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Chad Qualls

36-Year-Old Pitcher – Houston Astros

2015 Stats

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1-2

ERA

2.60

WHIP

0.98

K

21

SV

4

2015 Preseason Projections

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Qualls was one of Houston's best signings last offseason, bringing much-needed stability and a veteran presence to the back-end of baseball's worst bullpen. The 36-year-old posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHI...

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2015 ADP:  348.18

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 235   DOB: 8/17/1978   BORN: Harbor City, CA   COLLEGE: Nevada   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Chad Qualls Contract Information:

Signed a two-year deal with the Astros in December of 2013 that includes a third-year team option.

May 20, 2015  –  Chad Qualls News

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Qualls struck out a batter during a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday against Oakland to pick up his fifth hold of the season.

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Chad Qualls 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 25 AAA NEW 32 14 0 106.7 134 66 8 72 30 3 6 1 5.57 1.54
2005 26 MAJ HOU 77 0 0 79.7 73 29 7 60 23 6 4 0 3.28 1.21
2006 27 MAJ HOU 81 0 0 88.7 76 37 10 56 28 7 3 0 3.76 1.17
2007 28 MAJ HOU 79 0 0 82.7 84 28 10 78 25 6 5 5 3.05 1.32
2008 29 MAJ ARI 77 0 0 73.7 61 23 4 71 18 4 8 9 2.81 1.07
2009 30 MAJ ARI 51 0 0 52.0 53 21 5 45 7 2 2 24 3.63 1.15
2010 31 MAJ ARI 43 0 0 38.0 61 35 5 34 15 1 4 12 4 3 8.29 2.00
2010 31 MAJ TB 27 0 0 21.0 24 13 2 15 6 2 0 0 3 8 5.57 1.43
2010  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ ARI/TB 70 0 0 59.0 85 48 7 49 21 3 4 12 7 11 7.32 1.80
2011 32 MAJ SD 77 0 0 74.3 73 29 7 43 20 6 8 0 5 22 3.51 1.25
2012 33 AAA IND 1 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2012 33 MAJ PIT 17 0 0 13.7 14 10 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 6.59 1.17
2012 33 MAJ NYY 8 0 0 7.3 10 5 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 6.14 1.77
2012 33 MAJ PHI 35 0 0 31.3 39 16 7 19 9 1 1 0 5 12 4.60 1.53
2012  (Multiple Teams) 33 MAJ PIT/NYY/PHI 60 0 0 52.3 63 31 7 27 14 2 1 0 5 14 5.33 1.47
2013 34 MAJ MIA 66 0 0 62.0 57 18 4 49 19 5 2 0 2 15 2.61 1.23
2014 35 MAJ HOU 58 0 0 51.3 54 19 5 43 5 1 5 19 6 2 3.33 1.15
2015 36 MAJ HOU 19 0 0 17.3 14 5 1 21 3 1 2 4 1 6 2.60 0.98
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3-Year Averages     61 0 0 55.2 58 22 5 39 12 2 2 6 4 10 3.59 1.27
Career  (View All)     740 0 0 726.0 727 301 70 566 191 47 44 74 3.73 1.26

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Chad Qualls 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
May. 24 @Det 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.60 0.98
May. 22 @Det 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.76 0.92
May. 19 Oak 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.93 0.78
May. 15 Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.14 0.84
May. 14 Tor 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.38 0.90
May. 13 SF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.65 0.97
May. 9 @LAA 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.97 1.06
May. 4 Tex 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.48 0.87
May. 1 Sea 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.89 0.75
Apr. 30 Sea 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.24 0.84
Apr. 27 @SD 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.52 0.78
Apr. 24 @Oak 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.86 0.86
Apr. 21 @Sea 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 4.05 0.90
Apr. 18 LAA 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 4.76 1.06
Apr. 17 LAA 1.0 2 3 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.79 1.29
Apr. 15 Oak 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.82
Apr. 12 @Tex 0.7 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 - 0 1 0 0.00 0.75
Apr. 10 @Tex 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 0.50
Apr. 9 Cle 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
6.0 5 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 1-0 1 0 2 0.00 0.83
Last 30 Days
11 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
10.3 10 5 2 0 1 11 0 0 0 1-1 2 0 4 1.74 1.06
Last 60 Days
19 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
17.3 14 8 5 1 3 21 2 0 0 1-2 4 1 6 2.60 0.98

Chad Qualls Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201529623100.125
201410718430414.303
201310319822201.239

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20154315111101.268
201410625124201.229
2013149301135513.259

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201510.712114113.380.75
201427.7131224244.551.27
201331.731028912.561.23

