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Jeff Samardzija

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

2014 Stats

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0-2

ERA

1.29

WHIP

1.07

K

22

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Samardzija placed in the top five in the NL in both innings pitched (213.2) and strikeouts (214), so he did carry some fantasy value. However, that's where the positives end, as his ERA (4.34), WHIP ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 225   DOB: 1/1/1985   BORN: Merrillville, IN   COLLEGE: Notre Dame   DRAFTED: 5th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jeff Samardzija Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $5.345 million contract with the Cubs in February of 2014, avoiding arbitration.

April 19, 2014  –  Jeff Samardzija News

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Samardzija threw his fourth consecutive quality start Friday but dropped to 0-2 on the season, as the Cubs' bats remained silent. He struck out seven and walked two in seven innings.

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Jeff Samardzija 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
2006 21 A A 2 2 0 11.0 6 4 1 4 6 0 1 0 3.27 1.09
2007 22 A Day 24 20 0 107.3 142 59 8 45 35 3 8 0 4.95 1.65
2007 22 AA TEN 6 6 0 34.3 33 13 8 20 9 3 3 0 3.41 1.22
2008 23 AA TEN 16 15 0 76.0 71 41 6 44 42 3 5 0 4.86 1.49
2008 23 AAA IOW 6 6 0 37.3 32 13 5 40 16 4 1 0 3.13 1.29
2008 23 MAJ CHN 26 0 0 27.7 24 7 0 25 15 1 0 1 2.28 1.41
2009 24 AAA IOW 18 17 0 89.0 98 43 12 71 27 6 6 0 4.35 1.40
2009 24 MAJ CHN 20 2 0 34.7 46 29 7 21 15 1 3 0 7.53 1.76
2010 25 AAA Iow 35 14 0 111.1 86 54 9 102 67 11 3 0 0 0 4.37 1.38
2010 25 MAJ CHC 7 3 0 19.3 21 18 4 9 20 2 2 0 0 0 8.38 2.12
2011 26 MAJ CHC 75 0 0 88.0 64 29 5 87 50 8 4 0 2 13 2.97 1.30
2012 27 MAJ CHC 28 28 0 174.7 157 74 20 180 56 9 13 0 0 0 3.81 1.22
2013 28 MAJ CHC 33 33 1 213.7 210 103 25 214 78 8 13 0 0 0 4.34 1.35
2014 29 MAJ CHC 4 4 0 28.0 23 4 1 22 7 0 2 0 0 0 1.29 1.07
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jeff Samardzija
3-Year Averages MAJ   45 20 0 158.8 143 68 16 160 61 8 10 0 0 4 3.85 1.28
Career  (View All) MAJ   193 70 1 586.0 545 264 62 558 241 29 37 1 4.05 1.34

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Jeff Samardzija 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. 18 Cin 7.0 6 3 1 0 2 7 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 1.29 1.07
Apr. 11 @StL 7.0 6 1 1 0 0 4 1 1 0 - 0 0 0 1.29 1.05
Apr. 5 Phi 7.0 6 2 2 1 3 8 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 1.29 1.14
Mar. 31 @Pit 7.0 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 7.0 IP/G
14.0 12 4 2 0 2 11 1 2 0 0-1 0 0 0 1.29 1.00
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.0 IP/G
28.0 23 6 4 1 7 22 1 2 0 0-2 0 0 0 1.29 1.07
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.0 IP/G
28.0 23 6 4 1 7 22 1 2 0 0-2 0 0 0 1.29 1.07

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Jeff Samardzija Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013430994010323413.266
201236983377920512.241
2011150332725611.208

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20134841153810718212.246
20123549719781018.239
2011230542339804.195

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013107.735011045134.761.50
201278.34409128123.221.16
201142.0510462432.791.24

