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James Shields

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2014 Stats

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1-2

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2.00

WHIP

0.96

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26

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0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

It had been a long time since the Royals had themselves a dominant No. 1 starter, so when the opportunity to acquire Shields came up, they debated internally for some time but ultimately decided the a...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 215   DOB: 12/20/1981   BORN: Newhall, CA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 16th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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The Royals picked up Shields' club option for 2014 in October of 2013.

April 17, 2014  –  James Shields News

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Shields had his best start of the season Thursday, striking out 12 over eight strong innings. He allowed just one run and four hits for his first win of the season.

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James Shields 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 22 AA HUN 1 1 0 4.7 4 4 2 3 3 0 1 0 7.71 1.50
2004 22 AA MON 4 4 0 18.3 24 16 4 14 8 0 3 0 7.85 1.75
2005 23 AA MON 17 16 0 109.3 95 34 6 104 31 7 5 0 2.80 1.15
2005 23 AAA DUR 1 1 0 6.0 9 4 0 6 3 1 0 0 6.00 2.00
2006 24 AAA DUR 10 10 0 61.3 60 18 3 64 6 3 2 0 2.64 1.08
2006 24 MAJ TAM 21 21 0 124.7 141 67 18 104 38 6 8 0 4.84 1.44
2007 25 MAJ TAM 31 31 0 215.0 202 92 28 184 36 12 8 0 3.85 1.11
2008 26 MAJ TAM 34 33 2 215.0 208 85 24 160 40 14 8 0 3.56 1.15
2009 27 MAJ TAM 33 33 0 219.7 239 101 29 167 52 11 12 0 4.14 1.32
2010 28 MAJ TB 34 33 0 203.3 246 117 34 187 51 13 15 0 0 0 5.18 1.46
2011 29 MAJ TB 33 33 4 249.3 195 78 26 225 65 16 12 0 0 0 2.82 1.04
2012 30 MAJ TB 33 33 2 227.7 208 89 25 223 58 15 10 0 0 0 3.52 1.17
2013 31 MAJ KC 34 34 0 228.7 215 80 20 196 68 13 9 0 0 0 3.15 1.24
2014 32 MAJ KC 4 4 0 27.0 20 6 3 26 6 1 2 0 0 0 2.00 0.96
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for James Shields
3-Year Averages MAJ   33 33 2 235.2 206 82 23 214 63 14 10 0 0 0 3.14 1.14
Career  (View All) MAJ   257 255 8 1,710.3 1674 715 207 1472 414 101 84 0 3.76 1.22

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James Shields 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
Apr. 17 @Hou 8.0 4 1 1 0 2 12 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.00 0.96
Apr. 12 @Min 5.7 6 7 1 2 3 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.37 1.05
Apr. 6 CWS 7.0 5 1 1 0 0 6 2 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.70 0.83
Mar. 31 @Det 6.3 5 3 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.26 0.95
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.9 IP/G
20.7 15 9 3 2 5 23 2 0 0 1-2 0 0 0 1.31 0.97
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 6.8 IP/G
27.0 20 12 6 3 6 26 2 0 0 1-2 0 0 0 2.00 0.96
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 6.8 IP/G
27.0 20 12 6 3 6 26 2 0 0 1-2 0 0 0 2.00 0.96

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James Shields Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013509108391081518.233
20125061133310822419.232
20115231273310617112.219

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013437882910720212.272
2012438110251001436.248
201145298328918214.215

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013107.03609033124.371.38
2012122.085012827103.251.14
2011133.795012436112.361.05

