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Jonathan Papelbon

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Philadelphia Phillies

2014 Stats

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2-3

ERA

2.04

WHIP

0.90

K

63

SV

39

2015 RotoWire Projections

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After failing to reach 30 saves in 2013, Papelbon finished with 39 saves last season for a pretty bad Phillies team. Papelbon is no longer the dominant force that he once was while closing games out f...

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2015 ADP:  137.22

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 227   DOB: 11/23/1980   BORN: Baton Rouge, LA   COLLEGE: Mississippi State   DRAFTED: 4th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jonathan Papelbon Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $50 million contract with a vesting option for 2016 in November 2011.

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Jonathan Papelbon 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 23 A SAR 24 24 0 129.7 97 38 6 153 43 12 7 0 2.64 1.08
2005 24 AA POR 14 14 0 87.0 59 24 9 83 23 5 2 0 2.48 0.94
2005 24 AAA PAW 7 4 0 27.7 21 9 2 27 3 1 2 1 2.93 0.87
2005 24 MAJ BOS 17 3 0 34.0 33 10 4 34 17 3 1 0 2.65 1.47
2006 25 MAJ BOS 59 0 0 68.3 40 7 3 75 13 4 2 35 0.92 0.78
2007 26 MAJ BOS 59 0 0 58.3 30 12 5 84 15 1 3 37 1.85 0.77
2008 27 MAJ BOS 67 0 0 69.3 58 18 4 77 8 5 4 41 2.34 0.95
2009 28 MAJ BOS 66 0 0 68.0 54 14 5 76 24 1 1 38 1.85 1.15
2010 29 MAJ BOS 65 0 0 67.0 57 29 7 76 28 5 7 37 8 0 3.90 1.27
2011 30 MAJ BOS 63 0 0 64.3 50 21 3 87 10 4 1 31 3 0 2.94 0.93
2012 31 MAJ PHI 70 0 0 70.0 56 19 8 92 18 5 6 38 4 0 2.44 1.06
2013 32 MAJ PHI 61 0 0 61.7 59 20 6 57 11 5 1 29 7 0 2.92 1.14
2014 33 MAJ PHI 66 0 0 66.3 45 15 2 63 15 2 3 39 4 0 2.04 0.90
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3-Year Averages     65 0 0 66.0 53 18 5 70 14 4 3 35 5 0 2.45 1.02
Career  (View All)     593 3 0 627.3 482 165 47 721 159 35 29 325 2.37 1.02

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Jonathan Papelbon Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days 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
Sep. 26 Atl 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.04 0.90
Sep. 24 @Mia 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.07 0.90
Sep. 14 Mia 1.0 4 4 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 L 0 1 0 2.10 0.90
Sep. 13 Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.56 0.84
Sep. 12 Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.59 0.85
Sep. 9 Pit 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.61 0.86
Sep. 6 @Was 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.64 0.86
Sep. 5 @Was 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.67 0.86
Sep. 1 @Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.54 0.82
Aug. 30 @NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.57 0.84
Aug. 26 Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.60 0.85
Aug. 25 Was 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.63 0.87
Aug. 23 StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.49 0.85
Aug. 22 StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.52 0.84
Aug. 20 Sea 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.55 0.86
Aug. 18 Sea 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.58 0.86
Aug. 15 @SF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.61 0.85
Aug. 9 NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.64 0.87
Aug. 7 Hou 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.68 0.89
Aug. 5 Hou 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.71 0.91
Aug. 1 @Was 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.75 0.88
Jul. 31 @Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.79 0.86
Jul. 27 Ari 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.83 0.88
Jul. 26 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.87 0.85
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
3.0 6 4 4 0 1 3 0 1 0 0-1 2 1 0 12.00 2.33
Last 30 Days
10 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
10.0 10 5 5 0 2 9 0 1 0 0-1 6 1 0 4.50 1.20
Last 60 Days
24 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
24.0 19 6 6 1 4 25 1 1 0 0-1 15 1 0 2.25 0.96

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Jonathan Papelbon Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201413025822500.182
201312429728503.241
2012140411226314.208

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201412938723202.200
201313028431203.252
201214451630404.224

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201439.0221944822.080.87
201335.0511335633.601.31
201239.75417541152.721.11

