Jeff Samardzija
34-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Samardzija qualifies for the "last year's trash; this year's treasure" theory. Many were high on him coming into 2018 as his skills and FIP were trending in positive directions, but he spent most of the season on the disabled list with shoulder troubles. When he did pitch he was awful. He was unable to throw strikes (5.2 BB/9), could not miss bats (6.0 K/9) and continued to struggle with the long ball (1.21 HR/9). The shoulder is the engine for velocity, so his shoulder troubles easily explain the two-mph decline in his fastball velocity and why he was more hittable than usual. The shoulder troubles came on the heels of five consecutive 200-plus-inning seasons, but it is significant enough to worry about his durability moving forward. He could be a nice buy-low piece as he has two more seasons with the Giants, but watch the early spring training reports on the shoulder before moving him too high up your lists. Read Past Outlooks
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