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Portrait of Javy Lopez

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
18 5793 .287 .337 .491 110 40.3
Birth Date11-5-1970
Height6' 3"
Weight185 lbs
Age48 years, 11 months, 16 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
1992 ATL 21 9 16 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .375 .375 .500 78 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 ATL 22 8 17 6 1 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 .375 .412 .750 79 -0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.0
1994 ATL 23 80 303 68 9 0 13 17 61 5 0 2 .245 .299 .419 88 -3.4 -4.0 1.9 0.9
1995 ATL 24 100 352 105 11 4 14 14 57 2 0 1 .315 .344 .498 106 4.0 -0.9 15.4 3.4
1996 ATL 25 138 526 138 19 1 23 28 84 3 1 6 .282 .322 .466 99 1.9 -5.3 11.2 3.2
1997 ATL 26 123 464 122 28 1 23 40 82 5 1 1 .295 .361 .534 123 15.6 0.5 7.2 4.3
1998 ATL 27 133 534 139 21 1 34 30 85 6 5 3 .284 .328 .540 127 19.3 -3.1 11.0 5.0
1999 ATL 28 65 269 78 18 1 11 20 41 3 0 3 .317 .375 .533 115 6.8 2.2 -3.0 1.7
2000 ATL 29 134 525 138 21 1 24 35 80 4 0 0 .287 .337 .484 105 6.9 -3.5 26.0 5.2
2001 ATL 30 128 482 117 16 1 17 28 82 10 1 0 .267 .322 .425 97 0.6 -4.0 16.9 3.6
2002 ATL 31 109 385 81 15 0 11 26 63 8 0 1 .233 .299 .372 82 -7.0 -1.0 16.4 2.6
2003 ATL 32 129 495 150 29 3 43 33 90 4 0 1 .328 .378 .687 164 41.7 -1.8 7.9 6.8
2004 BAL 33 150 638 183 33 3 23 47 97 6 0 0 .316 .370 .503 123 19.8 0.3 -8.3 3.8
2005 BAL 34 103 423 110 24 1 15 19 68 7 0 1 .278 .322 .458 99 -0.3 -0.2 -10.6 0.4
2006 BAL 35 76 299 74 15 1 8 18 60 2 0 0 .265 .314 .412 77 -7.7 -6.2 0.5 -0.7
2006 BOS 35 18 65 12 5 0 0 2 16 0 0 0 .190 .215 .270 75 -1.8 0.7 -1.7 0.0
Career1503579315272671926035796966819.287.337.49111095.6-26.590.940.3

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
1989 PUL Rk APL 51 162 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 BUR A MDW 116 445 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 DUR A+ CRL 113 415 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 ATL MLB NL 9 16 .255 .314 .377 .400 105 0.7 0.4 0.2 78 14 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.0
1992 GRN AA SOU 115 474 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 ATL MLB NL 8 17 .266 .322 .401 .385 100 3.9 0.5 0.3 79 35 0.1 -0.2 -0.4 0.0
1993 RIC AAA INT 100 401 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 ATL MLB NL 80 303 .274 .336 .427 .268 102 -8.8 9.2 5.5 88 13 1.9 -4.0 -3.4 0.9
1995 ATL MLB NL 100 352 .265 .329 .411 .343 97 13.6 10.5 6.2 106 11 15.4 -0.9 4.0 3.4
1996 ATL MLB NL 138 526 .263 .329 .409 .297 99 0 16.3 9.8 99 10 11.2 -5.3 1.9 3.2
1997 ATL MLB NL 123 464 .259 .328 .404 .316 99 20.7 12.3 8.1 123 10 7.2 0.5 15.6 4.3
1998 ATL MLB NL 133 534 .264 .332 .417 .278 96 17.5 13.9 9.3 127 7 11.0 -3.1 19.3 5.0
1999 ATL MLB NL 65 269 .268 .337 .430 .345 94 15.4 7.3 4.3 115 10 -3.0 2.2 6.8 1.7
2000 ATL MLB NL 134 525 .267 .340 .436 .298 106 7.7 16.5 9.9 105 11 26.0 -3.5 6.9 5.2
2001 ATL MLB NL 128 482 .262 .328 .428 .291 98 2.1 14.4 8.5 97 9 16.9 -4.0 0.6 3.6
2002 ATL MLB NL 109 385 .258 .326 .410 .253 99 -13.7 11.1 6.5 82 8 16.4 -1.0 -7.0 2.6
2003 ATL MLB NL 129 495 .266 .333 .426 .329 98 47.1 13.0 8.2 164 11 7.9 -1.8 41.7 6.8
2004 BAL MLB AL 150 638 .267 .333 .428 .344 106 19.5 19.0 8.1 123 10 -8.3 0.3 19.8 3.8
2005 BAL MLB AL 103 423 .267 .328 .423 .303 102 3.7 12.2 3.4 99 10 -10.6 -0.2 -0.3 0.4
2005 BOW AA EAS 4 16 .254 .300 .408 .500 84 1.4 0.5 -0.1 125 0 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.1
2006 BAL MLB AL 76 299 .273 .336 .432 .313 108 -4.6 9.0 -2.8 77 9 0.5 -6.2 -7.7 -0.7
2006 BOS MLB AL 18 65 .265 .327 .417 .255 106 -8.8 2.0 1.1 75 9 -1.7 0.7 -1.8 0.0
2006 BOW AA EAS 2 8 .284 .351 .426 .200 91 0.9 0.2 -0.1 109 0 0.0 -0.7 0.0 -0.1

