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James Shields

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago White Sox

2016 Stats

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6-19

ERA

5.85

WHIP

1.60

K

135

SV

0

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Shields, a long-time American League stalwart, signed a free agent deal to pitch not only join the National League, but also in one of the best parks...

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2016 ADP:  133.47

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 212   DOB: 12/20/1981   BORN: Newhall, CA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 16th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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James Shields Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $75 million contract with the Padres in February 2015.

October 1, 2016  –  James Shields News

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Shields (6-19) struck out seven and allowed five runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

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James Shields Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 22 AA HUN 1 1 0 4.7 4 4 2 3 3 0 1 0 7.71 1.50
2004 22 AA MON 4 4 0 18.3 24 16 4 14 8 0 3 0 7.85 1.75
2005 23 AA MON 17 16 0 109.3 95 34 6 104 31 7 5 0 2.80 1.15
2005 23 AAA DUR 1 1 0 6.0 9 4 0 6 3 1 0 0 6.00 2.00
2006 24 AAA DUR 10 10 0 61.3 60 18 3 64 6 3 2 0 2.64 1.08
2006 24 MAJ TAM 21 21 0 124.7 141 67 18 104 38 6 8 0 4.84 1.44
2007 25 MAJ TAM 31 31 0 215.0 202 92 28 184 36 12 8 0 3.85 1.11
2008 26 MAJ TAM 34 33 2 215.0 208 85 24 160 40 14 8 0 3.56 1.15
2009 27 MAJ TAM 33 33 0 219.7 239 101 29 167 52 11 12 0 4.14 1.32
2010 28 MAJ TB 34 33 0 203.3 246 117 34 187 51 13 15 0 0 0 5.18 1.46
2011 29 MAJ TB 33 33 4 249.3 195 78 26 225 65 16 12 0 0 0 2.82 1.04
2012 30 MAJ TB 33 33 2 227.7 208 89 25 223 58 15 10 0 0 0 3.52 1.17
2013 31 MAJ KC 34 34 0 228.7 215 80 20 196 68 13 9 0 0 0 3.15 1.24
2014 32 MAJ KC 34 34 1 227.0 224 81 23 180 44 14 8 0 0 0 3.21 1.18
2015 33 MAJ SD 33 33 0 202.3 189 88 33 216 81 13 7 0 0 0 3.91 1.33
2016 34 MAJ SD 11 11 0 67.3 69 32 9 57 27 2 7 0 0 0 4.28 1.43
2016 34 MAJ CWS 22 22 0 114.3 139 86 31 78 55 4 12 0 0 0 6.77 1.70
2016  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ SD/CWS 33 33 0 181.7 208 118 40 135 82 6 19 0 0 0 5.85 1.60
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3-Year Averages     33 33 0 203.7 207 95 32 177 69 11 11 0 0 0 4.20 1.36
Career  (View All)     353 351 9 2,294.3 2,275 996 300 1,977 615 133 116 0 3.91 1.26

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James Shields Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Oct. 1 Min 7.0 4 5 5 2 3 7 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 6.77 1.70
Sep. 26 TB 6.0 7 1 1 0 2 6 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 6.79 1.74
Sep. 20 @Phi 5.3 9 7 6 1 3 4 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 7.11 1.76
Sep. 15 Cle 6.0 3 1 1 0 3 8 1 2 0 - 0 0 0 6.94 1.73
Sep. 10 KC 6.0 4 3 3 2 4 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.30 1.78
Sep. 3 @Min 2.3 5 5 5 3 4 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 7.50 1.81
Aug. 29 @Det 6.0 6 2 2 1 3 6 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.16 1.75
Aug. 24 Phi 6.0 7 4 4 2 0 6 1 1 0 L 0 0 0 7.49 1.77
Aug. 19 Oak 4.7 8 7 6 3 3 3 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 7.62 1.82
Aug. 13 @Mia 3.0 10 7 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.34 1.78
Aug. 7 Bal 1.3 6 8 8 4 2 1 2 0 0 L 0 0 0 6.68 1.69
Aug. 2 @Det 5.0 9 6 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.64 1.60
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.1 IP/G
18.3 20 13 12 3 8 17 1 1 0 1-2 0 0 0 5.89 1.53
Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.4 IP/G
32.7 32 22 21 8 19 32 2 3 0 1-3 0 0 0 5.79 1.56
Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.9 IP/G
58.7 78 56 54 20 30 49 7 4 0 1-7 0 0 0 8.28 1.84

James Shields Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2016404584510119316.287
2015439885110716423.279
201450296291202639.261

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2016418773710722324.288
2015421128308227210.216
2014437841510420414.251

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2016115.751109548274.901.50
201598.363011342193.291.36
2014102.7460761773.511.22

