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Craig Biggio 2BAstros

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
21 12503 .281 .363 .433 109 48.5
Birth Date12-14-1965
Height5' 11"
Weight185 lbs
Age53 years, 10 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1988 HOU 22 50 131 26 6 1 3 7 29 0 6 1 .211 .254 .350 65 -4.9 2.6 -0.1 0.3
1989 HOU 23 134 509 114 21 2 13 49 64 6 21 3 .257 .336 .402 107 4.8 4.1 -13.5 1.8
1990 HOU 24 150 621 153 24 2 4 53 79 3 25 11 .276 .342 .348 93 -4.2 2.2 -4.7 1.9
1991 HOU 25 149 609 161 23 4 4 53 71 2 19 6 .295 .358 .374 108 6.8 4.0 -18.9 1.9
1992 HOU 26 162 721 170 32 3 6 94 95 7 38 15 .277 .378 .369 117 16.1 2.4 -19.7 1.8
1993 HOU 27 155 706 175 41 5 21 77 93 10 15 17 .287 .373 .474 124 23.0 -6.5 2.2 3.8
1994 HOU 28 114 511 139 44 5 6 62 58 8 39 4 .318 .411 .483 124 18.0 5.3 9.7 4.6
1995 HOU 29 141 673 167 30 2 22 80 85 22 33 8 .302 .406 .483 134 31.3 3.7 -0.5 5.2
1996 HOU 30 162 723 174 24 4 15 75 72 27 25 7 .288 .386 .415 112 15.0 -1.6 -5.0 2.8
1997 HOU 31 162 744 191 37 8 22 84 107 34 47 10 .309 .415 .501 139 40.1 9.3 10.7 7.8
1998 HOU 32 160 738 210 51 2 20 64 113 23 50 8 .325 .403 .503 128 27.5 3.6 -0.5 4.8
1999 HOU 33 160 749 188 56 0 16 88 107 11 28 14 .294 .386 .457 117 20.8 4.3 -8.6 3.3
2000 HOU 34 101 466 101 13 5 8 61 73 16 12 2 .268 .388 .393 102 4.5 0.0 4.5 2.1
2001 HOU 35 155 717 180 35 3 20 66 100 28 7 4 .292 .382 .455 115 17.5 4.4 -19.2 2.3
2002 HOU 36 145 655 146 36 3 15 50 111 17 16 2 .253 .330 .404 96 -0.3 0.3 -19.6 -0.2
2003 HOU 37 153 717 166 44 2 15 57 116 27 8 4 .264 .350 .412 98 1.1 2.7 -12.2 1.2
2004 HOU 38 156 700 178 47 0 24 40 94 15 7 2 .281 .337 .469 102 2.6 -0.8 -11.7 0.9
2005 HOU 39 155 651 156 40 1 26 37 90 17 11 1 .264 .325 .468 103 3.1 3.2 -0.9 2.3
2006 HOU 40 145 607 135 33 0 21 40 84 9 3 2 .246 .306 .422 87 -7.7 1.0 0.4 1.0
2007 HOU 41 141 555 130 31 3 10 23 112 3 4 3 .251 .285 .381 64 -23.6 2.1 -7.8 -1.4
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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
1987 ASH A SAL 64 260 .000 .000 .000 .411 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 HOU MLB NL 50 131 .246 .304 .354 .253 95 -2.9 3.4 2.1 65 13 -0.1 2.6 -4.9 0.3
1988 TUC AAA PCL 77 329 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 HOU MLB NL 134 509 .247 .309 .370 .272 97 12.9 13.3 7.7 107 12 -13.5 4.1 4.8 1.8
1990 HOU MLB NL 150 621 .255 .316 .377 .315 96 -1.5 16.7 7.2 93 8 -4.7 2.2 -4.2 1.9
1991 HOU MLB NL 149 609 .249 .309 .370 .331 97 17.3 16.5 9.6 108 8 -18.9 4.0 6.8 1.9
1992 HOU MLB NL 162 721 .249 .308 .364 .319 98 19 18.7 -0.9 117 12 -19.7 2.4 16.1 1.8
1993 HOU MLB NL 155 706 .265 .322 .401 .307 96 30.9 20.3 -0.9 124 7 2.2 -6.5 23.0 3.8
1994 HOU MLB NL 114 511 .268 .329 .425 .355 97 30.2 15.5 -0.7 124 8 9.7 5.3 18.0 4.6
1995 HOU MLB NL 141 673 .265 .332 .408 .320 95 41.5 20.2 -0.9 134 9 -0.5 3.7 31.3 5.2
1996 HOU MLB NL 162 723 .259 .323 .406 .302 99 21.1 22.4 -1 112 9 -5.0 -1.6 15.0 2.8
1997 HOU MLB NL 162 744 .260 .330 .408 .340 98 52.6 19.8 -1.1 139 8 10.7 9.3 40.1 7.8
1998 HOU MLB NL 160 738 .267 .332 .421 .368 99 37.6 19.1 -1.1 128 8 -0.5 3.6 27.5 4.8
1999 HOU MLB NL 160 749 .271 .344 .433 .330 96 26.3 20.3 -1.3 117 7 -8.6 4.3 20.8 3.3
2000 HOU MLB NL 101 466 .268 .341 .435 .309 119 -0.5 14.7 -0.7 102 9 4.5 0.0 4.5 2.1
2001 HOU MLB NL 155 717 .265 .332 .434 .318 107 16.8 21.4 -1.1 115 7 -19.2 4.4 17.5 2.3
2002 HOU MLB NL 145 655 .258 .329 .410 .289 105 -3.3 18.9 -0.9 96 9 -19.6 0.3 -0.3 -0.2
2003 HOU MLB NL 153 717 .268 .335 .431 .303 104 7.3 18.9 1.9 98 8 -12.2 2.7 1.1 1.2
2004 HOU MLB NL 156 700 .267 .330 .429 .297 95 15 20.8 -1.9 102 8 -11.7 -0.8 2.6 0.9
2005 HOU MLB NL 155 651 .266 .330 .419 .273 99 12.5 18.7 -1.2 103 8 -0.9 3.2 3.1 2.3
2006 HOU MLB NL 145 607 .269 .334 .435 .254 95 -8.9 18.3 -1.3 87 9 0.4 1.0 -7.7 1.0
2007 HOU MLB NL 141 555 .268 .333 .421 .300 103 -18.3 16.5 -1.1 64 10 -7.8 2.1 -23.6 -1.4

