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Otto Velez

Otoniel (Franceschi) Velez (Otto the Swatto)

Positions: Outfielder, Designated Hitter and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: November 29, 1950 in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1969. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 4, 1973 (Age 22.279)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1974 season [*]
Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Yankees/Indians 1973-1983
Agents: Jerry Kapstein, previously: Norm Kaplan, Dave Pinter [*]
Final Game: August 7, 1983 (Age 32.251)
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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 Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1973 NYY AL 22 OF 23 23 21 204.1 49 45 2 2 0 .959 2 12 2.07 2.04 .979 2.29 2.27
1973 NYY AL 22 RF 23 23 21 204.1 47 43 2 2 0 .957 2 12 1.98 1.96 .976 2.09 2.07
1974 NYY AL 23 1B 21 18 16 148.2 143 136 5 2 8 .986 -1 -8 8.54 6.71 .992 9.70 9.66
1974 NYY AL 23 OF 3 2 1 17.0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 -2 -106 0.53 0.33 .980 2.44 2.40
1974 NYY AL 23 RF 3 2 1 17.0 2 1 0 1 0 .500 -2 -106 0.53 0.33 .975 2.17 2.17
1974 NYY AL 23 3B 2 2 1 16.0 6 3 3 0 0 1.000 0 30 3.38 3.00 .953 3.09 3.10
1975 NYY AL 24 1B 1 1 1 9.0 11 11 0 0 1 1.000 -0 -13 11.00 11.00 .990 9.80 9.80
1975 NYY AL 24 DH 1 1
1976 NYY AL 25 OF 24 20 10 174.0 48 46 1 1 1 .979 2 10 2.43 1.96 .981 2.47 2.48
1976 NYY AL 25 RF 20 15 7 131.0 36 35 0 1 0 .972 2 15 2.40 1.75 .980 2.21 2.22
1976 NYY AL 25 1B 8 4 3 43.0 45 43 1 1 4 .978 -1 -17 9.21 5.50 .992 9.86 9.89
1976 NYY AL 25 LF 6 5 3 43.0 12 10 2 0 1 1.000 -0 -3 2.51 2.00 .978 2.24 2.23
1976 NYY AL 25 DH 4 3
1976 NYY AL 25 3B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -120 0.00 0.00 2.70 3.00
1977 TOR AL 26 OF 79 71 60 625.2 149 140 5 4 1 .973 -4 -7 2.09 1.84 .978 2.34 2.32
1977 TOR AL 26 RF 78 71 60 625.2 149 140 5 4 1 .973 -4 -7 2.09 1.86 .974 2.08 2.07
1977 TOR AL 26 DH 29 26
1978 TOR AL 27 OF 74 58 53 562.0 163 150 10 3 4 .982 5 12 2.56 2.16 .979 2.47 2.45
1978 TOR AL 27 LF 39 29 25 272.0 88 78 8 2 3 .977 4 19 2.85 2.21 .974 2.21 2.19
1978 TOR AL 27 RF 39 29 28 290.0 79 76 2 1 1 .987 1 4 2.42 2.00 .978 2.24 2.22
1978 TOR AL 27 DH 9 2
1978 TOR AL 27 1B 1 1 1 11.0 13 11 2 0 0 1.000 0 22 10.64 13.00 .992 10.06 10.00
1979 TOR AL 28 OF 73 64 40 523.0 137 130 3 4 1 .971 0 1 2.29 1.82 .981 2.46 2.43
1979 TOR AL 28 LF 43 35 20 268.2 65 61 0 4 0 .938 -0 -1 2.04 1.42 .980 2.22 2.20
1979 TOR AL 28 RF 35 29 20 254.1 73 70 3 0 1 1.000 1 3 2.58 2.09 .980 2.25 2.22
1979 TOR AL 28 DH 9 9
1979 TOR AL 28 1B 6 4 2 31.0 31 29 2 0 2 1.000 -0 -4 9.00 5.17 .992 10.07 9.97
1980 TOR AL 29 DH 97 97
1980 TOR AL 29 1B 3 3 2 32.0 40 36 3 1 2 .975 0 0 10.97 13.00 .992 10.01 10.00
1981 TOR AL 30 DH 74 71
1981 TOR AL 30 1B 1 1 1 9.0 9 9 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -27 9.00 9.00 .993 10.10 10.00
1982 TOR AL 31 DH 24 16
1983 CLE AL 32 DH 8 8
6 Seasons OF 276 238 185 2106.0 548 512 21 15 7 .973 4 2 2.28 1.93 .979 2.41 2.39
6 Seasons RF 198 169 137 1522.1 386 365 12 9 3 .977 -0 -0 2.23 1.90 .977 2.15 2.14
3 Seasons LF 88 69 48 583.2 165 149 10 6 4 .964 4 8 2.45 1.81 .977 2.22 2.20
7 Seasons 1B 41 32 26 283.2 292 275 13 4 17 .986 -2 -8 9.14 7.02 .992 9.83 9.80
2 Seasons 3B 3 2 1 17.0 6 3 3 0 0 1.000 0 21 3.18 2.00 .953 3.07 3.07
11 Seasons TOT 320 272 212 2406.2 846 790 37 19 24 .978 2 1 3.09 2.58 .984 3.29 3.35
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
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
1973 NYY AL 22 RF 2 12 1 -0 1 1
1974 NYY AL 23 1B -1 -8 -1 -1 -0 0
1974 NYY AL 23 RF -2 -106 -0 -0 -0 -1
1974 NYY AL 23 3B 0 30 0 0 0 0
1975 NYY AL 24 1B -0 -13 -0 -0 0 0
1976 NYY AL 25 RF 2 15 2 1 1 0
1976 NYY AL 25 1B -1 -17 -1 -0 -0 0
1976 NYY AL 25 LF -0 -3 -0 0 -0 0
1976 NYY AL 25 3B -0 -120 -0 -0 0
1977 TOR AL 26 RF -4 -7 -3 -3 0 -1
1978 TOR AL 27 LF 4 19 3 0 3 1
1978 TOR AL 27 RF 1 4 0 -1 1 1
1978 TOR AL 27 1B 0 22 0 0 0 0
1979 TOR AL 28 LF -0 -1 -0 -0 0 0
1979 TOR AL 28 RF 1 3 -1 0 -2 2
1979 TOR AL 28 1B -0 -4 -0 -0 0 0
1980 TOR AL 29 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 TOR AL 30 1B -0 -27 -0 -0 0 0
6 Seasons RF -0 -0 -2 -3 1 2
3 Seasons LF 4 8 3 0 3 1
7 Seasons 1B -2 -8 -2 -1 -0 0
2 Seasons 3B 0 21 0 0 0 0
11 Seasons TOT 2 1 -1 -4 4 0 3
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1973 NYY AL 22 23 23 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 23 0 0 0
1974 NYY AL 23 27 22 27 25 0 0 21 0 2 0 0 0 3 3 0 2 0
1975 NYY AL 24 6 2 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
1976 NYY AL 25 49 27 49 34 0 0 8 0 1 0 6 0 20 26 4 17 0
1977 TOR AL 26 120 98 120 78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 78 78 29 18 1
1978 TOR AL 27 91 61 91 75 0 0 1 0 0 0 39 0 39 78 9 27 2
1979 TOR AL 28 99 77 99 78 0 0 6 0 0 0 43 0 35 78 9 21 0
1980 TOR AL 29 104 100 104 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 97 4 0
1981 TOR AL 30 80 72 80 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 74 8 0
1982 TOR AL 31 28 16 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 12 0
1983 CLE AL 32 10 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 0
11 Seasons 637 506 637 318 0 0 41 0 3 0 88 0 198 286 255 115 3
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 -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1973 NYY AL 22 2 0 2 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 11 7 0 6 1 1 4 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 25 12 48.0% 12 1 4.0% 1 843 61% 86% 26% 90 50%
1974 NYY AL 23 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.0% 4 0 0.0% 0 75 80% 76% 19% 5 20%
1976 NYY AL 25 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 8 3 37.5% 5 0 0.0% 0 525 67% 83% 31% 57 61%
1977 TOR AL 26 4 0 4 0 1 5 0 3 0 0 26 9 0 20 7 0 13 6 0 6 1 0 16 10 0 81 33 40.7% 48 0 0.0% 5 2740 56% 83% 25% 272 52%
1978 TOR AL 27 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 15 5 0 16 2 1 4 3 0 6 4 1 5 5 0 46 19 41.3% 25 2 4.3% 0 1275 61% 83% 26% 150 51%
1979 TOR AL 28 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 24 15 0 11 4 0 6 3 0 6 1 0 13 6 1 60 29 48.3% 30 1 1.7% 2 1143 57% 84% 26% 130 55%
6 Seasons 9 0 9 0 2 12 0 5 2 3 82 37 0 56 15 2 28 15 0 21 7 1 37 22 1 224 96 42.9% 124 4 1.8% 8 6601 59% 83% 26% 704 53%
MLB Averages 41.8% 3.1% 61% 82% 27% 52%

