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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
14 561 515.7 36 28 11 3.26 8.5
Birth Date9-14-1974
Height6' 5"
Weight205 lbs
Age44 years, 9 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1998 CHA MLB 29 0 30.7 2 1 1 27 7 11 0 100 7.9 2.1 0.0 3.2 65% .252 1.11 3.18 3.23 114 3.57 74.0 0.6
1999 CHA MLB 3 0 3.7 0 0 0 9 5 0 1 98 22.1 12.3 2.5 0.0 58% .444 3.82 10.83 19.64 125 9.10 176.9 -0.1
2000 CHA MLB 12 0 13.7 1 0 0 13 1 9 0 96 8.6 0.7 0.0 5.9 93% .310 1.02 2.12 1.98 75 4.09 78.7 0.2
2001 OAK MLB 35 0 36.7 2 1 1 41 6 34 6 94 10.1 1.5 1.5 8.3 81% .327 1.28 3.94 2.70 71 3.08 63.9 0.9
2002 OAK MLB 75 0 75.3 4 2 2 73 14 56 2 94 8.7 1.7 0.2 6.7 74% .303 1.15 2.67 3.11 70 3.06 65.6 1.9
2003 OAK MLB 72 0 77.0 7 4 2 67 30 62 7 94 7.8 3.5 0.8 7.2 69% .278 1.26 4.10 3.04 81 3.27 68.6 1.8
2004 OAK MLB 68 0 59.0 5 7 1 51 24 34 5 104 7.8 3.7 0.8 5.2 63% .251 1.27 4.57 4.42 93 4.49 92.7 0.7
2005 BOS MLB 31 0 23.3 2 1 0 29 4 10 1 106 11.2 1.5 0.4 3.9 69% .326 1.41 3.64 3.86 91 4.09 88.0 0.4
2006 NYN MLB 70 0 62.0 4 2 2 59 13 45 1 90 8.6 1.9 0.1 6.5 65% .301 1.16 2.49 2.90 71 2.91 59.2 1.9
2007 BAL MLB 78 0 64.7 4 7 2 77 16 29 1 101 10.7 2.2 0.1 4.0 64% .321 1.44 3.62 3.34 94 4.74 98.1 0.5
2008 BAL 0 47 0 40.3 3 3 0 41 7 13 2 106 9.1 1.6 0.4 2.9 71% .285 1.19 3.75 2.45 101 4.36 92.9 0.5
2008 TBA 0 21 0 19.0 1 0 0 18 8 4 1 105 8.5 3.8 0.5 1.9 62% .254 1.37 4.84 1.42 116 6.11 130.4 -0.2
2009 TBA MLB 20 0 10.3 1 0 0 22 2 6 1 106 19.2 1.7 0.9 5.2 49% .457 2.32 3.81 4.35 130 7.50 160.9 -0.3
2008 TOT MLB 68 0 59.3 4 3 0 59 15 17 3 106 8.9 2.3 0.5 2.6 68% .275 1.25 4.10 2.12 106 4.92 104.9 0.3
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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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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-
1996 HIC A SAL 28 0 30.0 0 2 18 21 7 27 1 6.3 2.1 0.3 8.1 0% .000 0.93 2.63 0.90 0 0.00 0.0
1997 WNS A+ CRL 46 0 54.7 3 7 15 51 25 43 2 8.4 4.1 0.3 7.1 0% .285 1.39 3.81 3.95 0 0.00 0.0
1998 CHA MLB AL 29 0 30.7 2 1 1 27 7 11 0 100 7.9 2.1 0.0 3.2 65% .252 1.11 3.18 3.23 114 3.57 74.0
1998 BIR AA SOU 10 0 17.3 1 1 1 13 8 14 2 6.8 4.2 1.0 7.3 0% -.458 1.21 4.75 2.60 0 0.00 0.0
1998 CLG AAA PCL 29 0 51.0 4 1 0 50 11 27 3 8.8 1.9 0.5 4.8 0% -1.093 1.20 4.02 1.94 0 0.00 0.0
1999 CHA MLB AL 3 0 3.7 0 0 0 9 5 0 1 98 22.1 12.3 2.5 0.0 58% .444 3.82 10.83 19.64 125 9.10 176.9
1999 CHR AAA INT 47 0 74.3 9 3 5 63 15 56 2 7.6 1.8 0.2 6.8 0% -.836 1.05 2.87 1.94 0 0.00 0.0
2000 CHA MLB AL 12 0 13.7 1 0 0 13 1 9 0 96 8.6 0.7 0.0 5.9 93% .310 1.02 2.12 1.98 75 4.09 78.7
2000 CHR AAA INT 55 0 53.7 2 4 10 38 12 42 2 6.4 2.0 0.3 7.0 0% -.632 0.93 2.78 1.51 0 0.00 0.0
2001 OAK MLB AL 35 0 36.7 2 1 1 41 6 34 6 94 10.1 1.5 1.5 8.3 81% .327 1.28 3.94 2.70 71 3.08 63.9
