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36 Joe Nathan RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 11/22/1974 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Stony Brook | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 76/61 | Average Draft Position: 281.78
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Projections
TimeframeIPWLSVERAWHIPKBBI
2015 Season (CBSSports.com)57.003.005.0025.003.951.3856.0025.00
 
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
58.05-4354.815429
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
20140000000062
20130000000067
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
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Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Baltimore 3.200 2.45411
vs LHB 32.100 4.4501922
vs RHB 25.200 5.2601032
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
12/26/2014Kyle Seager, 3B SEA
Albert Pujols, 1B LAA
Fernando Rodney, RP SEA
Jose Quintana, SP CHW
Alexei Ramirez, SS CHW
Chris Sale, SP CHW
Carlos Santana, 1B CLE
Tanner Roark, SP WAS
Glen Perkins, RP MIN
Rick Porcello, SP BOS
Jimmy Rollins, SS LAD
Salvador Perez, C KC
Jake Peavy, SP SF
James Paxton, SP SEA
Collin McHugh, SP HOU
Buster Posey, C SF
Jhonny Peralta, SS STL
Marcell Ozuna, CF MIA
Dustin Pedroia, 2B BOS
Joe Nathan, RP DET
Hunter Pence, RF SF
Shelby Miller, SP ATL
Hanley Ramirez, SS BOS
Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL
12/26/2014Clint Frazier, CF CLE
Joe Nathan, RP DET
Drew Smyly, SP TB
12/24/2014Leonys Martin, CF TEX
Kohl Stewart, SP MIN
Clay Buchholz, SP BOS
Joe Nathan, RP DET
 
Last 10 Games
DateOppWLSVIPHAERBBAKs
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9/9KC0011.02002
9/13CLE0011.00011
9/14CLE0011.02110
9/16@MIN0100.22210
9/20@KC0011.02000
9/23CHW1000.10010
9/25MIN0011.00002
9/28MIN0011.00000
10/5BAL0001.00001
 
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Latest News

Tigers' Ausmus says age didn't contribute to Joe Nathan's woes

by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/15) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus stopped by to watch Joe Nathan's bullpen session Wednesday and gave the veteran reliever a stamp of approval after watching his throwing session. 

“I thought he looked good,” Ausmus said, per The Detroit News. “Just to see the action on his slider. I have faced Joe Nathan. When he’s right, I think of some of the best sliders I’ve seen – Brad Lidge, Robb Nen, Joe Nathan are at the top of the list. Mostly I was looking to see his fastball command and the action on the slider.”

The 40-year-old Nathan is coming off a down season in 2014, but Ausmus doesn't feel Nathan's advanced age will be a problem in him bouncing back in 2015. Ausmus indicated Nathan's struggles last season were a combination of poor mechanics and transitioning to a new team.

“In Joe’s case, I look at last year as more of an aberration and less as a result of the aging process,” he said. “That’s why I’m not as concerned about it.

“The reason I say that I am not concerned is because he was so good in October of 2013. And over the course of four months he didn’t age that much. As much as you want to look at an older player when he struggles and point to age, I just don’t see Joe’s struggles were a result of his age. I couldn’t imagine it would be that much of a drop-off.”

Tigers' Joe Nathan alters offseason workouts to stay fresh

by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/15) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan altered his offseason workouts in order to stay fresh, according to MLB.com.

Nathan admitted that he doesn't want people to think he's washed up after last year. "I don’t want people thinking that I’m done," he said. "I think coming into not just the spring, but coming into the season, I want to prove to myself and other people I still have something left in the tank."

In order to get off to a quicker start, Nathan decided to work more on his agility during the offseason. "It’s almost like I’m going back to the younger days as far as agility-type stuff and seeing if we can get some more in my legs, keep my spring in my legs, as opposed to just doing squats and squats and squats," he said. 

Nathan added that he's lifting more weight than he ever has, and said his range of motion has improved. The 40-year-old Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last year. 

Brad Ausmus sets Tigers bullpen roles for 2015, Nathan to close

by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/15) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his tentative plans for his bullpen this season, according to mlive.com.

Ausmus said that, in an ideal world, Bruce Rondon would be used in the seventh inning, Joakim Soria would pitch in the eighth and Joe Nathan would close games out. Rondon is a bit of a question mark, as he's coming off March Tommy John Surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy by spring training, but the team will move him along slowly at first.

After a midseason trade brought him to Detroit, Soria was actually a better pitcher than Nathan. Despite that, Nathan managed to hold onto the closer role.

That appears to be the case again heading into 2015. Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last season. It was his highest ERA since 2011. Nathan still managed to save 35 games with the club. 

Dombrowski: Joe Nathan still Tigers closer heading into 2015

by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/14) Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski has proclaimed embattled right-hander Joe Nathan as the team's closer in 2015 despite plans to bolster what was a terrible bullpen this season.

"I would think he starts as our closer going into it," Dombrowski told MLive.com. "But he has to perform up to the capabilities required of doing it."