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201427.3012019701.980.95
201326.7001622532.030.90
201230.3022138732.080.99
Jonathan Papelbon 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 23 A SAR 24 24 129.7 10.62 2.98 3.56 0.42 76.1% 2.64 2.44 .300
2005 24 AA POR 14 14 87.0 8.59 2.38 3.61 0.93 79.5% 2.48 3.60 .235
2005 24 AAA PAW 7 4 27.7 8.78 0.98 9.00 0.65 68.2% 2.93 2.62 .271
2005 24 MAJ BOS 17 3 34.0 9.00 4.50 2.00 1.06 87% 2.65 4.28 .319
2006 25 MAJ BOS 59 0 68.3 9.88 1.71 5.77 0.40 0.77 92% 0.92 2.17 .239
2007 26 MAJ BOS 59 0 58.3 12.96 2.31 5.60 0.77 0.51 82.5% 1.85 2.23 .237
2008 27 MAJ BOS 67 0 69.3 10.00 1.04 9.63 0.52 1.33 77.4% 95.3 MPH 2.34 2.09 .313
2009 28 MAJ BOS 66 0 68.0 10.06 3.18 3.17 0.66 0.42 87.7% 94.7 MPH 1.85 3.01 .297
2010 29 MAJ BOS 65 0 67.0 10.21 3.76 2.71 0.94 1.03 71.8% 94.9 MPH 3.90 3.63 .307
2011 30 MAJ BOS 63 0 64.3 12.17 1.40 8.70 0.42 0.92 68.4% 95.0 MPH 2.94 1.71 .332
2012 31 MAJ PHI 70 0 70.0 11.83 2.31 5.11 1.03 1.06 83.3% 93.8 MPH 2.44 3.00 .313
2013 32 MAJ PHI 61 0 61.7 8.32 1.61 5.18 0.88 1.06 78.1% 92.0 MPH 2.92 3.20 .312
2014 33 MAJ PHI 66 0 66.3 8.55 2.04 4.20 0.27 1.06 77.6% 91.3 MPH 2.04 2.60 .257
2015 RotoWire Projections     Subscribe now to see our 2015 projections for Jonathan Papelbon
3-Year Averages     65 0 66.0 9.55 1.91 5.00 0.68 79% 2.45 2.70 .292
Career     593 3 627.3 10.34 2.28 4.53 0.67 80.1% 2.37 2.66 .293

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2014 Stat Review for Jonathan Papelbon    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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4.20 K/BB
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8.55 K/9
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2.04 BB/9
GREAT
91.3 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.3 HR/9
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1.06 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
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2.04 ERA
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0.90 WHIP
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2.60 FIP
GREAT
BABIP/Strand

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

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.257 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
77.6% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

2015 Projected Stats Breakdown for Jonathan Papelbon

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Jonathan Papelbon: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Papelbon will be the Phillies' closer this season, the team's official site reports.

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GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said trade talks for Papelbon are still alive, CSN Philadelphia reports. “We’re still having discussion — and not just with one club," Amaro said.

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The Phillies have recently had trade talks with the Brewers involving Papelbon, CSN Philadelphia reports.

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Papelbon logged his 39th save with a scoreless ninth inning against Atlanta on Friday night.

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Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 38th save of the season Wednesday against the Marlins.

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Papelbon has been reinstated from his suspension and will resume his role as the Phillies' closer, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

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Papelbon has been suspended seven games and fined for his actions after blowing a save Sunday, CSN Philadelphia reports.

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Papelbon blew a save opportunity Sunday against Miami, allowing four hits and four earned runs in the ninth inning.

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Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday to pick up his 37th save of the season.

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2014

Papelbon failed to rack up at least 30 saves last season for the first time in his career as a closer. Some of that can be attributed to the lack of opportunities from a Phillies team that struggled last season, but he also blew seven saves. His surface numbers were solid, but there are signs of decline that raise red flags moving forward. Papelbon's fastball velocity dropped to 92 mph last season which was a 1.8-mph drop from 2013 and a 3.0-mph drop from 2012. His K/9 of 8.3 was the lowest it has been since his first full season in Boston, and the first time it dipped below double digits since 2006. He did improve his walk rate, however, which allowed his K/BB ratio to basically hold steady from last season. Papelbon can still be effective with the lower strikeout rate, but it makes him a riskier investment this season as his margin of error has decreased with diminished stuff. There was mention that a minor hip injury suffered during the season could be to blame for the dip in velocity last year, but scouts were questioning his stuff during spring training. The safer approach in fantasy leagues may be to let others draft Papelbon based on his previous reputation and focus instead on closers with stronger profiles that are not quite as risky.