2001 SAC AAA PCL 12 0 23.7 0 0 2 15 2 24 0 5.7 0.8 0.0 9.1 0% -.577 0.72 1.77 0.38 0 0.00 0.0
2002 OAK MLB AL 75 0 75.3 4 2 2 73 14 56 2 94 8.7 1.7 0.2 6.7 74% .303 1.15 2.67 3.11 70 3.06 65.6
2003 OAK MLB AL 72 0 77.0 7 4 2 67 30 62 7 94 7.8 3.5 0.8 7.2 69% .278 1.26 4.10 3.04 81 3.27 68.6
2004 OAK MLB AL 68 0 59.0 5 7 1 51 24 34 5 104 7.8 3.7 0.8 5.2 63% .251 1.27 4.57 4.42 93 4.49 92.7
2004 SAC AAA PCL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% .250 0.50 0.51 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2005 BOS MLB AL 31 0 23.3 2 1 0 29 4 10 1 106 11.2 1.5 0.4 3.9 69% .326 1.41 3.64 3.86 91 4.09 88.0
2005 STO A+ CLF 3 0 2.3 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 11.7 3.9 0.0 3.9 0% -1.500 1.74 4.29 3.91 0 0.00 0.0
2005 SAC AAA PCL 3 1 3.0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 24 12.0 0.0 3.0 3.0 64% .300 1.33 7.17 6.00 104 5.24 103.3
2006 NYN MLB NL 70 0 62.0 4 2 2 59 13 45 1 90 8.6 1.9 0.1 6.5 65% .301 1.16 2.49 2.90 71 2.91 59.2
2007 BAL MLB AL 78 0 64.7 4 7 2 77 16 29 1 101 10.7 2.2 0.1 4.0 64% .321 1.44 3.62 3.34 94 4.74 98.1
2008 BAL MLB AL 47 0 40.3 3 3 0 41 7 13 2 106 9.1 1.6 0.4 2.9 71% .285 1.19 3.75 2.45 101 4.36 92.9
2008 TBA MLB AL 21 0 19.0 1 0 0 18 8 4 1 105 8.5 3.8 0.5 1.9 62% .254 1.37 4.84 1.42 116 6.11 130.4
2009 TBA MLB AL 20 0 10.3 1 0 0 22 2 6 1 106 19.2 1.7 0.9 5.2 49% .457 2.32 3.81 4.35 130 7.50 160.9
2009 PCH A+ FSL 6 0 6.0 1 0 0 4 0 5 0 100 6.0 0.0 0.0 7.5 63% .250 0.67 1.52 0.00 82 3.54 74.5
2009 MNT AA SOU 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 92 13.5 4.5 0.0 9.0 67% .500 2.00 4.09 4.50 87 6.17 129.7
2009 DUR AAA INT 4 0 4.7 1 0 0 7 1 2 0 122 13.4 1.9 0.0 3.8 68% .368 1.70 2.93 5.74 101 5.37 113.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 701 0.5777 0.5207 0.8740 0.6741 0.3108 0.8974 0.8043 0.1260
2009 176 0.6932 0.5398 0.8842 0.6311 0.3333 0.9351 0.6667 0.1158
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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
2009-07-19 2009-08-19 15-DL 31 27 - Low Back Tightness -
2009-03-27 2009-06-27 15-DL 92 75 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Loose Bodies 2009-02-05
2009-02-05 2009-03-27 Camp 50 0 Right Elbow Surgery Loose Bodies 2009-02-05
2007-03-03 2007-03-06 Camp 3 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -
2005-03-30 2005-07-13 60-DL 105 87 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2005-03-07
2004-08-08 2004-08-24 15-DL 16 15 - Low Back Strain -
2004-02-27 2004-03-15 Camp 17 0 - Low Back Spasms -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 TBA $3,666,667
2008 BAL $3,500,000
2007 BAL $3,000,000
2006 NYN $1,400,000
2005 BOS $1,400,000
2004 OAK $965,000
2003 OAK $331,000
2002 OAK $235,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$14,497,667
8 yrTotal$14,497,667