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20156.70037201.351.35
201423.702719311.901.01
201330.3210211032.671.22
Chad Qualls 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 25 AAA NEW 32 14 106.7 6.07 2.53 2.40 0.67 62.8% 5.57 3.87 .355
2005 26 MAJ HOU 77 0 79.7 6.78 2.60 2.61 0.79 75.3% 3.28 3.73 .286
2006 27 MAJ HOU 81 0 88.7 5.68 2.84 2.00 1.02 2.53 71.3% 3.76 4.38 .254
2007 28 MAJ HOU 79 0 82.7 8.49 2.72 3.12 1.09 1.96 81.8% 3.05 3.82 .323
2008 29 MAJ ARI 77 0 73.7 8.67 2.20 3.94 0.49 2.30 74.7% 92.6 MPH 2.81 2.74 .294
2009 30 MAJ ARI 51 0 52.0 7.79 1.21 6.43 0.87 2.25 70.9% 92.9 MPH 3.63 3.14 .321
2010 31 MAJ ARI 43 0 38.0 8.05 3.55 2.27 1.18 2.09 57.7% 92.1 MPH 8.29 4.38 .434
2010 31 MAJ TB 27 0 21.0 6.43 2.57 2.50 0.86 2.00 60.7% 92.1 MPH 5.57 4.01 .332
2010  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ ARI/TB 70 0 59.0 7.47 3.20 2.33 1.07 2.06 58.6% 92.1 MPH 7.32 4.18 .399
2011 32 MAJ SD 77 0 74.3 5.21 2.42 2.15 0.85 2.31 74.4% 92.6 MPH 3.51 4.07 .284
2012 33 AAA IND 1 1 1.0 27.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 -2.80 .000
2012 33 MAJ PIT 17 0 13.7 3.95 1.32 3.00 0.00 2.42 37.5% 93.1 MPH 6.59 2.76 .301
2012 33 MAJ NYY 8 0 7.3 2.45 3.68 0.67 0.00 1.75 61.5% 93.1 MPH 6.14 3.88 .349
2012 33 MAJ PHI 35 0 31.3 5.46 2.59 2.11 2.01 2.07 78% 93.1 MPH 4.60 5.75 .316
2012  (Multiple Teams) 33 MAJ PIT/NYY/PHI 60 0 52.3 4.64 2.41 1.93 1.20 2.10 65.7% 93.1 MPH 5.33 4.74 .317
2013 34 MAJ MIA 66 0 62.0 7.11 2.76 2.58 0.58 3.48 80.6% 94.0 MPH 2.61 3.47 .296
2014 35 MAJ HOU 58 0 51.3 7.54 0.88 8.60 0.88 2.71 74.1% 92.6 MPH 3.33 3.20 .325
2015 36 MAJ HOU 19 0 17.3 10.90 1.56 7.00 0.52 4.71 75% 91.3 MPH 2.60 2.39 .318
Today's Projections     0 0 .3 7.11 1.79 3.98 0.70 73.9% 3.39 0.02 .318
Next 7 Days     0 0 2.4 7.11 1.77 4.01 0.74 74.2% 3.39 3.29 .317
Rest Of Season     0 0 50.3 7.17 1.79 4.00 0.80 74.4% 3.40 3.35 .315
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3-Year Averages     61 0 55.2 6.36 1.96 3.25 0.81 73.8% 3.59 3.62 .312
Career     740 0 726.0 7.02 2.37 2.96 0.87 72.8% 3.73 3.71 .307

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2015 Stat Review for Chad Qualls    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2014 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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7.00 K/BB
ELITE
10.90 K/9
GOOD
1.56 BB/9
ELITE
91.3 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.5 HR/9
GOOD
4.71 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.60 ERA
GOOD
0.98 WHIP
GOOD
2.39 FIP
GREAT
BABIP/Strand

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

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.318 BABIP
HIGH
75.0% Strand Rate
BELOW AVERAGE

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Chad Qualls: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Qualls, who stepped into the closer role Thursday in the absence of Luke Gregerson (personal), earned his fourth save of the season against Toronto.

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Qualls earned his first win of the season in relief Wednesday against San Francisco.

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Qualls will likely step into the closer role temporarily with Luke Gregerson being placed on the Family Medical Emergency List.

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Qualls gave up a run during the ninth inning of a tie game against the Rangers on Monday night and took his second loss of the season.

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Qualls, who earned a one-out save in his last relief appearance Friday night, retired two batters on five pitches Monday against San Diego to pick up his third hold of the season.

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Qualls got a one-out save on Friday night, retiring Brett Lawrie on a long flyball to center field in the 11th inning.

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Qualls pitched a perfect ninth Tuesday against Seattle to earn his first save of the season.

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Qualls picked up his first hold of the season with a scoreless inning of relief Friday against the Rangers.

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Qualls struck out one during a scoreless inning of relief Thursday in his 2015 season debut.

