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Portrait of Olmedo Saenz

Olmedo Saenz PHDodgers

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
16 1891 .263 .340 .465 105 3.8
Birth Date10-8-1970
Height6' 2"
Weight185 lbs
Age48 years, 7 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
1994 CHA 23 5 15 2 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 .143 .143 .286 75 -0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0
1999 OAK 28 97 295 70 18 0 11 22 47 15 1 1 .275 .363 .475 106 3.8 0.2 2.7 1.3
2000 OAK 29 76 247 67 12 2 9 25 40 7 1 0 .313 .401 .514 122 9.1 -0.9 -0.8 1.1
2001 OAK 30 106 341 67 21 1 9 19 64 13 0 1 .220 .291 .384 84 -5.4 -0.4 2.1 0.1
2002 OAK 31 68 178 43 10 1 6 13 31 7 1 1 .276 .354 .468 110 2.9 -0.7 -1.0 0.4
2004 LAN 33 77 128 31 1 0 8 12 33 2 0 0 .279 .352 .505 116 2.8 0.6 0.4 0.6
2005 LAN 34 109 351 84 24 0 15 27 63 3 0 1 .263 .325 .480 105 2.6 -3.9 -12.3 -0.8
2006 LAN 35 103 204 53 15 0 11 14 47 7 0 0 .296 .363 .564 115 5.0 0.0 0.2 0.9
2007 LAN 36 92 132 21 5 0 4 16 25 2 0 0 .191 .295 .345 91 -1.0 -1.0 -0.4 0.0
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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
1991 SBN A MDW 56 221 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SAR A+ FSL 5 21 .000 .000 .000 .105 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 SBN A MDW 132 545 .000 .000 .000 .261 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SBN A MDW 13 57 .000 .000 .000 .419 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SAR A+ FSL 33 134 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BIR AA SOU 49 199 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CHA MLB AL 5 15 .277 .351 .486 .222 101 -2.4 0.5 0.1 75 17 0.0 0.1 -0.4 0.0
1994 NAS AAA AA 107 429 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 NAS AAA AA 111 478 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 NAS AAA AA 134 545 .000 .000 .000 .279 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLG AAA PCL 0 533 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OAK MLB AL 97 295 .273 .347 .437 .295 96 9.7 8.2 -0.9 106 13 2.7 0.2 3.8 1.3
1999 VAN AAA PCL 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .600 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OAK MLB AL 76 247 .275 .347 .449 .349 89 18.7 7.8 -3 122 11 -0.8 -0.9 9.1 1.1
2000 SAC AAA PCL 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 OAK MLB AL 106 341 .267 .334 .434 .247 94 -4.1 10.2 -5.2 84 10 2.1 -0.4 -5.4 0.1
2002 OAK MLB AL 68 178 .259 .327 .418 .306 94 7.6 5.1 -1.9 110 12 -1.0 -0.7 2.9 0.4
2003 MOD A+ CLF 1 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LAN MLB NL 77 128 .256 .327 .410 .315 97 5.4 3.8 -1.3 116 15 0.4 0.6 2.8 0.6
2005 LAN MLB NL 109 351 .268 .334 .425 .284 98 5.5 10.1 -4.5 105 16 -12.3 -3.9 2.6 -0.8
2006 LAN MLB NL 103 204 .272 .339 .435 .336 95 12.7 6.1 -1.7 115 13 0.2 0.0 5.0 0.9
2007 LAN MLB NL 92 132 .263 .332 .410 .200 101 -5.7 3.9 -1 91 13 -0.4 -1.0 -1.0 0.0

