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James McDonald

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

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A shoulder injury limited McDonald to just six major league starts last season and effectively ended his tenure in Pittsburgh. The 29-year-old has struggled with his command throughout his career (4.1...

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STATUS:  60-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Shoulder     EST. RETURN:  8/1/2014
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 205   DOB: 10/19/1984
BORN: Long Beach, CA   COLLEGE: Golden West (CA) JC  DRAFTED: 11th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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James McDonald Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2014.

March 31, 2014  –  James McDonald News

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McDonald (shoulder) will start the year on the 60-day disabled list, the Cubs' official site reports.

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James McDonald 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
2006 21 A A 0 22 1 142.1 119 63 15 146 65 5 10 0 3.98 1.29
2007 22 A INL 16 15 0 82.0 79 36 8 104 21 6 7 0 3.95 1.22
2007 22 AA JAC 12 10 0 52.7 41 9 5 64 16 7 2 0 1.54 1.08
2008 23 AA JAC 22 22 0 118.7 98 42 12 113 46 5 3 0 3.19 1.21
2008 23 AAA LAS 5 4 0 22.3 17 9 3 28 7 2 1 0 3.63 1.07
2008 23 MAJ LOS 4 0 0 6.0 5 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2009 24 AAA ALB 6 6 0 30.3 21 11 2 40 14 1 0 0 3.26 1.15
2009 24 MAJ LOS 45 4 0 63.0 60 28 6 54 34 5 5 0 4.00 1.49
2010 25 R GLE 2 2 0 5.2 3 1 0 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.59 1.15
2010 25 AAA ALB 2 12 0 63.1 64 31 4 57 24 6 1 0 0 0 4.41 1.39
2010 25 MAJ LAD 4 1 0 7.7 11 7 1 7 5 0 1 0 0 1 8.22 2.09
2010 25 MAJ PIT 11 11 0 64.0 59 25 3 61 24 4 5 0 0 0 3.52 1.30
2010  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ LAD/PIT 15 12 0 71.7 70 32 4 68 29 4 6 0 0 1 4.02 1.38
2011 26 MAJ PIT 31 31 0 171.0 176 80 24 142 78 9 9 0 0 0 4.21 1.49
2012 27 MAJ PIT 30 29 0 171.0 147 80 21 151 69 12 8 0 0 0 4.21 1.26
2013 28 A+ BRA 1 0 0 2.0 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 2.00
2013 28 R GUL 1 3 0 5.2 5 4 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.35 1.15
2013 28 AA ALT 1 2 0 4.2 4 3 1 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 5.79 2.14
2013 28 AAA IND 1 4 0 20.2 26 15 2 12 9 1 3 0 0 0 6.53 1.73
2013 28 MAJ PIT 6 6 0 29.7 29 19 1 25 20 2 2 0 0 0 5.76 1.65
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3-Year Averages     22 22 0 123.9 117 59 15 106 55 7 6 0 0 0 4.29 1.39
Career  (View All)     131 82 0 512.3 487 239 56 442 231 32 30 0 4.20 1.40

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James McDonald Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20136415813501.232
20123687538671639.207

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201374101216800.271
201234576318019212.260

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201314.712013803.071.36
201292.3620782682.730.97

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201315.0100121218.401.93
201278.76607343135.951.60
James McDonald 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
2006 21 A A 0 22 142.1 9.25 4.12 2.25 0.95 71.6% 3.98 4.12 .290
2007 22 A INL 16 15 82.0 11.41 2.30 4.95 0.88 69.6% 3.95 2.88 .358
2007 22 AA JAC 12 10 52.7 10.94 2.73 4.00 0.85 92.3% 1.54 3.03 .299
2008 23 AA JAC 22 22 118.7 8.57 3.49 2.46 0.91 77.3% 3.19 3.92 .280
2008 23 AAA LAS 5 4 22.3 11.28 2.82 4.00 1.21 71.4% 3.63 3.78 .286
2008 23 MAJ LOS 4 0 6.0 3.00 1.50 2.00 0.00 0.33 100% 91.4 MPH 0.00 3.05 .251
2009 24 AAA ALB 6 6 30.3 11.87 4.15 2.86 0.59 72.7% 3.26 2.80 .294
2009 24 MAJ LOS 45 4 63.0 7.71 4.86 1.59 0.86 1.07 75% 92.8 MPH 4.00 4.40 .304
2010 25 R GLE 2 2 5.2 13.85 5.19 2.67 0.00 83.3% 1.59 1.85 .310
2010 25 AAA ALB 2 12 63.1 8.13 3.42 2.38 0.57 67.9% 4.41 3.60 .332
2010 25 MAJ LAD 4 1 7.7 8.22 5.87 1.40 1.17 0.64 60% 92.4 MPH 8.22 5.03 .406
2010 25 MAJ PIT 11 11 64.0 8.58 3.38 2.54 0.42 0.71 72.5% 92.4 MPH 3.52 3.03 .319
2010  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ LAD/PIT 15 12 71.7 8.54 3.64 2.34 0.50 0.70 70.5% 92.4 MPH 4.02 3.28 .330
2011 26 MAJ PIT 31 31 171.0 7.47 4.11 1.82 1.26 1.00 75.7% 92.7 MPH 4.21 4.85 .309
2012 27 MAJ PIT 30 29 171.0 7.95 3.63 2.19 1.11 0.98 69.7% 91.8 MPH 4.21 4.31 .276
2013 28 A+ BRA 1 0 2.0 4.50 0.00 0.00 4.50 66.7% 9.00 8.70 .393
2013 28 R GUL 1 3 5.2 8.65 1.73 5.00 0.00 33.3% 6.35 2.43 .341
2013 28 AA ALT 1 2 4.2 4.29 10.71 0.40 2.14 75% 5.79 8.91 .234
2013 28 AAA IND 1 4 20.2 5.35 4.01 1.33 0.89 60.6% 6.53 4.93 .348
2013 28 MAJ PIT 6 6 29.7 7.58 6.07 1.25 0.30 1.09 62.5% 90.5 MPH 5.76 4.28 .323
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Rest Of Season     0 0 2.5 7.52 2.93 2.57 0.87 72.1% 3.84 3.76 .301
3-Year Averages     22 22 123.9 7.70 4.00 1.93 1.09 72% 4.29 4.39 .295
Career     131 82 512.3 7.76 4.06 1.91 0.98 72.4% 4.20 4.29 .301

