RotoWire Partners

James Shields

34-Year-Old Pitcher – San Diego Padres

2015 Stats

W-L

13-7

ERA

3.91

WHIP

1.33

K

216

SV

0

2016 RotoWire Projections

W-L

ERA

WHIP

K

SV

2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Shields, a long-time American League stalwart, signed a free agent deal to pitch not only join the National League, but also in one of the best parks...

Read more about James Shields

2016 ADP:  139.85

Rank (Overall): Hidden

Rank (SP): Hidden

Get Custom Auction Value

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

$

James Shields Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $75 million contract with the Padres in February 2015.

October 2, 2015  –  James Shields News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

+ Add To Watchlist

Shields will not make his scheduled start Sunday, the Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports.

To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including James Shields – simply subscribe now.

James Shields Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats       Show 5x5 Stats OnlyShow All Statistics       Click stat headings to sort columns.
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 34 34 1 227.0 224 81 23 180 44 14 8 0 0 0 3.21 1.18
2015 33 MAJ SD 33 33 0 202.3 189 88 33 216 81 13 7 0 0 0 3.91 1.33
2016 RotoWire Projections     Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for James Shields
3-Year Averages     33 33 0 219.3 209 83 25 197 64 13 8 0 0 0 3.41 1.24
Career  (View All)     320 318 9 2,112.7 2,067 878 260 1,842 533 127 97 0 3.74 1.23

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats

No No No
James Shields 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. 27 Ari 6.3 9 4 4 3 4 8 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.91 1.33
Sep. 20 @Col 6.7 2 4 4 1 4 8 0 2 0 W 0 0 0 3.86 1.31
Sep. 14 @Ari 7.0 4 1 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.80 1.33
Sep. 9 Col 6.0 8 4 4 1 4 6 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.90 1.34
Sep. 4 LAD 5.0 3 3 3 2 6 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.83 1.32
Aug. 30 @Phi 7.0 6 1 1 1 1 8 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.78 1.31
Aug. 25 @Was 5.7 8 5 5 1 4 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.89 1.32
Aug. 18 Atl 6.0 5 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.74 1.29
Aug. 12 Cin 6.3 6 5 5 0 4 7 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.89 1.30
Aug. 7 Phi 6.7 6 3 3 3 1 8 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.75 1.28
Aug. 2 @Mia 6.0 5 2 2 0 2 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.74 1.30
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 6.5 IP/G
13.0 11 8 8 4 8 16 0 2 0 1-1 0 0 0 5.54 1.46
Last 30 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 6.2 IP/G
31.0 26 16 16 7 20 32 0 2 0 3-1 0 0 0 4.65 1.48
Last 60 Days
11 Games:  Avg. 6.2 IP/G
68.7 62 32 32 12 34 68 2 2 0 5-3 0 0 0 4.19 1.40

James Shields Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015439885110716423.279
201450296291202639.261
2013509108391081518.233

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015421128308227210.216
2014437841510420414.251
2013437882910720212.272

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201598.363011342193.291.36
2014102.7460761773.511.22
2013107.03609033124.371.38

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2015104.074010339144.501.31
2014124.3102010427162.971.15
2013121.710301063582.071.11
James Shields Advanced Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats      Click stat headings to sort columns.
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 34 34 227.0 7.14 1.74 4.09 0.91 1.42 76.3% 92.4 MPH 3.21 3.66 .304
2015 33 MAJ SD 33 33 202.3 9.61 3.60 2.67 1.47 1.49 76.8% 91.0 MPH 3.91 4.52 .306
2016 RotoWire Projections     Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for James Shields
3-Year Averages     33 33 219.3 8.08 2.63 3.08 1.03 76.6% 3.41 3.76 .304
Career     320 318 2,112.7 7.85 2.27 3.46 1.11 73.6% 3.74 3.84 .305

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats

No No

2015 Stat Review for James Shields    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

Explain This

2.67 K/BB
AVERAGE
9.61 K/9
GREAT
3.60 BB/9
TERRIBLE
91.0 MPH Fastball
WEAK
1.5 HR/9
POOR
1.49 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

Explain This

3.91 ERA
AVERAGE
1.33 WHIP
WEAK
4.52 FIP
POOR
BABIP/Strand

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

Explain This

.306 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
76.8% Strand Rate
HIGH

2016 Projected Stats Breakdown for James Shields

Overall Ratings

2016 projections compared to top pitchers in 2015.

???  Innings
Hidden  Show Rating
???  ERA
Hidden  Show Rating
???  WHIP
Hidden  Show Rating
???  Strikeouts
Hidden  Show Rating
???  Wins
Hidden  Show Rating
???  Saves
Hidden  Show Rating

San Diego Padres Roster

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

Shields (13-6) held the Rockies to four runs over 6.2 innings in Sunday's win. He struck out eight batters and walked four.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields improve to 12-6 Monday against Arizona as he allowed one run on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out six.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields (11-6) went six innings Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out six in an 11-4 win over the Rockies.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields earned his 10th win of the season Sunday against the Phillies, allowing just one run with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields improved to 9-5 behind six shutout innings Tuesday against Atlanta. He struck out seven, walked two, and allowed five hits.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields gave up five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven over 6.1 innings in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields allowed three runs over 6.2 innings while striking out eight in a no-decision Friday. He allowed six hits and all three runs on solo home runs.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields allowed just two runs with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings Sunday against the Marlins. He did not factor into the decision.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields took the loss Tuesday despite a strong start, allowing three runs in seven innings against the Mets.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields struck out seven over five scoreless innings Wednesday against the Giants, but needed 96 pitches to do so. He allowed three hits and three walks in the no-decision.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Shields (8-3) claimed his first win in six weeks during Friday's 4-2 victory over the Rockies. He gave up seven hits and walked four batters over five innings, but only conceded one run while striking out six.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

Subscribe now to see our 2016 outlook.

2015

The 2014 season was a contract year for "Big Game" James, who set himself up to cash in by posting a 3.21 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 34 regular season starts. He relied a bit more on a cut fastball last season than in past years (24.2%), which led to a slightly higher groundball rate (45.2%) and lower K/9 (7.1) than in 2013. Despite the slight shift in focus, Shields actually posted a career-best average fastball velocity of 92.4 mph, proving that he still has plenty left in the tank. Shields signed a four-year deal with the Padres in February, where he'll likely become the team's No. 1 starter in 2015. The move to the National League, and into the most pitcher-friendly environment in baseball should help his numbers across the board.

2014

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 arm was more necessary than the prospect bat of Wil Myers. General manager Dayton Moore was highly criticized for parting with such a blue-chip prospect, but a seventh straight season of 200-plus innings with 13 wins, a 3.15 ERA and a 191:68 K:BB quickly turned the fan base's opinion around. A bit concerning is Shields' diminished strikeout rate and increased walk rate, as well as the reduction of groundballs induced. Fantasy owners should keep that in mind when making a move for the veteran right-hander this season. While it's not exactly a guarantee that he is on the decline, it does provide an indication that all that usage may be causing him to tire a little more. He should still be viewed as a top starter on draft day, but go in with cautious optimism.

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.