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James Shields

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

2014 Stats

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11-6

ERA

3.29

WHIP

1.21

K

137

SV

0

2014 Preseason 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.

August 15, 2014  –  James Shields News

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Shields didn't factor into the decision Thursday after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings in an eventual win over the A's.

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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 26 26 1 172.3 174 63 18 137 35 11 6 0 0 0 3.29 1.21
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3-Year Averages     33 33 2 235.2 206 82 23 214 63 14 10 0 0 0 3.14 1.14
Career  (View All)     279 277 9 1,855.7 1,828 772 222 1,583 443 111 88 0 3.74 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
Aug. 14 Oak 6.0 7 3 3 0 1 5 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.29 1.21
Aug. 9 SF 9.0 4 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 1 W 0 0 0 3.25 1.21
Aug. 3 @Oak 8.0 4 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.43 1.25
Jul. 29 Min 6.0 6 2 1 0 4 5 1 1 0 L 0 0 0 3.50 1.29
Jul. 23 @CWS 7.0 6 1 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.58 1.27
Jul. 18 @Bos 5.7 8 4 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.70 1.28
Jul. 12 Det 7.0 7 2 2 0 0 8 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 3.65 1.27
Jul. 7 @TB 7.0 3 0 0 0 1 10 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.71 1.29
Jul. 1 @Min 5.0 9 5 4 0 2 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.93 1.33
Jun. 25 LAD 7.0 7 4 4 1 1 2 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.79 1.29
Jun. 20 Sea 7.0 9 5 5 2 1 4 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.70 1.30
Jun. 15 @CWS 6.0 10 3 3 0 1 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.50 1.29
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 7.5 IP/G
15.0 11 3 3 0 2 10 0 2 1 1-0 0 0 0 1.80 0.87
Last 30 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 6.9 IP/G
41.7 35 12 10 3 8 27 1 3 1 2-1 0 0 0 2.16 1.03
Last 60 Days
12 Games:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
80.7 80 31 28 6 14 59 3 5 1 4-3 0 0 0 3.12 1.17

James Shields Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20143897425992138.280
2013509108391081518.233
20125061133310822419.232

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201432963107515310.241
2013437882910720212.272
2012438110251001436.248

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201475.3440571243.231.18
2013107.03609033124.371.38
2012122.085012827103.251.14

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201497.07208023143.341.24
2013121.710301063582.071.11
2012105.77509531153.831.20
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 26 26 172.3 7.15 1.83 3.91 0.94 1.38 76.4% 92.4 MPH 3.29 3.73 .309
Next 7 Days     0 1 6.9 7.69 2.29 3.36 0.97 78.2% 3.14 3.66 .302
Rest Of Season     0 7 44.7 7.69 2.26 3.40 0.95 78% 3.14 3.61 .303
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3-Year Averages     33 33 235.2 8.19 2.41 3.40 0.88 76% 3.14 3.46 .289
Career     279 277 1,855.7 7.68 2.15 3.57 1.08 73.2% 3.74 3.79 .306

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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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3.91 K/BB
GREAT
7.15 K/9
WEAK
1.83 BB/9
GREAT
92.4 MPH Fastball
GOOD
0.9 HR/9
WEAK
1.38 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.29 ERA
GOOD
1.21 WHIP
GOOD
3.73 FIP
AVERAGE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.309 BABIP
HIGH
76.4% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

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

Shields struck out five and walked one while tossing a four-hit shutout against the Giants on Saturday night.

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Shields (10-6) was at his best in Sunday's victory over Oakland, allowing four hits and two earned runs in eight innings.

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Shields (9-6) gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits, with four walks and five strikeouts over six innings Tuesday, but ended up getting the loss against the Twins.

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Shields allowed six hits, one earned run and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings Wednesday against the White Sox.

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Shields allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits, walking one, and striking out three over 5.2 innings of a 5-4 loss to Boston on Friday night.

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Shields (9-5) went seven strong innings Saturday, giving up just two runs on seven hits while fanning eight, but came away with the loss against the Tigers.

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Shields was masterful in a win Monday night, shutting out the Rays for seven innings while striking out 10.

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Shields pitched just five innings Tuesday, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks while suffering his fourth loss (8-4) of the season in the Royals' 10-2 loss to the Twins. He also struck out five batters on the night.

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Shields gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out two over seven innings Wednesday against the Dodgers, but ended up getting the no-decision.

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Shields tossed seven innings versus the Mariners on Friday night, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

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Shields gave up three earned runs on 10 hits and a walk, striking out three over six innings Sunday against the White Sox.

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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.