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Carlos Villanueva

31-Year-Old Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals

2014 Stats

W-L

5-7

ERA

4.64

WHIP

1.39

K

72

SV

2

2015 RotoWire Projections

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Used primarily as a reliever, Villanueva started five games for the Cubs in 2014 - the eighth time in nine major league seasons that he started at least five games. Though his 4.64 ERA was nothing to ...

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2015 ADP:  691.93

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 215   DOB: 11/28/1983   BORN: Santiago, DR   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed with the Cardinals in February 2015 on a deal that includes an invite to spring training.

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Villanueva signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Carlos Villanueva 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 20 A BEL 25 21 1 114.7 102 48 20 113 30 8 8 1 3.77 1.15
2005 21 A BRE 21 21 0 112.1 78 29 11 124 32 8 1 0 2.32 0.98
2005 21 AA HUN 4 4 0 20.7 21 17 3 14 9 1 3 0 7.40 1.45
2006 22 AA HUN 11 10 0 62.3 61 27 6 59 14 4 5 0 3.90 1.20
2006 22 AAA NAS 11 9 0 66.3 42 20 6 61 26 7 1 0 2.71 1.03
2006 22 MAJ MIL 10 6 0 53.7 43 22 8 39 11 2 2 0 3.69 1.01
2007 23 AAA NAS 2 2 0 8.3 3 3 1 9 1 0 0 0 3.24 0.48
2007 23 MAJ MIL 59 6 0 114.3 101 50 16 99 53 8 5 1 3.94 1.35
2008 24 MAJ MIL 47 9 0 108.3 112 49 18 93 30 4 7 1 4.07 1.31
2009 25 MAJ MIL 64 6 0 96.0 102 57 13 83 35 4 10 3 5.34 1.43
2010 26 AAA NAS 11 0 0 14.1 13 6 2 14 7 0 0 1 0 0 3.77 1.42
2010 26 MAJ MIL 50 0 0 52.7 48 27 7 67 22 2 0 1 3 14 4.61 1.33
2011 27 A+ DUN 1 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2011 27 MAJ TOR 33 13 0 107.0 103 48 11 68 32 6 4 0 1 0 4.04 1.26
2012 28 MAJ TOR 38 16 0 125.3 113 58 23 122 46 7 7 0 0 2 4.16 1.27
2013 29 MAJ CHC 47 15 0 128.7 117 58 14 103 40 7 8 0 1 2 4.06 1.22
2014 30 MAJ CHC 42 5 0 77.7 89 40 6 72 19 5 7 2 0 3 4.64 1.39
3-Year Averages     42 12 0 110.6 106 52 14 99 35 6 7 0 0 2 4.23 1.28
Career  (View All)     390 76 0 863.7 828 409 116 746 288 45 50 8 4.26 1.29

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Carlos Villanueva 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
Sep. 22 @ChC 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.64 1.39
Sep. 20 Cin 1.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.64 1.40
Sep. 5 @Mil 1.7 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.74 1.43
Aug. 31 ChC 1.0 4 3 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.85 1.42
Aug. 30 ChC 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.54 1.37
Aug. 27 @Pit 2.3 3 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.61 1.38
Aug. 20 Cin 3.3 2 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.76 1.38
Aug. 16 SD 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.87 1.42
Aug. 14 SD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.03 1.45
Aug. 10 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 5.11 1.48
Aug. 8 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.19 1.50
Aug. 5 Bos 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 5.28 1.53
Aug. 3 Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 5.37 1.53
Aug. 2 Mil 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.46 1.54
Jul. 29 @SD 2.7 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.49 1.55
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 1.8 IP/G
3.7 2 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 2.45 0.55
Last 30 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 1.5 IP/G
7.3 9 4 4 0 2 8 1 0 0 0-1 0 0 0 4.91 1.50
Last 60 Days
15 Games:  Avg. 1.5 IP/G
23.0 16 5 5 1 3 24 2 0 0 1-1 1 0 1 1.96 0.83

Carlos Villanueva Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201413329733814.268
20132244122511423.260
20122625730549115.239