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013121.710301063582.071.11
2012105.77509531153.831.20
2011115.777010129153.351.04
James Shields 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 22 AA HUN 1 1 4.7 5.79 5.79 1.00 3.86 60% 7.71 9.41 .164
2004 22 AA MON 4 4 18.3 6.87 3.93 1.75 1.96 57.1% 7.85 5.82 .347
2005 23 AA MON 17 16 109.3 8.56 2.55 3.35 0.49 76.7% 2.80 3.03 .303
2005 23 AAA DUR 1 1 6.0 9.00 4.50 2.00 0.00 66.7% 6.00 2.70 .452
2006 24 AAA DUR 10 10 61.3 9.39 0.88 10.67 0.44 76.2% 2.64 2.14 .343
2006 24 MAJ TAM 21 21 124.7 7.51 2.74 2.74 1.30 1.11 69.6% 4.84 4.35 .332
2007 25 MAJ TAM 31 31 215.0 7.70 1.51 5.11 1.17 1.09 69.5% 3.85 3.70 .292
2008 26 MAJ TAM 34 33 215.0 6.70 1.67 4.00 1.00 1.25 72.8% 90.5 MPH 3.56 3.74 .292
2009 27 MAJ TAM 33 33 219.7 6.84 2.13 3.21 1.19 1.12 72.5% 90.5 MPH 4.14 4.13 .317
2010 28 MAJ TB 34 33 203.3 8.28 2.26 3.67 1.50 1.15 68.4% 91.5 MPH 5.18 4.36 .354
2011 29 MAJ TB 33 33 249.3 8.12 2.35 3.46 0.94 1.34 77.8% 91.0 MPH 2.82 3.59 .261
2012 30 MAJ TB 33 33 227.7 8.82 2.29 3.84 0.99 1.81 73.4% 92.3 MPH 3.52 3.58 .304
2013 31 MAJ KC 34 34 228.7 7.71 2.68 2.88 0.79 1.20 77.2% 92.2 MPH 3.15 3.62 .303
2014 32 MAJ KC 4 4 27.0 8.67 2.00 4.33 1.00 1.62 87% 92.1 MPH 2.00 3.61 .253
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for James Shields
3-Year Averages MAJ   33 33 235.2 8.19 2.41 3.40 0.88 76% 3.14 3.46 .289
Career MAJ   257 255 1,710.3 7.75 2.18 3.56 1.09 73% 3.76 3.80 .304

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2014 Stat Review for James Shields    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.33 K/BB
ELITE
8.67 K/9
GOOD
2.00 BB/9
GREAT
92.1 MPH Fastball
GOOD
1.0 HR/9
WEAK
1.62 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.00 ERA
ELITE
0.96 WHIP
ELITE
3.61 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

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

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.253 BABIP
LOW
87.0% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for James Shields (by OPS against, min 20 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Howie Kendrick ANA 23 13 1 3 0 5 0 .565 .957 1.522
Jose Bautista TOR 28 9 4 6 5 8 0 .321 .786 1.210
Miguel Cabrera DET 43 18 2 7 4 6 2 .419 .721 1.189
Brian Dozier MIN 20 7 2 7 1 2 1 .350 .800 1.164
Justin Morneau COL 41 14 4 10 2 6 0 .341 .780 1.144
Jhonny Peralta STL 29 11 3 9 3 6 0 .379 .724 1.136
Robinson Cano SEA 81 32 4 13 4 15 0 .395 .691 1.115
Elvis Andrus TEX 30 13 0 2 1 2 3 .433 .633 1.085
Alexei Ramirez CHI-A 45 19 2 6 3 4 1 .422 .622 1.081
Jason Kubel MIN 25 10 1 4 3 6 0 .400 .600 1.064

Best Matchups for James Shields (by OPS against, min 20 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Yunel Escobar TB 29 6 0 1 0 3 0 .207 .241 .475
Paul Konerko CHI-A 38 6 0 1 6 11 2 .158 .158 .447
Denard Span WAS 27 4 0 0 2 3 2 .148 .222 .429
Eric Chavez AZ 22 3 0 2 5 5 0 .136 .136 .422
Curtis Granderson NY-N 59 7 2 6 1 14 1 .119 .288 .421
Alejandro De Aza CHI-A 24 4 0 1 2 2 0 .167 .167 .397
Mark Teixeira NY-A 48 6 0 0 5 15 0 .125 .125 .361
Mitch Moreland TEX 23 3 0 1 0 8 0 .130 .217 .348
Coco Crisp OAK 21 3 0 0 0 5 0 .143 .143 .325
Alex Gordon KC 22 3 0 1 0 5 1 .136 .136 .273

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James Shields: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Shields will start Thursday against the Astros, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Shields fell to 0-2 for the season Saturday against the Twins, allowing seven runs (one earned) over 5.2 innings in a 7-1 loss.

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Shields took the loss Sunday against the White Sox, allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven innings while striking out six batters.

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Shields pitched well in his Opening Day assignment, allowing three runs over 6.1 innings, before departing with a no decision Monday at Detroit.

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Shields gave up five runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts over six innings against the Reds on Friday.

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Making his third Cactus League start, Shields allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts against the Mariners on Monday.

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Shields has been named the Royals Opening Day starter by manager Ned Yost, the Kansas City Star reports.

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The Royals announced Thursday that they have officially picked up Shields' club option for the 2014 season, MLB.com reports.

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Shields gave up just one run on four hits and a walk with a season-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings against the White Sox on Friday.