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
1989 PUL Rk APL 162 153 27 40 8 1 3 59 27 5 35 3 2 .261 .289 .386 .124 0 0
1990 BUR A MDW 445 422 48 112 17 3 11 168 55 14 84 0 2 .265 .294 .398 .133 4 4
1991 DUR A+ CRL 415 384 43 94 14 2 11 145 51 25 88 10 3 .245 .296 .378 .133 0 0
1992 ATL MLB NL 16 16 3 6 2 0 0 8 2 0 1 0 0 .375 .375 .500 .125 0 0
1992 GRN AA SOU 474 442 63 142 28 3 16 224 60 24 47 7 3 .321 .362 .507 .186 1 1
1993 ATL MLB NL 17 16 1 6 1 1 1 12 2 0 2 0 0 .375 .412 .750 .375 0 0
1993 RIC AAA INT 401 380 56 116 23 2 17 194 74 12 53 1 6 .305 .337 .511 .205 0 0
1994 ATL MLB NL 303 277 27 68 9 0 13 116 35 17 61 0 2 .245 .299 .419 .173 2 2
1995 ATL MLB NL 352 333 37 105 11 4 14 166 51 14 57 0 1 .315 .344 .498 .183 3 0
1996 ATL MLB NL 526 489 56 138 19 1 23 228 69 28 84 1 6 .282 .322 .466 .184 5 1
1997 ATL MLB NL 464 414 52 122 28 1 23 221 68 40 82 1 1 .295 .361 .534 .239 4 1
1998 ATL MLB NL 534 489 73 139 21 1 34 264 106 30 85 5 3 .284 .328 .540 .256 8 1
1999 ATL MLB NL 269 246 34 78 18 1 11 131 45 20 41 0 3 .317 .375 .533 .215 0 0
2000 ATL MLB NL 525 481 60 138 21 1 24 233 89 35 80 0 0 .287 .337 .484 .198 5 0
2001 ATL MLB NL 482 438 45 117 16 1 17 186 66 28 82 1 0 .267 .322 .425 .158 5 1
2002 ATL MLB NL 385 347 31 81 15 0 11 129 52 26 63 0 1 .233 .299 .372 .138 4 0
2003 ATL MLB NL 495 457 89 150 29 3 43 314 109 33 90 0 1 .328 .378 .687 .359 1 0
2004 BAL MLB AL 638 579 83 183 33 3 23 291 86 47 97 0 0 .316 .370 .503 .187 6 0
2005 BAL MLB AL 423 395 47 110 24 1 15 181 49 19 68 0 1 .278 .322 .458 .180 2 0
2005 BOW AA EAS 16 15 1 6 1 0 0 7 3 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .467 .067 0 0
2006 BAL MLB AL 299 279 30 74 15 1 8 115 31 18 60 0 0 .265 .314 .412 .147 0 0
2006 BOS MLB AL 65 63 6 12 5 0 0 17 4 2 16 0 0 .190 .215 .270 .079 0 0
2006 BOW AA EAS 8 7 1 2 1 0 1 6 1 1 1 0 0 .286 .375 .857 .571 0 0

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
2006-04-28 2006-05-13 15-DL 15 13 Right Mid Back Strain -
2005-05-25 2005-07-25 15-DL 61 53 Right Hand Fracture -
2002-08-01 2002-08-16 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
1999-07-25 1999-10-28 60-DL 95 62 Right Knee Surgery Partial ACL Tear 1999-08-11 -
1999-06-21 1999-07-15 15-DL 24 20 Right Knee Sprain - -
1997-10-21 1997-10-21 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Cartilage 1997-10-21 -
1997-07-06 1997-07-22 15-DL 16 13 Left Thumb Fracture Hairline - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 BAL $8,500,000
2005 BAL $7,000,000
2004 BAL $5,500,000
2003 ATL $7,000,000
2002 ATL $6,000,000
2001 ATL $7,750,000
2000 ATL $6,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$48,000,000
7 yrTotal$48,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 54 dChuck Berry

