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J.R. Towles    \TOLLS\

Justin Richard Towles

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 lb.

Born: February 11, 1984 in Crosby, TX
High School: Crosby HS (Crosby, TX)
Schools: Collin College (Dallas, TX), North Central Texas College (Gainesville, TX)
Drafted
by the Houston Astros in the 20th round of the 2004 amateur draft.
Signed June 16, 2004. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 5, 2007 (Age 23.206, 16,813th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2008 season [*]
Team: Astros 2007-2011
2015 Contract Status: Pre-Arb Eligible (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2015): 2.002, Arb Eligible: 2016, Free Agent: 2019 [*], Agents: Burton Rocks [*]
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Standard Batting

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
2007 23 HOU NL 14 44 40 9 15 5 0 1 12 0 1 3 1 .375 .432 .575 1.007 158 23 1 1 0 0 1 2
2008 24 HOU NL 54 171 146 10 20 5 0 4 16 0 0 16 40 .137 .250 .253 .503 35 37 3 6 3 0 1 2
2009 25 HOU NL 16 53 48 7 9 2 0 2 3 0 0 3 16 .188 .250 .354 .604 59 17 1 1 1 0 1 2
2010 26 HOU NL 17 51 47 3 9 3 0 1 8 0 0 2 12 .191 .235 .319 .554 50 15 2 1 0 1 0 2
2011 27 HOU NL 54 165 147 11 27 7 0 3 11 0 0 13 26 .184 .256 .293 .549 52 43 3 2 1 2 1 2
5 Yrs 155 484 428 40 80 22 0 11 50 0 1 37 95 .187 .267 .315 .583 57 135 10 11 5 3 4
162 Game Avg. 162 506 447 42 84 23 0 11 52 0 1 39 99 .187 .267 .315 .583 57 141 10 11 5 3 4

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
2007 23 HOU NL 14 44 4 0 0 1 1 6 0.6 1 7 0.7 .540 .503 0.6 0.2 6 2
2008 24 HOU NL 54 171 -12 -0 -0 -1 3 -11 -1.1 5 -5 -0.6 .480 .493 -0.5 0.2 -4 $390,000 2
2009 25 HOU NL 16 53 -3 -0 0 0 1 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.1 .488 .499 -0.1 0.1 -0 $401,500 2
2010 26 HOU NL 17 51 -3 0 -0 0 1 -3 -0.3 2 -1 -0.2 .482 .498 -0.2 0.1 -1 $406,500 2
2011 27 HOU NL 54 165 -6 -1 0 1 3 -3 -0.3 5 2 0.2 .494 .498 0.1 0.4 1 $424,000 2
5 Seasons 155 484 -21 -1 -0 1 8 -13 -1.4 15 3 0.0 .491 .497 -0.1 0.9 2 $1,622,000

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
2007 23 HOU NL 44 27 9 9.0 111 .368 .375 .273 .432 .342 .575 .436 1.007 .778 158 .739 3.7 0.3 .963 .250 .200 .0
2008 24 HOU NL 171 132 10 2.0 105 .157 .137 .264 .250 .335 .253 .421 .503 .756 35 .166 -14.1 -1.4 .457 .226 .116 .0
2009 25 HOU NL 53 41 4 2.6 105 .233 .188 .263 .250 .336 .354 .418 .604 .755 59 .247 -3.1 -0.3 .525 .229 .167 .0
2010 26 HOU NL 51 41 3 2.0 100 .229 .191 .258 .235 .328 .319 .407 .554 .735 50 .175 -3.3 -0.3 .450 .170 .128 .0
2011 27 HOU NL 165 126 11 2.4 97 .200 .184 .257 .256 .324 .293 .400 .549 .724 52 .238 -9.5 -1.0 .472 .197 .109 .0
5 Yrs 484 367 37 2.7 102 .212 .187 .262 .267 .331 .315 .413 .583 .744 57 .267 -26.3 -2.6 .507 .213 .129 .0
162 Game Avg. 506 384 39 2.7 102 .212 .187 .262 .267 .331 .315 .413 .583 .744 57 .267 -26.3 -2.6 .507 .213 .129

