John Axford
John Axford
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
7-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for John Axford in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2019.
Undergoes season-ending surgery
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
Elbow
August 10, 2019
Axford had surgery to remove a bone spur in his throwing elbow and is expected to be ready for spring training, Alexis Brudnicki of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews, will battle a reoccurrence of a chronic stress reaction he has been dealing with. He will be a free agent this offseason and it may be difficult for him to get a deal until he is able to throw off a mound.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-51%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-38%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .231 127 34 12 25 5 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .292 215 41 27 54 9 1 6
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .151 85 28 10 11 2 0 3
2018vs Right .308 148 26 12 41 8 1 3
2017vs Left .400 42 6 2 14 3 0 0
2017vs Right .250 67 15 15 13 1 0 3
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Since 2017
 
 
-35%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.75 1.81 38.2 4 1 0 9.8 5.1 1.6
Since 2017Away 4.38 1.30 37.0 0 1 0 8.0 4.1 0.5
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 7.39 1.79 28.0 4 0 0 10.0 4.8 1.3
2018Away 3.04 0.90 26.2 0 1 0 7.8 2.4 0.7
2017Home 5.06 1.88 10.2 0 1 0 9.3 5.9 2.5
2017Away 7.84 2.32 10.1 0 0 0 8.7 8.7 0.0
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Axford was merely a backup plan at closer for the A's in 2016. Though his control improved, his walk rate remained high (4.1 per nine) and he posted the lowest strikeout rate of his career (8.2 K/9). He hasn't posted an ERA lower than 3.95 since 2011. That tells a story of how inefficiently he's worked: To go along with his inability to stave off free passes, he got ahead 0-1 just 50.9 percent of the time. Even with all these weaknesses, his fastball average remains healthy (95.6 mph), and his 144 career saves could earn him future chances if he can convince Oakland management to focus on nostalgia. That was enough to net him 15 holds last year, which increases his value in leagues that count the statistic. Still, the A's are developing several young closer-type alternatives that likely will keep the shaky right-handed veteran out of the saves picture.
Ah, the multiple phases of Axford. Phase 1 was a guy that came out of nowhere to be an effective closer. Phase 2 was a guy that became hittable and couldn’t keep the ball in the yard because he was tipping his pitches and wasn’t told until he was traded to the Cardinals. Phase 3 Axford has become a guy who isn’t as hittable as the Phase 2 guy, but is regressing in terms of commanding his pitches. Coors Field's expansive outfield did not help his BABIP in 2015 (career-high .342), but he still fell into 25 saves once LaTroy Hawkins and Adam Ottavino got out of the way. In order to clear a 40-man spot for a prospect ahead of the Rule 5 draft, the Rockies designated Axford assignment in November, with the right-hander ultimately landing in Oakland on a two-year deal. He will likely be third in the pecking order for saves, but both of the players ahead of Axford (Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson) have had their share of injury issues.
Axford compiled a 3.95 ERA and 1.45 WHIP split between the Indians (43.2 innings) and the Pirates (11 innings) in 2014. The velocity (94.7 mph fastball avg) remains for the right-hander, but he's now pitched for four different organizations in the last two seasons. His stock has also dropped from a one-time closer to a seventh-inning reliever. While it's possible that his experience and an improved groundball rate (53.6%) could land him a late-inning role, there are better potential closers to speculate upon -- Axford has blown 10 of his last 20 save opportunities since 2013.
After the Cardinals acquired him in an August trade with the Brewers, Axford finished the final month of the season strong, posting a 1.74 ERA and an 11:3 K:BB ratio over his final 10.1 innings. A slow start to the season included a bad case of gopheritis, but he seemed to figure out some of his issues with the long ball after a dismal April. Keep in mind, however, that the 9.0 K/9 he delivered in 2013 was the lowest mark of his big league career, so the peripherals do not portend a full rebound. Axford is on track to open the season as the Indians' closer after signing a one-year deal with Cleveland in December.
Axford was in-and-out as the closer last season thanks to nine blown saves, but he will enter 2013 with the job after converting 13-of-14 save opportunities in the final month. Axford was anything but consistent last season, but he still managed to rack up 35 saves and strike out 93 batters in just 69.1 innings. His question marks will bump him down the cheat sheet, but he will have a little more leash this season in an inexperienced Brewers bullpen and could be a nice value thanks to his strikeout rate.
Axford quietly had one of the better seasons from a reliever during 2011. He saved 46 games, struck out 86 in 73.2 innings and only had two blown saves. The main reason for his improvement was a significant drop in his walk rate. His strikeout rate dipped a bit as well, which may be a cause for concern, but he's cemented as Milwaukee's closer and should provide a decent return on your investment.
Axford was given a chance to close last May and never looked back. He finished with 24 saves, a 2.48 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 58 innings. He enters 2011 entrenched as the closer for the Brewers and would need to falter multiple times before being removed. The only concern with Axford is his control, which was 4.19 BB/9IP last season. That's something that could come back to bite him if his strikeout rate decreases.
Axford made his major league debut as a right-handed reliever in 2009 with the Brewers. While he can get a fair number of strikeouts, he also gives up his fair share of walks as well. He'll get a shot at a bullpen role this spring, but it's more realistic that he'll begin the season at Triple-A Nashville.
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Suffers setback
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
Elbow
August 8, 2019
Axford (elbow) suffered a setback and will not join Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Moves rehab to Triple-A
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
Elbow
August 8, 2019
Axford (elbow) will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Nearing rehab stint
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
Elbow
July 23, 2019
Axford (elbow) has been throwing off a mound and will be re-evaluated later in the week to determine if he's ready for a rehab assignment, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Throwing long toss without issue
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
Elbow
June 29, 2019
Axford (elbow) is throwing long toss without issue, Alexis Brudnicki of MLB.com reports.
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Throws from 90 feet
PToronto Blue Jays  AAA
Elbow
June 15, 2019
Axford (elbow) has advanced his throwing progression and is throwing from 90 feet without issues, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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