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Bruce Chen

36-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2014 Stats

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1-1

ERA

6.60

WHIP

1.87

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16

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

With an abundance of starters to open the 2013 season, Chen was moved to the bullpen where he found new life as a key reliever for the team. He made 20 appearances in the first half of the season and ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 216   DOB: 6/19/1977   BORN: Panama City, Panama   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Bruce Chen Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Royals in January of 2014. Deal includes a mutual option for 2015.

April 19, 2014  –  Bruce Chen News

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Chen struck out six and surrendered four runs over five innings, picking up his first win of the season Saturday against the Twins.

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Bruce Chen Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 27 AAA OTT 25 19 0 100.7 97 42 16 108 32 4 4 0 3.75 1.28
2004 27 AAA SYR 3 3 0 10.3 17 10 4 8 5 0 1 0 8.71 2.13
2005 28 MAJ BAL 34 32 0 197.3 187 84 33 133 63 13 10 0 3.83 1.27
2006 29 MAJ BAL 40 12 0 98.7 137 76 28 70 35 0 7 0 6.93 1.74
2007 30 AAA OKL 4 4 0 16.0 17 10 3 12 3 1 1 0 5.63 1.25
2007 30 MAJ TEX 5 0 0 10.0 11 8 3 7 6 0 0 0 7.20 1.70
2008 31 AAA OKL 0 0 0 .0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 999.99 0.00
2009 32 AAA OMA 14 13 3 82.0 57 31 8 69 23 4 2 0 3.40 0.98
2009 32 MAJ KAN 17 9 0 62.3 74 40 12 45 25 1 6 0 5.78 1.59
2010 33 AAA Oma 3 3 0 20.2 13 3 0 20 5 0 1 0 0 0 1.31 0.89
2010 33 MAJ KC 33 23 1 140.3 136 65 17 98 57 12 7 1 0 0 4.17 1.38
2011 34 AA Nor 2 1 0 2.0 5 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 18.00 2.50
2011 34 AAA Oma 2 2 0 9.0 11 6 3 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.00 1.33
2011 34 MAJ KC 25 25 0 155.0 152 65 18 97 50 12 8 0 0 0 3.77 1.30
2012 35 MAJ KC 34 34 0 191.7 215 108 33 140 47 11 14 0 0 0 5.07 1.37
2013 36 MAJ KC 34 15 0 121.0 107 44 13 78 36 9 4 0 2 2 3.27 1.18
2014 37 MAJ KC 3 3 0 15.0 22 11 2 16 6 1 1 0 0 0 6.60 1.87
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Bruce Chen
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 24 0 155.9 158 72 21 105 44 10 8 0 0 0 4.16 1.30
Career  (View All) MAJ   388 221 1 1,492.3 1514 748 249 1116 535 81 77 1 4.51 1.37

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Bruce Chen Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 19 Min 5.0 8 4 4 1 4 6 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 6.60 1.87
Apr. 11 @Min 3.7 7 6 6 1 2 3 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 6.30 1.60
Apr. 5 CWS 6.3 7 1 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.42 1.11
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 4.3 IP/G
8.7 15 10 10 2 6 9 0 0 0 1-1 0 0 0 10.38 2.42
Last 30 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.0 IP/G
15.0 22 11 11 2 6 16 0 0 0 1-1 0 0 0 6.60 1.87
Last 60 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.0 IP/G
15.0 22 11 11 2 6 16 0 0 0 1-1 0 0 0 6.60 1.87

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Bruce Chen Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013167231240526.261
20122103915601316.314
2011181281742503.259

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20133315524671327.224
20126171013215532527.271
2011439653110225115.257

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201367.7510431763.061.17
201299.07507018174.181.24
201181.3630462493.761.32