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201666.01804034137.501.76
2015104.074010339144.501.31
2014124.3102010427162.971.15
James Shields Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 22 AA HUN 1 1 4.7 5.79 5.79 1.00 3.86 60% 7.71 9.41 .164
2004 22 AA MON 4 4 18.3 6.87 3.93 1.75 1.96 57.1% 7.85 5.82 .347
2005 23 AA MON 17 16 109.3 8.56 2.55 3.35 0.49 76.7% 2.80 3.03 .303
2005 23 AAA DUR 1 1 6.0 9.00 4.50 2.00 0.00 66.7% 6.00 2.70 .452
2006 24 AAA DUR 10 10 61.3 9.39 0.88 10.67 0.44 76.2% 2.64 2.14 .343
2006 24 MAJ TAM 21 21 124.7 7.51 2.74 2.74 1.30 1.11 69.6% 4.84 4.35 .332
2007 25 MAJ TAM 31 31 215.0 7.70 1.51 5.11 1.17 1.09 69.5% 3.85 3.70 .292
2008 26 MAJ TAM 34 33 215.0 6.70 1.67 4.00 1.00 1.25 72.8% 90.5 MPH 3.56 3.74 .292
2009 27 MAJ TAM 33 33 219.7 6.84 2.13 3.21 1.19 1.12 72.5% 90.5 MPH 4.14 4.13 .317
2010 28 MAJ TB 34 33 203.3 8.28 2.26 3.67 1.50 1.15 68.4% 91.5 MPH 5.18 4.36 .354
2011 29 MAJ TB 33 33 249.3 8.12 2.35 3.46 0.94 1.34 77.8% 91.0 MPH 2.82 3.59 .261
2012 30 MAJ TB 33 33 227.7 8.82 2.29 3.84 0.99 1.81 73.4% 92.3 MPH 3.52 3.58 .304
2013 31 MAJ KC 34 34 228.7 7.71 2.68 2.88 0.79 1.20 77.2% 92.2 MPH 3.15 3.62 .303
2014 32 MAJ KC 34 34 227.0 7.14 1.74 4.09 0.91 1.42 76.3% 92.4 MPH 3.21 3.66 .304
2015 33 MAJ SD 33 33 202.3 9.61 3.60 2.67 1.47 1.49 76.8% 91.0 MPH 3.91 4.52 .306
2016 34 MAJ SD 11 11 67.3 7.62 3.61 2.11 1.20 1.71 73.6% 90.4 MPH 4.28 4.49 .311
2016 34 MAJ CWS 22 22 114.3 6.14 4.33 1.42 2.44 0.99 66.3% 90.4 MPH 6.77 6.99 .306
2016  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ SD/CWS 33 33 181.7 6.69 4.06 1.65 1.98 1.18 68.8% 90.4 MPH 5.85 5.98 .308
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3-Year Averages     33 33 203.7 7.82 3.05 2.57 1.41 74.2% 4.20 4.52 .306
Career     353 351 2,294.3 7.76 2.41 3.21 1.18 73.1% 3.91 4.01 .305

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2016 Stat Review for James Shields    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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1.65 K/BB
TERRIBLE
6.69 K/9
WEAK
4.06 BB/9
TERRIBLE
90.4 MPH Fastball
WEAK
2.0 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.18 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.85 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.60 WHIP
TERRIBLE
5.98 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.308 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
68.8% Strand Rate
LOW

James Shields: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Shields (4-11) allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings to earn the win Monday against the Rays.

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Shields (3-11) gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and three walks while striking out four over just 5.1 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

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Shields struck out eight while allowing just one run on three hits and three walks over six innings Thursday against the Indians, but didn't factor into the decision.

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Shields struck out five and allowed three runs on four hits and four walks in six innings against the Royals on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.

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Shields (back) has been confirmed as Saturday's starter against the Royals, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

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Shields (back) is listed as the probable starter for Saturday's game against the Royals.

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Shields (back) is expected to make his next start, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

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Shields (back) could be shut down for the remainder of the 2016 season, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.

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Manager Robin Ventura indicated after Saturday's loss to the Twins that Shields tweaked his back during the start, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

The 2014 season was a contract year for "Big Game" James, who set himself up to cash in by posting a 3.21 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 34 regular season starts. He relied a bit more on a cut fastball last season than in past years (24.2%), which led to a slightly higher groundball rate (45.2%) and lower K/9 (7.1) than in 2013. Despite the slight shift in focus, Shields actually posted a career-best average fastball velocity of 92.4 mph, proving that he still has plenty left in the tank. Shields signed a four-year deal with the Padres in February, where he'll likely become the team's No. 1 starter in 2015. The move to the National League, and into the most pitcher-friendly environment in baseball should help his numbers across the board.