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James McDonald: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

McDonald (shoulder) could play catch Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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McDonald is dealing with shoulder tendinitis, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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McDonald, who was removed from Monday's spring start after just two pitches, is dealing with shoulder soreness, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Making his spring debut for the Cubs on Friday, McDonald gave up three hits, three walks, and six runs in just one inning.

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McDonald signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Friday, which includes an invite to spring training, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports.

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McDonald refused his assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and is now a free agent, ESPN 1500 Twin Cities' Brandon Warne reports.

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McDonald was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

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The Pirates reinstated McDonald (shoulder) from the DL on Saturday and designated him for assignment, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Despite advancing his rehab to Triple-A Indianapolis, McDonald (shoulder) is not expected to rejoin the Pirates this season, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.

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2013

McDonald forgot how to count victories after the All-Star break in 2012. The right-hander went from being a blooming star with a devastating new slider to a thrower who unable to find the strike zone -- and when he did, bad things happened. For the first three-plus months, J-Mac fashioned a 2.37 ERA and 100:31 K:BB ratio in 17 starts and 110 innings. Something happened on the way to baseball heaven, however. His final 13 games saw McDonald struggle to a 7.52 ERA and 51:38 K:BB ratio in 61 frames, culminating in his removal from the rotation. The key to a possible 2013 turnaround lies between his ears. Taking a flier on McDonald as a late-round pick might be the best way to go about handling the hurler.

2012

McDonald likely offers the most potential of any Pirates starting pitcher. He led the team with 142 strikeouts in 171 innings, throwing a nasty 12-to-6 curveball that freezes hitters in their tracks. His overall numbers -- 4.21 ERA and 1.485 WHIP -- were offset by a spring training oblique injury. From the middle of May, McDonald registered a 3.59 ERA in 23 starts and 130.1 innings. He still has numerous flaws, however, as the right-hander lasted seven innings or longer just two times. He also has a tendency to allow the long ball (24 homers). Still, his strikeout numbers suggest he has upside. If McDonald can balance his home/road ERA (3.19/5.42) splits better, there's a chance he breaks out. Otherwise, he makes for a fine spot starter when he goes at PNC Park.

2011

The term "heist" best defines what Pirates GM Neal Huntington pulled on the Dodgers when he landed both McDonald and prospect Andrew Lambo for Octavio Dotel last summer. McDonald never made the most of his limited opportunities he was given in Los Angeles, but he sure looked comfortable at PNC Park. After coming over in the trade, McDonald compiled a 3.52 ERA with the Bucs, including a home earned run average of 2.91 in 34 innings. A year ago, it looked like his career was trending toward relief work, but now he enters the 2011 campaign with an opportunity to become the ace of the staff. His ability to pinpoint his low/mid-90s fastball and keep his curveball low in the strike zone will go a long ways toward determining whether he can achieve that goal. It might be wise to consider picking him up late, especially considering his strikeout potential -- he had 61 strikeouts in 64 innings with the Pirates down the stretch last season.

2010

Spending the majority of the season in the bullpen, McDonald finished with a 4.00 ERA and 54:34 K:BB in 60 innings. As a reliever, the numbers were far more impressive - 2.72 ERA, 48:20 K:BB in 49.2 innings. He'll fight for a rotation spot this spring along with Scott Elbert, and others, with the winner of the battle worth a roster spot in deeper leagues. McDonald has some fantasy upside with his strikeout ability, but get interested only if he is starting games.

2009

McDonald, the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, went 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) combined for Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas this season and tossed six innings of scoreless relief for the Dodgers. McDonald struck out 141 minor league batters in 141 innings, though his fastball doesn't light up the radar gun. McDonald could contend for a rotation spot this spring, but it seems more likely he'll be the first guy up from Triple-A when an injury strikes. He has the upside of a No. 3 starter.

2008

After a season in which he was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, McDonald was added to the 40-man roster for the first time. Between High-A and Double-A, McDonald went 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA and a solid 168:37 K:BB in 134.2 innings (that's an 11.2 K/9 rate). He was even better (1.71 ERA) in Double-A upon his promotion and seems likely to get a big league look sometime in 2008. Not bad for a guy who began his career in the organization as an outfielder.