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Chris Tillman

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Baltimore Orioles

2018 Stats

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1-5

ERA

10.46

WHIP

2.21

K

13

SV

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Tillman hit free agency at age 29 after a nine-year run with the Orioles. His final season as an Oriole was a total dud, and his downturn can be traced to the second half of his 2016 season when a sho...

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2018 ADP:  495.18

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STATUS:  10-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Back     EST. RETURN:  7/6/2018
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 200   DOB: 4/15/1988
BORN: Anaheim, CA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Chris Tillman Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Orioles in February of 2018.

June 20, 2018  –  Chris Tillman News

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Tillman (back) is expected to take the mound with Low-A Delmarva on Monday for his second minor-league rehab appearance, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

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Chris Tillman 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
2007 19 A WIS 8 8 0 33.0 31 13 1 34 13 1 4 0 3.55 1.33
2007 19 A HIG 20 20 0 102.7 107 60 12 105 48 6 7 0 5.26 1.51
2008 20 AA BOW 28 28 0 135.7 115 48 10 154 65 11 4 0 3.18 1.33
2009 21 AAA NOR 18 18 0 96.7 85 29 5 99 26 8 6 0 2.70 1.15
2009 21 MAJ BAL 12 12 0 65.0 77 39 15 39 24 2 5 0 5.40 1.55
2010 22 AAA NOR 21 21 2 121.1 120 45 10 94 30 11 7 0 0 0 3.34 1.24
2010 22 MAJ BAL 11 11 0 53.7 51 35 9 31 31 2 5 0 0 0 5.87 1.53
2011 23 AAA NOR 15 15 0 76.1 77 44 17 54 38 3 6 0 0 0 5.19 1.51
2011 23 MAJ BAL 13 13 0 62.0 77 38 5 46 25 3 5 0 0 0 5.52 1.65
2012 24 AA BOW 1 1 0 3.1 4 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 8.10 1.94
2012 24 AAA NOR 1 15 0 89.1 85 36 5 92 30 8 8 0 0 0 3.63 1.29
2012 24 MAJ BAL 15 15 0 86.0 66 28 12 66 24 9 3 0 0 0 2.93 1.05
2013 25 MAJ BAL 33 33 0 206.3 184 85 33 179 68 16 7 0 0 0 3.71 1.22
2014 26 MAJ BAL 34 34 1 207.3 189 77 21 150 66 13 6 0 0 0 3.34 1.23
2015 27 MAJ BAL 31 31 0 173.0 176 96 20 120 64 11 11 0 0 0 4.99 1.39
2016 28 MAJ BAL 30 30 0 172.0 155 72 19 140 66 16 6 0 0 0 3.77 1.28
2017 29 A FRE 1 1 0 5.0 8 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 7.20 1.80
2017 29 AA BOW 1 2 0 6.1 7 4 2 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 5.68 1.31
2017 29 AAA NOR 1 1 0 5.0 5 5 4 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 9.00 1.40
2017 29 MAJ BAL 24 19 0 93.0 125 81 24 63 51 1 7 0 0 0 7.84 1.89
2018 30 A ABE 1 1 0 2.0 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 13.50 2.00
2018 30 MAJ BAL 7 7 0 26.7 42 31 6 13 17 1 5 0 0 0 10.46 2.21
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3-Year Averages     28 26 0 146.0 152 83 21 107 60 9 8 0 0 0 5.12 1.45
Career  (View All)     210 205 1 1,145.0 1,142 582 164 847 436 74 60 0 4.57 1.38