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Shields held the Rangers scoreless over eight innings Sunday, allowing six hits and one walk to go with two strikeouts, which helped set up the Royals' walkoff victory.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Shields nearly matched his outstanding 2011 campaign last season, finishing with a 15-10 record, 3.52 ERA and 223 strikeouts in 33 starts. He improved his strikeout rate to a career-high 8.8 K/9 and though he posted a higher ERA, his 3.47 FIP is about the same as 2011 (3.42), suggesting 2011 was a little lower ERA than it should have been. Shields is very effective at mixing his impressive repertoire of pitches and working deep into games. He's also been durable, starting at least 31 games and throwing 200 innings in each of his six seasons with the Rays. Traded to Kansas City in a blockbuster deal in December, Shields gets a slight downgrade as a result of losing the benefit of pitching in front of the most efficient defense in baseball.

2012

It's safe to say that 2011 will likely go down as the greatest season in Shields' career. The righty put together career-best numbers across the board, while his 11 complete games were the most in baseball by three games (over Roy Halladay) and his four shutouts tied him for second behind Cliff Lee. Shields has developed an excellent pick-off move to first base finishing with a league-high 12 pick-offs and allowing few stolen bases. Shields was supported by a career-low .258 BABIP, a stark contrast from his .341 mark in 2010 suggesting instead of being unlucky, perhaps a little luck was on his side. A little luck, that is, and some adjustments to his pitch selection. Shields got away from his low-90s fastball, throwing it 10 percent less often and relying more on two of his secondary pitches - his change-up and curveball. The use of these pitches in combination with with his pickoff move led to a career-high 79.6 percent strand rate. Shields' cured his gopheritis allowing eight fewer home runs from the previous season despite throwing an extra 46 innings. This was supported by raising his groundball rate by five percent while lowering his flyball rate by three percent. His spectacular season made picking up his 2012 option an obvious move and he should toe the mound as the Rays' ace come Opening Day. Keep in mind while he's not going to fall off a cliff, expecting him to replicate his 2011 season is likely wishful thinking.

2011

Shields struggled through last season, ending the 2010 campaign with a career-high 5.18 ERA. A case of gopheritis appeared to be the problem as Shields finished second to only Rodrigo Lopez with 34 home runs allowed. Besides the home runs, it's tough to pinpoint the root of his problems. His velocity by a small margin was the best of his career, as was his 8.3 K/9IP rate. One possibility is the league had seen enough of his stuff to start hitting him hard. Shields will reprise his role as a top-half of the rotation starter as he looks to put his 2010 struggles behind him.

2010

Shields had a forgettable season, posting a three-year worst 4.14 ERA and 1.325 WHIP. Manager Joe Maddon was partially to blame for allowing Shields to throw 129 innings prior to the All-Star break. Shields was extremely hittable after the break as evidenced by his second-half ERA (5.16). That being said, he should be in line for a rebound that is more in line with his two previous seasons than his 2009 results.

2009

Shields emerged as an All-Star caliber pitcher in 2008, finishing in the top four in the AL in WHIP for the second straight season. Shields was particularly effective in the second half last year (7-2, 3.21 in 14 starts), had a respectable postseason (2.88 ERA in four starts), and was death to opposing batters at home (9-2, 2.59 in 17 starts at the Trop). Shields and Scott Kazmir will be numbers 1 and 1A, order TBD, in the Rays' rotation again in 2009.

2008

Shields was shut down for the last two weeks of the season (innings limit), but that was a precautionary move, and he'll be ready for spring training. Shields finished third in the AL in both WHIP and walks per nine innings, and only Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia had a higher AL strikeout-to-walk ratio than Shields' 5.1 mark. Despite the Rays' other failings, Shields and Scott Kazmir have become a wicked 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation. In Tampa Bay's last eight series of 2007 where both Shields and Kazmir pitched against the same opponent, the Rays either won or split six of those eight series (dropping the other two to Boston). That's what aces are supposed to do for you in a short series; Shields has developed into just such an ace, and a durable one at that.

2007

Shields put up fine numbers at both Double-A in 2005 and Triple-A in 2006. After the Rays called him up, he was impressive at times, but he had a run of starts where he looked great for four innings and had trouble in the fifth. If Shields can learn to make adjustments the third time around the order, he'll be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for a while. He’ll start the spring in Tampa Bay's rotation.

2006

Probably the best Devil Rays mound prospect that didn't pitch at Rice. Shields had a nice year at Double-A last season, and he followed that up with a great Arizona Fall League stint (2-1, 1.74, 0.81 WHIP in six starts, 29-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 innings). He'll likely start 2006 in Triple-A and could compete for a spot with the big club the following season.