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
1991 SAR A+ FSL 21 19 1 2 0 1 0 4 2 2 0 0 1 .105 .190 .211 .105 0 0
1991 SBN A MDW 221 192 23 47 10 1 2 65 22 21 48 5 3 .245 .333 .339 .094 1 1
1992 SBN A MDW 545 493 66 121 26 4 7 176 59 36 52 16 13 .245 .310 .357 .112 2 2
1993 SAR A+ FSL 134 121 13 31 9 4 0 48 27 9 18 3 1 .256 .316 .397 .140 1 1
1993 BIR AA SOU 199 173 30 60 17 2 6 99 29 20 21 2 1 .347 .429 .572 .225 0 0
1993 SBN A MDW 57 50 3 18 4 1 0 24 7 7 7 1 1 .360 .439 .480 .120 0 0
1994 NAS AAA AA 429 383 48 100 27 2 12 167 59 30 57 3 2 .261 .328 .436 .175 2 2
1994 CHA MLB AL 15 14 2 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 5 0 0 .143 .143 .286 .143 0 1
1995 NAS AAA AA 478 415 60 126 26 1 13 193 74 45 60 0 2 .304 .385 .465 .161 3 3
1996 NAS AAA AA 545 476 86 124 29 1 18 209 63 53 80 4 2 .261 .349 .439 .179 2 2
1998 CLG AAA PCL 533 466 89 146 29 0 29 262 102 45 49 3 3 .313 .400 .562 .249 0 0
1999 OAK MLB AL 295 255 41 70 18 0 11 121 41 22 47 1 1 .275 .363 .475 .200 3 0
1999 VAN AAA PCL 6 5 1 3 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 .600 .667 .800 .200 0 0
2000 SAC AAA PCL 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 0 0
2000 OAK MLB AL 247 214 40 67 12 2 9 110 33 25 40 1 0 .313 .401 .514 .201 1 0
2001 OAK MLB AL 341 305 33 67 21 1 9 117 32 19 64 0 1 .220 .291 .384 .164 3 1
2002 OAK MLB AL 178 156 15 43 10 1 6 73 18 13 31 1 1 .276 .354 .468 .192 2 0
2003 MOD A+ CLF 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 0 0
2004 LAN MLB NL 128 111 17 31 1 0 8 56 22 12 33 0 0 .279 .352 .505 .225 3 0
2005 LAN MLB NL 351 319 39 84 24 0 15 153 63 27 63 0 1 .263 .325 .480 .216 2 0
2006 LAN MLB NL 204 179 30 53 15 0 11 101 48 14 47 0 0 .296 .363 .564 .268 4 0
2007 LAN MLB NL 132 110 9 21 5 0 4 38 18 16 25 0 0 .191 .295 .345 .155 4 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
2000-08-01 2000-09-18 15-DL 48 41 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1999-07-27 1999-08-16 15-DL 20 18 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 LAN $1,000,000
2006 LAN $1,000,000
2005 LAN $650,000
2003 LAN $1,200,000
2002 OAK $800,000
2001 OAK $290,000
2000 OAK $260,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$5,200,000
7 yrTotal$5,200,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 17 d2 yr/$2M (06-07)

Details
  • FA after refused sent outright to 10/12/07 re-signed 12/05, 2 year/$M (06-07) (avoided arbitration), 06:$1M, 07:$1M
  • re-signed 12/04, 1 year/$0.65M (05) (avoided arbitration)
  • contract purchased 4/04 signed as a free agent from MON 2/04 (minor-league contract)
  • non-tendered 12/02 OAK declined 03 club option 10/02
  • 2 year/$1.2M (01-02) 01:$0.35M, 02:$0.8M, 03:$1.2M club option $50K buyout

