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James McDonald

James Zell McDonald (twitter: @JamesZ53)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 205 lb.

Born: October 19, 1984 in Long Beach, CA
High School: Polytechnic HS (Long Beach, CA)
School: Golden West College (Huntington Beach, CA)
Drafted
by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Signed May 26, 2003. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 17, 2008 (Age 23.334)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2009 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Dodgers 2008-2013
2014 Contract Status: 2nd-Year Arb Eligible, 1 yr/$1M (14) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2014): 4.074, Arb Eligible: 2015, Free Agent: 2016 [*], Agents: Hendricks Sports [*]
Relatives: Cousin of Darnell McDonald and Cousin of Donzell McDonald
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2008 23 LAD NL 0 0 0.00 4 0 1 0 0 0 6.0 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 24 2.97 1.000 7.5 0.0 1.5 3.0 2.00
2009 24 LAD NL 5 5 .500 4.00 45 4 10 0 0 0 63.0 60 34 28 6 34 5 54 5 0 4 280 100 4.48 1.492 8.6 0.9 4.9 7.7 1.59
2010 25 TOT NL 4 6 .400 4.02 15 12 0 0 0 0 71.2 70 32 32 4 29 5 68 0 0 5 306 101 3.12 1.381 8.8 0.5 3.6 8.5 2.34
2010 25 LAD NL 0 1 .000 8.22 4 1 0 0 0 0 7.2 11 7 7 1 5 1 7 0 0 0 38 49 4.91 2.087 12.9 1.2 5.9 8.2 1.40
2010 25 PIT NL 4 5 .444 3.52 11 11 0 0 0 0 64.0 59 25 25 3 24 4 61 0 0 5 268 115 2.91 1.297 8.3 0.4 3.4 8.6 2.54
2011 26 PIT NL 9 9 .500 4.21 31 31 0 0 0 0 171.0 176 86 80 24 78 4 142 7 1 5 754 88 4.68 1.485 9.3 1.3 4.1 7.5 1.82
2012 27 PIT NL 12 8 .600 4.21 30 29 0 1 0 0 171.0 147 85 80 21 69 6 151 4 0 3 713 89 4.21 1.263 7.7 1.1 3.6 7.9 2.19
2013 28 PIT NL 2 2 .500 5.76 6 6 0 0 0 0 29.2 29 24 19 1 20 1 25 3 0 2 138 63 4.13 1.652 8.8 0.3 6.1 7.6 1.25
6 Yrs 32 30 .516 4.20 131 82 11 1 0 0 512.1 487 261 239 56 231 21 442 19 1 19 2215 91 4.23 1.401 8.6 1.0 4.1 7.8 1.91
162 Game Avg. 10 10 .516 4.20 42 26 4 0 0 0 164 155 83 76 18 74 7 141 6 0 6 707 91 4.23 1.401 8.6 1.0 4.1 7.8 1.91
PIT (4 yrs) 27 24 .529 4.21 78 77 0 1 0 0 435.2 411 220 204 49 191 15 379 14 1 15 1873 90 4.20 1.382 8.5 1.0 3.9 7.8 1.98
LAD (3 yrs) 5 6 .455 4.11 53 5 11 0 0 0 76.2 76 41 35 7 40 6 63 5 0 4 342 99 4.40 1.513 8.9 0.8 4.7 7.4 1.58
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
2008 23 LAD NL 6.0 4 0 0 0.00 4.08 -0.09 -0.30 98.2 3.80 3 0.3 .3 -0.1 0.2 3 .568 .502
2009 24 LAD NL 63.0 45 4 34 4.86 4.46 0.09 -0.22 98.0 4.06 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0 .487 .496 $400,750
2010 25 LAD NL 7.2 4 1 7 8.22 4.38 -0.44 -0.01 88.7 4.27 -3 -0.3 1.3 -0.0 -0.3 -3 .417 .498
2010 25 PIT NL 64.0 11 11 25 3.52 4.36 -0.44 0.16 99.5 4.94 10 1.1 -0.0 1.6 15 .602 .507
2011 26 PIT NL 171.0 31 31 86 4.53 4.21 -0.18 0.16 98.5 4.48 -2 -0.2 -0.1 1.1 13 .493 .499 $443,000
2012 27 PIT NL 171.0 30 29 85 4.47 4.27 -0.05 0.16 95.1 4.26 -6 -0.6 .3 -0.1 0.8 10 .481 .496 $502,500
2013 28 PIT NL 29.2 6 6 24 7.28 3.80 0.39 0.15 97.7 3.48 -12 -1.1 -0.0 -0.9 -10 .310 .493
6 Seasons 512.1 131 82 261 4.58 4.26 -0.11 0.10 97.2 4.34 -17 -1.5 .9 -0.5 2.5 28 .489 .498 $1,346,250
PIT (4 yrs) 435.2 78 77 220 4.54 4.23 -0.13 0.16 97.3 4.39 -10 -0.8 .3 -0.3 2.7 28 .489 .499 $945,500
LAD (3 yrs) 76.2 53 5 41 4.81 4.42 0.02 -0.21 97.1 4.06 -6 -0.6 1.0 -0.2 -0.2 0 .488 .497 $400,750

