Josh Lindblom
Josh Lindblom
33-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lindblom was an unheralded journeyman in MLB from 2011-14, recording a 3.82 ERA in 136.2 IP, working mostly as a reliever. He went to South Korea for a couple years and returned to the U.S. briefly in 2017 to work as a reliever for the Pirates but was released that summer. Lindblom returned to the KBO, and this time he became a star (2.68 ERA the past two seasons). He embraced analytics, ditching his two-seamer for his high-spin four-seamer -- it averaged 2,600 rpm, which would have ranked in the top 10 in MLB last season. The 6-foot-4 righty now throws six pitches, including a plus splitter and quality cutter. He was named MVP in 2019, going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA (second in KBO) while leading the league in K/9 (8.7). Lindblom parlayed that success into an incentives-laden three-year, $9.125 million deal with the Brewers that can earn him up to $18 million. He makes for a nice late-round flier in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#346
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$Signed a three-year, $9.1 million contract with the Brewers in December of 2019.
Early exit in loss
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 26, 2020
Lindblom (2-4) took the loss in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He struck out two.
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While Milwaukee's bullpen would add plenty of fuel to the fire in an eventual 9-1 loss, Lindblom wasn't effective to kick things off, needing 47 pitches (28 strikes) to record his seven outs. The right-hander's return to the majors in 2020 did not go smoothly, and he'll finish the campaign with a 5.16 ERA and 1.28 WHIP despite a strong 52:16 K:BB over 45.1 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
66
Last 10 Games
65
Last 5 Games
45
How many pitches does Josh Lindblom generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .284 107 24 11 27 6 2 6
Since 2018vs Right .195 84 28 5 15 1 0 0
2020vs Left .284 107 24 11 27 6 2 6
2020vs Right .195 84 28 5 15 1 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.24 1.20 23.1 1 2 0 9.3 2.3 1.5
Since 2018Away 6.14 1.36 22.0 1 2 0 11.5 4.1 0.8
2020Home 4.24 1.20 23.1 1 2 0 9.3 2.3 1.5
2020Away 6.14 1.36 22.0 1 2 0 11.5 4.1 0.8
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Josh Lindblom compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.25
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
90.1 mph
 
ERA
5.16
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.322
 
GB/FB
0.74
 
Left On Base
64.5%
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.3%
 
Spin Rate
2299 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.7%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lindblom had a very rough 2014 after being acquired by Oakland in a December 2013 trade with the Rangers. He appeared in only one game for the A's (a spot start in an April doubleheader), but did make 16 starts for Triple-A Sacramento. Lindblom was not good in his Triple-A work, finishing with a brutal 5.79 ERA over 84 innings. Lindblom had a mediocre 6.4 K/9 in the minors and could be headed for bullpen work for the long haul. During his varied stints in the majors, he has been strong as a reliever, with a 3.17 ERA and a 8.9 K/9 in 105 relief innings. Combine these numbers with his lack of success as a starter in the minors in 2014 and Lindblom could be well-served to be used in the bullpen, but that opportunity will have to wait as he signed a contract to pitch in South Korea in 2015.
Lindblom shuttled between Triple-A Round Rock and the majors last season, spending most of the year in the rotation at Round Rock. The K/9 rate dipped, as one would expect, in his move back into the rotation and he'll likely be nothing more than a so-so swing man out of a major-league bullpen. After his inclusion in an offseason trade with the A's, it's unclear if Lindblom is facing a role change with his new club.
The Phillies acquired Lindblom from the Dodgers as part of the Joe Blanton trade in July. He struggled with his control after joining the Phillies, seeing his walk rate balloon to 6.6 BB/9. Lindblom was traded again during the offseason, landing in Texas as part of the Michael Young deal. He maintained a healthy strikeout rate last season, and should have a leg up for a bullpen spot this spring. He's more likely to work in middle relief than to be a factor in late-inning, high leverage situations.
A former second-round pick out of college, Lindblom made his big league debut in 2011, and it can't be described as anything other than a big success. After rotating between the rotation and bullpen in the minors the prior year, Lindblom opened 2011 with a 2.13 ERA in 42.1 Double-A innings before joining the Dodgers. A big leaguer now, Lindblom tossed 29.2 innings of 2.73 ERA ball with a 28:10 K:BB. He doesn't profile as well as a closer as guys like Kenley Jansen, but expect Lindblom to be a key member of the team's bullpen in 2012.
Working both as a starter and a reliever at Double-A and Triple-A, Lindblom finished with a 3.83 ERA and 82:26 K:BB in 96.1 innings. He was used as a reliever in the second half of the season and fared better (2.42 ERA) in that role than he did as a starter (4.05 ERA). A second-round pick in 2008, Lindblom's long-term role has yet to be determined, but he could conceivably compete for a rotation spot this spring.
A second-round pick out of Purdue in 2008, Lindblom impressed in his brief pro debut. Lindblom posted a 1.86 ERA with a 33:4 K:BB in 29 innings for Great Lakes in the Midwest League before making one start for Double-A Jacksonville (five innings, two runs). Lindblom was projected as a reliever before the draft, though his success as a starter for the Dodgers should keep him in that role as he moves through the system. He could move quickly in 2009.
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Set to start nightcap Friday
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 24, 2020
Lindblom will start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Picks up second win
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 20, 2020
Lindblom (2-3) allowed one run on three hits across 5.1 innings Sunday, striking out two and earning the win over Kansas City.
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Reinstated ahead of start
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 20, 2020
Lindblom was reinstated from the bereavement list ahead of Sunday's start against the Royals, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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To return Sunday
PMilwaukee Brewers
Personal
September 18, 2020
Lindblom (personal) will start Sunday against the Royals, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
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Placed on bereavement list
PMilwaukee Brewers
Not Injury Related
September 16, 2020
Lindblom landed on the bereavement list Wednesday.
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