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20142104312561802.290
201330062186617111.240
20122596516591508.246

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201437.031042511.950.89
201375.7540592063.691.14
201269.0520682393.001.12

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201440.7262301457.081.84
201353.0240442084.581.34
201256.32505423145.591.46
Carlos Villanueva 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 20 A BEL 25 21 114.7 8.87 2.35 3.77 1.57 75% 3.77 4.28 .280
2005 21 A BRE 21 21 112.1 9.96 2.57 3.88 0.88 81.8% 2.32 3.12 .259
2005 21 AA HUN 4 4 20.7 6.10 3.92 1.56 1.31 48.1% 7.40 5.18 .289
2006 22 AA HUN 11 10 62.3 8.52 2.02 4.21 0.87 69.6% 3.90 3.28 .320
2006 22 AAA NAS 11 9 66.3 8.28 3.53 2.35 0.81 77.4% 2.71 3.80 .222
2006 22 MAJ MIL 10 6 53.7 6.54 1.84 3.55 1.34 1.00 69.6% 3.69 4.32 .238
2007 23 AAA NAS 2 2 8.3 9.72 1.08 9.00 1.08 33.3% 3.24 3.32 .121
2007 23 MAJ MIL 59 6 114.3 7.79 4.17 1.87 1.26 0.70 75.4% 3.94 4.72 .276
2008 24 MAJ MIL 47 9 108.3 7.73 2.49 3.10 1.50 1.11 75% 88.6 MPH 4.07 4.50 .307
2009 25 MAJ MIL 64 6 96.0 7.78 3.28 2.37 1.22 1.10 64.5% 88.7 MPH 5.34 4.36 .322
2010 26 AAA NAS 11 0 14.1 8.94 4.47 2.00 1.28 77.8% 3.77 4.55 .299
2010 26 MAJ MIL 50 0 52.7 11.45 3.76 3.05 1.20 1.02 68.3% 90.0 MPH 4.61 3.86 .335
2011 27 A+ DUN 1 1 1.0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 3.20 .262
2011 27 MAJ TOR 33 13 107.0 5.72 2.69 2.13 0.93 0.86 70.2% 89.0 MPH 4.04 4.27 .282
2012 28 MAJ TOR 38 16 125.3 8.76 3.30 2.65 1.65 0.84 74.3% 89.0 MPH 4.16 4.81 .280
2013 29 MAJ CHC 47 15 128.7 7.20 2.80 2.58 0.98 1.13 69.2% 87.7 MPH 4.06 4.02 .284
2014 30 MAJ CHC 42 5 77.7 8.34 2.20 3.79 0.70 1.20 66.7% 89.1 MPH 4.64 3.20 .361
3-Year Averages     42 12 110.6 8.06 2.85 2.83 1.14 70.1% 4.23 4.01 .302
Career     390 76 863.7 7.77 3.00 2.59 1.21 70.7% 4.26 4.25 .296

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2014 Stat Review for Carlos Villanueva    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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3.79 K/BB
GOOD
8.34 K/9
GOOD
2.20 BB/9
GOOD
89.1 MPH Fastball
POOR
0.7 HR/9
GOOD
1.20 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.64 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.39 WHIP
POOR
3.20 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

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

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.361 BABIP
HIGH
66.7% Strand Rate
LOW

St. Louis Cardinals Roster

Socolovich, Miguel (P)
Villanueva, Carlos (P)

Carlos Villanueva: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Villanueva filed for free agency Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Villanueva continued his strong second half with 1.2 innings in Friday's game that was not officially completed until Saturday.

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Villanueva picked up his second save of the season Tuesday, tossing a scoreless 12th inning while striking out two to down the Rockies.

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Villanueva lasted just two-plus innings against the Nationals on Saturday, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk.

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Villanueva has officially been named Saturday's starter, Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

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Villanueva is expected to start Saturday in Washington, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Villanueva threw two perfect innings of relief against the Pirates on Saturday.

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Villanueva tossed three scoreless innings Thursday and earned his first save of the season.

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Villanueva will return to the bullpen, as Jake Arrieta will be recalled to take his spot in the rotation Wednesday, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

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Villanueva struggled through five innings Friday night, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits with just one strikeout in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.

