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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 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
1973 22 NYY AL 23 92 77 9 15 4 0 2 7 0 1 15 24 .195 .326 .325 .651 88 25 0 0 0 0 0 9
1974 23 NYY AL 27 84 67 9 14 1 1 2 10 0 0 15 24 .209 .345 .343 .689 100 23 1 0 0 2 1 3/95
1975 24 NYY AL 6 10 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 89 2 0 0 0 0 0 /3D
1976 25 NYY AL 49 117 94 11 25 6 0 2 10 0 0 23 26 .266 .410 .394 .804 138 37 1 0 0 0 1 9/37D5
1977 26 TOR AL 120 434 360 50 92 19 3 16 62 4 2 65 87 .256 .366 .458 .824 124 165 9 1 2 6 1 9D
1978 27 TOR AL 91 300 248 29 66 14 2 9 38 1 3 45 41 .266 .380 .448 .828 132 111 8 2 3 2 1 79/D3
1979 28 TOR AL 99 325 274 45 79 21 0 15 48 0 1 46 45 .288 .396 .529 .925 148 145 8 3 2 0 2 79/D3
1980 29 TOR AL 104 417 357 54 96 12 3 20 62 0 0 54 86 .269 .365 .487 .852 127 174 8 2 0 4 8 D/3
1981 30 TOR AL 80 302 240 32 51 9 2 11 28 0 3 55 60 .213 .363 .404 .767 116 97 5 3 2 2 3 *D/3
1982 31 TOR AL 28 65 52 4 10 1 0 1 5 1 0 13 15 .192 .354 .269 .623 69 14 1 0 0 0 0 D
1983 32 CLE AL 10 28 25 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 .080 .179 .080 .259 -27 2 0 0 0 0 0 /D
11 Yrs 637 2174 1802 244 452 87 11 78 272 6 10 336 414 .251 .369 .441 .810 123 795 41 11 9 16 17
162 Game Avg. 162 553 458 62 115 22 3 20 69 2 3 85 105 .251 .369 .441 .810 123 202 10 3 2 4 4
TOR (6 yrs) 522 1843 1531 214 394 76 10 72 243 6 9 278 334 .257 .372 .461 .834 127 706 39 11 9 14 15
NYY (4 yrs) 105 303 246 29 56 11 1 6 28 0 1 55 74 .228 .366 .354 .720 110 87 2 0 0 2 2
CLE (1 yr) 10 28 25 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 .080 .179 .080 .259 -27 2 0 0 0 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
1973 22 NYY AL 23 92 -1 -0 0 2 -1 0 0.1 3 4 0.4 .501 .500 0.2 0.1 2 $7,800 9
1974 23 NYY AL 27 84 0 -0 -0 -2 -1 -4 -0.4 3 -1 -0.1 .485 .497 0.1 -0.3 1 3/95
1975 24 NYY AL 6 10 -0 0 0 -0 -0 -0 -0.0 0 0 0.0 .498 .500 0.0 -0.0 0 /3D
1976 25 NYY AL 49 117 6 -0 -0 1 -2 4 0.5 4 9 0.9 .511 .503 0.9 -0.1 8 9/37D5
1977 26 TOR AL 120 434 13 -1 -1 -4 -6 2 0.3 16 18 1.8 .502 .501 2.2 -0.9 21 $30,000 9D
1978 27 TOR AL 91 300 10 -1 -0 6 -4 11 1.2 11 22 2.2 .513 .507 1.6 0.2 16 79/D3
1979 28 TOR AL 99 325 21 1 -1 0 -4 17 1.8 12 29 2.9 .517 .511 2.8 -0.4 29 79/D3
1980 29 TOR AL 104 417 10 1 -1 0 -9 0 0.1 14 14 1.4 .500 .500 1.4 -0.9 14 D/3
1981 30 TOR AL 80 302 6 0 -0 -0 -7 -1 -0.1 10 9 0.9 .499 .499 0.9 -0.8 10 *D/3
1982 31 TOR AL 28 65 -2 0 1 0 -2 -3 -0.4 2 -1 -0.2 .487 .498 -0.2 -0.2 -1 D
1983 32 CLE AL 10 28 -4 -0 0 0 -1 -5 -0.5 1 -4 -0.4 .450 .497 -0.4 -0.1 -4 /D
11 Seasons 637 2174 60 1 -3 2 -38 22 2.6 77 99 9.9 .504 .503 9.6 -3.6 96 $37,800
TOR (6 yrs) 522 1843 58 1 -3 2 -33 26 2.9 65 91 9.0 .505 .503 8.9 -3.1 89 $30,000
NYY (4 yrs) 105 303 5 -1 -0 1 -4 1 0.2 11 12 1.3 .501 .501 1.2 -0.3 11 $7,800
CLE (1 yr) 10 28 -4 -0 0 0 -1 -5 -0.5 1 -4 -0.4 .450 .497 -0.4 -0.1 -4

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
1976 25 NYY AL ALCS KCR W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 25 NYY AL WS CIN L 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Yr (2 Series) 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALCS 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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
9 Seasons DH 255 233
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

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)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 12 (1418), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (197th), 9.9 career WAR/10.5 7yr-peak WAR/10.2 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 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
1973 22 New York Yankees $7,800 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
1977 26 Toronto Blue Jays $30,000 ? TSN salary survey, 4/23/77
Career to date (may be incomplete)$37,800
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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Name and misspellings: Otto Otoniel the (Franceschi) Otto Swatto Velez

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