Details
  • 1 year (2008). Signed as a free agent 12/17/07 (minor-league contract). Retired 3/22/08
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2007). Signed as a free agent 1/07 (non-guaranteed contract). Salary of $1M on Major League roster. May earn additional $0.6M in performance bonuses. Released 3/07.
  • 3 years/$22.5M (2004-06). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 12/03. $1.5M signing bonus, 04:$5.5M, 05:$7M, 06:$8.5M. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 450, 500 plate appearances. $0.15M for 550 PAs. Award bonus: $50,000 for All Star. Acquired in trade 8/06. Released 9/06.
  • 1 year/$6M (2002), plus 2003 player option. 02:$6M, 03:$7M player option. Lopez exercised player option 10/02.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2007 Lopez entered the season already disgruntled by the Orioles` signing of Ramon Hernandez. When the O`s asked him to learn first base but didn`t accompany the request with a contract extension, Lopez allowed a slow start at the plate to distract him from breaking in that new mitt; he never played a regular-season game at first. Confined to a DH/backup backstop role and troubled by back and neck problems, his misery was such a perfect fit within the general Orioles malaise that it came as a surprise when the Sox traded for him in the wake of Varitek`s injury. The move was a disaster; Lopez didn`t hit, and the Sox didn`t win. When Varitek returned, the team promptly pulled the plug. The market for recalcitrant 36-year-old catchers with declining skills on both sides of the ball being what it is, Lopez is still looking for a job at this writing.
2006 It was a given that Lopez wouldn`t match his 2003 season in Baltimore. Besides losing the motivation of a free-agent year, he was a 32-year-old catcher with more than 1100 games on his knees. His production declined again last year: his rate stats were down across the board, and a broken hand cost him two months. On the plus side, 2006 is the final year of his three-year deal, and with the addition of Ramon Hernandez, he`ll be DHing. If anything were to bring his hitting back up, it would be that-unless he sulks over the "demotion."
2005 The O's got about as much as they could reasonably expect for their $22.5 million, as Lopez retained much of the value from his 2003 breakout. That was a pleasant surprise, given how likely he was to suffer a natural regression to historical norms. He set career highs for plate appearances and games caught, though, and he made no secret of his unhappiness with playing that frequently, annoying some in the organization. If it hurt him down the stretch, it didn't show up in the boxscores. The team has talked about getting him more time at DH or first base, but so far it's been just talk.
2004 ilyrause he had achieved semi-star status early in his career, Lopez's big season didn't have people dropping the f-word as liberally as they did in response to, say, Brady Anderson's 1996 or Davey Johnson's 1973. But in many respects, Lopez's year was just as surprising. Here was an injury-prone, 32-year-old catcher, whose slugging percentage had declined four years running. PECOTA thought there was less than a 5% chance that Lopez would match even his career averages. instead, he had one of the best offensive seasons by a catcher in baseball history. We've provided a forecast for him above; it says he's going to be better than he was in 2002, and worse than he was in 2003. What? You could have told us that? The truth is that nobody knows why Lopez had the season he did, and so nobody knows bow much of the bounce he'll retain. The organization that knows him best thought he wouldn't be worth what he'd make in arbitration. it might he worth summoning up a memory of Earl Williams, another Brave turned Oriole.
2003 Lopez strained his right shoulder in July, and it bothered him the rest of the way. On the other hand, he wasn’t exactly going great guns while he was still healthy. He might bounce back a little—a little, mind you—if the presence of Johnny Estrada helps him get more days off.
2002 Lopez's decision to sign a one-year, $6-million contract with the Braves was one of the first signs that last winter was going to be different for mid-level free agents. Granted, he's been declining steadily, but he was the best catcher on the market by far, and he came with all sorts of "winner" cachet. The Braves saved a bunch of money on the Javy Lopez and Andruw Jones deals; it's a shame they wasted the savings on crap like Vinny Castilla and Albie Lopez.
2001 It's hard to shake the feeling that Javy Lopez came along just a few years too late. A catcher who plays passable defense and hits a consistent .280 with 25 home runs would have been a god in the 1980s. Unfortunately, this is the age of Piazza and Pudge, so Lopez gets lost in the shuffle. (Greg Maddux not liking the way he catches doesn't help his image.) He still has a few good years, and probably one great one, left in him. That projection is very low.
2000 The torn right ACL that ended his season was the single biggest reason there was a race in the NL East last year. The gap between Lopez and the Greg Myers/Eddie Perez platoon that replaced him was worth at least two games, possibly more. Lopez was the Braves’ best player at the time of the injury, and is about as good as a player who walks 30 times a year can be. He’s expected to be healthy and ready to go in March.
1999 He gets almost no attention in the Braves’ constellation of stars, but after Mike Piazza, there isn’t a better-hitting catcher in the game. He started to develop a reputation as a clutch hitter last season, and his game-tying homer against the Cubs in the Division Series added to it. As we’ve said a million times, there’s no evidence that clutch-hitting exists, but there’s no harm if it gets Lopez some much-deserved accolades. His defense is actually good, and despite Eddie Perez’s fluky season, the Braves need to convince Greg Maddux to work with Lopez more, because they’re handing playoff opponents an advantage every time Lopez sits.
1998 Lopez improved this year, posting career bests in OBP and slugging while improving defensively. Since coming in amidst lots of hype, he’s settled into being an above-average catcher without anyone knowing. If Vlad’s right, he’ll be an MVP candidate. Hit .456/.878 on the first pitch in 1997, well above average.
1997 Wow. That projection looks awfully big. A Terry Steinbach for the next generation. Not exactly Greg Maddux’s personal caddy. I don’t understand the well-publicized preference of Maddux for catchers who can’t hit – considering the run support he got, you’d think he’d want to hand Ryan Klesko the mask. Lopez is a very good and valuable ballplayer, and will be for the next five years.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2012-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who among the other first timers got at least one vote?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Vinny Castilla 6, Tim Salmon and Bill Mueller 5, Brad Radke 2, Javy Lopez and Eric Young 1. Wasted votes, all of them. (Jay Jaffe's Hall of Fame Special)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)FYI, next couple of HOF classes are thin. Best candidates for 2011 are Bagwell, Raffy Palmeiro (zero shot), Kevin Brown, Al Leiter and Larry Walker. Best candidates for 2012 are Bernie Williams, Tim Salmon and....I dunno, Carl Everett? Rick Helling?
(El Angelo from elangelo@gmail.com)
The 2012 class is thinner than prison gruel. Honestly there aren't five guys among this lot who would get more than a single paragraph out of me in the JAWS series:

Edgardo Alfonzo, Pedro Astacio, David Bell, Jeromy Burnitz, Vinny Castilla, Scott Erickson, Carl Everett, Jeff Fassero, Alex S. Gonzalez, Danny Graves, Rick Helling, Dustin Hermanson, Jose Hernandez, Brian Jordan, Matt Lawton, Javy Lopez, Bill Mueller, Terry Mulholland, Jeff Nelson, Phil Nevin, Brad Radke, Joe Randa, Tim Salmon, Ruben Sierra, Jose Vizcaino, Bernie Williams, Eric Young (Jay Jaffe)


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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
1992 mlb .004 0.2 181 .000 0.0 8 .036 .002 -0.2 0.0 0.0
1993 mlb .004 0.2 171 .000 0.0 5 .004 .001 0.0 0.2 0.1
1994 mlb .006 4.7 3018 .000 -0.2 79 .041 .010 -2.2 2.3 1.9
1995 mlb .018 16.2 3400 .000 -0.3 65 .021 .004 -0.9 16.4 15.4
1996 mlb .009 10.9 4773 .000 -0.2 106 .004 .002 -0.3 10.1 11.2
1997 mlb .008 8.4 3996 .000 0.5 97 .012 -.002 -0.6 8.5 7.2
1998 mlb .006 7.7 5078 .001 -0.9 68 -.003 -.002 0.3 6.8 11.0
1999 mlb -.001 -0.9 2437 .000 0.1 54 .036 .010 -1.3 -2.2 -3.0
2000 mlb .017 25.4 5368 -.001 1.1 88 .042 -.001 -2.4 23.3 26.0
2001 mlb .013 16.2 4955 -.001 1.2 87 .002 -.002 0.1 17.4 16.9
2002 mlb .013 12.5 3799 -.001 1.0 82 -.012 .002 0.6 14.2 16.4
2003 mlb .006 6.7 4751 .000 0.2 68 -.005 -.001 0.3 7.7 7.9
2004 mlb -.005 -6.7 6110 .001 -1.4 81 .004 .001 -0.2 -7.6 -8.3
2005 mlb -.008 -6.2 3528 .000 -0.2 64 .048 .002 -1.9 -9.1 -10.6
2005 aax .000 0.0 80 .000 0.0 5 .004 .003 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 mlb .001 0.2 1705 .000 -0.1 34 .067 .007 -1.5 -1.3 -1.3

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