32-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Axford compiled a 3.95 ERA and 1.45 WHIP split between the Indians (43.2 innings) and the Pirates (11 innings) in 2014. The velocity (94.7 mph fastball avg) remains for the right-hander, but he's now ...
John Axford Contract Information:
Had his one-year, $2.6 million contract purchased by the Rockies in March 2015. Deal includes up to an additional $1.5 million in performance-based incentives.
Axford passed through waivers unclaimed and is now a free agent, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
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|2013 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||MIL/STL||75||0||0||65.0||73||29||10||65||26||7||7||0||7||19||4.02||1.52|
|2014 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||CLE/PIT||62||0||0||54.7||43||24||6||63||36||2||4||10||3||2||3.95||1.45|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2015 projections for John Axford||3-Year Averages||70||0||0||63.0||59||29||8||73||33||4||6||15||6||8||4.14||1.46|
|Career (View All)||403||0||0||384.0||339||150||35||454||191||28||28||141||–||–||3.52||1.38|
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John Axford Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2013 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||MIL/STL||75||0||65.0||9.00||3.60||2.50||1.38||1.53||78.7%||95.4 MPH||4.02||4.44||.347|
|2014 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||CLE/PIT||62||0||54.7||10.37||5.93||1.75||0.99||1.95||75.3%||94.7 MPH||3.95||4.36||.289|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2015 projections for John Axford||3-Year Averages||70||0||63.0||10.43||4.71||2.21||1.14||–||75%||–||4.14||4.10||.328|
2015 Stat Review for John Axford As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2014 (min 55 in)
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John Axford: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After the Cardinals acquired him in an August trade with the Brewers, Axford finished the final month of the season strong, posting a 1.74 ERA and an 11:3 K:BB ratio over his final 10.1 innings. A slow start to the season included a bad case of gopheritis, but he seemed to figure out some of his issues with the long ball after a dismal April. Keep in mind, however, that the 9.0 K/9 he delivered in 2013 was the lowest mark of his big league career, so the peripherals do not portend a full rebound. Axford is on track to open the season as the Indians' closer after signing a one-year deal with Cleveland in December.
Axford was in-and-out as the closer last season thanks to nine blown saves, but he will enter 2013 with the job after converting 13-of-14 save opportunities in the final month. Axford was anything but consistent last season, but he still managed to rack up 35 saves and strike out 93 batters in just 69.1 innings. His question marks will bump him down the cheat sheet, but he will have a little more leash this season in an inexperienced Brewers bullpen and could be a nice value thanks to his strikeout rate.
Axford quietly had one of the better seasons from a reliever during 2011. He saved 46 games, struck out 86 in 73.2 innings and only had two blown saves. The main reason for his improvement was a significant drop in his walk rate. His strikeout rate dipped a bit as well, which may be a cause for concern, but he's cemented as Milwaukee's closer and should provide a decent return on your investment.
Axford was given a chance to close last May and never looked back. He finished with 24 saves, a 2.48 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 58 innings. He enters 2011 entrenched as the closer for the Brewers and would need to falter multiple times before being removed. The only concern with Axford is his control, which was 4.19 BB/9IP last season. That's something that could come back to bite him if his strikeout rate decreases.
Axford made his major league debut as a right-handed reliever in 2009 with the Brewers. While he can get a fair number of strikeouts, he also gives up his fair share of walks as well. He'll get a shot at a bullpen role this spring, but it's more realistic that he'll begin the season at Triple-A Nashville.