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John Buck

33-Year-Old Catcher – Seattle Mariners

2014 Stats

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.143

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The 33-year-old Buck spent most of 2013 with the Mets, where he reached double-digit homers for the fourth straight year and eighth time in 10 seasons. That's basically where the fun starts and stops....

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 210   DOB: 7/7/1980   BORN: Kemmerer, WY   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 7th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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John Buck Contract Information:

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

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John Buck Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 23 AAA NEW 65 254 227 31 68 23 11 0 12 35 0 1 21 39 1 1 4 .300 .368 .507 .875
2005 24 MAJ KAN 118 430 401 40 97 34 21 1 12 47 2 2 23 94 1 2 3 .242 .287 .389 .676
2006 25 MAJ KAN 114 409 371 37 91 33 21 1 11 50 0 2 26 84 4 1 7 .245 .306 .396 .702
2007 26 MAJ KAN 113 399 347 41 77 36 18 0 18 48 0 1 36 92 0 6 10 .222 .308 .429 .738
2008 27 MAJ KAN 109 418 370 48 83 33 23 1 9 48 0 3 38 96 0 4 6 .224 .304 .365 .669
2009 28 AAA OMA 7 27 27 3 7 3 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 .259 .259 .519 .778
2009 28 MAJ KAN 59 202 186 16 46 24 12 4 8 36 1 1 13 55 1 1 1 .247 .299 .484 .782
2010 29 AA New 3 12 11 2 3 2 0 0 2 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .273 .333 .818 1.151
2010 29 MAJ TOR 118 437 409 53 115 45 25 0 20 66 0 0 16 111 0 6 6 .281 .314 .489 .802
2011 30 MAJ FLA 140 530 466 41 106 32 15 1 16 57 0 1 54 115 2 1 7 .227 .316 .367 .683
2012 31 MAJ MIA 106 398 343 29 66 28 15 1 12 41 0 0 49 103 1 2 3 .192 .297 .347 .644
2013 32 MAJ NYM 101 407 368 38 79 26 11 0 15 60 2 1 29 99 0 2 8 .215 .285 .367 .652
2013 32 MAJ PIT 9 24 24 1 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
2013  (Multiple Teams) 32 MAJ NYM/PIT 110 431 392 39 87 26 11 0 15 62 2 1 29 104 0 2 8 .222 .288 .365 .652
2014 33 MAJ SEA 2 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .393
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for John Buck
3-Year Averages MAJ   118 452 400 36 86 27 13 0 14 53 0 0 44 107 1 1 6 .215 .302 .353 .654
Career  (View All) MAJ   1060 3920 3530 381 825 312 170 9 133 485 6 12 300 934 13 26 51 .234 .301 .400 .701

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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John Buck Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 16 @Tex Did not play.
Apr. 15 @Tex Did not play.
Apr. 14 @Tex Did not play.
Apr. 13 Oak Did not play.
Apr. 12 Oak 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .393
Apr. 11 Oak Did not play.
Apr. 9 LAA Did not play.
Apr. 8 LAA Did not play.
Apr. 6 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 5 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 4 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 3 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 2 @LAA Did not play.
Apr. 1 @LAA 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Mar. 31 @LAA Did not play.
Last 7 Days 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .250
Last 14 Days 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .393
Last 30 Days 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .393

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John Buck: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 3
2013 104 1
2012 105
2011 135
2010 112 4
2009 46 11

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John Buck Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201398126160.173.367.617
20121058290.162.276.564
2011122135160.189.336.586

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013294279462.235.361.658
20122382110320.206.378.680
20113442811410.241.378.716

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013194176251.216.340.621
2012171144220.187.298.600
2011231227260.242.385.715