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
2007 23 HOU NL 44 2.3% 2.3% 6.8% 13.6% 40% 0.33 40.0 40.0 3.3 0.52 0.60 86% 21% 4.8% 16%
2008 24 HOU NL 171 2.3% 23.4% 9.4% 5.3% 45% 2.50 3.7 36.5 9.1 0.69 0.98 60% 10% 8.5% 24%
2009 25 HOU NL 53 3.8% 30.2% 5.7% 7.6% 44% 5.33 3.0 24.0 16.0 1.13 2.00 57% 12% 14.3% 7%
2010 26 HOU NL 51 2.0% 23.5% 3.9% 7.8% 44% 6.00 3.9 47.0 5.9 0.50 0.71 69% 11% 6.7% 38%
2011 27 HOU NL 165 1.8% 15.8% 7.9% 6.1% 37% 2.00 5.7 49.0 13.4 1.05 1.29 73% 16% 5.9% 14%
5 Yrs 484 2.3% 19.6% 7.6% 6.8% 41% 2.57 4.5 38.9 8.6 0.79 1.06 67% 14% 7.4% 20%
MLB Averages 2.6% 17.9% 8.6% 7.8% 33% 2.10 5.0 34.6 7.9 0.80 1.07 69% 19% 7.5% 13%

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
2007 23 HOU NL 3.7 0.3 45 0.4 0.8 -0.4 .69 0.2 0.3 7.0 0.6 1.00 3.8 0
2008 24 HOU NL -14.1 -1.4 175 -0.5 2.4 -2.9 .96 -1.0 0.5 -8.6 -0.8 0.92 -12.0 0.39 2
2009 25 HOU NL -3.1 -0.3 53 -0.3 0.6 -0.9 .94 -0.3 0.0 -2.8 -0.3 0.90 -3.4 0
2010 26 HOU NL -3.3 -0.3 51 -0.6 0.6 -1.2 1.05 -0.4 -0.2 -3.5 -0.4 0.95 -4.2 2.76 3
2011 27 HOU NL -9.5 -1.0 166 -0.4 2.4 -2.8 .92 -0.6 0.1 -7.9 -0.8 0.95 -5.8 1.13 4
5 Yrs -26.3 -2.6 490 -1.4 6.8 -8.2 .93 -2.1 0.6 -15.9 -1.6 0.94 -21.6 1.51 9

Baserunning & Misc. Stats*

Year Age Tm Lg ROE XI RS% SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS OOB OOB1 OOB2 OOB3 OOBHm BT XBT% 1stS 1stS2 1stS3 1stD 1stD3 1stDH 2ndS 2ndS3 2ndSH
2007 23 HOU NL 1 0 44% 19 0 1 0% 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 50% 4 3 1 0 0 0 4 1 3
2008 24 HOU NL 3 0 16% 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 43% 4 3 1 1 1 0 2 0 2
2009 25 HOU NL 1 0 42% 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0% 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 26 HOU NL 0 0 18% 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50% 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
2011 27 HOU NL 6 0 20% 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 3 46% 6 5 1 2 1 1 3 0 3
5 Yrs 11 0 24% 136 0 1 0% 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 1 7 43% 16 13 3 4 3 1 10 1 9

Situational Batting*

Hits Pinch Hitting Home Runs SH GIDP PrdOut BaseRunners Advances
Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% H Inf Bnt AB H HR RBI PHlev All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd IP Att Suc % DPopp DPs DP% Opp Suc % BR BRS BRS% <2,3B Scr % 0,2B Adv % PAu
2007 23 HOU NL 44 23% 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0% 11 1 9% 2 0 0% 34 11 32% 4 3 75% 1 1 100% 0
2008 24 HOU NL 171 20% 20 2 0 2 0 0 0 0.39 4 0 5 3 1 3 1 0 3 3 100% 24 3 13% 16 5 31% 110 12 11% 8 3 38% 9 4 44% 0
2009 25 HOU NL 53 30% 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 100% 8 1 13% 3 1 33% 26 1 4% 0 0 2 1 50% 0
2010 26 HOU NL 51 20% 9 0 0 3 0 0 0 2.76 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 2 17% 6 2 33% 34 7 21% 7 4 57% 1 1 100% 0
2011 27 HOU NL 165 32% 27 4 1 4 0 0 0 1.13 3 0 4 2 1 1 2 0 3 1 33% 25 3 12% 10 4 40% 101 10 10% 8 6 75% 4 2 50% 0
5 Yrs 484 25% 80 8 2 9 0 0 0 1.51 11 0 12 9 2 4 7 0 8 5 63% 80 10 13% 37 12 32% 305 41 13% 27 16 59% 17 9 53% 0
MLB Averages 54% 68% 11% 32% 15% 51% 56%