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201353.3430351973.541.20
201292.74907029166.021.50
201165.7650472494.251.29
Bruce Chen Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 27 AAA OTT 25 19 100.7 9.66 2.86 3.38 1.43 77% 3.75 4.13 .315
2004 27 AAA SYR 3 3 10.3 6.97 4.35 1.60 3.48 66.7% 8.71 8.43 .381
2005 28 MAJ BAL 34 32 197.3 6.07 2.87 2.11 1.51 76.5% 3.83 5.02 .267
2006 29 MAJ BAL 40 12 98.7 6.39 3.19 2.00 2.55 0.66 66.7% 6.93 6.57 .344
2007 30 AAA OKL 4 4 16.0 6.75 1.69 4.00 1.69 58.8% 5.63 4.89 .297
2007 30 MAJ TEX 5 0 10.0 6.30 5.40 1.17 2.70 0.64 64.3% 7.20 7.56 .274
2008 31 AAA OKL 0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 999.99 .00 .000
2009 32 AAA OMA 14 13 82.0 7.57 2.52 3.00 0.88 68.1% 3.40 3.77 .232
2009 32 MAJ KAN 17 9 62.3 6.50 3.61 1.80 1.73 0.65 67.8% 87.0 MPH 5.78 5.50 .322
2010 33 AAA Oma 3 3 20.2 8.91 2.23 4.00 0.00 83.3% 1.31 1.96 .260
2010 33 MAJ KC 33 23 140.3 6.29 3.66 1.72 1.09 0.76 72.7% 86.2 MPH 4.17 4.66 .286
2011 34 AA Nor 2 1 2.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20% 18.00 1.20 .579
2011 34 AAA Oma 2 2 9.0 8.00 1.00 8.00 3.00 66.7% 6.00 6.42 .315
2011 34 MAJ KC 25 25 155.0 5.63 2.90 1.94 1.05 0.79 74.5% 85.9 MPH 3.77 4.56 .283
2012 35 MAJ KC 34 34 191.7 6.57 2.21 2.98 1.55 0.72 67.2% 86.3 MPH 5.07 4.84 .312
2013 36 MAJ KC 34 15 121.0 5.80 2.68 2.17 0.97 0.54 76.2% 85.4 MPH 3.27 4.27 .263
2014 37 MAJ KC 3 3 15.0 9.60 3.60 2.67 1.20 1.00 65.4% 84.2 MPH 6.60 4.00 .432
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Bruce Chen
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 24 155.9 6.06 2.54 2.39 1.21 71.8% 4.16 4.45 .290
Career MAJ   388 221 1,492.3 6.73 3.23 2.09 1.50 72.3% 4.51 4.98 .290

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2014 Stat Review for Bruce Chen    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.67 K/BB
WEAK
9.60 K/9
ELITE
3.60 BB/9
POOR
84.2 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
1.2 HR/9
POOR
1.00 GB/FB Ratio
BALANCED
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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6.60 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.87 WHIP
TERRIBLE
4.00 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.432 BABIP
HIGH
65.4% Strand Rate
LOW

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Bruce Chen (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Mark Teixeira NY-A 22 11 7 15 1 4 0 .500 1.545 2.045
Jason Giambi CLE 16 6 4 8 4 2 1 .375 1.125 1.601
Howie Kendrick ANA 14 6 2 5 1 3 0 .429 1.071 1.538
Bobby Abreu NY-N 15 9 0 7 2 1 2 .600 .800 1.447
Miguel Cabrera DET 39 16 5 11 10 6 0 .410 .897 1.428
Nick Markakis BAL 19 9 1 3 2 2 0 .474 .789 1.335
Jason Kubel MIN 18 8 1 2 1 3 0 .444 .833 1.307
Danny Valencia KC 22 11 0 7 1 1 0 .500 .773 1.294
Trevor Plouffe MIN 26 9 3 4 2 3 1 .346 .885 1.277
Derek Jeter NY-A 42 18 4 5 2 5 2 .429 .786 1.240

Best Matchups for Bruce Chen (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Franklin Gutierrez SEA 14 3 0 0 1 8 0 .214 .214 .481
Jhonny Peralta STL 29 4 1 4 1 6 2 .138 .276 .437
Raul Ibanez ANA 15 3 0 1 1 1 2 .200 .200 .435
Eric Chavez AZ 14 3 0 2 0 4 0 .214 .214 .414
Chone Figgins LA 12 2 0 1 0 2 0 .167 .250 .404
Drew Butera LA 12 2 0 0 0 2 0 .167 .167 .333
Reed Johnson MIA 17 2 0 1 2 3 0 .118 .118 .328
Cliff Pennington AZ 12 1 0 1 1 4 0 .083 .083 .237
B.J. Upton ATL 15 1 0 0 0 5 0 .067 .133 .200
Miguel Olivo LA 13 1 0 1 0 3 0 .077 .077 .154

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Bruce Chen: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Chen (leg) will take the mound Saturday versus the Twins, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.