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1976 NYY AL 25 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 6 2 33.3% 2 2 33.3% 0 169 54% 79% 28% 18 61%
1978 TOR AL 27 2 0 2 0 0 8 0 3 0 4 24 15 0 12 3 1 10 7 0 4 0 3 6 5 0 56 30 53.6% 22 4 7.1% 4 1185 65% 82% 29% 176 47%
1979 TOR AL 28 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 15 0 9 4 0 9 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 37 26 70.3% 11 0 0.0% 0 1141 63% 84% 27% 134 46%
3 Seasons 6 0 6 0 1 10 0 3 0 6 42 30 0 21 7 1 22 13 1 5 0 4 9 8 0 99 58 58.6% 35 6 6.1% 4 2495 63% 82% 28% 328 47%
MLB Averages 59.5% 2.9% 61% 82% 27% 47%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1974 NYY AL 23 641 74% 76% 27% 28 82% 2 137 9 127 1 9 5 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 1 8 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 1 4 50%
1975 NYY AL 24 33 55% 88% 30% 1 100% 0 11 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1976 NYY AL 25 174 61% 86% 26% 5 100% 0 44 2 41 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
1978 TOR AL 27 42 76% 76% 21% 4 100% 0 11 0 10 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1979 TOR AL 28 140 43% 84% 23% 9 89% 0 29 1 28 0 6 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1980 TOR AL 29 138 37% 87% 28% 11 91% 0 37 2 35 0 6 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1981 TOR AL 30 49 37% 78% 24% 2 100% 0 9 0 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Seasons 1217 63% 80% 26% 60 88% 2 278 15 259 4 27 12 11 1 0 1 3 0 2 1 2 17 0 0 0 16 0 1 0 1 6 67%
MLB Averages 61% 82% 28% 94% 89%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1974 NYY AL 23 57 54% 82% 28% 6 100% 0 3 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 NYY AL 25 5 60% 100% 20% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Seasons 62 55% 84% 27% 6 100% 0 3 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 61% 82% 28% 89% 69%



* - 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.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Monthly Awards (yr-month lg award)
1977 April AL Player of the Month

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1979 Jul 29th AL Player of the Week

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  8 (4th)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1979 AL  4 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1976 AL  1 (5th)
1978 AL  3 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1978 AL  4 (5th)

                           

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Name and misspellings: Otto Otoniel the (Franceschi) Otto Swatto Velez

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