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
1987 ASH A SAL 260 216 59 81 17 2 9 129 49 39 33 31 10 .375 .473 .597 .222 1 1
1988 HOU MLB NL 131 123 14 26 6 1 3 43 5 7 29 6 1 .211 .254 .350 .138 0 1
1988 TUC AAA PCL 329 281 60 90 21 4 3 128 41 40 39 19 4 .320 .407 .456 .135 3 3
1989 HOU MLB NL 509 443 64 114 21 2 13 178 60 49 64 21 3 .257 .336 .402 .144 5 6
1990 HOU MLB NL 621 555 53 153 24 2 4 193 42 53 79 25 11 .276 .342 .348 .072 1 9
1991 HOU MLB NL 609 546 79 161 23 4 4 204 46 53 71 19 6 .295 .358 .374 .079 3 5
1992 HOU MLB NL 721 613 96 170 32 3 6 226 39 94 95 38 15 .277 .378 .369 .091 2 5
1993 HOU MLB NL 706 610 98 175 41 5 21 289 64 77 93 15 17 .287 .373 .474 .187 5 4
1994 HOU MLB NL 511 437 88 139 44 5 6 211 56 62 58 39 4 .318 .411 .483 .165 2 2
1995 HOU MLB NL 673 553 123 167 30 2 22 267 77 80 85 33 8 .302 .406 .483 .181 7 11
1996 HOU MLB NL 723 605 113 174 24 4 15 251 75 75 72 25 7 .288 .386 .415 .127 8 8
1997 HOU MLB NL 744 619 146 191 37 8 22 310 81 84 107 47 10 .309 .415 .501 .192 7 0
1998 HOU MLB NL 738 646 123 210 51 2 20 325 88 64 113 50 8 .325 .403 .503 .178 4 1
1999 HOU MLB NL 749 639 123 188 56 0 16 292 73 88 107 28 14 .294 .386 .457 .163 6 5
2000 HOU MLB NL 466 377 67 101 13 5 8 148 35 61 73 12 2 .268 .388 .393 .125 5 7
2001 HOU MLB NL 717 617 118 180 35 3 20 281 70 66 100 7 4 .292 .382 .455 .164 6 0
2002 HOU MLB NL 655 577 96 146 36 3 15 233 58 50 111 16 2 .253 .330 .404 .151 2 9
2003 HOU MLB NL 717 628 102 166 44 2 15 259 62 57 116 8 4 .264 .350 .412 .148 2 3
2004 HOU MLB NL 700 633 100 178 47 0 24 297 63 40 94 7 2 .281 .337 .469 .188 3 9
2005 HOU MLB NL 651 590 94 156 40 1 26 276 69 37 90 11 1 .264 .325 .468 .203 3 4
2006 HOU MLB NL 607 548 79 135 33 0 21 231 62 40 84 3 2 .246 .306 .422 .175 5 5
2007 HOU MLB NL 555 517 68 130 31 3 10 197 50 23 112 4 3 .251 .285 .381 .130 5 7