Nathan struggled mightily in his first season with Detroit after signing a two-year deal worth $20 million. He converted 35 of 42 save opportunities, but finished with a 4.81 ERA. He did bring it down from 5.61 at the All-Star break, but lost velocity and recorded a 1.56 WHIP in the second half.

Joe Nathan makes quick work of Twins

by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/14) Tigers closer Joe Nathan made quick work of the Twins for his 34th save of the season Thursday night. He struck out two and needed only eight pitches to close out a 4-2 win. He has converted all but seven of his 41 save chances this season, with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP over 57 innings of work.
 
 
 

 
Upcoming 7 Games
DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
3/3/15BAL1:05 pm
3/4/15@ BAL1:05 pm
3/5/15ATL1:05 pm
3/6/15@ NYM1:10 pm
3/7/15@ ATL1:05 pm
3/8/15HOU1:05 pm
3/9/15TOR1:05 pm
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Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
1999SF74 4.1819140011 90.18445421714654
2000SF52 5.2120150001 93.18963541246361
2002SF00 0.00400000 3.21000002
2003SF124 2.967800003 79.0512626733383
2004MIN12 1.62730004447 72.1481413322389
2005MIN74 2.70690004348 70.0462221502294
2006MIN70 1.58640003638 68.1381212311695
2007MIN42 1.88680003741 71.2541515411977
2008MIN12 1.33680003945 67.2431310521874
2009MIN22 2.10700004752 68.2421616722289
2010MIN00 ---000000 0.00000000
2011MIN21 4.84480001417 44.2382624731443
2012TEX35 2.80660003740 64.1552320721378
2013TEX62 1.39670004346 64.2361010212273
2014DET54 4.81620003542 58.0603231512954
Total 6234 2.897762900376421 916.26853172948423340966
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
1999SF192815012600 .233 .214 .179
2000SF203235231900 .176 .406 .156
2002SF4000000000 --- --- ---
2003SF78100000100 .000 .000 .000
2004MIN73100000000 .000 .000 .000
2005MIN69000000000 --- --- ---
2006MIN64100000100 .000 .000 .000
2007MIN68000000000 --- --- ---
2008MIN68000000000 --- --- ---
2009MIN70000000000 --- --- ---
2011MIN48000000000 --- --- ---
2012TEX66000000000 --- --- ---
2013TEX67000000000 --- --- ---
2014DET62000000000 --- --- ---
Total 776634102431700 .194 .302 .159
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
1999SFP191414311001.000
2000SFP201519811001.000
2002SFP40202001.000
2003SFP780945011.000
2004MINP730716011.000
2005MINP69092610 .889
2006MINP640103521 .800
2007MINP68051310 .800
2008MINP680103611 .900
2009MINP700125611 .917
2011MINP480954001.000
2012TEXP66083411 .875
2013TEXP6701257001.000
2014DETP6201266001.000
Total  77629138498276 .949
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
1999SF0104106 1.0862002 .243395 13.1 .4480
2000SF495114 0.8895105 .255426 15.0 .4441
2002SF027 0.2900000 .08312 2.5 .1670
2003SF34799 0.5251014 .186316 9.9 .2993
2004MIN34577 0.6243005 .187284 9.1 .2573
2005MIN14371 0.6321002 .183276 8.7 .2875
2006MIN44864 0.7720003 .158262 7.2 .2422
2007MIN26467 1.0170003 .209282 9.3 .3104
2008MIN46757 1.3050002 .179261 8.4 .2796
2009MIN15363 0.8750004 .171271 8.7 .3055
2010MIN000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2011MIN24152 0.7980003 .222191 11.1 .4153
2012TEX15356 1.0531005 .231257 9.8 .3573
2013TEX34573 0.6341004 .162250 8.2 .2253
2014DET35659 1.02101114 .265259 14.0 .3727
Total 31763965 0.8470152246 .2063742 10.3 .33145
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2003SF01 81.00200001 0.14331011
2004MIN01 3.60300011 5.02220056
2006MIN00 0.00100000 0.21000001
2009MIN00 9.00200001 2.05221012
2012TEX00 18.00100000 1.02220011
2014DET00 0.00100000 1.00000001
Total 02 8.101000013 10.0149920812
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
1995-Dnp00 ---00000 0.00000000
1996-Restricted00 ---00000 0.00000000
1997 A-Salem-Keizr21 2.47185002 62.0532217742644
1998 AA-Shreveport13 8.8044000 15.120151542910
1998 A-San Jose86 3.322222000122.01005145131048118
1999 AA-Shreveport01 3.1222000 8.25430177
1999AAA-Fresno64 4.461313100 74.26844371153682
2000 A-San Jose01 3.6011000 5.04221012
2000 A-Bakersfield10 5.0611000 5.12330176
2000AAA-Fresno02 4.4033000 14.115874079
2001 AA-Shreveport36 6.93217000 62.17349481143733
2001AAA-Fresno05 7.771010000 46.16347401353321
2002AAA-Fresno612 5.603125100146.1167979120374117
2011AAA-Rochester Red Wings00 0.0031000 3.02100015
 
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