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013106.058010433123.911.20
201296.3590892884.301.27
201146.0330412623.131.35
Jeff Samardzija 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
2006 21 A A 2 2 11.0 3.27 4.91 0.67 0.82 72.7% 3.27 5.29 .156
2007 22 A Day 24 20 107.3 3.77 2.93 1.29 0.67 69.8% 4.95 4.34 .342
2007 22 AA TEN 6 6 34.3 5.24 2.36 2.22 2.10 85.3% 3.41 5.94 .246
2008 23 AA TEN 16 15 76.0 5.21 4.97 1.05 0.71 67.3% 4.86 4.81 .276
2008 23 AAA IOW 6 6 37.3 9.64 3.86 2.50 1.21 81.4% 3.13 4.16 .293
2008 23 MAJ CHN 26 0 27.7 8.13 4.88 1.67 0.00 1.03 82.1% 94.7 MPH 2.28 3.07 .312
2009 24 AAA IOW 18 17 89.0 7.18 2.73 2.63 1.21 72.6% 4.35 4.37 .323
2009 24 MAJ CHN 20 2 34.7 5.45 3.89 1.40 1.82 1.23 59.3% 93.8 MPH 7.53 5.95 .337
2010 25 AAA Iow 35 14 111.1 8.26 5.43 1.52 0.73 68.8% 4.37 4.28 .267
2010 25 MAJ CHC 7 3 19.3 4.19 9.31 0.45 1.86 0.64 62.2% 93.3 MPH 8.38 8.37 .272
2011 26 MAJ CHC 75 0 88.0 8.90 5.11 1.74 0.51 1.03 78% 95.1 MPH 2.97 3.84 .268
2012 27 MAJ CHC 28 28 174.7 9.27 2.89 3.21 1.03 1.27 72% 95.0 MPH 3.81 3.66 .305
2013 28 MAJ CHC 33 33 213.7 9.01 3.29 2.74 1.05 1.59 70.3% 94.5 MPH 4.34 3.93 .323
2014 29 MAJ CHC 4 4 28.0 7.07 2.25 3.14 0.32 1.68 89.7% 93.6 MPH 1.29 2.95 .279
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jeff Samardzija
3-Year Averages MAJ   45 20 158.8 9.07 3.46 2.62 0.91 72.3% 3.85 3.65 .306
Career MAJ   193 70 586.0 8.57 3.70 2.32 0.95 72.1% 4.05 3.95 .306

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2014 Stat Review for Jeff Samardzija    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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3.14 K/BB
GOOD
7.07 K/9
WEAK
2.25 BB/9
GOOD
93.6 MPH Fastball
ELITE
0.3 HR/9
ELITE
1.68 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.29 ERA
ELITE
1.07 WHIP
ELITE
2.95 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.279 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
89.7% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Worst Matchups for Jeff Samardzija (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Albert Pujols ANA 13 6 3 9 5 0 1 .462 1.231 1.862
Will Venable SD 11 5 1 3 3 2 0 .455 1.000 1.571
Carlos Quentin SD 7 3 1 1 1 2 0 .429 1.000 1.500
Emilio Bonifacio CHI-N 8 4 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .875 1.475
Matt Adams STL 7 4 0 0 0 3 0 .571 .857 1.429
Gerardo Parra AZ 7 3 1 1 2 0 0 .429 .857 1.413
Devin Mesoraco CIN 11 6 1 2 1 0 0 .545 .818 1.402
Ryan Braun MIL 16 7 2 5 3 0 0 .438 .875 1.401
Ian Desmond WAS 16 8 1 3 0 4 0 .500 .875 1.375
Shane Victorino BOS 7 2 1 2 1 0 0 .286 1.000 1.375

Best Matchups for Jeff Samardzija (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Alex Rios TEX 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 .111 .111 .222
Travis Snider PIT 10 1 0 1 0 4 1 .100 .100 .200
Gaby Sanchez PIT 10 1 0 0 0 3 1 .100 .100 .200
Ryan Zimmerman WAS 16 1 0 0 1 5 0 .063 .063 .180
Brian McCann NY-A 7 0 0 0 1 2 1 .000 .000 .125
Alex Presley HOU 8 0 0 0 1 2 0 .000 .000 .111
Clint Barmes PIT 11 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Alejandro De Aza CHI-A 8 0 0 0 0 5 0 .000 .000 .000
Jedd Gyorko SD 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Logan Forsythe TB 7 0 0 0 0 4 2 .000 .000 .000

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Jeff Samardzija: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Samardzija gave up just one run on six hits while striking out four in seven innings Friday night versus the Cardinals.