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Qualls is slated to open the year in a setup role, with Luke Gregerson named the Astros' closer Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch isn't ready to announce his closer, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

Qualls resurrected his career as a workhorse in the back-end of the Miami bullpen in 2013 after bouncing around the past three seasons, spending time pitching ineffectively for the Diamondbacks, Rays, Padres, Phillies, Yankees and Pirates. The veteran righty appeared in 66 games and was simply dominant, posting a 2.61 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. His new-found ability to keep the ball in the yard was a big reason (0.6 HR/9 in 2013 compared to 1.0 HR/9 from 2010-2012) and a couple extra ticks on the radar gun also factored into the resurgent effort. If Qualls can keep the ball in the ballpark effectively, he could prove to be a useful cheap source of saves after signing a two-year deal with the Astros.

2012

At one time a closer for the Diamondbacks, Qualls has found minimal success since joining the Padres. 2011 saw his K/9 drop by more than two full points and his K/BB rate was down to 2.15. Obviously, Petco Park helped keep his HR/9 down, but as a ground ball specialist, an 11.3% HR/FB isn't all that impressive. Now Qualls moves on to the Phillies in 2012 where he will compete for a relief spot this spring. Unfortunately for him, Citizens' Bank Ball Park caters to the power hitters and Qualls' penchant for giving up the home run will certainly damage his chances of being an effective contributor.

2011

Following five seasons as a dominant reliever, Qualls imploded for the Diamondbacks as their closer last season. He had a 8.29 ERA with a 2.000 WHIP over 21 innings before being traded to the Rays. After some initial success, Qualls was torched yet again and found little success with his new team. He'll likely catch on with a team in some type of middle-relief role and will look to capture the magic he had before last season, when he was able to induce plenty of groundball outs and miss enough bats to be a good setup man.

2010

Qualls dislocated his knee cap in August, ending a successful season in which he was on track to hold the team's closer role from start to finish. Even though his strikeout rate dipped slightly to 7.79 K/9IP, Qualls' command was outstanding (1.21 BB/9IP) and he converted 24 of his 29 save opportunities. Qualls had made 75 or more appearances in each of the previous four seasons before the knee injury, so durability shouldn't be a major concern going forward. The D-Backs expect him to be healthy for the start of spring training, but Qualls will have Juan Gutierrez waiting in the wings if his recovery takes longer than expected or if he regresses.

2009

After converting seven consecutive save opportunities in September, Qualls enters spring training as the likely D-Backs' closer. While it's far from a done deal, he has the leg up over Tony Pena and Jon Rauch for the closer's role after he finished the season with the job following Brandon Lyon's struggles. Qualls had a 71:18 K:BB ratio in his first season with Arizona, while holding opponents to a .224 average. Considering his inexperience working the ninth inning, carefully consider the appropriate handcuffs to lock down the saves from the Arizona bullpen, if you decide to take the plunge with Qualls on draft day.

2008

Qualls led the Astros with 79 appearances, and served as the primary set-up man to both Brad Lidge and Dan Wheeler. He still gave up too many homers, surrendering 10 in 82.2 innings. With Lidge now in Philadelphia, he'll be given a shot to close this year, but it's no guarantee the job is his. If he wins the job, he'll have value as long as he's converting saves.

2007

Qualls made 81 appearances out of Phil Garner's bullpen, going 7-3 with a 3.76 ERA. He gave up 10 homers in just 88.2 innings, which was a common problem for many Houston pitchers in 2006. He'll be one of the setup man counted on most once again by the Astros this season.

2006

The former starting prospect was reinvented as groundball machine out of the bullpen, and functioned as a lefty-getter in a pen with no effective southpaws. He has minimal fantasy value, since he's behind Dan Wheeler if anything happens to Brad Lidge, and he's not a closer type, anyway.

2005

Qualls, one of the Astros' brightest pitching prospects, was utilized in a bullpen role after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans in July 2004. Qualls found some success, posting a 3.55 ERA with a 3/1 K/BB ratio. Qualls will likely find himself in the bullpen at season's start and could work himself into a set-up role if he continues to build on his successful 2004 campaign.

2004

Qualls spent a second consecutive season at Double-A Round Rock, after being over-promoted by the Astros in 2002 due to their lack of a high Single-A affiliate that year. His control has long been fairly spotty, but he reached a new level over the second half of the season, lending hope that he's ready for Triple-A New Orleans in 2004. Qualls could be in the starting rotation by 2005.

2003

Qualls earned the right to be one of Astros top five pitching prospects by leading the Texas league in strikeouts (142) in 2002. Unfortunately, the 2000 second round pick also finished second in losses (13), and walks (67) while showing durability by pitching 163 innings for Double-A Round Rock. He combines a low-90s sinking fastball with a hard slider, but needs to use his change-up more. Control is an issue as his hard stuff has good movement that hes been unable to master, and the mechanics have not been consistent. Because of this, and the fact hes yet to fully develop or utilize an off-speed pitch, his future could be in the major league bullpen. 2003 should find him back in Round Rock learning some control, and attempting to further the development of a change-up. The 24-year-old could find himself in the majors as soon as this is achieved.