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Frank Wills

Frank Lee Wills

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

Born: October 26, 1958 in New Orleans, LA
High School: De La Salle HS (New Orleans, LA)
School: Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 31, 1983 (Age 24)
Rookie Status: Lost 1984 [*]
Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Indians/Mariners/Royals 1983-1991

Final Game: April 30, 1991 (Age 32)
Died: May 11, 2012 in New Orleans, LA
Buried: St. Joseph's Cemetery #2, New Orleans, LA
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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
1983 24 KCR AL 2 1 .667 4.15 6 4 1 0 0 0 34.2 35 17 16 2 15 0 23 0 0 3 152 99 3.48 1.442 9.1 0.5 3.9 6.0 1.53
1984 25 KCR AL 2 3 .400 5.11 10 5 2 0 0 0 37.0 39 21 21 3 13 0 21 0 0 2 161 79 3.74 1.405 9.5 0.7 3.2 5.1 1.62
1985 26 SEA AL 5 11 .313 6.00 24 18 2 1 0 1 123.0 122 85 82 18 68 3 67 3 1 9 541 70 5.23 1.545 8.9 1.3 5.0 4.9 0.99
1986 27 CLE AL 4 4 .500 4.91 26 0 16 0 0 4 40.1 43 23 22 6 16 4 32 0 0 2 182 85 4.31 1.463 9.6 1.3 3.6 7.1 2.00
1987 28 CLE AL 0 1 .000 5.06 6 0 4 0 0 1 5.1 3 3 3 0 7 0 4 0 0 0 26 95 5.31 1.875 5.1 0.0 11.8 6.8 0.57
1988 29 TOR AL 0 0 5.23 10 0 4 0 0 0 20.2 22 12 12 2 6 2 19 0 0 1 89 76 3.06 1.355 9.6 0.9 2.6 8.3 3.17
1989 30 TOR AL 3 1 .750 3.66 24 4 6 0 0 0 71.1 65 31 29 4 30 2 41 1 0 4 302 101 3.65 1.332 8.2 0.5 3.8 5.2 1.37
1990 31 TOR AL 6 4 .600 4.73 44 4 6 0 0 0 99.0 101 54 52 13 38 7 72 1 0 1 422 87 4.24 1.404 9.2 1.2 3.5 6.5 1.89
1991 32 TOR AL 0 1 .000 16.62 4 0 3 0 0 0 4.1 8 8 8 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 27 28 12.09 3.000 16.6 4.2 10.4 4.2 0.40
9 Yrs 22 26 .458 5.06 154 35 44 1 0 6 435.2 438 254 245 50 198 18 281 6 1 22 1902 81 4.36 1.460 9.0 1.0 4.1 5.8 1.42
162 Game Avg. 8 9 .458 5.06 55 13 16 0 0 2 157 158 91 88 18 71 6 101 2 0 8 684 81 4.36 1.460 9.0 1.0 4.1 5.8 1.42
TOR (4 yrs) 9 6 .600 4.65 82 8 19 0 0 0 195.1 196 105 101 21 79 11 134 3 0 6 840 85 4.07 1.408 9.0 1.0 3.6 6.2 1.70
KCR (2 yrs) 4 4 .500 4.65 16 9 3 0 0 0 71.2 74 38 37 5 28 0 44 0 0 5 313 88 3.61 1.423 9.3 0.6 3.5 5.5 1.57
CLE (2 yrs) 4 5 .444 4.93 32 0 20 0 0 5 45.2 46 26 25 6 23 4 36 0 0 2 208 86 4.43 1.511 9.1 1.2 4.5 7.1 1.57
SEA (1 yr) 5 11 .313 6.00 24 18 2 1 0 1 123.0 122 85 82 18 68 3 67 3 1 9 541 70 5.23 1.545 8.9 1.3 5.0 4.9 0.99

