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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)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2008 season [*]
Team: Astros 2007-2011
2014 Contract Status: Pre-Arb Eligible (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2014): 2.002, Arb Eligible: 2015, Free Agent: 2018 [*], Agents: Burton Rocks [*]
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
2007 HOU NL 23 C 14 9 8 95.0 71 65 6 0 1 1.000 1 16 6.73 5.07 .991 7.39 7.36 1 5 3 3 50% 25% 0
2008 HOU NL 24 C 53 47 38 408.2 327 312 13 2 1 .994 3 -1 9 -3 7.16 6.13 .993 7.65 7.60 3 8 13 7 35% 27% 1
2009 HOU NL 25 C 15 14 8 114.0 91 83 8 0 0 1.000 -1 0 -11 0 7.18 6.07 .993 7.77 7.70 1 1 10 1 9% 29% 0
2010 HOU NL 26 C 15 13 12 116.2 100 92 7 1 0 .990 0 0 0 0 7.64 6.60 .992 8.05 7.97 0 4 8 3 27% 29% 0
2011 HOU NL 27 C 51 41 39 365.2 312 284 22 6 3 .981 -3 1 -10 3 7.53 6.00 .992 7.98 7.96 2 6 38 8 17% 28% 0
5 Seasons C 148 124 105 1100.0 901 836 56 9 5 .990 -1 1 -1 1 7.30 6.03 .992 7.79 7.75 7 24 72 22 23% 28% 1
5 Seasons TOT 148 124 105 1100.0 901 836 56 9 5 .990 -1 1 -1 1 7.30 6.03 .992 7.79 7.75 7 24 72 22 23% 28% 1
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

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
2007 HOU NL 23 C 1 16 0 1
2008 HOU NL 24 C 3 9 3 -1 -3 0 0 -1
2009 HOU NL 25 C -1 -11 -1 0 0 0 0 0 -1
2010 HOU NL 26 C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 HOU NL 27 C -3 -10 -3 1 3 0 1 -1 -2
5 Seasons C -1 -1 -1 1 1 0 1 -1 -3
5 Seasons TOT -1 -1 -1 1 1 0 1 -1 -3

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
2007 HOU NL 23 14 9 14 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 HOU NL 24 54 47 54 53 0 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2009 HOU NL 25 16 14 16 15 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 HOU NL 26 17 13 17 15 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2011 HOU NL 27 54 41 54 51 0 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
5 Seasons 155 124 155 148 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
2007 HOU NL 23 411 4.26 4.36 0 0 0 65 0 1 0 64 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
2008 HOU NL 24 1781 4.78 5.24 10 90% 0 0 312 3 1 7 301 13 4 0 0 3 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 100%
2009 HOU NL 25 523 5.61 5.84 3 100% 0 0 83 0 0 2 81 8 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
2010 HOU NL 26 509 4.55 4.86 1 100% 0 0 92 0 0 1 91 7 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
2011 HOU NL 27 1602 4.85 5.29 15 100% 2 0 284 6 1 5 272 22 9 0 1 5 6 0 2 4 0 3 0 1 2 5 100%
5 Seasons 4826 4.82 5.20 29 97% 2 0 836 9 3 15 809 56 18 0 1 16 9 0 3 6 1 5 0 2 3 9 100%
MLB Averages 4.22 4.58 92% 86%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
2007 HOU NL 23 1 5 152 3 3 3 50% 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 11 3 0.83 1.39
2008 HOU NL 24 3 8 647 13 7 5 35% 12 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 32 10 1.36 1.05
2009 HOU NL 25 1 1 209 10 1 1 9% 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 2 1.51 0.26
2010 HOU NL 26 0 4 194 8 3 3 27% 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 4 0.74 1.04
2011 HOU NL 27 2 6 609 38 8 6 17% 31 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 56 8 1.35 1.19
5 Seasons 7 24 1811 72 22 18 23% 61 21 10 0 1 1 1 1 127 27 1.28 1.11
MLB Averages 27% 1.29 1.24



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

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Name and misspellings: J. Justin J.R. JR R. Richard Towles

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