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Bruce Chen

37-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

2015 Stats

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0-1

ERA

12.79

WHIP

2.84

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4

SV

0

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Chen began the 2014 season in the Royals' rotation, but after an inflamed disc in his back cost him most of May and June, Danny Duffy eventually replaced him. The 15-year veteran simply couldn't get i...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   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:

Agreed to a minor league contract with the Indians for $1 million in February of 2015. The deal has $1 million in performance bonuses.

May 18, 2015  –  Bruce Chen News

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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 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 AA NOR 1 1 0 3.0 8 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00 2.67
2014 37 AAA OMA 3 3 0 12.1 21 12 1 13 3 0 1 0 0 0 8.76 1.98
2014 37 MAJ KC 13 7 0 48.3 69 40 7 36 16 2 4 0 0 0 7.45 1.76
2015 38 AAA COL 5 5 0 31.0 19 6 4 23 3 2 1 0 0 0 1.74 0.71
2015 38 MAJ CLE 2 2 0 6.3 17 9 3 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 12.79 2.84
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3-Year Averages     27 18 0 120.3 130 64 17 84 33 7 7 0 0 0 4.79 1.35
Career  (View All)     400 227 1 1,532.0 1,578 786 257 1,140 546 82 81 1 4.62 1.39

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Bruce Chen Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201512204101.333
2014629318021.310
2013167231240526.261

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015232113202.591
2014161271351916.357
20133315524671327.224

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20154.001031113.502.75
201432.3120281057.791.86
201367.7510431763.061.17

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20152.300010211.573.00
201416.01208626.751.56
201353.3430351973.541.20
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 0.00 .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 AA NOR 1 1 3.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 6.00 100% 6.00 9.87 .524
2014 37 AAA OMA 3 3 12.1 9.67 2.23 4.33 0.74 52.2% 8.76 2.87 .486
2014 37 MAJ KC 13 7 48.3 6.70 2.98 2.25 1.30 0.68 57.7% 84.2 MPH 7.45 4.65 .382
2015 38 AAA COL 5 5 31.0 6.68 0.87 7.67 1.16 88.9% 1.74 3.78 .189
2015 38 MAJ CLE 2 2 6.3 5.68 1.42 4.00 4.26 2.00 60% 83.9 MPH 12.79 8.57 .503
Rest Of Season     0 1 4.6 7.51 2.83 2.66 0.75 70.3% 3.96 3.55 .309
3-Year Averages     27 18 120.3 6.28 2.47 2.55 1.27 67.8% 4.79 4.46 .307
Career     400 227 1,532.0 6.70 3.21 2.09 1.51 71.7% 4.62 5.00 .293

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2015 Stat Review for Bruce Chen    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2014 (min 145 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.00 K/BB
GOOD
5.68 K/9
TERRIBLE
1.42 BB/9
ELITE
83.9 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
4.3 HR/9
TERRIBLE
2.00 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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12.79 ERA
TERRIBLE
2.84 WHIP
TERRIBLE
8.57 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.503 BABIP
HIGH
60.0% Strand Rate
LOW

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

Chen was designated for assignment Saturday by the Indians.

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Chen allowed three runs on seven hits over just 2.1 innings in his start Friday.

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Chen will receive a second start for the Indians on Friday against the Rangers, Paul Hoyes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

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Chen got rocked in his first start with the Indians on Saturday, coughing up six runs on 10 hits and a walk in just four innings, striking out three.

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Chen was officially called up by the Indians in anticipation of his start against Minnesota on Saturday.

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Chen will be added to the major league roster and get the start Saturday against the Twins, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

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Chen could start Saturday against the Twins, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Chen was informed Tuesday that he will not make the Opening Day roster, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

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Chen allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over four innings in his start Saturday.

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Chen tossed a pair of hitless innings in his first appearance of the spring Thursday.

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Chen agreed to a minor league deal with the Indians on Monday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

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 posted a 2.04 ERA with a 28:14 K:BB over 39.2 innings. He had some impressive outings and twice went more than six straight appearances without allowing a single run. But injuries to the back-end of the Royals' rotation forced the team to start him again in the second half and over 81.1 innings (14 starts), he posted a 3.87 ERA with a reduced strikeout rate and an increase in HR/9. He may have finished the year with a respectable 3.27 ERA, but his dropoff in the second half seems more indicative of his talent level than his first half did. Chen will likely find a new home, as the Royals' bullpen is stacked and their rotation plans do not appear to include him. Whether he finds work as a starter or a reliever is yet to be seen, but either way, his value and upside in fantasy is quite minimal.

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.