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.
Settles for no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
April 22, 2019
Musgrove allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five and walked two across six innings in a no-decision during a 12-4 loss against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Believe it or not, Musgrove was in line for the win even after his two stranded runners scored following his departure, but the Pirates bullpen blew yet another lead -- this one in dramatic fashion, giving up nine runs in the sixth and seventh. Musgrove has put together an excellent start to the season, but he is just 1-1 through four starts. He also has a 1.59 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, .180 batting average against and 26 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. His next start will be against the Dodgers on the road Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .268 482 104 26 118 24 5 14
Since 2017vs Right .246 573 120 31 130 25 1 17
2019vs Left .227 46 10 1 10 4 0 1
2019vs Right .143 61 16 5 8 4 0 0
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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Since 2017Home 4.16 1.27 145.0 8 12 2 8.4 2.5 1.2
Since 2017Away 4.00 1.12 108.0 6 6 0 7.3 1.3 0.9
2019Home 2.08 0.85 13.0 1 0 0 9.0 2.1 0.7
2019Away 1.17 0.85 15.1 0 1 0 7.6 1.8 0.0
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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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Fires seven quality innings
PPittsburgh Pirates
April 16, 2019
Musgrove allowed two runs on six hits and one walk across seven innings in Tuesday's extra-inning win over the Tigers. He had six strikeouts and did not factor in the decision.
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Loses on unearned run
PPittsburgh Pirates
April 11, 2019
Musgrove (1-1) allowed two runs (none earned) on four hits while striking out six and walking two across 6.1 innings during a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.
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Tosses seven scoreless
PPittsburgh Pirates
April 5, 2019
Musgrove (1-0) threw seven shutout innings and allowed three hits while striking out eight and walking one in a victory over the Reds on Friday.
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Pitches well in relief
PPittsburgh Pirates
March 31, 2019
Musgrove threw two perfect relief innings Sunday against the Reds, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
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Set for Friday start
PPittsburgh Pirates
March 31, 2019
Musgrove will make his first start of the season Friday, Adam Berry of reports.
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