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013198229371.222.384.674
2012172158190.198.395.688
2011235199310.213.349.652
John Buck Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 23 AAA NEW 254 227 8.3% 15.4% 0.54 83% .318 .207
2005 24 MAJ KAN 430 401 5.3% 21.9% 0.24 77% .288 .147
2006 25 MAJ KAN 409 371 6.4% 20.5% 0.31 77% .290 .151
2007 26 MAJ KAN 399 347 9% 23.1% 0.39 73% .249 .207
2008 27 MAJ KAN 418 370 9.1% 23% 0.40 74% .279 .141
2009 28 AAA OMA 27 27 0% 25.9% 0.00 74% .278 .260
2009 28 MAJ KAN 202 186 6.4% 27.2% 0.24 70% .309 .237
2010 29 AA New 12 11 8.3% 25% 0.33 73% .167 .545
2010 29 MAJ TOR 437 409 3.7% 25.4% 0.14 73% .342 .208
2011 30 MAJ FLA 530 466 10.2% 21.7% 0.47 75% .269 .140
2012 31 MAJ MIA 398 343 12.3% 25.9% 0.48 70% .237 .155
2013 32 MAJ NYM 407 368 7.1% 24.3% 0.29 73% .252 .152
2013 32 MAJ PIT 24 24 0% 20.8% 0.00 79% .421 .000
2013  (Multiple Teams) 32 MAJ NYM/PIT 431 392 6.7% 24.1% 0.28 73% .264 .143
2014 33 MAJ SEA 8 7 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 86% .167 .000
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for John Buck
3-Year Averages MAJ   452 400 9.7% 23.7% 0.41 73% .258 .138
Career MAJ   3920 3530 7.7% 23.8% 0.32 74% .281 .166

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2014 Stat Review for John Buck    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.143 AVG
TERRIBLE
86% Contact Rate
GREAT
.167 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.143 SLG
TERRIBLE
.000 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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1.00 BB/K
ELITE
12.5% BB Rate
ELITE
12.5% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

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.393 OPS
TERRIBLE
.250 OBP
TERRIBLE

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

Best Matchups for John Buck (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Paul Maholm LA 10 4 1 2 2 4 0 .400 1.000 1.500
Jake Peavy BOS 9 3 2 3 1 1 0 .333 1.000 1.400
Kevin Correia MIN 9 4 1 4 0 1 0 .444 .889 1.333
Daisuke Matsuzaka NY-N 10 5 0 1 0 3 0 .500 .700 1.155
Nate Robertson DET 13 6 0 2 4 3 0 .462 .538 1.127
John Lackey BOS 9 3 1 3 0 3 0 .333 .778 1.111
Yovani Gallardo MIL 13 5 1 3 2 4 1 .385 .615 1.082
A.J. Burnett PHI 24 7 3 7 1 3 0 .292 .708 1.016
James Shields KC 17 5 2 2 0 4 0 .294 .706 1.000
Wandy Rodriguez PIT 9 3 1 2 0 1 0 .333 .667 1.000

Worst Matchups for John Buck (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jason Grilli PIT 10 1 0 1 1 5 0 .100 .100 .282
Kyle Lohse MIL 22 1 0 0 5 7 0 .045 .045 .268
Matt Cain SF 11 1 0 2 1 2 0 .091 .091 .258
Felix Hernandez SEA 10 0 0 0 1 5 1 .000 .000 .231
Shaun Marcum CLE 9 1 0 0 0 3 0 .111 .111 .222
Mat Latos CIN 11 1 0 0 0 5 0 .091 .091 .182
Chris Capuano BOS 11 0 0 0 2 3 1 .000 .000 .154
Zach Miner SEA 13 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .071
Bartolo Colon NY-N 12 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Jonathan Papelbon PHI 9 0 0 0 0 6 1 .000 .000 .000

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John Buck: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Buck is nearing a deal with the Mariners, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

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Although the Mets are looking for a veteran backup to mentor Travis d'Arnaud, they have no interest in a reunion with Buck, Mike Puma of the NY Post reports.

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Buck went 1-for-4 against the Brewers on Wednesday, but stranded six baserunners.

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Buck, who went 3-for-3 in his debut for Pittsburgh on Thursday, is not in Friday's starting lineup.

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Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd were traded to the Pirates on Tuesday, ESPN New York reports.

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Buck is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves, ESPN.com reports.

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Buck (personal) was scratched from Friday's start against the Padres, the New York Newsday reports.

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Buck hit his 15th home run of the season in a win over the Padres on Thursday.

