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Grant Balfour

36-Year-Old Pitcher – Tampa Bay Rays

2014 Stats

W-L

2-6

ERA

5.10

WHIP

1.50

K

54

SV

12

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Balfour had an exceptional 2013 season as the A's closer, converting 92.7 percent of his save opportunities, aided by his 28 consecutive saves to begin the campaign. Aside from a brief stretch in Augu...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 200   DOB: 12/30/1977   BORN: Sydney, Australia   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Grant Balfour Contract Information:

Agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Rays in January of 2014.

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Grant Balfour 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
2006 28 A A 5 0 0 5.2 8 5 0 7 3 0 0 0 7.94 2.12
2006 28 A A 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2007 29 AA HUN 8 0 0 11.3 8 3 0 21 4 0 0 2 2.38 1.06
2007 29 AAA NAS 24 0 0 32.0 17 6 2 47 11 1 1 5 1.69 0.88
2007 29 MAJ TAM 22 0 0 22.0 26 15 1 27 16 1 0 0 6.14 1.91
2007 29 MAJ MIL 3 0 0 2.7 4 6 1 3 4 0 2 0 20.25 3.00
2007  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ TAM/MIL 25 0 0 24.7 30 21 2 30 20 1 2 0 7.66 2.03
2008 30 AAA DUR 15 0 0 23.7 5 1 1 39 10 1 0 8 0.38 0.63
2008 30 MAJ TAM 51 0 0 58.3 28 10 3 82 24 6 2 4 1.54 0.89
2009 31 MAJ TAM 73 0 0 67.3 59 36 6 69 33 5 4 4 4.81 1.37
2010 32 A+ CHA 2 2 0 1.2 2 2 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 10.80 4.17
2010 32 MAJ TB 57 0 0 55.3 43 14 3 56 17 2 1 0 1 16 2.28 1.08
2011 33 AAA SAC 1 0 0 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 3.00
2011 33 MAJ OAK 62 0 0 62.0 44 17 8 59 20 5 2 2 5 26 2.47 1.03
2012 34 MAJ OAK 75 0 0 74.7 41 21 4 72 28 3 2 24 2 15 2.53 0.92
2013 35 MAJ OAK 65 0 0 62.7 48 18 7 72 27 1 3 38 3 0 2.59 1.20
2014 36 MAJ TB 62 0 0 60.0 49 34 3 54 41 2 6 12 3 10 5.10 1.50
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3-Year Averages     67 0 0 66.4 44 18 6 67 25 3 2 21 3 13 2.44 1.04
Career  (View All)     525 1 0 533.0 403 206 46 568 248 30 23 84 3.48 1.22

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Grant Balfour Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 20 CWS 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 5.10 1.50
Sep. 19 CWS 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.13 1.51
Sep. 17 NYY 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.22 1.52
Sep. 14 @Tor 0.7 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.34 1.55
Sep. 12 @Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 4.92 1.52
Sep. 9 @NYY 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 5.01 1.54
Sep. 3 Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.07 1.56
Sep. 1 Bos 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 5.17 1.59
Aug. 31 Bos 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.26 1.60
Aug. 29 Bos 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.33 1.62
Aug. 26 @Bal 1.0 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.54 1.67
Aug. 23 @Tor 1.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.29 1.60
Aug. 19 Det 0.0 1 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.48 1.64
Aug. 17 NYY 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.91 1.55
Aug. 12 @Tex 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.01 1.56
Aug. 11 @Tex 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.24 1.61
Aug. 10 @ChC 0.7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 5.36 1.60
Aug. 6 @Oak 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.23 1.58
Aug. 4 @Oak 0.7 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.93 1.55
Aug. 3 LAA 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.79 1.48
Aug. 1 LAA 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.91 1.49
Jul. 29 Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.03 1.50
Jul. 26 Bos 1.7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 1 5.17 1.54
Jul. 20 @Min 0.3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 5.40 1.58
Jul. 18 @Min 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.45 1.54
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
5.0 3 3 3 1 1 4 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 2 5.40 0.80
Last 30 Days
12 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
12.3 9 5 5 1 3 10 0 0 0 1-1 1 0 2 3.65 0.97
Last 60 Days
25 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
24.7 20 12 12 1 14 19 0 0 0 2-3 1 1 4 4.38 1.38

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Grant Balfour Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014137322323732.205
2013138411324203.192
2012151401621511.157

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014126221826231.243
2013124311424404.222
2012138321220503.163

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201434.7233312014.151.27
201336.31020411041.981.02
201242.33011421021.060.69