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Villanueva suffered through another shaky outing Sunday against the Reds, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk over 4.2 innings, though he also struck out seven. This may have been Villanueva's penultimate start, pending the progress of Jake Arrieta on his rehab assignment.

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2014

In his first year with the Cubs, Villanueva appeared as a reliever in 32 games and started 15 other games, marking the sixth time he started at least six games in a season despite spending most of his career as a reliever. The versatility (not to mention his ERA/WHIP consistency the last three years) makes Villanueva more valuable on the diamond than in fantasy. He will probably once again pitch in relief, with occasional forays into the rotation. Keep in mind that he is generally much better as a reliever (3.03 ERA, 1.138 WHIP, 38:10 K:BB ratio last year) than as a starter (4.50 ERA, 1.256 WHIP, and 65:30 K:BB ratio last year), so plan accordingly.

2013

For the second straight season Villanueva started double-digit games for the Blue Jays after opening the year in the bullpen. Just as it seemed he might take hold of a starting job for 2013, a September swoon left his role in question. Interestingly enough, his K/BB improved with the move into the rotation (3.4) on the strength of improved control. Unfortunately, those gains came with a spike in his home-run rate, leaving his future role up in the air even after signing a two-year deal with the Cubs despite the flashes of success he had every fifth day.

2012

Villanueva appeared to change his approach to pitching as the former high-strikeout, average command, homer-prone pitcher transitioned into more of a change-of-speed, pitch-to-contact pitcher once he was moved into the starting rotation for Toronto. He faded badly down the stretch and dealt with some elbow soreness as the increased workload appeared to catch up with him. He'll likely get a chance to win a rotation spot this spring depending on how the Jays' winter goes, but he'll need to walk a fine line to survive in the AL East.

2011

Villanueva pitched poorly in 2010 and was eventually sent to Triple-A Nashville in July. It was more of the same for him last season, a high strikeout rate, but also high home-run and walk rates. The Brewers gave up on him due to the inconsistency, and Villanueva was traded to Toronto in December where he will compete for a bullpen spot this spring.

2010

Villanueva started the season as Milwaukee's defacto closer while Trevor Hoffman recovered from injury and ended the season buried in the bullpen. He's failed multiple times when given the opportunity to be a starter and now is looking at having to earn a role in the bullpen this spring. Villanueva strikes out a decent number of batters, but can't overcome his long-ball tendencies enough to be a consistent setup man. The Brewers will likely give him one more chance in 2010 to prove his worth.

2009

The Brewers tried to use Villanueva as a starter, but moved him to the bullpen in May when he had a 6.43 ERA in nine starts. The move to the bullpen proved to work out well for him and he posted a 2.12 ERA from that point on. The Brewers will likely keep him in his bullpen role unless they are unable to find a suitable starter for the rotation. He's not going to get many saves, but he could strike out about a batter per inning while providing a low ERA.

2008

Villanueva began the season in the Milwaukee bullpen and pitched very well for the first half of the year. The Brewers sent him to Triple-A after a rough stretch in August, and they put him into the rotation when he returned in September. He ended the season strong and finished with eight wins and a 3.94 ERA. There are some warning signs that might make you want to avoid Villanueva. He had a .276 BABIP, which will likely come up a bit. He also gave up 16 home runs and that's been a problem of his during his whole career. There's a good chance that he'll start the season in the Milwaukee rotation, though.

2007

Villanueva is one of those guys who doesn't impress scouts, but always seems to pitch well anyway. After a very solid minor league season in 2005, he returned with a 3.22 ERA while splitting time between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville. Called up to Milwaukee later in the season, he posted a 3.69 ERA in 53.2 innings and made six starts. The 23 year old doesn't throw hard but had good control and keeps hitters off balance by changing speeds. The Brewers hope he can work as the fourth or fifth starter in their 2006 rotation.

2006

Villanueva doesn't throw hard, instead relying on great command to get hitters out, which limits his potential in the eyes of some scouts. Maybe his impressive year at high-A Brevard County will change some minds.