Keith Ballam
Essendon Knights (ML)
Keith Ballam
Birthdate:
June 20, 1961 (26 y, 2 m, 8 d)
Position:
P
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Height/Weight:
5'10"/190
Entry:
Unknown
Contract:
$18k / 1 year
ML Service Time:
2 years, 127 days

No statistics this season

Current Status
MLB Service Time 2 years, 127 days
40-man Service Time None
Time as Pro 9 years
Roster Status Active Roster
Injury Status None
Personality
Leadership Normal
Loyalty Normal
Greed Normal
Intelligence Normal
Work Ethic Normal
Popularity
National Popular
Local Extremely Popular
Current Contract
1987 $18k ($18k left)
Additional Info
No-Trade No
IP / PA bonusNone
Batting Con Gap Pow Eye K's
Current 4 3 1 1 4
vs R 4 3 1 1 4
vs L 4 4 2 2 4
Potential 4 3 1 1 4
Fielding C IF OF
Range 1 2
Error 2 2
Arm 1 8 1
Turn DP 1
C Ability 1
Position
Pitcher 1
Run/Bunt
Speed 3
Stealing 1
Running 1
Sac Bunt 6
Bunt for Hit 1
Pitching Stuff Movement Control
Current 9 7 7
vs R 10 7 7
vs L 8 6 6
Potential 10 7 7
Pitch Ratings Cur Pot
Fastball 9 9
Slider 9 10
Changeup 1 1
Other Pitching
Velocity 97-99 mph
GB % 51%
Arm Slot Sidearm
Stamina 6
Hold 3
OSA Rating History
Ratings Changes
1987-04-18
Gap vs L increased from 3 to 4
Power Potential decreased from 2 to 1
Power decreased from 2 to 1
Power vs R decreased from 2 to 1
GB% increased from 50% to 51%
Local Popularity increased from Popular to Extremely Popular
National Popularity increased from Well Known to Popular
1987-04-11
Role changed from CL to RP
1987-04-01
Weight increased from 189 to 190
1987-03-18
Weight decreased from 190 to 189
1987-03-08
GB% decreased from 51% to 50%
Weight increased from 188 to 190
1986-12-28
Weight increased from 187 to 188
1986-10-26
Weight decreased from 188 to 187
1986-09-08
P defense decreased from 4 to 1
Weight increased from 187 to 188
1986-07-17
Weight increased from 186 to 187
1986-04-14
Eye Potential decreased from 2 to 1
Eye decreased from 2 to 1
Stamina increased from 5 to 6
1986-02-02
Weight decreased from 187 to 186
1986-01-05
Avoid Ks increased from 3 to 4
Avoid Ks vs R increased from 3 to 4
Stuff vs R increased from 9 to 10
Movement Potential increased from 6 to 7
Movement increased from 6 to 7
Control Potential increased from 6 to 7
Control increased from 6 to 7
Control vs R increased from 6 to 7
GB% increased from 50% to 51%
Fastball increased from 8 to 9
Slider increased from 8 to 9
1985-12-22
Weight increased from 186 to 187
1985-11-24
Weight decreased from 187 to 186
1985-11-03
Weight increased from 186 to 187
1985-10-27
Weight increased from 185 to 186
1985-09-29
Avoid Ks vs L increased from 3 to 4
Outfield Range decreased from 3 to 2
Movement Potential decreased from 7 to 6
Movement decreased from 7 to 6
Control vs L increased from 5 to 6
GB% decreased from 51% to 50%
1985-08-04
Weight increased from 184 to 185
1985-04-11
Weight increased from 183 to 184
1985-03-31
Power Potential increased from 1 to 2