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Chen has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday with a tight left glute muscle, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Chen was roughed up by the Twins for six earned runs on seven hits through just 3.2 innings Friday night.

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Chen struck out seven batters and allowed one unearned run over 6.1 innings in Saturday's game against the White Sox, but he did not factor into the decision.

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Chen is slated to open the season as the team's fourth starter, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Chen re-signed with the Royals on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

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Chen officially became a free agent Thursday, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Chen notched his ninth win of the year Sunday, giving up one run on four hits and three walks, while striking out four across 6.2 innings, during the Royals' victory at the White Sox.

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Chen gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings against the Mariners on Tuesday.

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Chen gave up two runs on four hits and a walk with one strikeout over five innings against the Indians on Wednesday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

While Chen was considered the leader of the Royals rotation and posted his third straight double-digit win season, his 5.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and .278 BAA were more indicative of the type of pitcher he really is. He did increase his strikeout rate slightly while lowering his walk rate, but he also served up 33 long balls and finished with a rather unimpressive 4.73 FIP. He is not overpowering anyone with a fastball that tops out at 86 mph so his success hinges on his ability to fool hitters, something he was unable to do much of last season. Chen will be back on the hill every fifth game for the Royals in 2013, but at 35 years old, his career is certainly not trending upwards.

2012

Chen turned in another productive season for the Royals in 2011 as he registered 97 strikeouts and 50 walks with a 3.77 ERA over 155 innings. His 1.94 K/BB ratio was his highest since 2006, when he was with the Orioles. One reason for his success is his slider, which he threw nearly 28 percent of the time, the most in his career. If owners can deal with the lack of strikeouts, Chen should once again be a valuable back-end starter in deeper leagues after returning to the Royals on a two-year deal in November.

2011

The veteran Chen pitched well for the Royals in 2010, but remains an unsigned free agent with Kansas City continuing its rebuilding process. The 33-year-old posted an ERA+ of more than 100 for the first time since 2005 after three consecutive sub-80 seasons. His 2010 BABIP of .272 is line with his career average, so a regression isn't necessarily a done deal.

2007

The soft-tossing Chen came back down to earth in 2006, as he was knocked out of the rotation early on and finished with a 6.93 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 98.2 innings. Still, there's plenty of teams desperate to fill out their rotations; Chen could get a spring training invitation somewhere in 2007, but don't expect big things even if he makes a major league roster.

2006

In a season of ups and downs for Orioles starters, Chen was easily the brightest spot and most consistent pitcher of the rotation. The journeyman posted a respectable 13 wins, 133 strikeouts, 3.83 ERA and 1.267 WHIP in 197 1/3 innings. Still relatively young, he should maintain a decent ERA while putting up solid-if-unspectacular strikeout numbers as a middle-of-the-rotation starter in 2006.

2005

After having success at Triple-A Ottawa, Chen was called up at the end of the season. He'll be given an opportunity to win a starting spot in spring training, but with the Orioles likely to bring in at least one high-profile free agent pitcher in the offseason, Chen will likely be cast aside in favor of youngsters Daniel Cabrera, Erik Bedard, Matt Riley and Kurt Ainsworth.

2004

Chen keeps popping up on teams, but hasn't stuck with any of them. He has signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, and has a pretty good chance of getting called up for a spot start or a long relief role.

2003

Chen has now completed 80% of his tour of the NL East, frustrating managers with his potential every step of the way. He pitched better with the Reds, and better in relief. He still might get a chance to start this spring. One promising note - through all of his struggles, Chen's strikeout rate remained high - 80 Ks in 77 2/3 IP.