Pitch Summary -- Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Pit Pit/PA Str Str% L/Str S/Str F/Str I/Str AS/Str I/Bll AS/Pit Con 1stS 30% 30c 30s 20% 20c 20s 31% 31c 31s L/SO S/SO L/SO% PAu Pitu Stru
2007 23 HOU NL 44 150 3.41 98 67.1% 22.4% 5.1% 32.7% 39.8% 77.6% 7.7% 52.1% 93.4% 36.4% 9.1% 4 1 18.2% 8 2 6.8% 3 3 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0
2008 24 HOU NL 171 655 3.83 425 65.3% 27.8% 20.0% 26.6% 25.6% 72.2% 1.7% 47.2% 72.3% 33.3% 2.9% 5 0 11.1% 19 10 11.1% 19 10 8 32 20.0% 0 0 0
2009 25 HOU NL 53 229 4.32 151 67.1% 34.4% 11.9% 31.8% 21.9% 65.6% 5.1% 44.0% 81.8% 22.6% 3.8% 2 0 9.4% 5 0 9.4% 5 3 7 9 43.8% 0 0 0
2010 26 HOU NL 51 209 4.10 141 67.5% 31.9% 17.0% 25.5% 25.5% 68.1% 0.0% 45.9% 75.0% 17.6% 7.8% 4 0 17.6% 9 1 11.8% 6 3 1 11 8.3% 0 0 0
2011 27 HOU NL 165 654 3.96 420 64.6% 31.2% 12.6% 26.7% 29.5% 68.8% 1.7% 44.5% 81.7% 19.4% 4.8% 8 0 13.9% 23 8 10.9% 18 6 5 21 19.2% 0 0 0
5 Yrs 484 1897 3.92 1235 65.7% 29.8% 15.0% 27.6% 27.6% 70.2% 2.4% 46.1% 78.7% 26.0% 4.8% 23 1 13.2% 64 21 10.5% 51 25 21 74 22.1% 0 0 0
MLB Averages 3.80 63.1% 27.7% 14.8% 27.1% 30.4% 72.3% 1.6% 45.6% 79.6% 26.9% 5.0% 14.6% 8.9% 24.9%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2007 23 14 44 40 9 15 5 0 1 12 0 1 3 1 .375 .432 .575 1.007 158 23 1 1 0 0 1
2008 24 68 215 186 19 35 10 0 5 28 0 1 19 41 .188 .288 .323 .610 62 60 4 7 3 0 2
2009 25 84 268 234 26 44 12 0 7 31 0 1 22 57 .188 .280 .329 .609 61 77 5 8 4 0 3
2010 26 101 319 281 29 53 15 0 8 39 0 1 24 69 .189 .273 .327 .600 59 92 7 9 4 1 3
2011 27 155 484 428 40 80 22 0 11 50 0 1 37 95 .187 .267 .315 .583 57 135 10 11 5 3 4

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
2007 23 14 43 39 8 14 5 0 1 11 0 3 1 .359 .419 .564 .983 9 14
2008 24 54 171 146 10 20 5 0 4 16 0 16 40 .137 .250 .253 .503 8 54
2009 25 16 53 48 7 9 2 0 2 3 0 3 16 .188 .250 .354 .604 4 16
2010 26 17 52 48 4 10 3 0 1 10 0 2 12 .208 .250 .333 .583 4 17
2011 27 54 168 149 12 29 8 0 3 12 0 14 26 .195 .269 .309 .578 12 54
5 Yrs 155 487 430 41 82 23 0 11 52 0 38 95 .191 .272 .321 .593 37 155
162 Game Avg. 162 509 449 43 86 24 0 11 54 0 40 99 .191 .272 .321 .593 39 155



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