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Chris Tillman Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games 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
May. 10 KC 1.3 4 6 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 10.46 2.21
May. 3 @LAA 1.0 7 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 9.24 2.05
Apr. 27 Det 7.0 1 0 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 7.03 1.81
Apr. 21 Cle 6.0 8 4 4 3 1 5 0 2 0 L 0 0 0 9.87 2.37
Last 14 Games (Team)
0 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 30 Games (Team)
0 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 60 Games (Team)
4 Games Pitched:  Avg. 3.8 IP/G
15.3 20 17 16 4 7 10 1 3 0 1-2 0 0 0 9.39 1.76
Chris Tillman Minors 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 ERA WHIP
Jun. 20 Tri-City 2.0 2 3 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 - 0 13.50 2.00
Last 14 Days
1 Games:  Avg. 2.0 IP/G
2.0 2 3 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 0-0 0 13.50 2.00
Last 30 Days
1 Games:  Avg. 2.0 IP/G
2.0 2 3 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 0-0 0 13.50 2.00
Last 60 Days
1 Games:  Avg. 2.0 IP/G
2.0 2 3 3 0 2 1 0 2 0 0-0 0 13.50 2.00

Chris Tillman Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2018636921313.412
20172032239541407.329
20163287434702128.240

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2018747821813.328
201724141127111017.320
201638766328523111.247

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201814.311010645.651.33
201765.71403638176.581.72
201684.08308036104.611.45

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201812.3040311216.053.24
201727.30302713710.872.30
201688.0830603092.971.13
Chris Tillman vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Chris Tillman 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
2007 19 A WIS 8 8 33.0 9.27 3.55 2.62 0.27 72.1% 3.55 2.81 .337
2007 19 A HIG 20 20 102.7 9.20 4.21 2.19 1.05 66.4% 5.26 4.43 .340
2008 20 AA BOW 28 28 135.7 10.22 4.31 2.37 0.66 77.6% 3.18 3.41 .315
2009 21 AAA NOR 18 18 96.7 9.22 2.42 3.81 0.47 77.4% 2.70 2.76 .315
2009 21 MAJ BAL 12 12 65.0 5.40 3.32 1.63 2.08 0.99 72.1% 92.0 MPH 5.40 6.14 .301
2010 22 AAA NOR 21 21 121.1 6.99 2.23 3.13 0.74 75% 3.34 3.51 .308
2010 22 MAJ BAL 11 11 53.7 5.20 5.20 1.00 1.51 1.20 64.4% 90.5 MPH 5.87 6.01 .259
2011 23 AAA NOR 15 15 76.1 6.39 4.49 1.42 2.01 72.4% 5.19 6.26 .272
2011 23 MAJ BAL 13 13 62.0 6.68 3.63 1.84 0.73 1.00 66% 89.5 MPH 5.52 4.17 .358
2012 24 AA BOW 1 1 3.1 5.81 5.81 1.00 0.00 50% 8.10 3.85 .372
2012 24 AAA NOR 1 15 89.1 9.29 3.03 3.07 0.51 71.8% 3.63 2.98 .334
2012 24 MAJ BAL 15 15 86.0 6.91 2.51 2.75 1.26 0.72 79.5% 92.3 MPH 2.93 4.35 .234
2013 25 MAJ BAL 33 33 206.3 7.81 2.97 2.63 1.44 0.99 76.3% 91.7 MPH 3.71 4.58 .273
2014 26 MAJ BAL 34 34 207.3 6.51 2.86 2.27 0.91 1.09 76.1% 90.7 MPH 3.34 4.08 .279
2015 27 MAJ BAL 31 31 173.0 6.24 3.33 1.88 1.04 1.35 65.5% 91.5 MPH 4.99 4.51 .298
2016 28 MAJ BAL 30 30 172.0 7.33 3.45 2.12 0.99 1.31 73.8% 91.7 MPH 3.77 4.28 .283
2017 29 A FRE 1 1 5.0 3.60 1.80 2.00 1.80 62.5% 7.20 5.60 .366
2017 29 AA BOW 1 2 6.1 8.85 1.48 6.00 2.95 66.7% 5.68 5.99 .309
2017 29 AAA NOR 1 1 5.0 10.80 3.60 3.00 7.20 66.7% 9.00 13.00 .110
2017 29 MAJ BAL 24 19 93.0 6.10 4.94 1.24 2.32 1.20 62.5% 90.7 MPH 7.84 6.97 .336
2018 30 A ABE 1 1 2.0 4.50 9.00 0.50 0.00 25% 13.50 5.20 .301
2018 30 MAJ BAL 7 7 26.7 4.39 5.74 0.76 2.02 1.57 52.8% 88.8 MPH 10.46 7.29 .367
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Rest Of Season     0 9 54.1 7.41 4.52 1.64 1.79 66.4% 6.47 5.65 .343
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3-Year Averages     28 26 146.0 6.60 3.70 1.78 1.29 67.5% 5.12 4.84 .301
Career     210 205 1,145.0 6.66 3.43 1.94 1.29 70.4% 4.57 4.76 .291