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
1983 24 KCR AL 34.2 6 4 17 4.41 4.27 -0.14 0.00 104.6 4.62 1 0.1 .6 -0.0 0.4 4 .512 .500
1984 25 KCR AL 37.0 10 5 21 5.11 4.51 0.39 -0.08 104.0 4.21 -4 -0.4 .6 0.0 -0.0 -0 .463 .498
1985 26 SEA AL 123.0 24 18 85 6.22 4.37 -0.16 0.07 103.0 4.74 -20 -1.9 1.1 -0.1 -0.9 -8 .419 .488
1986 27 CLE AL 40.1 26 0 23 5.13 4.77 -0.25 -0.37 98.8 4.59 -3 -0.3 1.6 -0.2 -0.0 1 .490 .498 $92,000
1987 28 CLE AL 5.1 6 0 3 5.06 4.76 -0.26 -0.37 102.2 4.75 -0 -0.0 3.1 -0.0 0.0 0 .497 .500
1988 29 TOR AL 20.2 10 0 12 5.23 4.32 0.16 -0.34 98.0 3.74 -3 -0.4 .6 0.0 -0.1 -2 .464 .498
1989 30 TOR AL 71.1 24 4 31 3.91 4.25 0.04 -0.20 94.4 3.79 -1 -0.1 .9 -0.1 0.5 6 .494 .499
1990 31 TOR AL 99.0 44 4 54 4.91 4.34 0.17 -0.23 105.7 4.16 -8 -0.8 1.0 -0.2 0.0 1 .481 .495 $242,500
1991 32 TOR AL 4.1 4 0 8 16.62 4.90 0.25 -0.37 103.8 4.44 -6 -0.5 .8 0.0 -0.5 -5 .365 .497 $435,000
9 Seasons 435.2 154 35 254 5.25 4.39 0.01 -0.13 101.8 4.33 -44 -4.4 1.2 -0.6 -0.7 -3 .472 .496 $769,500
TOR (4 yrs) 195.1 82 8 105 4.84 4.32 0.12 -0.24 100.7 3.99 -18 -1.9 .9 -0.2 -0.1 -0 .477 .497 $677,500
KCR (2 yrs) 71.2 16 9 38 4.77 4.39 0.13 -0.04 104.3 4.41 -3 -0.3 .6 -0.0 0.4 4 .482 .499
CLE (2 yrs) 45.2 32 0 26 5.12 4.77 -0.25 -0.37 99.2 4.61 -3 -0.3 1.9 -0.2 0.0 2 .492 .499 $92,000
SEA (1 yr) 123.0 24 18 85 6.22 4.37 -0.16 0.07 103.0 4.74 -20 -1.9 1.1 -0.1 -0.9 -8 .419 .488

Standard Batting

More Stats

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
1983 24 KCR AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1984 25 KCR AL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1985 26 SEA AL 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1986 27 CLE AL 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1987 28 CLE AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1988 29 TOR AL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1989 30 TOR AL 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1990 31 TOR AL 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1991 32 TOR AL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
9 Yrs 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOR (4 yrs) 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KCR (2 yrs) 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CLE (2 yrs) 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SEA (1 yr) 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1983 24 KCR AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1984 25 KCR AL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1985 26 SEA AL 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1986 27 CLE AL 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $92,000 1
1987 28 CLE AL 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1988 29 TOR AL 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1989 30 TOR AL 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
1990 31 TOR AL 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $242,500 1
1991 32 TOR AL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $435,000 /1
9 Seasons 154 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $769,500
TOR (4 yrs) 82 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .501 .500 0.1 0.1 1 $677,500
KCR (2 yrs) 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0
CLE (2 yrs) 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $92,000
SEA (1 yr) 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1983 KCR AL 24 P 6 4 0 34.2 5 1 3 1 1 .800 1.04 0.67 .958 1.79 1.78 4 1 20% 33% 0
1984 KCR AL 25 P 10 5 0 37.0 7 3 2 2 0 .714 1.22 0.50 .959 1.80 1.78 4 3 43% 36% 0
1985 SEA AL 26 P 24 18 1 123.0 26 9 17 0 1 1.000 1.90 1.08 .953 1.86 1.84 9 9 50% 33% 0
1986 CLE AL 27 P 26 0 0 40.1 10 3 6 1 0 .900 2.01 0.35 .957 1.83 1.81 2 0 0% 34% 0
1987 CLE AL 28 P 6 0 0 5.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 3.38 0.33 .955 1.86 1.82 1 0 0% 31% 0
1988 TOR AL 29 P 10 0 0 20.2 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 2.61 0.60 .962 1.79 1.77 2 0 0% 32% 0
1989 TOR AL 30 P 24 4 0 71.1 15 5 10 0 0 1.000 1.89 0.63 .960 1.87 1.85 1 6 86% 31% 0
1990 TOR AL 31 P 44 4 0 99.0 19 9 10 0 2 1.000 1.73 0.43 .953 1.78 1.76 8 4 33% 34% 0
1991 TOR AL 32 P 4 0 0 4.1 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 4.15 0.50 .955 1.87 1.80 0 0 0
9 Seasons P 154 35 1 435.2 92 31 57 4 4 .957 1.82 0.57 .956 1.83 1.80 31 23 43% 33% 0
9 Seasons TOT 154 35 1 435.2 92 31 57 4 4 .957 1.82 0.57 .956 1.83 1.80 31 23 43% 33% 0
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

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 Sources Notes/Other Sources
198627Cleveland Indians$92,0001986 USA Today survey
199031Toronto Blue Jays$242,500AP in Toronto Star
199132Toronto Blue Jays$435,000USA Today survey
Career to date (may be incomplete)$769,500
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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