2013

Papelbon racked up 38 saves in his first season with the Phillies. He maintained an excellent strikeout rate, but did see his walk rate creep up a bit last season. That is nitpicking though, as Papelbon still posted an excellent 5.11 K/BB ratio. He remains an elite option at closer.

2012

Papelbon returned to form last year after a 2010 season that saw him walk more batters than ever, leading to a career-worst 3.90 ERA. In 2011, he reduced his walks, struck out a career-high 87, and saved 31 games -- the sixth straight season with more than 30 saves. That kind of consistency was rewarded with a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies to become their closer. It's another ideal situation for Papelbon, pitching to save games for starters like Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Papelbon is an elite closer who has proved to be someone capable of the spotlight.

2011

Statistically speaking, Papelbon had his worst season as a closer in 2010, posting career highs in walks, homers, WHIP, runs allowed and blown saves. That said, he still saved 37 games and has averaged 37.5 saves per year the last five seasons. He didn't throw his secondary pitches (split-fingered fastball and slider) last season with much consistency, forcing him to rely on his four-seam fastball, a straighter offering that he struggled to command. He's in his final year before he hits the free-agent market, and the Red Sox are expected to let him walk next winter. They have Daniel Bard waiting in the wings to close, plus the Red Sox signed Bobby Jenks in December. Still, we expect Papelbon to be Boston's closer come Opening Day barring a trade.

2010

A fourth consecutive season of 35-plus saves looks good on Papelbon's resume, but changes to his delivery caused him to struggle with his mechanics. The delivery changes are designed to make him use his legs more instead of putting stress on the arm. However, he issued 24 walks in 68 innings, causing some of those heart-attack saves we hadn’t seen in his first three seasons as Boston’s closer. In addition to the walks, hitters were jumping on his first-pitch strikes and making better contact against him. Nonetheless, Papelbon's results were nearly as impressive as they’ve always been, and he returns as one of the game’s top closers.

2009

Papelbon continued his run as one of the game's best closers in 2008, converting 41 saves while pitching a career-high 69.1 innings. The innings are significant because Papelbon was babied somewhat in 2007 following a shoulder injury in 2006. The organization is still very cognizant of pitch counts, innings and appearances but the heightened scrutiny of Papelbon's usage was less of an issue in 2008. A healthy Papelbon will return to Boston's closer role in 2009.

2008

The Red Sox were going to make Papelbon a starter in 2007, but were forced to shift him to closer after nobody emerged with the job in spring training. Good thing. Papelbon was one of the game's best closers. And the Red Sox were judicious in their use of Papelbon, whose rookie season was cut short by a shoulder injury. He had an 84:15 K:BB ratio in just 58.1 innings, 10 less innings than he pitched in 2006. He's Boston's closer for the next few years.

2007

Papelbon is one of baseball's bigger mysteries heading into 2007. He had an outstanding rookie year as closer, but after the season the Red Sox announced he'd move into the rotation in 2007. What we do know is that Papelbon had a stellar 2006 in every statistical category before injuring his shoulder late in the season. Opponents batted .167 against him with an OBP of .210. If he can even approach these numbers as a starter, he will become an immediate Cy Young contender. In the rotation in the minors, he allowed slightly more than seven hits per nine innings, while striking out nearly 10 batters per nine. Provided he is fully recovered from his shoulder injury, we see Papelbon as a solid No. 2 or 3 starter for Boston.

2006

Papelbon, who projects to be a front-of-the-rotation starter, emerged as an important member of Boston's bullpen in 2005, eventually landing in the setup role after harnessing his high 90s fastball. He closed out the season with a 1.35 ERA in 13 1/3 September innings and may have to start the season in that role because there's a lot of competition for the starting rotation. The Red Sox have been shopping Matt Clement, but are finding clubs more interested in Bronson Arroyo. Either one could be with another club when the 2006 season starts. And David Wells is a lock to be traded at some point. These moves will open up a spot in the rotation for Papelbon.

2005

Papelbon was converted to a starter after Boston drafted him out of Mississippi State in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. And there can be no fault-finding with the season he posted with Single-A Sarasota, with his strikeouts jumping from the page. At 6-4, 220 pounds, he has a good pitcher's body -- some say like Roger Clemens -- and projects as a front-line starter. It's unlikely he makes an appearance with Boston in 2005, but could be ready by 2006.