps in contact and power this year, like La Stella and Urshela (and VanMeter in the minors). Is there some new coaching technique driving this improvement?
(bpalee from DC)
Tommy La Stella is young? Man, I'm _just_ passed young in that case (he's 30). Matt Trueblood had a nice article on La Stella, where interviewed him to see what was behind the change in production. Short answer is: there's no one philosophy that is going to underpin all of these guys' changes. Some of it is small sample variation. Some of it is adding some loft and uppercut to their swing - but that doesn't work for everyone either. You need to have some contact ability to trade off of to make that change, and enough raw power for the trade off to be worth it. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you picked up Tommy La Stella yet? I just can't do it.
(RotoLando from Cloud City)
Nah, I...I need more time to come to grips with this version of TLS. (Craig Goldstein)
2016-04-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best walk-up music in the game today? What would your walk-up music be?
(Sally from Arkansas)
This is a great question, Sally, thanks for asking it. This is going to be a strange pick, but I'll say Tommy La Stella. Was watching the Cubs the other day and he walked up to "December, 1963" by Frankie Valli. Tremendous.

As for my walk-up music, I'd probably go with a few. Calm Down by Busta Rhymes would be one, something by Run the Jewels, and then maybe Good Vibrations by marky mark and the funky bunch. Why not? (Kenny Ducey)
2015-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why does Tommy La Stella have a hard time getting a full-time gig? Hitters gonna hit, right?
(Mike from Chicago)
Hitters gonna hit, but when you lack a finite position, it's tough to play you everyday. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please play the who's the Cubs middle infield pair in 2016 game.
(Paul from DC)
I'll say Russell at short and Castro at second, again. Castro's obviously a trade candidate, but I'm not sure the org believes in Baez to the level of being willing to hand him a starting job without a major safety net (and I'm not sure they believe Tommy La Stella constitutes one). (Matthew Trueblood)
2014-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ugly as it seems, I could be forced to choose one of these fine gentlemen for my dynasty league team 2B: Taylor Lindsey, Derek Dietrich, Tommy La Stella. What's the least damage I can have? thanks
(fabiopao from Italy)
La Stella. That's a pretty fun league you're in. (Sam Miller)
2014-05-28 14:15:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Tommy La Stella being called up today?
(mark from North Dakota)
Initial reaction: offensively, it's hard to be less like Uggla than that. We'll have a full Call-Up article on him tomorrow. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think Tommy La Stella projects at the MLB level? With Uggla's struggling continuing, and the Braves' offense currently in a rut, is there a chance La Stella makes it up by the break? Ramiro Pena is a great super-sub, and Tyler Pastornicky is a roster spot capable of multiple positions, but it seems the Braves could maybe start getting some MLB looks for La Stella to see what he is. Thanks. My first time, so apologies if I violated any protocols.
(@Jervass from Atlanta)
It's hard to say what the Braves are going to do because there's such a strong influence of money involved with Uggla's contract. Of course, that's sunk cost, so there's no reason for them to ruin a potentially good season because they already screwed up. We all know that teams do that all the time, though. As for La Stella...hitters gonna hit. He's not a good second baseman, but Uggla isn't exactly Robbie Alomar out there either. He's probably their best option, the only question is when the Braves are willing to have an expensive one-dimensional bench player in Uggla. I don't think we'll see a complete change, but I wouldn't be surprised to see La Stella up this summer at some point in some kind of time-share deal at second. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Scoresheet league.Just traded Kyle Zimmer for Henry Owens and Tommy La Stella.Was somewhat concerned with Zimmer's various ailments although reports greatly vary.How concerned are you and where do you see Owens and La Stella down the road ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
That's not a bad deal, especially if you're looking to get out from under the potential troubles of Zimm. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Help! I have Team 6 in NL All Stars, a 2-time defending division champ. In my quest to try to win the title last year (falling just short), I traded away many of my draft picks for this year. That meant that I wasn't able to draft much depth this year, and what depth I was able to draft (or keep), and whom I was counting on (hoping) to play in the majors are not (George Kottaras, Tommy La Stella, Oscar Tavares, Wilmer Flores, Tony Abreu) or are injured (Carlos Quentin with his annual injury, Josh Johnson). All of this leaves me with exactly one C, two 1B, one 2B, one part-time 3B, one SS, four OFers, five SPs (plus Thornburg), and five SRs. I have three SPs that are in the minors or should pitch later this year (TJ surgery-all Padres) and the aforementioned players languishing in the minors. I'm still competitive (above .500) and wish to remain so this year. What should I be looking for in the upcoming supps? I'd like another SP, but the best two available are Jorge de la Rosa & Jordan Lyles. I don't trust either. Or should I just try to eliminate all the AAA appearances by infielder and outfielder and draft accordingly?
(Mark68 from A Mile High)
We'd probably go with the best SP with one pick and the best middle infielder with the second since a sixth starter can be used regardless and middle infield depth is one of the most painful places to see AAA show up on the weekly results. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do I need to be looking over my shoulder at Tommy La Stella? Will the hit tool play at the majors and will he offer enough beyond OBP to be useful in real life and/or fantasy?
(Dan Uggla from Keystone)
I've been a big LaStella fan since his days at Coastal Carolina. I pushed pretty hard for him to be ranked in the Braves Top 10 here last year and his performance justified that ranking. The kid can flat out hit. He knows the zone, has a plan, can adjust on the fly, can barrel the ball, and has enough strengths to find the gaps consistently. That's a helluva player. The glove plays better than I think he's given credit for, but the bat is the carrying tool. If the Braves are willing to eat some money on Uggla, I really believe LaStella can step into a big league lineup an hit. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any insight or thoughts on why Tommy La Stella was left off the Fall Stars roster?
(nick melotte from Atlanta)
I don't have insights on that particular decision, but La Stella is still a fringy guy for me. Can hit, but nothing else really pops, and the overall profile seems more second division regular, which isn't all that sexy at 2b. (Nick J. Faleris)


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