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2008 23 LAD NL NLCS L PHI 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 5.1 3 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 21 0.938 5.1 0.0 3.4 11.8 3.50
1 NLCS 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 0 0 0 5.1 3 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 21 0.938 5.1 0.0 3.4 11.8 3.50

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2008 23 LAD NL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
2009 24 LAD NL 45 10 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
2010 25 TOT NL 15 23 21 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 .048 .091 .095 .186 -49 2 0 0 1 0 0 1
2010 25 LAD NL 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
2010 25 PIT NL 11 22 20 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 .050 .095 .100 .195 -47 2 0 0 1 0 0 1
2011 26 PIT NL 31 63 55 3 5 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 29 .091 .138 .109 .247 -29 6 3 0 5 0 0 1
2012 27 PIT NL 33 63 49 8 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 23 .143 .263 .143 .406 18 7 1 0 6 0 0 1
2013 28 PIT NL 8 12 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .273 .333 .273 .606 75 3 0 0 0 0 0 /1
6 Yrs 136 171 145 15 16 2 0 0 4 0 0 13 75 .110 .184 .124 .308 -12 18 5 0 13 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 204 173 18 19 2 0 0 5 0 0 15 89 .110 .184 .124 .308 -12 21 6 0 15 0 0
PIT (4 yrs) 83 160 135 15 16 2 0 0 4 0 0 13 68 .119 .196 .133 .329 -6 18 4 0 12 0 0
LAD (3 yrs) 53 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 1 0 1 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
2008 23 LAD NL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
2009 24 LAD NL 45 10 -3 0 -0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $400,750 1
2010 25 LAD NL 4 1 -0 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .497 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
2010 25 PIT NL 11 22 -4 0 0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .489 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
2011 26 PIT NL 31 63 -10 -0 -1 0 8 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .490 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $443,000 1
2012 27 PIT NL 33 63 -5 -0 0 0 9 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .513 .503 0.4 0.0 4 $502,500 1
2013 28 PIT NL 8 12 -0 -0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .518 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 /1
6 Seasons 136 171 -23 -0 -1 0 24 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $1,346,250
PIT (4 yrs) 83 160 -20 -0 -0 0 22 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $945,500
LAD (3 yrs) 53 11 -3 0 -0 0 2 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .497 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 $400,750

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 23 LAD NL NLCS PHI L 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rdrs Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
2008 LAD NL 23 P 4 0 0 6.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 3.00 0.50 .960 1.80 1.72 0 0 0
2009 LAD NL 24 P 45 4 0 63.0 6 3 3 0 1 1.000 -2 -6 0.86 0.13 .955 1.71 1.70 4 2 33% 29% 0
2010 TOT NL 25 P 15 12 0 71.2 15 6 8 1 1 .933 1 2 1.76 0.93 .954 1.73 1.72 2 3 60% 29% 2
2010 LAD NL 25 P 4 1 0 7.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.35 0.50 .955 1.76 1.72 0 0 1
2010 PIT NL 25 P 11 11 0 64.0 13 5 7 1 1 .923 1 3 1.69 1.09 .954 1.73 1.72 2 3 60% 29% 1
2011 PIT NL 26 P 31 31 0 171.0 28 8 19 1 0 .964 -2 -2 1.42 0.87 .955 1.80 1.79 17 8 32% 28% 1
2012 PIT NL 27 P 30 29 1 171.0 30 14 15 1 1 .967 1 1 1.53 0.97 .950 1.77 1.75 12 4 25% 27% 0
2013 PIT NL 28 P 6 6 0 29.2 4 2 1 1 0 .750 0 0 0.91 0.50 .965 1.76 1.77 2 2 50% 28% 0
6 Seasons P 131 82 1 512.1 85 34 47 4 3 .953 -2 0 1.42 0.62 .954 1.77 1.74 37 19 34% 28% 3
6 Seasons TOT 131 82 1 512.1 85 34 47 4 3 .953 -2 -4 1.42 0.62 .954 1.77 1.74 37 19 34% 28% 3
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
2012 NL  7.737 (7th)

Home Runs s c a p y
2011 NL  24 (8th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
2011 NL  78 (6th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 2 (2521), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1444), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1508th), 2.4 career WAR/2.4 7yr-peak WAR/2.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
2009 24 Los Angeles Dodgers $400,750 ?
2011 26 Pittsburgh Pirates $443,000 ?
2012 27 Pittsburgh Pirates $502,500 2.080 contracts
2013 28 Boston Red Sox $3,025,000 3.080 contracts
2014 29 Chicago Cubs $1,000,000 4.074
2014 Status2nd-Year Arb Eligible, Earliest Arb Eligible: 2015, Earliest Free Agent: 2016
Career to date (may be incomplete)$5,371,250
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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