The Red Report: Joey Votto

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An in-depth look at the Reds' everyday first baseman for 2013


Joey Votto

#19 / First Base / Cincinnati Reds

6-3

220

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Sep 10, 1983


Fast Facts:

  • Joseph Daniel Votto was born on September 10, 1983 in Toronto, Canada. He grew up in the western Etobicoke section of the city. Votto attended high school at Richview Collegiate Institute in Toronto. The school had produced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and hockey star Scott Mellanby.

  • Votto's adopted mastiff-golden retriever mix is named "Maris," after former baseball player Roger Maris.
  • His love for baseball can be traced back to the 1993 World Series, when Joe Carter hit the game-winning home-run to bring Toronto its 2nd consecutive World Series title, as Joey describes in the most awkward interview he's ever been part of.
  • On the day Votto signed with the Reds he purchased a copy of "The Science of Hitting," by Ted Williams.

  • He made his MLB debut on September 4th 2007, just one week before his 24th birthday.
  • In 2009, Votto spent nearly a month on the DL due to "stress related issues," caused by the death of his father. Later that year Votto provided the following quote regarding the ordeal: "He was the first one to teach me how to play baseball... I played catch with him on a daily basis when I was real young. He was a big fan, he was just in love with what I did and me. He was a great father to me."
  • During Votto's MVP season in 2010, he didn't record a single out via an infield pop-up.

Organizational History:

Drafted/Signed: by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Player signed June 5th, 2002

Contract Status:

MLB Service Time: 5.027
Current Contract Status: 13 yr/$263M (2011-2023) with a team option for 2024 ($20M, $7M buyout)

Career Stats:

Year Age Tm G PA H 2B HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2007 23 CIN 24 89 27 7 4 17 1 .321 .360 .548 .907 127
2008 24 CIN 151 589 156 32 24 84 7 .297 .368 .506 .874 125
2009 25 CIN 131 544 151 38 25 84 4 .322 .414 .567 .981 156
2010 26 CIN 150 648 177 36 37 113 16 .324 .424 .600 1.024 171
2011 27 CIN 161 719 185 40 29 103 8 .309 .416 .531 .947 155
2012 28 CIN 111 475 126 44 14 56 5 .337 .474 .567 1.041 174
6 Yrs 728 3064 822 197 133 457 41 .316 .415 .553 .968 155
162 Game Avg. 162 682 183 44 30 102 9 .316 .415 .553 .968 155
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/19/2013.

Scouting:

Ratings via TheBaseballCube:

Speed: 43
Contact: 36
Patience: 88
Batting: 79
Power: 83

Votto receives remarkably high scores for patience, batting and power - no surprise there. You may be surprised by the contact score at 36. That's likely because "contact" is a bit misleading. They calculate contact by measuring the player's strikeouts per plate appearance. Votto does strikeout more than most players, so the below average contact score is accurate.

Defense:

Fans Scouting Report ratings (via Fangraphs) (2012 rating/career rating):

Instincts: 71/66
First Step: 59/57
Speed: 50/50
Hands: 74/65
Release: 61/58
Arm Strength: 54/49
Arm Accuracy: 60/55
Overall: 61/57
FSR (Fans Scouting Report runs above average): 4/13

UZR/150 in 2012: 7.5

2013 Projections:

G PA HR SB AVG OBP SLG
Steamer

646 26 5 .298 .419 .522
ZiPS

579
26 9 .300 .420 .542
Oliver
583 29 7
.307 .417 .557
Bill James
156 676 27 8 .312 .422 .538

PITCHf/x Hitter Profile:

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