Power increased from 1 to 2
Power vs R increased from 1 to 2
Stuff increased from 8 to 9
Stuff vs L increased from 7 to 8
Movement Potential increased from 6 to 7
Movement increased from 6 to 7
Control increased from 5 to 6
Control vs R increased from 5 to 6
Slider increased from 7 to 8
Local Popularity increased from Insignficant to Popular
National Popularity increased from Unknown to Well Known
1985-01-06
Power vs L increased from 1 to 2
Infield Range decreased from 2 to 1
Stuff vs R increased from 8 to 9
Control increased from 4 to 5
Control vs L increased from 4 to 5
GB% increased from 50% to 51%
Changeup Pot decreased from 2 to 1
1984-12-16
Role changed from RP to CL
Weight increased from 182 to 183
1984-11-11
Weight increased from 181 to 182
1984-08-16
Weight increased from 180 to 181
1984-08-10
Weight increased from 179 to 180
1984-07-17
P defense decreased from 5 to 4
GB% decreased from 51% to 50%
Weight increased from 177 to 179
1984-04-02
Stuff increased from 7 to 8
Control vs R increased from 4 to 5
Slider increased from 6 to 7
1984-03-15
Weight increased from 176 to 177
1984-03-10
Local Popularity increased from Unknown to Insignficant
1984-01-01
Contact increased from 3 to 4
Contact vs R increased from 3 to 4
Eye Potential increased from 1 to 2
Eye increased from 1 to 2
Stuff vs R increased from 7 to 8
Stuff vs L increased from 6 to 7
Control increased from 3 to 4
Control vs R increased from 3 to 4
Control vs L increased from 3 to 4
GB% decreased from 52% to 51%
Fastball increased from 7 to 8
Weight increased from 175 to 176
1983-11-13
Weight decreased from 176 to 175
1983-11-06
Weight increased from 175 to 176
1983-10-02
Weight increased from 174 to 175
1983-09-06
Eye vs L increased from 1 to 2
Movement vs R increased from 6 to 7
Movement vs L increased from 5 to 6
1983-04-09
Avoid Ks increased from 2 to 3
Avoid Ks vs R increased from 2 to 3
Avoid Ks vs L increased from 2 to 3
Movement Potential decreased from 7 to 6
Movement vs L decreased from 6 to 5
GB% increased from 50% to 52%
1983-02-13
Weight increased from 173 to 174
1983-01-16
Weight decreased from 174 to 173
1983-01-02
Gap Potential decreased from 4 to 3
Power Potential decreased from 2 to 1
Eye Potential decreased from 2 to 1
Outfield Range decreased from 4 to 3
Stuff increased from 6 to 7
GB% decreased from 54% to 50%
Slider increased from 5 to 6
1982-12-12
Weight increased from 173 to 174
1982-08-22
Weight decreased from 174 to 173
1982-08-04
Weight increased from 173 to 174
1982-04-01
Weight increased from 172 to 173
1982-01-03
Contact vs L increased from 3 to 4
Movement increased from 5 to 6
Movement vs R increased from 5 to 6
Movement vs L increased from 5 to 6
Control increased from 2 to 3
Control vs R increased from 2 to 3
Control vs L increased from 2 to 3
Weight increased from 170 to 172
1981-10-04
Eye Potential decreased from 3 to 2
Avoid Ks increased from 1 to 2
Avoid Ks vs R increased from 1 to 2
