Josh Lindblom
Josh Lindblom
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
10-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 5/10/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After spending two seasons in the KBO and being named the MVP of that league in 2019, Lindblom signed a three-year deal with the Brewers last offseason. He started for most of his first stateside campaign in three years and averaged over a strikeout per inning, but he also let too many runners cross the plate and did not throw more than 5.1 innings in any of his appearances. Lindblom kept hitters off balance by throwing five different pitches, but neither his low-90s fastball nor his changeup -- two pitches he threw nearly half the time -- were particularly effective. With two seasons left on his contract, Lindblom is a good bet to open the 2021 season with a spot in the Brewers' rotation. He carries some appeal in the strikeout department, but he's going to have to pitch deeper into games to be of much help to fantasy players. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a three-year, $9.1 million contract with the Brewers in December of 2019.
Beginning rehab assignment Tuesday
PMilwaukee Brewers
Knee
May 3, 2021
Lindblom (knee) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance at Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
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Lindblom will be one of three rehabbing Brewers heading to Nashville for its season opener, with position players Jace Peterson (thumb) and Derek Fisher (hamstring) also on track to make appearances in the game. Since the Brewers are viewing Lindblom as a long reliever, he may need to build up his pitch count over at least two rehab outings before he's activated from the 10-day injured list.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
47
Last 10 Games
47
Last 5 Games
47
How many pitches does Josh Lindblom generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .291 128 24 15 32 8 3 7
Since 2019vs Right .245 122 37 8 27 4 0 3
2021vs Left .333 21 0 4 5 2 1 1
2021vs Right .364 38 9 3 12 3 0 3
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-79%
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 2019Home 4.13 1.27 28.1 1 2 0 8.6 2.9 1.3
Since 2019Away 8.46 1.66 27.2 1 2 0 11.1 4.6 2.0
2021Home 3.60 1.60 5.0 0 0 0 5.4 5.4 0.0
2021Away 17.47 2.82 5.2 0 0 0 9.5 6.4 6.4
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
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Stat Review
How does Josh Lindblom compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
1.29
 
K/9
7.6
 
BB/9
5.9
 
HR/9
3.4
 
Fastball
90.1 mph
 
ERA
10.97
 
WHIP
2.25
 
BABIP
.381
 
GB/FB
0.50
 
Left On Base
59.8%
 
Exit Velocity
85.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
11.3%
 
Spin Rate
2428 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.0%
 
Swinging Strike
8.1%
 
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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.
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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Throws BP
PMilwaukee Brewers
Knee
April 29, 2021
Lindblom (knee) threw a round of live batting practice Thursday, Sophia Minnaert of Bally Sports Wisconsin reports.
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Placed on 10-day injured list
PMilwaukee Brewers
Knee
April 24, 2021
Lindblom was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right knee effusion.
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Headed to bullpen
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 25, 2021
Lindblom will begin the 2021 season as a middle reliever, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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No signs of progress this spring
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 12, 2021
Lindblom gave up four earned runs over three innings in Friday's spring game against the Royals. He allowed three hits and posted a 6:2 K:BB in the contest.
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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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