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 75 dRex Gary3 years/$10.5M (2007-09)

Details
  • 3 years/$10.5M (2007-09). Signed as a free agent 11/06. $0.5M signing bonus. 07:$3M, 08:$3.5M, 09:$3.5M. Performance bonuses: $75,000 for LCS MVP. $0.1M for Rolaids or WS MVP. One-time $0.5M assignment bonus with trade. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Baltimore 2008.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2006). Signed as a free agent 12/05.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2005). Re0signed 12/04. Acquired in trade from Oakland 7/05. Non-tendered 12/05.
  • 1 year/$0.965M (2004). Re-signed 2/04 (avoided arbitration, $1.125M-$0.85M).
  • 1 year/$0.331M (2003)
  • 1 year/$0.235M (2002). Re-signed 2/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Optioned to Triple-A 7/01. Recalled 8/01.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 1996 (13-377).

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
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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Which two baseball player active or not would you like to see participate in a bowling competition?
(J-Peso from New Jersey)
Chad Bradford would probably dominate. Josh Collmenter would be fun to watch bowl if forced to bowl from his ridiculously high arm slot. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Some years ago Bill James theorized that we would see more submariners because the motion was less stress on the arm and it was a different look, among other things. Instead of a time in the '80s where we had (the effective) Steve Olin and (the not very effective) Todd Frohwirth, now we have no one that I know of. Why did submariners disappear, and is there a chance that style will be resurrected, ever if not anytime soon? Is there anyone in the minors to carry the torch for this very different style?
(delatopia from San Francisco)
The true submariner seems to have all but disappeared (paging Chad Bradford), but I think that we are seeing many more pitchers who adopt a straight sidearm slot. The emphasis on platoon splits and LOOGY's has created a tendency toward closed angles and low trajectories to maximize the lateral movement on pitches, particularly with relievers. I would have to defer to our killer prospect team to uncover any hidden subs in the minors. (Doug Thorburn)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am a reference librarian and was recently asked if there were more sidearmers in the 80s. (Actually the questioner asked about sideways pitchers.) I don't recall this but it may be true. The discussion came around to mechanics. Is pitching sidearm easier on the pitcher than overhand? To my mind the arm strain would be pretty close but sidearm would seem to be easier on the shoulder.
(Steve N from Delaware)
The strain is different, but I'm not sure about "easier". There's a sample size question and I'm not sure if we have much reliable data on sidearmers. The only guy I know has been analyzed is Chad Bradford and he is *not* a sidearm/submariner. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Chad Bradford is *not* a submariner, what the hell is he?
(Scott from Chicago)
He is a standard pitcher that bends sideways at the waist. (Will Carroll)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andy MacPhail has been quoted as saying not to get"our expectations" too high in terms of the player to be named later in the Chad Bradford trade. Most of us in Baltimore are reading that as the guy will get will never see the light of day in the Majors. There's some saved salary here. But is it really worthwhile to save a couple million dollars at the cost of a very useful reliever, one who added a lot, in fact, to Tampa Bay's pennant drive?
(Playwright22 from Baltimore)
Absolutely. Bradford might be worth a win or two. Might. That doesn't matter. If you pick the right guy, maybe you get four or five wins over a period of years from a reliever, a bench guy, a spot starter. You always cash in the veteran chips when you're in the Orioles' shoes, even if you're getting back the 15th-best guy in another organization.

The extreme application of this is the Twins a couple years back, when they got back two zeroes for Luis Castillo. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)I've had the woman pitcher argument with a friend of mine that played collegiate softball. Except, I was the one saying that a woman could pitch in MLB and she said no way. My theory is that the first woman pitcher will be relief specialist, Chad Bradford type? The first woman pitcher isn't going to be a former tennis player, she'll be softball player, so becoming a submariner would seem to make more sense...
(Conor Glassey from Woodinville, WA)
Possible, but still have to throw the ball ... and Bradford's not a submariner, dangit! (Will Carroll)
2008-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain how submariners like Chad Bradford are able to generate so much velocity? Is it really still a "whip" action, but flipped over? When I try it for fun, it just doesn't flow.
(Mark from Baltimore)
First, Bradford isn't a sidearm or submariner pitcher. He's a standard "classic" pitcher.

Yes, really.

I wrote about this for Boston Dirt Dogs a couple years ago: http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/2005/07/special_deliver.html (Will Carroll)
2008-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Isn't the reason Neshek went to that motion because he had injury issues with an overhand motion?
(tfierst from MN)
Yes. This is correct. ("Atlantic City" by Springsteen) It worked for him, but was untenable long term I thought. Maybe he'll come back like Chad Bradford. (Will Carroll)


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