29-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for A.J. Griffin in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
A.J. Griffin Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rangers in January of 2017, avoiding arbitration.
The Rangers declined to tender Griffin a contract for 2018.
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2017 Stat Review for A.J. Griffin As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)
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A.J. Griffin: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for A.J. Griffin.
The Rangers took a chance on Griffin by signing him to a contract after he hadn't pitched in the majors for two seasons due to a pair of injuries, but they were rewarded for much of the season as he serviceably ate up 119 innings. In 18 starts from April through August, he compiled a passable 4.39 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 7.8 K/9. Then the wheels came off in September to the tune of a 7.94 ERA. Serving up 28 home runs over the course of the season certainly didn't help his cause, and neither did his lack of control (3.5 BB/9). Fortunately, Griffin is still on the right side of 30, although his flyball tendencies won't play out well in Texas even if he does shore up his command. The right-hander is on track to open the year in the big league rotation, but that is more of a testament to the Rangers' lack of superior options. If he cannot cut down on the walks and home runs, he will likely be replaced by an internal option like Yohander Mendez sometime this summer.
After missing all of 2014 after Tommy John surgery, the A's were hoping to have Griffin available in the summer of 2015. His rehab went smoothly for a while, but after making two minor league rehab starts, Griffin suffered a shoulder strain in his pitching arm that ended up costing him the rest of the season. After a promising first two seasons of his career where Griffin posted a 3.60 ERA over his first 47 major league starts, it is difficult to know what to expect from Griffin after missing two full seasons. He signed a minor league deal with the Rangers that includes an invite to spring training, and while the odds are against his cracking the rotation out of camp, he will probably find his way to a handful of spot starts if he can remain healthy at Triple-A.
After a 2013 season where Griffin threw 200 innings with an ERA under 4.00, expectations were that he would be a key cog in the A's 2014 rotation. After a tough spring outing in mid-March, he was diagnosed with elbow tendinitis and was shut down for three weeks. The next report indicated that Griffin would miss two months and the saga ended, as it often does, with Tommy John surgery in late April, causing Griffin to miss the entire season. It is difficult to project an exact return for Griffin, but he should be ready to return to the team around June. Griffin is very dependent on his control to be effective, which could throw a wrench in his performance early if he struggles to find his prior pinpoint control post Tommy John.
Griffin was very solid for the A's in 2013 with 14 wins and a 3.83 ERA, but he struggled mightily with the long ball, leading the league with 36 big flies allowed. He raised his K/9 from 7.0 to 7.7, but the home runs were primarily responsible for his ERA increasing nearly a full run between 2012 and 2013. Even with the home runs, Griffin was tough to hit as his .226 batting average against was the fifth best in the American League. If Griffin can find a way to cut the home runs to a respectable rate (it will not be easy considering he has the lowest GB/FB ratio in the AL), he has a lot of upside for the reasonably low price tag he will likely carry on draft day, especially since he gets to pitch half of his games in Oakland.
Griffin parlayed an excellent half-season in the minors (2.82 ERA in 17 starts across two levels) into a callup when the A's rotation suffered injuries. Once in the majors, Griffin did nothing but keep up the excellent production. In 15 starts with the A's, he had a 3.06 ERA and earned seven wins. Griffin does not throw especially hard (his average fastball was under 90 mph), but uses excellent control and a great changeup to find a way to strike guys out. He struck out 7.0 K/9 in the majors and averaged nearly a strikeout per inning over his minor league career. Griffin should have a spot in the starting rotation unless the A's sign a veteran starter, and he will likely be a nice under the radar pick pitching in the spacious Oakland Coliseum.