Outfield Error increased from 1 to 2
P defense decreased from 6 to 5
Stuff increased from 5 to 6
Stuff vs R increased from 6 to 7
Stuff vs L increased from 5 to 6
Velocity increased from 96-98 mph to 97-99 mph
Fastball increased from 6 to 7
Slider increased from 4 to 5
Weight increased from 167 to 170
1981-01-18
Gap Potential decreased from 5 to 4
Gap increased from 2 to 3
Gap vs R increased from 2 to 3
Power Potential decreased from 4 to 2
Avoid Ks vs L increased from 1 to 2
Infield Range decreased from 3 to 2
Infield Arm increased from 7 to 8
Stuff Potential increased from 8 to 10
Stuff increased from 3 to 5
Stuff vs R increased from 3 to 6
Stuff vs L increased from 3 to 5
Control increased from 1 to 2
Control vs R increased from 1 to 2
Control vs L increased from 1 to 2
Velocity increased from 95-97 mph to 96-98 mph
GB% decreased from 55% to 54%
Fastball Pot increased from 8 to 9
Fastball increased from 5 to 6
Slider increased from 3 to 4
Role changed from SP to RP
Weight increased from 165 to 167
1980-03-16
Gap vs L increased from 2 to 3
Power Potential increased from 3 to 4
Velocity increased from 94-96 mph to 95-97 mph
Stamina increased from 4 to 5
Changeup Pot decreased from 3 to 2
Weight decreased from 166 to 165
1979-11-04
Gap Potential increased from 4 to 5
Power decreased from 2 to 1
Power vs R decreased from 2 to 1
Power vs L decreased from 2 to 1
Eye Potential increased from 2 to 3
Infield Range increased from 2 to 3
P defense increased from 5 to 6
Stuff vs L increased from 2 to 3
Movement Potential decreased from 8 to 7
Control decreased from 2 to 1
Control vs R decreased from 2 to 1
Velocity increased from 93-95 mph to 94-96 mph
GB% increased from 54% to 55%
Changeup Pot increased from 1 to 3
Weight increased from 164 to 166
1979-02-11
Contact increased from 2 to 3
Contact vs R increased from 2 to 3
Contact vs L increased from 2 to 3
Gap increased from 1 to 2
Gap vs R increased from 1 to 2
Gap vs L increased from 1 to 2
Power Potential increased from 2 to 3
Stuff Potential decreased from 9 to 8
Stuff vs L decreased from 3 to 2
GB% decreased from 55% to 54%
Fastball increased from 4 to 5
Changeup Pot decreased from 3 to 1
1978-10-08
Contact increased from 1 to 2
Contact vs R increased from 1 to 2
Contact vs L increased from 1 to 2
Power increased from 1 to 2
Power vs R increased from 1 to 2
Power vs L increased from 1 to 2
Eye Potential decreased from 3 to 2
Speed increased from 2 to 3
Infield Range decreased from 3 to 2
P defense decreased from 7 to 5
Stuff Potential increased from 8 to 9
Stuff increased from 2 to 3
Stuff vs R increased from 2 to 3
Stuff vs L increased from 2 to 3
Control vs L decreased from 2 to 1
Velocity increased from 90-92 mph to 93-95 mph
GB% decreased from 56% to 55%
Fastball Pot increased from 7 to 8
Slider increased from 2 to 3
Changeup Pot increased from 2 to 3
Weight increased from 156 to 164
Height increased from 177 to 180