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Chris Tillman Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2018 26.7 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Chris Tillman    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

Explain This

0.76 K/BB
TERRIBLE
4.39 K/9
TERRIBLE
5.74 BB/9
TERRIBLE
88.8 MPH Fastball
POOR
2.0 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.57 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

Explain This

10.46 ERA
TERRIBLE
2.21 WHIP
TERRIBLE
7.29 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

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

Explain This

.367 BABIP
HIGH
52.8% Strand Rate
LOW

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Chris Tillman: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Tillman (back) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with short-season Aberdeen on Wednesday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

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Tillman (back) could head to short-season Aberdeen for a rehab assignment next week, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Tillman (back) has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Orioles' spring training facility in Florida, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Tillman (back) threw a 35-pitch bullpen Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Tillman (back) is expected to throw off a flat mound Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Tillman (back) will report to the Orioles' spring training facility in Florida on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that there haven't been any discussions regarding the next steps for Tillman (back), Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.

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Tillman was put on the 10-day disabled list due to a lower-back strain.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Tillman is a great example of "better real life than fantasy pitcher." Three of his last four seasons have been solid ERA-wise despite a steady low-to-mid 4.00s FIP. The bottom line has been an average of 3.90 ERA in 190 innings with a modest 2.2 K/BB ratio supporting it. He's never posted a strikeout rate of 8.0 K/9 or better, nor has his walk rate ever been better than average. He is at the mercy of his BABIP and LOB rates, which landed at .293 and 68 percent, respectively, in 2015 when his ERA soared to 4.99. Perhaps most interesting is that he has deep, useful secondary arsenal. His three reliable secondaries have ranged from average to great, but they're usually supported by a mediocre-at-best fastball (except in 2014, which ended up being his best season). At 28, Tillman is unlikely to jump another level. He's the mid-rotation arm we've seen the last four years, best deployed in AL-only leagues, or better left for someone else's team.

2016

Tillman entered the 2015 season trying to build on two-and-a-half seasons of success atop Baltimore's rotation, but things spiraled downward instead. It should come as no surprise that Tillman increased his BB/9 (2.86 in 2013 to 3.33 in 2015) and decreased his K/9 over the last two years (7.81 in 2013 to 6.24 in 2015). His BABIP bounced from the .260s in 2013 and 2014 to .293 in 2015, which would actually fall more in line with the league average. Surprisingly, Tillman has increased his groundball rate each of the last three years to 43.5% of batted balls last season. Despite the successes in each of the prior three seasons, all three of those seasons came with a FIP higher than 4.00, so it appears his actual ERA finally caught up in 2015. Tillman is a rebound candidate, but his historical FIP indicates he was a bit lucky in his prior success.

2015

There was a lot to like from Tillman’s 2013 season. A gaudy win-loss record earned him an All-Star bid, but he retroactively earned it with a strong finish to the season. Hoping to build on that, he opened 2014 with a 1.71 ERA in his first four starts before a seven-run shellacking in Toronto sent him on a nine-start skid that resulted in a 7.25 ERA. The big issue during that skid is the same issue that has plagued Tillman throughout his career: home runs. His 1.3 HR/9 made it tough to buy into his 2.93 ERA from 2012, and he followed it up with a 1.4 HR/9 in 2013, which put his 3.71 ERA in doubt. With that in consideration, his 5.20 ERA through his first 13 starts last year wasn’t too surprising when paired with his 1.3 HR/9. However, he substantially improved his fastball command from mid-June on, spurring a 0.7 HR/9 and 2.38 ERA in his final 21 starts. Though he’s seemingly been around forever, 2014 was just his second full season as a major leaguer, and this is still a growth profile. If he could pump the strikeouts up some, Tillman could become a force in all formats.