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Samardzija took a tough-luck loss Saturday, as he was outdueled by Philadelphia's Cliff Lee, despite striking out eight and allowing just two runs over seven innings.

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Samardzija was strong in a no-decision on Opening Day, tossing seven shutout innings against the Pirates.

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Samardzija struck out eight Mariners in 5.1 innings Thursday. He gave up six hits and two runs in the loss.

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Samardzija struggled in a split-squad game Saturday, giving up four runs, three walks, and seven hits in 3.2 innings. He gave up his first two home runs of the spring in the effort.

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Samardzija has been named the Cubs' Opening Day starter, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

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Samardzija gave up two runs and five hits in four innings against the Giants on Monday. He struck out five and walked none.

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Samardzija and the Cubs agreed on a one-year contract Saturday, which avoids an arbitration hearing, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

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The Cubs are hoping to lock up Samardzija to a long-term contract in the next week or so, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Samardzija gave up three earned runs on eight hits over six innings against St. Louis on Sunday.

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Samardzija pitched well in a no-decision Monday night, allowing just one run over six innings of work against the Pirates.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

The hard-throwing righty finally harnessed his top-shelf stuff in 2012, and the result was a breakout. A 180:56 K:BB ratio in 174.1 innings is borderline elite, but the low innings total, average strand and BABIP rates and poor offensive support kept him in the second or third tier among pitchers. His 95 mph fastball and improving command could portend another step forward, but even if he simply locks in last year's gains, Samardzija will be plenty valuable, especially if the Cubs' lineup can generate more steady run support for him.

2012

Samardzija came into 2011 as a wild thrower with a big arm, but made significant progress as the season wore on, with a 35:16 K:BB ratio in 36.1 second-half innings. Samardzija averaged 95 mph with his fastball last year and actually sat in the 96-98 range for most of the second half to go along with an improved slider. He's expressed interest in competing for a rotation slot this spring, but could easily land in a setup role, or even become the team's closer should Carlos Marmol be dealt or fail to right the ship.

2011

Samardzija has a great arm, but simply lacks anything close to the command necessary for success at the major league level. In fact, he hasn't even pitched particularly well at Triple-A the last two years. He'll vie for a spot at the back end of the rotation with a cast of dozens, and failing that, could wind up in the bullpen in a low-leverage role. But it's more likely he begins the year at Triple-A.

2010

The Cubs love Samardzija's arm - he's touched 99 mph on the radar gun - but so far he's looked nowhere near ready, allowing too many home runs both at Triple-A and the majors last year. Samardzija will compete with Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny and Jay Jackson for the fifth starter job, but we'd be surprised if he were to prevail unless he vastly improves command of his secondary pitches.

2009

Samardzija was impressive for the first month after his late-July callup, making hitters miss with his blistering fastball (clocked as high as 99 mph) and occasional slider and changeup. But he struggled with his command down the stretch, and while his ERA was spared by some unearned runs, his 1.41 WHIP tells the tale. Samardzija is slated for a middle-relief role at press time, but there's some chance he returns to Triple-A to work on commanding his secondary pitches. If he does, the sky's the limit.

2008

The former Notre Dame wide receiver, Samardzija's a hard thrower who Cubs' GM Jim Hendry is so high on, he declared him untouchable in trade talks along with last year's top pick Tyler Colvin, top prospect Felix Pie and pitching prospect Sean Gallagher. In truth, none of the four are can't-miss players, and Samardzija is probably the furthest from making a contribution to the big-league club. Samardzija struggled with his command at High-A last year, before being promoted to Double-A where he fared decently in a 34-inning sample. Expect him to start the season at Double-A in 2008 and don't be surprised if there are some growing pains at that level.