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Jeff Karstens

31-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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STATUS:  Out     INJURY TYPE:  Shoulder     EST. RETURN:  4/1/2014
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 185   DOB: 9/24/1982
BORN: San Diego, CA   COLLEGE: Texas Tech  DRAFTED: 19th Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Jeff Karstens Contract Information:

Karstens agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2013.

November 4, 2013  –  Jeff Karstens News

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Karstens became a free agent Monday evening after the Pirates failed to offer him a qualifying contract, according to the team's website.

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Jeff Karstens 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 21 A TAM 24 24 1 138.7 151 62 11 116 31 6 9 0 4.02 1.31
2005 22 AA TRE 28 27 0 169.0 191 78 16 147 43 12 11 0 4.15 1.38
2006 23 AA TRE 11 11 0 74.0 54 19 4 67 14 6 0 0 2.31 0.92
2006 23 AAA COL 14 14 0 73.7 80 35 9 48 30 5 5 0 4.28 1.49
2006 23 MAJ NYY 8 6 0 42.7 40 18 6 16 11 2 1 0 3.80 1.20
2007 24 AA TRE 1 1 0 5.0 4 1 0 5 2 1 0 0 1.80 1.20
2007 24 AAA SCR 6 5 0 31.0 25 6 2 27 9 3 0 0 1.74 1.10
2007 24 MAJ NYY 7 3 0 14.7 27 18 4 5 9 1 4 0 11.05 2.45
2008 25 AAA SCR 12 12 0 68.7 66 29 8 55 15 6 4 0 3.80 1.18
2008 25 MAJ PIT 9 9 1 51.3 56 23 7 23 13 2 6 0 4.03 1.34
2009 26 AAA IND 3 0 0 6.0 4 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
2009 26 MAJ PIT 39 13 0 108.0 115 65 12 52 45 4 6 0 5.42 1.48
2010 27 AAA IND 5 1 0 16.0 21 13 3 12 2 1 2 0 0 0 7.31 1.44
2010 27 MAJ PIT 26 19 0 122.7 146 67 21 72 27 3 10 0 0 0 4.92 1.41
2011 28 MAJ PIT 30 26 1 162.3 163 61 22 96 33 9 9 0 0 0 3.38 1.21
2012 29 AA ALT 3 2 0 10.0 8 1 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.90 0.90
2012 29 AAA IND 3 3 0 13.2 11 7 1 13 3 0 2 0 0 0 4.61 1.06
2012 29 MAJ PIT 19 15 0 90.7 89 40 8 66 15 5 4 0 0 1 3.97 1.15
2013 30 A+ BRA 1 1 0 3.0 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.00 1.33
2013 30 AA ALT 1 1 0 4.0 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
3-Year Averages     24 20 0 126.5 126 50 15 81 24 7 6 0 0 0 3.56 1.19
Career  (View All)     138 91 2 592.3 636 292 80 330 153 26 40 0 4.44 1.33

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Jeff Karstens Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201215827636804.243

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201221439953914.265

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201245.031028521.800.96

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201245.7230381066.111.34
Jeff Karstens 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 21 A TAM 24 24 138.7 7.53 2.01 3.74 0.71 70.2% 4.02 3.23 .337
2005 22 AA TRE 28 27 169.0 7.83 2.29 3.42 0.85 71.6% 4.15 3.51 .347
2006 23 AA TRE 11 11 74.0 8.15 1.70 4.79 0.49 76.6% 2.31 2.78 .261
2006 23 AAA COL 14 14 73.7 5.86 3.67 1.60 1.10 74.3% 4.28 4.75 .308
2006 23 MAJ NYY 8 6 42.7 3.37 2.32 1.45 1.27 0.49 73.3% 3.80 5.08 .246
2007 24 AA TRE 1 1 5.0 9.00 3.60 2.50 0.00 83.3% 1.80 2.40 .305
2007 24 AAA SCR 6 5 31.0 7.84 2.61 3.00 0.58 87.5% 1.74 3.17 .276
2007 24 MAJ NYY 7 3 14.7 3.07 5.52 0.56 2.45 0.58 56.3% 11.05 7.97 .387
2008 25 AAA SCR 12 12 68.7 7.21 1.97 3.67 1.05 71.2% 3.80 3.77 .295
2008 25 MAJ PIT 9 9 51.3 4.03 2.28 1.77 1.23 0.93 74.2% 88.9 MPH 4.03 4.86 .287
2009 26 AAA IND 3 0 6.0 10.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 0.87 .287
2009 26 MAJ PIT 39 13 108.0 4.33 3.75 1.16 1.00 0.87 64.2% 88.6 MPH 5.42 4.97 .290
2010 27 AAA IND 5 1 16.0 6.75 1.13 6.00 1.69 50% 7.31 4.51 .352
2010 27 MAJ PIT 26 19 122.7 5.28 1.98 2.67 1.54 1.11 69.7% 88.9 MPH 4.92 4.94 .313
2011 28 MAJ PIT 30 26 162.3 5.32 1.83 2.91 1.22 1.33 77.6% 88.8 MPH 3.38 4.46 .280
2012 29 AA ALT 3 2 10.0 5.40 0.90 6.00 0.00 88.9% 0.90 2.30 .265
2012 29 AAA IND 3 3 13.2 8.86 2.05 4.33 0.68 53.8% 4.61 3.12 .292
2012 29 MAJ PIT 19 15 90.7 6.55 1.49 4.40 0.79 0.96 66.7% 89.4 MPH 3.97 3.42 .299
2013 30 A+ BRA 1 1 3.0 12.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 75% 3.00 0.53 .473
2013 30 AA ALT 1 1 4.0 9.00 4.50 2.00 0.00 100% 0.00 3.45 .216
3-Year Averages     24 20 126.5 5.76 1.71 3.38 1.07 74.1% 3.56 4.03 .287
Career     138 91 592.3 5.01 2.32 2.16 1.22 70.1% 4.44 4.64 .293