2014

Tillman capitalized on a strong finish to his 2012 season by finally putting things together and earning an All-Star selection in 2013. However, a 4.42 FIP for 2013 shows that caution should be exercised. Tillman allowed 33 home runs and had an 80.5% strand rate, which was sixth highest in the league. Tillman and A.J. Griffin were the only qualified pitchers in MLB who had an ERA under 4.00 and allowed more than 26 home runs. Nonetheless, on the heels of his quality 2013 campaign, Tillman is likely to be named the Orioles' Opening Day starter.

2013

Tillman had consistently disappointed at the MLB level since his 2009 debut, but he finally put some success together after receiving a July promotion. The problem is that Tillman's success appeared to ride on an insane .221 BABIP in 2012. Tillman has historically struck out a batter per inning in the minors. His 6.9 K/9 in 2012 was a career best, but his average in MLB over the last four years is closer to 6.0. Tillman is out of options, which means the Orioles would have to dangle him on waivers if he does not make the team. That could help him play his way into a rotation spot out of spring training, but his 2012 pace seems unsustainable given the aforementioned good fortune on balls in play.

2012

Tillman, one of the key pieces of the trade which sent Erik Bedard to Seattle, has yet to launch as an Oriole. He struggled again in 2011, limping to a 5.52 ERA in 13 starts. For another season, Tillman still couldn't strike out twice as many as he walked, and a .348 BABIP doomed him. At 23, there is still plenty of time for Tillman to find it, and the Orioles won't be in any rush to jettison him either. Give it another year as beneath the young pitcher struggling with his control is a talented arm that dominated throughout his time in the minors against much older competition.

2011

While Tillman's overall numbers were disappointing last season, he occasionally flashed the form that had scouts excited about him, including a start at Texas in which he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Besides Tillman's control problems, which have been a feature at each minor league step, Tillman's velocity dropped by nearly two mph on all three of his primary pitches. It probably would help matters if the O's didn't continually yank him up-and-down from Triple-A Norfolk like they did last season. We're not ready to cut bait on Tillman's potential, but we're also not willing to advise using anything more than a reserve pick on him.

2010

Tillman's highly anticipated debut came with some growing pains. Unlike his counterpart Brian Matusz, Tillman did not close the season well. However, Tillman threw a career-high in innings between Triple-A and Baltimore and any rookie pitcher is expected to struggle at times. The future looks bright as Tillman has the stuff of a front of the rotation starter, but the question is when the light will come on. He has proven himself in the minors and will be in the rotation out of spring training this season.

2009

While Adam Jones was the trendy name in the Erik Bedard deal, Tillman was the biggest prize. After an 11-4 season at Double-A, with a 3.18 ERA Tillman is the farthest along of the Orioles' top pitching prospects and is one of the better pitching prospects in baseball. Tillman turns 21 in April and will not be rushed to the big leagues. Expect him to get a full season in Triple-A, with a chance for a September call-up.

2008

Tillman was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season as he led all Mariners minor leaguers with 139 strikeouts in 135.2 innings between Low-A and High-A. Tillman earned a quick promotion after posting a 3.55 ERA and a 2.6:1 K:BB ratio at Low-A Wisconsin but initially had trouble acclimating to the hitter-friendly California League. He had a 9.29 ERA in his first seven starts through June, but slowly improved to the point that he posted a 1.82 ERA in six August starts. Tillman pitches in the mid-90s and has a plus curve but needs to improve his control (4.04 BB/9 last year). A second-round pick in 2006, Tillman is just 19 and needs more time to refine his mechanics and command.