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
2000-08-02 2000-10-02 60-DL 61 56 Left Knee Surgery ACL and MCL 2000-08-10 -
2000-08-02 2000-10-02 Minors 61 56 Left Knee Surgery ACL and MCL 2000-08-10

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 HOU $5,150,000
2006 HOU $4,000,000
2005 HOU $3,000,000
2004 HOU $3,000,000
2003 HOU $9,750,000
2002 HOU $8,750,000
2001 HOU $7,750,000
2000 HOU $6,750,000
1999 HOU $6,060,000
1998 HOU $6,120,000
1997 HOU $6,180,000
1996 HOU $2,000,000
1995 HOU $4,600,000
1994 HOU $3,375,000
1993 HOU $3,050,000
1992 HOU $1,375,000
1991 HOU $437,500
1990 HOU $240,000
1989 HOU $78,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
19 yrPrevious$81,665,500
19 yrTotal$81,665,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
19 y 99 dBarry Axelrod

Details
  • 1 year/$5.15M (2007). Re-signed by Houston 11/06. Award bonuses: $50,000 each for MVP, WS MVP or Gold Glove, $25,000 for All-Star selection, LCS MVP or Silver Slugger.
  • 1 year/$4M (2006). Re-signed by Houston 9/05.
  • 1 year/$3M (2004), plus $3M 2005 club option. Signed extension with Houston 1/03. 04:$3M, 05:$3M club option, $1M buyout. $1.5M/year in bonuses. $0.25M each for 450, 500, 550, 600, 650 & 700 PAs. Houston exercised $3M 2005 option 10/04.
  • 3 years/$28M (2001-03). Signed extension with Houston 12/99. $7M signing bonus ($1M of bonus due Jan. 15 each year 2000-03, $3M of bonus due Jan. 15, 2004). 01:$6M, 02:$7M, 03:$8M.
  • 4 years/$22.36M (1996-1999), plus 2000 club option. Re-signed by Houston as a free agent 12/15/95. 96:$2M, 97:$6.18M, 98:$6.12M, 99:$6.06M, 00:$5M club option ($2M buyout).
  • 3 years/$11M (1993-95). Signed extension with Houston 2/8/93 (avoided arbitration). $0.6M signing bonus. 93:$2.85M, 94:$3.15M, 95:$4.4M. Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$1.375M (1992). Re-signed by Houston 2/15/92 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4375M (1991).
  • 1 year/$0.24M (1990).
  • 1 year/$78,000 (1989).
  • Drafted by Houston 1987 (1-22) (Seton Hall).