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Jeff Karstens: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Karstens (shoulder) has begun a throwing program, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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The surgery Karstens (shoulder) underwent Friday involved debridement of both the rotator cuff and labrum, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

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Karstens (shoulder) underwent surgery Friday, the details of which have yet to be released.

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Karstens (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day DL on Monday, MLB.com reports.

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Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Sunday that he has no clear current course of action for Karstens (shoulder).

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Karstens (shoulder) felt pain in his right shoulder Friday and has been shut down.

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Karstens (shoulder) will throw a side session Tuesday and make a rehab start Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

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Karstens (shoulder) will need about three more rehab starts and will be available June 7 at the earliest, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

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Karstens (shoulder) threw three innings for High-A Bradenton on Monday and is expected to pitch again Saturday for the Marauders.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Jeff Karstens.

2013

Karstens apparently fell out of favor with the Bucs in 2012. He missed the first couple months with a shoulder injury and then struggled with groin and hip flexor issues when he came back. Amidst a second straight late-season Pittsburgh collapse, the righty allowed four runs while recording just one out in an important divisional game in Milwaukee. He aggravated his hip flexor ailment and was banished to the bullpen and pitched in only four games thereafter as a mop-up man. When healthy, the 30-year-old offers pinpoint control and a knowledge of pitching that carries him past a lackluster repertoire. His 3.97 ERA in 94.2 frames would drop to 3.60 sans the Brewers debacle. Wherever he ends up pitching in 2013, fantasy owners can expect a not-too-flashy 4.00 ERA or so, with a bump up in wins if he latches onto a better team and starts.

2012

Karstens set career marks across the board in wins (nine), ERA (3.38), innings (162.1) and WHIP (1.207) in 2011. He finished with a .278 BABIP, a mark not far off his career average (.289). Few expected the soft-tosser (88.8 mph fastball) with pinpoint control (1.83 BB/9IP) to rank among the league leaders in ERA through July (2.45 in 126.2 innings), but he did. He cooled off thereafter, however, and was shut down a couple weeks early with shoulder problems. History suggests that a 29-year-old pitcher with a career ERA of 5.07 will likely regress following a career season like Karstens had. Karstens battles like few others, but fantasy owners would be wise to temper expectations in 2012.

2011

Karstens put an end to a few big-game slides by the Pirates in 2010, but his overall numbers tell the story of a pitcher struggling to find his way. The feisty right-hander registered a 4.92 ERA and a 1.410 WHIP in 122.2 innings for the Bucs. He was removed from Pittsburgh's 40-man roster following the 2009 campaign, but ended up re-signing with the organization. He'll likely serve as a spot starter and long reliever in 2011, giving him the same small amount of fantasy usefulness that he had in 2010. Still, it's not a bad way to make a living.

2009

After coming over from the Yankees, Karstens won his first two starts for Pittsburgh -- taking a no-hitter into the eighth-inning against Arizona -- before losing his final six decisions. He possesses no plus pitches but isn't afraid to pitch inside -- a trait lacking throughout the team's pitching staff. The mid-season move to Pittsburgh means that Karstens will get plenty of opportunity to win a spot in the starting rotation, something that was unlikely to happen in New York. He could pick up some wins for the Bucs in 2009, but considering that the team's 2008 leader in victories collected only nine, Karstens really isn't someone to target in fantasy drafts.

2008

Karstens was given an opportunity to join the starting rotation when injuries ravaged the Yankees' starting pitching in April. Unfortunately for Karstens, he suffered a fractured tibia after being hit by a comebacker in his second start of the season against the Red Sox. By the time he was healthy enough to return, the opportunities were relief appearances and occasional spot starts, and his window to secure the fifth starter's job was closed. With the emergence of top prospects Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy, Karstens' best bet for a rotation spot is a trade, while long relief is his 2008 upside if he remains in pinstripes.

2007

The 24-year-old lanky righthander made his Yankee debut in 2006, and the results were pretty good. Karstens did a nice job of locating all of his pitches, walking just 11 batters over six starts and two relief appearances. Prior to the Yankees re-signing of Andy Pettitte and their persuit of Kei Igawa, Karstens was in the mix to compete for the fifth starter spot. If he doesn't make the club as a long reliever in 2007, he'll be in the rotation at Triple-A to start the year.

2006

Karstens was a little too hittable in 2005, giving up 192 hits in 169 IP at Double-A. The Yankees did put him on the 40-man roster, but he'll need to show something at Triple-A in 2006 to earn true prospect status.