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201425.3039232126.391.82
201326.30318311733.421.44
201232.30213301824.451.24
Grant Balfour 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
2006 28 A A 5 0 5.2 12.12 5.19 2.33 0.00 54.5% 7.94 2.82 .511
2006 28 A A 2 0 2.0 13.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.20 .000
2007 29 AA HUN 8 0 11.3 16.68 3.18 5.25 0.00 75% 2.38 0.55 .422
2007 29 AAA NAS 24 0 32.0 13.22 3.09 4.27 0.56 84.6% 1.69 2.11 .258
2007 29 MAJ TAM 22 0 22.0 11.05 6.55 1.69 0.41 1.10 65.9% 6.14 3.59 .416
2007 29 MAJ MIL 3 0 2.7 10.12 13.50 0.75 3.37 1.10 28.6% 20.25 10.47 .399
2007  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ TAM/MIL 25 0 24.7 10.95 7.30 1.50 0.73 1.10 60.4% 7.66 4.34 .414
2008 30 AAA DUR 15 0 23.7 14.83 3.80 3.90 0.38 100% 0.38 1.72 .126
2008 30 MAJ TAM 51 0 58.3 12.65 3.70 3.42 0.46 0.45 85.7% 94.6 MPH 1.54 2.33 .233
2009 31 MAJ TAM 73 0 67.3 9.22 4.41 2.09 0.80 0.75 65.1% 93.4 MPH 4.81 3.83 .305
2010 32 A+ CHA 2 2 1.2 15.00 22.50 0.67 0.00 60% 10.80 7.37 .591
2010 32 MAJ TB 57 0 55.3 9.11 2.77 3.29 0.49 0.62 80.7% 92.7 MPH 2.28 2.80 .286
2011 33 AAA SAC 1 0 1.0 0.00 9.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 9.00 6.20 .415
2011 33 MAJ OAK 62 0 62.0 8.56 2.90 2.95 1.16 0.85 83.9% 92.8 MPH 2.47 3.94 .237
2012 34 MAJ OAK 75 0 74.7 8.68 3.38 2.57 0.48 0.85 73.8% 92.7 MPH 2.53 3.13 .211
2013 35 MAJ OAK 65 0 62.7 10.34 3.88 2.67 1.01 1.02 83.8% 93.4 MPH 2.59 3.65 .281
2014 36 MAJ TB 62 0 60.0 8.10 6.15 1.32 0.45 1.40 64.4% 91.6 MPH 5.10 4.15 .285
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 8.79 4.94 1.78 0.60 71.3% 3.76 0.56 .268
Next 7 Days     0 0 2.2 8.79 4.94 1.78 0.70 72% 3.76 3.91 .264
Rest Of Season     0 0 2.2 8.79 4.94 1.78 0.70 72% 3.76 3.91 .264
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3-Year Averages     67 0 66.4 9.08 3.39 2.68 0.81 81% 2.44 3.49 .240
Career     525 1 533.0 9.59 4.19 2.29 0.78 73.6% 3.48 3.63 .276

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2014 Stat Review for Grant Balfour    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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1.32 K/BB
TERRIBLE
8.10 K/9
WEAK
6.15 BB/9
TERRIBLE
91.6 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.5 HR/9
GOOD
1.40 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.10 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.50 WHIP
TERRIBLE
4.15 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.285 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
64.4% Strand Rate
LOW

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Grant Balfour: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Balfour was charged with his fifth loss of the season after giving up three runs on a hit and three walks as the Rays fell in extra innings to the Tigers. He failed to record an out.

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Balfour allowed a hit and picked up one strikeout during a scoreless inning in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

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Balfour entered a tie game in the ninth inning Friday and proceeded to surrender three runs on three hits and two walks while recording just one out.

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Balfour struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning of Thursday's 5-0 win against Houston.

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Despite Wednesday's scoreless performance over 2.1 innings, Balfour will continue to be used in a "bullpen by committee," Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

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Balfour will be used temporarily as part of a "bullpen by committee," according to manager Joe Maddon, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

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Balfour (0-2) was shelled four five earned runs on four hits and two walks over one inning, taking the loss in Sunday's game against the Mariners.

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Balfour recorded a one-out save in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Red Sox.

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Balfour was tagged with a blown save Thursday against the A's. He allowed two hits, two walks and one run in an inning of work.

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Balfour picked up his eighth save on the year, while striking out one batter, against the Angels on Friday night.