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the Rockies C situation shaking out for the next 1-2 years? Assuming they don't trade for somebody, will Murphy really get a chance or just not good enough defense? Is Wolters interesting enough to get a full time chance? Or do you think they like Hundley enough to just stick with him even through next year?
(TJ from DC)
All postulation on my part: as much as you want to give a spot like catcher to a homegrown guy, if the Rockies are trying to win now-ish they have to roll with the best option they have.

None of those options sound massively inspiring insofar as a "catcher every night for a playoff team" is concerned, though there's no one wiser at using the park to their hitters' advantages than the home team. Maybe that allows for some of Murphy's approach and contact questions to be minimized by disproportionate amounts of power given the Coors factor...

Maybe that also could bring a catcher we aren't thinking about into the fold; one that is easier to attain (a defensively-oriented one, perhaps, because that skillset is way less expensive in money/prospects at catcher than backstops with a chance to hit), who then could expect to see an offensive boost with Colorado such that their stat-line and value is different from years past.

Everyone loves Tony Wolters, I feel like you kind of have to. It's been really cool that he's been doing his best Craig Biggio and going between catcher and second base--and admittedly I haven't bore down on him a ton--but I've never seen him as a regular ML guy year in and year out. Hopefully he finds a way to get there, though. There's such a dearth of offense at catcher these days, though, I guess you never want to say never... (Adam McInturff)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance the Astros take Craig Biggio's son in this draft? I have heard he is a 2nd round talent, but is also committed to Notre Dame. How much of a role do connections play in the draft?
(Mark from Utah)
Connections are always important, but the association can't prevent other teams who value his talent from popping him early in the draft. Im not sure how committed to Notre Dame he is, but that's another factor in the equation. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Fill in the blank: If I think Jack Morris is an HOF'er but not Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and- for Pete's sake!- Edgar Martinez, I am a _______.
(Eusebio from Houston)
...believer that election to the Hall of Fame should be based on narrative rather than statistical evidence. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are both easily Top 15 players all-time at their position (and Bagwell maybe even Top 5); Schilling is one of the best RH pitchers of the last fifty years, both regular season and certainly post-season, couldn't even get 40%; Bernie Williams and Kenny Lofton, two of the best CF of the last 30 years, didn't even get enough to stay on the ballot. How broken is the system? Can it even be fixed? What would you say to someone that says that, considering there are mediocre guys that have been elected and excellent ones that have been snubbed, that the Hall of Fame has been rendered meaningless as an honor?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
I don't think the system is as broken as you suggest, by any means - one year is a small sample size by which to judge the results you mention. Bagwell and Biggio will be in very soon. I have Bernie well below the standard, and Lofton slightly below, so I can't really get too up in arms over that portion of what you wrote.

