Joe Musgrove
Joe Musgrove
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Musgrove was limited by injuries but performed at a high level between DL stints, creating some excitement heading into 2019. After turning the page on a shoulder issue, Musgrove made his Pirates debut May 20 and blanked the Cardinals over seven innings. A finger infection sidelined Musgrove again in July, but he returned to post an even 1.0 BB/9 in 62.1 innings after the break, lowering his walk rate to just 4.7% for the season. His 20.6 K% was underwhelming, though an 11.4% swinging-strike rate and an excellent 68.3% first-pitch-strike rate hint at room for growth in that department. The Pirates were forced to shut Musgrove down early and sent him for surgery to repair his right abdominal wall and to heal a stress reaction in his pelvic bone, but he was expected to have a relatively normal offseason. There's no doubt that Musgrove will have a rotation spot when healthy. The command is there for him to take his performance to the next level. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Quality start Thursday
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 26, 2019
Musgrove (11-12) got the win against the Cubs on Thursday, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking two as the Pirates won 9-5.
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Musgrove has had an uneven campaign, but he's closed it on a strong note. Coming off this outing, he's now reached the five-inning threshold without allowing more than three earned runs in seven out of his last eight starts dating back to Aug. 10. He'll need to be more consistent going forward to establish himself as a reliable fantasy contributor, but hopefully he can build on the strong finish heading into next season. The right-hander closes the 2019 campaign with a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 157:39 K:BB across 170.1 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
83
Last 10 Games
87
Last 5 Games
89
How many pitches does Joe Musgrove generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Joe Musgrove generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .271 779 159 40 194 47 10 24
Since 2017vs Right .250 887 196 50 204 42 1 27
2019vs Left .270 343 65 15 86 27 5 11
2019vs Right .239 375 92 24 82 21 0 10
2018vs Left .277 223 38 13 56 12 2 6
2018vs Right .233 263 62 10 57 7 1 6
2017vs Left .268 213 56 12 52 8 3 7
2017vs Right .285 249 42 16 65 14 0 11
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-27%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.66 1.27 220.1 12 18 2 8.4 2.3 1.4
Since 2017Away 4.12 1.19 174.2 12 11 0 7.7 1.8 0.9
2019Home 5.09 1.21 88.1 5 6 0 8.5 1.8 1.5
2019Away 3.73 1.22 82.0 6 6 0 8.1 2.3 0.7
2018Home 4.21 1.27 66.1 4 5 0 8.1 2.2 0.9
2018Away 3.86 1.06 49.0 2 4 0 7.3 1.3 0.9
2017Home 4.52 1.36 65.2 3 7 2 8.6 3.0 1.6
2017Away 5.15 1.28 43.2 4 1 0 7.2 1.2 1.2
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Stat Review
How does Joe Musgrove 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
4.03
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
4.44
 
WHIP
1.22
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
1.42
 
Left On Base
61.4%
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
2387 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For some, it is a tale of two halves. For Musgrove, it was a tale of two roles. As a starter, Musgrove posted a 6.12 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP. After being demoted to the bullpen, he registered a sparkling 1.44 ERA with a stingy 0.86 WHIP. Sometimes, this is just happenstance, with regression occurring after the role change, not because of it. However, in this instance, Musgrove increased the use of his fastball (adding three mph), slider and cutter while barely throwing his sinker and curveball. The results were astounding, as Musgrove's swinging-strike rate gained three percentage points, while his walks and homers dropped significantly. Focusing on homers, as a starter, Musgrove surrendered 16 in just 78 innings compared to only two in 31.1 frames out of the bullpen. Just when it seemed he was poised to become one of the useful non-closer fantasy relievers in the Chris Devenski or Chad Green mold, Musgrove was dealt to the Pirates as part of the Gerrit Cole trade. He will return to starting in Pittsburgh, and more growing pains should be expected.
Musgrove excelled at the upper levels of the minor leagues in 2016, earning a look in the Astros' rotation over the final two months. Aside from one eight-run blowup at Baltimore, Musgrove was mostly impressive as he was able to maintain a good walk rate against more advance hitters while continuing to miss bats at a strong clip. His 4.23 FIP suggests he may have overachieved slightly in the ratio categories, but command and control give Musgrove a nice floor as he enters his age-24 season and continues along the major-league learning curve. The Astros' signing of Charlie Morton and a potential role change for Chris Devenski cloud Musgrove's status somewhat, but there are health concerns at the top of the rotation, and Musgrove should serve as the top fill-in if he misses out on a rotation spot out of camp. He's more than an AL-only consideration.
Musgrove, Toronto's first pick in the compensation round of the 2011 draft (46th overall), was acquired by the Astros in 2012 and has spent the past four years in the lower levels of their minor league system. His stock has finally started to rise, however, as he opened 2015 with Low-A Quad Cities and finished the year at Double-A Corpus Christi. Between three levels last season, he appeared In 19 games (14 starts) and went 12-1 with a 1.88 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 99:8 K:BB ratio over 100.2 innings. The 23-year-old right-hander sports a mid-to-low 90s fastball, plus slider and plus-plus command, but his future as a big league starter or reliever is unclear. He's likely to return to Corpus Christi or open 2016 with Triple-A Fresno.
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Strikes out six
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 19, 2019
Musgrove allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out six across five innings Thursday against the Mariners. He did not factor into the decision.
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Cruises to 10th win
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 12, 2019
Musgrove (10-12) picked up the win after giving up four hits while striking out seven over five scoreless innings Thursday against the Giants.
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Confirmed as Thursday's starter
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 12, 2019
Musgrove (foot) is confirmed as Thursday's starter against the Giants.
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May start Thursday
PPittsburgh Pirates
Foot
September 10, 2019
Musgrove (foot) is tentatively scheduled to start Thursday's game at San Francisco, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Scratched with foot issue
PPittsburgh Pirates
Foot
September 6, 2019
Musgrove was scratched from Friday's start against the Cardinals with right foot discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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