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Balfour was called upon with a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, but allowed three consecutive runners to reach base without recording an out before being yanked. All three came around to score, but Balfour wasn't charged with the blown save, as the latter two scored on Mike Trout's walk-off homer off Brad Boxberger.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Balfour was tabbed as the A's closer going into the season, but hiccuped early and relinquished the role to rookie Ryan Cook. He returned to his role at the end of games on August 11 and sprinted away with the job. He was 17-for-17 in save opportunities in August and September, including appearances in each of the A's last five games as they stole the division title from Texas. Balfour is very popular with the A's fans due to his unbridled intensity and figures to be the guy closing games come Opening Day. The A's tend to flip closers if they can get value for them, but in exercising their $4.5 option on Balfour in November, it appears he will be the guy in 2013. He is a nice option to target after the first wave of closers go off the board.

2012

Balfour continued his run as one of the better setup men in baseball, allowing just 44 hits and 20 walks in 62.0 innings to go with 59 strikeouts. He got a brief look as the A's closer prior to Andrew Bailey's late-May return on the heels of a few poor outings by Brian Fuentes, and appears to be the favorite for the role with Andrew Bailey's trade to Boston. Keep in mind, however, that his 2.47 ERA was driven largely by an 89 percent strand rate and a fortunate .232 BABIP, so his 3.57 xFIP is probably a better indicator of what you can expect from him in that category in 2012.

2011

Balfour bounced back last season after a dismal 2009, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 1.084 WHIP. The key to his success was the Rays' ability to limit his outings, something they neglected during 2009 when he made a career-high 73 appearances. He's a solid reliever and will post good peripheral numbers in a setup role for Oakland this season. He's never been considered closer material despite having solid stuff so draft him only based on those strong peripheral numbers.

2010

Balfour regressed last season from his remarkable 2008 campaign, pitching his way to a 4.61 ERA. His strikeout rate declined (12.6 K/9IP in 2008 to 9.2 K/9IP in 2009) with a heavier workload possibly being the culprit (22 more appearances last year than 2008). Entering the season, Balfour will likely be among the leading candidates for saves if anything should happen to new closer Rafael Soriano, though manager Joe Maddon has preferred to use him in critical seventh- and eighth-inning situations in the past. If you need a middle reliever to count on for strikeouts, Balfour is your man.

2009

It was a breakout year for Balfour, and if Troy Percival doesn't return as the Rays' closer for 2009, Balfour would be a prime candidate to pitch in the ninth inning for the Rays. The only concerns would be Balfour's so-so postseason numbers in 2008 (six runs allowed, 19 baserunners in just 8.2 innings, seven strikeouts), and how quickly Balfour can be ready for Opening Day if he winds up as the closer for Australia at the World Baseball Classic.

2008

Balfour actually had a streak in August and September where he gave up just one run in 12 outings (18 strikeouts in 13.1 innings), and the Rays will hope that hot streak is more indicative of Balfour's talent than his finish (11 runs allowed in five innings over his final seven outings). The Rays will pencil Balfour in as part of their set-up crew going into the spring.

2007

Balfour spent all of the 2006 season rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder, pitching only nine innings in the minors last year. The Brewers claimed him off waivers in October, with the hope of reclaiming his once vast potential in the bullpen. There's no need to commit a roster spot to him in March, but watch from afar.

2006

Balfour missed the entire 2005 season after Tommy John surgery and then later during his comeback he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum. Balfour showed promise in 2004 with a fastball that could top 95-mph while displaying outstanding control, but has struggled with injury issues throughout his career. He'll likely spend most of 2006 working his way back to full strength, and his career at this point is in doubt.

2005

Balfour overcame a slightly torn right labrum early in the 2004 season and made a strong impression in middle relief for the Twins. He especially opened eyes with a dominating performance in the playoffs where he pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and shut down the heart of the Yankees order late in a Game 4 first-round loss. With a fastball that can sometimes top 95-mph, Balfour strikes out more than a batter per inning with decent command (42/21 K/BB ratio). He could compete for the fifth starter job but more likely will return to middle relief. He has the kind of skill set that could pay big fantasy dividends if he falls into the right opportunity.

2004

Balfour enters the spring as one of the leading candidates for the fifth starter's job with the Twins. After spending three years in the bullpen, Balfour flourished when moved into the rotation at Triple-A Rochester. He pitched well out of the bullpen in the majors, but struggled in his one start. If he keeps up the kind of command he showed at Rochester, he could be a nice sleeper.

2003

Balfour was once labeled as the closer of the future for the Twins, but suddenly there is a line of talent ahead of him. He moved up to Triple-A Edmonton last season and held his own. Could get called up at some point this season, but will more likely compete for a bullpen spot in 2004.