2014

It had been a long time since the Royals had themselves a dominant No. 1 starter, so when the opportunity to acquire Shields came up, they debated internally for some time but ultimately decided the arm was more necessary than the prospect bat of Wil Myers. General manager Dayton Moore was highly criticized for parting with such a blue-chip prospect, but a seventh straight season of 200-plus innings with 13 wins, a 3.15 ERA and a 191:68 K:BB quickly turned the fan base's opinion around. A bit concerning is Shields' diminished strikeout rate and increased walk rate, as well as the reduction of groundballs induced. Fantasy owners should keep that in mind when making a move for the veteran right-hander this season. While it's not exactly a guarantee that he is on the decline, it does provide an indication that all that usage may be causing him to tire a little more. He should still be viewed as a top starter on draft day, but go in with cautious optimism.

2013

Shields nearly matched his outstanding 2011 campaign last season, finishing with a 15-10 record, 3.52 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 33 starts. He improved his strikeout rate to a career-high 8.8 K/9 and though he posted a higher ERA, his 3.47 FIP is about the same as 2011 (3.42), suggesting 2011 was a little lower ERA than it should have been. Shields is very effective at mixing his impressive repertoire of pitches and working deep into games. He's also been durable, starting at least 31 games and throwing 200 innings in each of his six seasons with the Rays. Traded to Kansas City in a blockbuster deal in December, Shields gets a slight downgrade as a result of losing the benefit of pitching in front of the most efficient defense in baseball.

2012

It's safe to say that 2011 will likely go down as the greatest season in Shields' career. The righty put together career-best numbers across the board, while his 11 complete games were the most in baseball by three games (over Roy Halladay) and his four shutouts tied him for second behind Cliff Lee. Shields has developed an excellent pick-off move to first base finishing with a league-high 12 pick-offs and allowing few stolen bases. Shields was supported by a career-low .258 BABIP, a stark contrast from his .341 mark in 2010 suggesting instead of being unlucky, perhaps a little luck was on his side. A little luck, that is, and some adjustments to his pitch selection. Shields got away from his low-90s fastball, throwing it 10 percent less often and relying more on two of his secondary pitches - his change-up and curveball. The use of these pitches in combination with with his pickoff move led to a career-high 79.6 percent strand rate. Shields' cured his gopheritis allowing eight fewer home runs from the previous season despite throwing an extra 46 innings. This was supported by raising his groundball rate by five percent while lowering his flyball rate by three percent. His spectacular season made picking up his 2012 option an obvious move and he should toe the mound as the Rays' ace come Opening Day. Keep in mind while he's not going to fall off a cliff, expecting him to replicate his 2011 season is likely wishful thinking.

2011

Shields struggled through last season, ending the 2010 campaign with a career-high 5.18 ERA. A case of gopheritis appeared to be the problem as Shields finished second to only Rodrigo Lopez with 34 home runs allowed. Besides the home runs, it's tough to pinpoint the root of his problems. His velocity by a small margin was the best of his career, as was his 8.3 K/9IP rate. One possibility is the league had seen enough of his stuff to start hitting him hard. Shields will reprise his role as a top-half of the rotation starter as he looks to put his 2010 struggles behind him.

2010

Shields had a forgettable season, posting a three-year worst 4.14 ERA and 1.325 WHIP. Manager Joe Maddon was partially to blame for allowing Shields to throw 129 innings prior to the All-Star break. Shields was extremely hittable after the break as evidenced by his second-half ERA (5.16). That being said, he should be in line for a rebound that is more in line with his two previous seasons than his 2009 results.

2009

Shields emerged as an All-Star caliber pitcher in 2008, finishing in the top four in the AL in WHIP for the second straight season. Shields was particularly effective in the second half last year (7-2, 3.21 in 14 starts), had a respectable postseason (2.88 ERA in four starts), and was death to opposing batters at home (9-2, 2.59 in 17 starts at the Trop). Shields and Scott Kazmir will be numbers 1 and 1A, order TBD, in the Rays' rotation again in 2009.

2008

Shields was shut down for the last two weeks of the season (innings limit), but that was a precautionary move, and he'll be ready for spring training. Shields finished third in the AL in both WHIP and walks per nine innings, and only Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia had a higher AL strikeout-to-walk ratio than Shields' 5.1 mark. Despite the Rays' other failings, Shields and Scott Kazmir have become a wicked 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation. In Tampa Bay's last eight series of 2007 where both Shields and Kazmir pitched against the same opponent, the Rays either won or split six of those eight series (dropping the other two to Boston). That's what aces are supposed to do for you in a short series; Shields has developed into just such an ace, and a durable one at that.

2007

Shields put up fine numbers at both Double-A in 2005 and Triple-A in 2006. After the Rays called him up, he was impressive at times, but he had a run of starts where he looked great for four innings and had trouble in the fifth. If Shields can learn to make adjustments the third time around the order, he'll be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for a while. He’ll start the spring in Tampa Bay's rotation.

2006

Probably the best Devil Rays mound prospect that didn't pitch at Rice. Shields had a nice year at Double-A last season, and he followed that up with a great Arizona Fall League stint (2-1, 1.74, 0.81 WHIP in six starts, 29-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 innings). He'll likely start 2006 in Triple-A and could compete for a spot with the big club the following season.