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 Olmedo Saenz enjoyed three stellar years for the Dodgers, but The Killer Tomato's luck ran out in 2007, as Grady Little simply couldn't find the at-bats to keep him fresh. Here's hoping he finds a NL manager who can put him to work.
2007 A predictable pleasure of watching the Dodgers is the consistency with which Vin Scully marvels at the reasoning of any pitcher who dares offer this professional hitter some heat: `Why in the world would you ever throw Olmedo Saenz a fastball?` he`ll say, as Saenz rips another shot to left-centerfield. A Jim Tracy/Paul DePodesta favorite, Saenz survived the regime change with his playing time scaled back to more appropriate levels. Whether in the lineup (.330/.398/.643 in 112 AB at first and third base) or off the bench (.263/.333/.491 in 57 pinch at-bats), he raked. Concerns about his glove and durability, not to mention the tactical value of using him in high-leverage spots late in the game, ensure that the Dodgers will at least get their money`s worth from him as a bench player.
2006 After a wildly successful 2004 season on Tracy`s bench, Saenz found himself with an expanded role in 2005. He began the year as the lefty-mashing half of a first-base platoon with Choi, occasionally covering third base for Valentin as well. For the first two months he was one of the team`s hottest hitters (.341/.400/.624), but as Choi fell out of favor, Tracy became overly enamored of Saenz, who hit just .235/.297/.427 from June onwards. He was particularly brutal in the field; there`s a good reason they call guys like Saenz `professional hitters`--it`s much a signifier for what it leaves out as what it says. Expect Grady Little to get the message and make more limited use of him.
2005 This guy can still hit searing line drives. He was a Ken Phelps All-Star until Billy Beane grabbed him and stuck him in the lineup in Oakland, and he's been either injured or raking since then. He's still a solid bat that can handle a slightly bigger role than lefty masher off the bench, but from a tactical standpoint, he's a good guy to have in that role. His tendon injury appears to have recovered pretty well, so don't be surprised to see Saenz get 250 PA and hit pretty well in 2005, especially if the Dodgers move slowly with Choi.
2004 Don't completely forget about this guy. During his four years with the A's, he was very productive as a part-time player in three of those seasons, hitting vicious line drives for average and power. He suffered a nasty ruptured Achilles tendon that caused him to miss the 2003 season, but he'll be pounding the pavement looking for a job as a backup corner infielder and right-handed pinch-hitter. He can still hit.
2003 A good, solid right-handed hitter who can play either corner, but is stretched a bit at third base. He hits the ball with authority. Should be able to find a job somewhere smacking lefties around. Properly spotted, he could post an .850 OPS in a couple of hundred plate appearances. Heíll do it elsewhere in 2003, as the Aís wisely declined his $1.2 million option. Saenz was picked up as a low-cost righty-basher because the Aís understand that it doesnít make sense to pay $1.2 million for his skills.
2002 Hopefully, it was just an off year. Saenz was the latest in an A's string of DHs/corner guys, following Geronimo Berroa and Matt Stairs, pulled from organizations that focused on limitations rather than capabilities. Saenz, who always looks like he's in pain, can fill in at either corner without killing you defensively and hits lots of hard line drives. If he doesn't recover quickly with the bat, the A's will start looking at other options.
2001 No sophomore slump here, even with him missing August and having to play on one leg during the second half. Olmedo Saenz is the corner-infield variation on a Geronimo Berroa theme. Heíll be a handy extra bat as long as he can play third base once in a while, or up to the point that arbitration-inspired salary inflation makes him an Oriole.
2000 He was an outstanding free talent pickup. After he tore his Achilles tendon in 1997, the White Sox doubted he'd recover his defensive skills at third base and took him off their 40-man roster. The A's signed him as a free agent, giving them the right-handed bat they needed to back up Giambi and Chavez at the corner infield positions. He suffered nagging leg injuries all season, including a bum knee and a pulled hamstring. Guys like Saenz and Jeff Manto and Scott McClain are floating around, waiting for people to stop handing jobs to Gary Gaetti and Dave Hollins just because theyíre famous.
1997 Saenz was named the best defensive third baseman in the American Association and would be a very solid option at third for those teams that arenít lucky enough to have a Robin Ventura floating around. Itíll be a shame if Saenz has to remain in the minors much longer.
1996  It was pretty clever of the Sox to take two third basemen who are reasonable prospects in Saenz and Snopek, and have the guts to play both of them in the field instead of dragging out some career AAA shortstop like Gary Green to play because neither Snopek or Saenz "look like a shortstop." Saenz is a very good fielder (voted the best defensive third baseman in the American Association), and wouldn't be an embarrassment as a hitter. No chance to beat out Ventura, so Saenz will probably be a good pickup in a trade.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Hey CK! Just counting down hours until my flight up to Oakland for Opening Night. So far this season, A's hitters seem to really be focusing on going up the middle and to the opposite field. Is this early-season noise, or a product of new hitting coach Jim Skaalen?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Hope you have a great time at the ballpark; I know it's not really the same thing now that the Coliseum's been mauled beyond recognition, but I sort of feel about the A's home park the way some Mets fans feel about Shea--sure, it's a pit, but it's *our* pit.

I don't think we can put this on Skaalen just yet; this isn't quite like Rick Burleson jumping on Mark McGwire to hit singles to right, and getting the single worst season of Mac's career for his troubles. It's important to keep in mind the talent that's on this year's roster, never mind that we don't have Emil Brown to kick around any more. Adding hitters like Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra gives you a lineup with people who put the ball in play a lot more often than those of us who still treasure the memories of watching Olmedo Saenz or Matt Stairs or Ben Grieve (at his best) taking their cuts. (Christina Kahrl)


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