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Buck is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Rockies, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

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Buck is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Buck struggled to make contact for much of the 2012 season, striking out a whopping 103 times in 106 games last year, eventually ceding a large chunk of his playing time to rookie Rob Brantly. Buck finished the year with a pitiful .192/.297/.644 line while watching his home-run total continue its downward trend: 20 in 2010, 16 in 2011, to just 12 in 2012. Despite the struggles, Buck posted a career-best 49:113 BB:K and now is positioned to transition the starting job with the Mets to prospect Travis d'Arnaud after getting shipped to New York as part of the R.A. Dickey deal.

2012

As expected, Buck's batting average plummeted after his career year in Toronto but he still supplied some power and drew a career high in walks, though that was due far more to hitting in front of the pitcher than any new-found plate discipline. The Marlins value him for his work behind the plate, though, and any offense he gives the team is gravy. His usual 18-20 homers are nice, but expect them to accompany a batting average more likely to be below .250 than above it.

2011

Buck cashed in on a career year by inking a three-year deal worth $18 million with the Marlins. He walked just 16 times against 111 strikeouts so it'll be tough to sustain his power gains with that kind of batting eye. There's virtually no way he repeats his 2010 this season even if the Marlins are paying him to do so.

2010

Once viewed as a franchise cornerstone for the Royals, Buck's role diminished down the stretch in 2009 as the Royals led all of baseball in passed balls and wild pitches. He appeared in only six of the final 29 contests. He signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays in the offseason and could begin the season as Toronto's starting catcher. He'll hit 10 or more home runs if given enough at-bats, but his poor contact rate makes his batting average a negative for fantasy teams.

2009

Buck's power disappeared in 2008 -- his slugging percentage dipped to a career-low .365 to go with just nine home runs -- but he still edged out platoon-mate Miguel Olivo in the at-bats battle (370 to 306). His batting average remained in the .220s for the second consecutive year despite an increased BABIP. He will enter 2009 as Olivo's backup, though he should see more at-bats than the typical backup catcher.

2008

Buck had a career-high 18 home runs last season, but just three of those came after the All-Star break. He can certainly mash it, but as long as it's a fastball coming at him, because off-speed pitches often give him fits. He also isn't a very good contact hitter, evidenced by his career .74 contact rate. The Royals added Miguel Olivo to the mix at catcher over the winter, so while the primary job will be Buck's to start with, he could see his at-bats stick in the 350-400 range again this season.

2007

Fantasy owners and front offices get excited about Buck every year, thinking his strong September finishes mean he'll become the offensive star everyone hoped he would be when the Astros included him in the Carlos Beltran deal. But after three seasons, it's starting to look like Buck is just Mr. September. He has a .226 career average and 24 homers in three years outside of September but has hit .298 with 11 homers in September. He's noted for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff, but the Royals want more, so they brought in Jason LaRue to push him.

2006

Buck was an out machine for much of the 2005 season and rarely put on the power display expected from him after a strong September in 2004. Another strong September in 2005 increased his average from .216 on Sept. 2 and added four home runs to his total. He's the unquestioned leader behind the plate and draws plenty of praise for his catching work. He needs to make more contact to hold down that job long-term.

2005

Buck was overmatched much of the time during his first season in the big leagues, but he also showed some nice pop slugging .562 in September. He drew praise for his handling of the staff and will learn much under the tutelage of Tony Pena. Mark Teahen may have been the top prize in the Carlos Beltran deal, but Buck looks like a long-term solution as well and will be the starting catcher in 2005.

2004

The Astros' catcher of the future. The future could arrive as early as midseason 2004, depending on how he starts off at Triple-A New Orleans. Buck's development was set back by a broken right hand last year, and the Astros are still waiting/hoping for his power to emerge. The pitcher-friendly dimensions at New Orleans could disguise his development in that department, however.

2003

Buck made a two-level jump from Low Single-A ball to Double-A in 2002. His plate discipline deteriorated a bit, but overall he still held his own. It's likely that Buck will need at least half of the 2003 season in the minors, perhaps back at Double-A, before he's ready to be promoted to the majors. Still, he may be the Astros' best prospect, and should be ready to start by the 2004 season.