Career Major League Stats

Team Year Age GS G IP W-L SV K BB K% BB% HR% LOB% GB% BABIP ERA FIP FIP- xFIP E-F WAR
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1986 25 0 62 63.0 1-5 34 53 21 20.95% 8.30% 1.19% 82.07% 49.21% 0.254 2.000 2.337 61 3.212 -0.34 2.18
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1985 24 0 51 50.2 2-3 25 37 20 18.23% 9.85% 2.96% 85.27% 58.65% 0.234 2.309 3.853 98 3.675 -1.54 0.17
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1984 23 0 57 61.2 5-5 31 53 24 20.70% 9.38% 2.34% 82.58% 50.00% 0.257 2.773 3.229 80 3.615 -0.46 1.12
Total - VBL
VBL
0 170 175.1 8-13 90 143 65 20.08% 9.13% 2.11% 83.15% 52.25% 0.250 2.361 3.089 79 3.488 -0.73 3.47

Career Minor League Stats

Team Year Age GS G IP W-L SV K BB K% BB% HR% LOB% GB% BABIP ERA FIP FIP- xFIP E-F WAR
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1983 22 0 30 29.1 2-0 9 43 16 33.86% 12.60% 1.57% 88.07% 64.44% 0.303 2.148 2.698 60 2.753 -0.55 0.98
WAD - ADL
1982 21 0 33 32.1 2-2 10 60 8 43.48% 5.80% 2.17% 76.56% 54.84% 0.475 3.897 2.991 70 2.367 0.91 0.76
WAD - ADL
1981 20 0 37 41.2 2-4 8 70 21 41.92% 12.57% 2.40% 82.13% 56.00% 0.284 2.808 3.683 90 3.123 -0.88 0.49
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1980 19 0 1 0.1 0-1 0 1 0 33.33% 0.00% 66.67% 0.00% 0.00% 0.000 54.000 75.674 1657 -2.326 -21.67 -0.43
WAD - ADL
1980 19 0 29 29.1 1-4 11 33 9 25.38% 6.92% 4.62% 76.50% 53.85% 0.358 4.909 5.046 121 3.519 -0.14 -0.27
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1979 18 0 12 13.1 1-1 4 6 7 10.53% 12.28% 0.00% 85.00% 57.14% 0.296 2.025 4.604 93 6.192 -2.58 0.13
Total - AAA
AAA
0 43 43.0 3-2 13 50 23 26.74% 12.30% 2.14% 88.24% 61.64% 0.300 2.512 3.855 83 3.780 -1.34 0.69
Total - AA
AA
0 99 103.1 5-10 29 163 38 37.47% 8.74% 2.99% 78.46% 54.89% 0.368 3.745 3.854 93 2.999 -0.11 0.98

Career Major League Stats

Team Year Age G PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI R BB K SB CS AVG OBP OPS BABIP wOBA wRC+ WAR
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1986 25 62 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 -0.06
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1985 24 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.00
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1984 23 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.00
Total - VBL
VBL
170 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 -0.06

Career Minor League Stats

Team Year Age G PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI R BB K SB CS AVG OBP OPS BABIP wOBA wRC+ WAR
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1983 22 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.00
WAD - ADL
1982 21 33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0000 0.000 -155 0.00
WAD - ADL
1981 20 37 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0000 0.000 -173 -0.02
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1980 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.00
WAD - ADL
1980 19 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.00
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1979 18 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0000 0.000 -144 -0.07
Total - AAA
AAA
43 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0000 0.000 -144 -0.07
Total - AA
AA
99 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0000 0.000 -167 -0.01

Career Fielding Stats

Team Year Pos G IP PO A E Fld % RF Eff ZR
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1986 P 62 63.0 3 11 1 0.933 2.000 0.957 -0.35
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1985 P 51 50.2 2 6 0 1.000 1.421 1.022 0.11
Essendon - VBL
ESS - VBL
1984 P 56 61.2 1 9 0 1.000 1.460 1.029 0.32
Total P 169 175.1 6 26 1 0.08

Career Minor League Fielding Stats

Team Year Pos G IP PO A E Fld % RF Eff ZR
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1983 P 30 29.1 2 6 0 1.000 2.455 1.034 0.25
WAD - ADL
1982 P 32 32.1 2 1 0 1.000 0.835 1.010 0.27
WAD - ADL
1981 P 37 41.2 1 2 0 1.000 0.648 1.010 0.31
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1980 P 1 0.1 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.00
WAD - ADL
1980 P 28 29.1 1 5 0 1.000 1.841 1.246 0.75
Footscray - SBL
FTS - SBL
1979 P 12 13.1 4 1 0 1.000 3.375 0.673 -0.45
Total P 140 146.1 10 15 0 1.13
Player Awards
Award Year / Date Team
All-Star 1986 Essendon (VBL)
League Champ 1987 Essendon (VBL)
Reliever of the Year 1984 Footscray (SBL)
Hall of Fame Metrics
Metric Score
Black Ink0
Grey Ink10
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Leaderboard Appearances
Year Lg G Rank
1986 VBL 62 7
Year Lg SV Rank
1984 VBL 31 4
1985 VBL 25 5
1986 VBL 34 2