The Hall is still a pretty great honor; even if some of the wrong guys are getting in, to me it's far more worth fighting for the right guys getting in than walking away in disgust. The presence of Jim Rice or even Jack Morris in Cooperstown shouldn't ruin it for anyone. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jay - Do you feel that the Hall of Fame will start to give guidelines to the voters sooner rather than later when it comes to steroids? I have seen comments regarding how quickly Bagwell shrunk in size as to why someone was not going to vote for him (Chicago Tribune). As Phil Rogers says, 580+ writers, 580+ opinions on the matter. Thanks
(Brian from Tinley Park)
Good question. I think we're years away from that, because while there are several candidates about to hit the ballot whose careers have been linked to PED use, there are also a bunch of milestone candidates whose elections are a virtual lock. Even without Barry Bonds and Roger Clmeens, you'll still have Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio on that score, as well as solid candidates without the milestones OR PED connections such as John Smoltz and Curt Schilling. I think we're years away before the Hall feels a need to interject itself into the debate on the guideline grounds. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2010-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your best estimate as to the attendance gain the Phillies will receive because they locked up Howard? Asked another way: if they had let him walk after 2011, what percentage of their fans would not buy a ticket in 2012?
(Ruben from Philly)
I don't think it would have made any added difference, aside from the impact it has on the team itself. If the Phillies are good, people will come regardless of who is playing first base. Howard doesn't have that Craig Biggio franchise value where it's almost sorta kinda worth having him around, even if you have to pay him or play him more than you'd normally want. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Moondog Matinee - both because you learn something about stuff you might not have ever heard (Frogman Henry!), and because you can feel how much they care. Forget the 'roids stuff for a bit. If Griffey continues to hit like Jose Vidro, what do they do with him. Has any other team ever dealt with a similar situation of nostalgia v poor performance?
(mattb from Tacoma)
A ton of them, be it the Astros with Craig Biggio a couple of years ago, or the Brewers taking on Hank Aaron... For the M's, I suspect part of the calculus was giving the fans someone to root for while they rebuild. It's a one-year deal, so they won't dump out of it, but they can start restricting his playing time a lot more than they have. (Steven Goldman)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven: Joel Sherman has a piece up today about Jeter and what the Yanks will do when his current contract expires. It seems clear that he won't be moving off of SS within the next two years (and it seems just as clear that at age 37 he won't have a real position). So what does the team do?
(Joe from Washington, DC)
This is the zillion-dollar question, one that I've asked both in the Pinstriped Bible and in BP 2009. I don't know, because it's hard to imagine the Yankees passing up Jeter's hunt for 3000 hits -- even though said hunt could shackle them the way Craig Biggio shackled the Astros. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe, I love your work, but throw away comments like this: "Because his offense isn't developing, and there's a notion--one I can get behind--that he's stagnating as a player in part because of his inability to master second base" cause me to scratch my head. What would lead you to believe that Weeks' inability to defend has a negative effect on his hitting, or that switching to an arguably harder position would increase his offensive production? Is there any evidence that supports players switching positions and then producing more at the plate?
(Steve from NY)
No studies. Scads of ancedotal evidence. B.J. Upton, Craig Biggio come immediately to mind. Paul Molitor, maybe. We know that Weeks hasn't hit as expected. We know that he's struggled to master second base. We know that he has tools that might translate to center field. There's risk, sure, but there's upside as well. I'd rather take a shot with the position change. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, what do you think of Russell Martin moving to another position in the next few years? It would be dumb for the Dodgers, but would it be smart for Martin individually? He seems to be very comparable to Craig Biggio.
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
Biggio couldn't catch very well, and speed was a huge part of his value. Martin is a good defensive catcher whose speed is an asset, not a defining thing. He should stay behind the plate for a long time. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alright, what about any current players likely to be underrated by HoF voters? Craig Biggio?
(Nick from NYC)
Lots, I think. Not Biggio, who has the "scrappy" card, and reached the magic number he didn't really need.

A whole bunch of pitchers whose win totals reflect the changes in the game stand to be judged harshly: Mussina jumps out at me as the vanguard of this group.

There are some players, such as Jim Thome, who are more than qualified but who may find themselves struggling to get in as voters overcompensate for the era. Note that this DIDN'T happen for pitchers who played in the 1962-68 period, because preventing runs is morally superior to producing them.

Especially on deadline. (Joe Sheehan)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1988 mlb -.002 -0.9 1621 .000 0.0 57 .011 .005 -0.4 -1.2 -0.1
1989 mlb -.009 -9.1 4772 -.001 1.0 146 .048 .009 -4.4 -13.7 -13.5
1990 mlb -.008 -5.7 2784 .000 0.2 140 .037 .001 -3.0 -8.5 -4.7
1991 mlb -.012 -16.6 5641 .000 0.5 149 .037 .001 -3.6 -19.7 -18.9
2007 mlb -.002 0.0 17 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -7.8

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