Matt Shoemaker
Matt Shoemaker
34-Year-Old PitcherSP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The right-hander wasn't tendered a contract by the Angels for 2019 and signed with the Blue Jays, but he was once again limited by injury, making just five starts. Shoemaker has thrown only 137.1 innings over the last three seasons, with the totals trending downward each year. He battled forearm issues over the previous two seasons before he suffered a torn ACL last April and was lost for the season. He isn't expected to have any limitations this offseason, and if healthy, will likely break camp with a rotation spot after the Blue Jays tendered him a contract for 2020. Shoemaker pitched well with 1.57 ERA and 0.87 WHIP before suffering the injury, so there is still something here. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2020.
Three strong innings Tuesday
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 29, 2020
Shoemaker threw three scoreless innings Tuesday while allowing two hits and striking out two in a no-decision against the Rays in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round.
ANALYSIS
Shoemaker looked strong in his second outing since returning from a lat strain, throwing 27 of his 35 pitches for strikes. The right-hander recorded a 4.71 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 5.95 FIP in 28.2 innings of work during the regular season. The 34-year-old has been restricted to three innings of work in both of his outings since his return.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
69
Last 10 Games
69
Last 5 Games
62
How many pitches does Matt Shoemaker generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Matt Shoemaker generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .192 171 44 19 29 7 0 7
Since 2018vs Right .222 182 39 9 38 7 1 7
2020vs Left .194 68 15 5 12 2 0 5
2020vs Right .233 47 11 4 10 1 0 3
2019vs Left .189 43 11 6 7 2 0 1
2019vs Right .148 65 13 3 9 1 1 2
2018vs Left .192 60 18 8 10 3 0 1
2018vs Right .284 70 15 2 19 5 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.67 0.86 33.2 2 1 0 11.0 2.1 0.8
Since 2018Away 4.45 1.21 54.2 3 2 0 6.9 3.3 1.8
2020Home 5.14 1.29 7.0 0 0 0 10.3 3.9 1.3
2020Away 4.57 1.02 21.2 0 1 0 7.5 2.5 2.9
2019Home 0.00 0.50 14.0 2 0 0 9.6 1.9 0.0
2019Away 3.07 1.23 14.2 1 0 0 5.5 3.7 1.8
2018Home 4.26 1.03 12.2 0 1 0 12.8 1.4 1.4
2018Away 5.40 1.42 18.1 2 1 0 7.4 3.9 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Matt Shoemaker 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
2.89
 
K/9
8.2
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
2.5
 
Fastball
92.1 mph
 
ERA
4.71
 
WHIP
1.08
 
BABIP
.203
 
GB/FB
1.60
 
Left On Base
75.8%
 
Exit Velocity
81.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.1%
 
Spin Rate
1780 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.3%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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31 days ago
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31 days ago
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38 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Shoemaker is likely motivated to get healthy after watching Nathan Eovaldi get a four-year, $68 million deal just two years removed from his second Tommy John surgery. Shoemaker has not yet needed the same surgery -- each of his past two seasons were cut short by forearm issues. The skills over an abbreviated 2018 were right in line with his 2016 season, a campaign that represents his high-water mark for workload while 2014 is his most productive fantasy season. Shoemaker is what he is: a heavy flyball pitcher who attempts to change eye levels with his fastball and get to his splitter to bury guys. He has historically been prone to the long ball and an elevated ERA, but can be a decent source of strikeouts late in drafts. The Blue Jays brought him aboard on a one-year deal. While he should have a long leash in the rotation with Toronto, the move to the AL East means most mixed-league managers will need to pick their spots with when to deploy him.
Hopes were high for Shoemaker coming off a promising 2016, which ended prematurely after he was hit in the head with a line drive that September. He entered 2017 with a clean bill of health, but only lasted 14 games before leaving his June 14 outing with a sore forearm. After feeling pain in a July rehab start, Shoemaker was shut down for good in August and underwent surgery to release the radial nerve in his forearm. Shoemaker was able to throw in September but did not return. Before getting hurt, Shoemaker was scuffling, mostly a result of an elevated 14.6 percent HR/FB rate, leading to 15 homers allowed in only 77.2 innings for the 31-year-old righty. He also exhibited uncharacteristically poor control, sporting a 3.2 BB/9, his worst mark since his rookie campaign in 2013. With a league-average strikeout rate, Shoemaker needs pinpoint control to counter the inevitable homers allowed as a flyball pitcher. He's earmarked for a mid-rotation spot, and could see a slightly reduced workload if the Angels use a six-man rotation in 2018.
Coming off a disappointing 2015 campaign, Shoemaker stepped back into the spotlight as one of the Angels' better rotation options. Following a horrific month of April, the right-hander posted an excellent 3.10 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 127:20 K:BB in 22 starts thereafter. Unfortunately, his season came to a screeching halt in early September after he was hit in the head by a line drive, keeping him on the shelf for the remainder of the season. The 30-year-old was released from the hospital shortly after the incident and all CT scans came back negative, so he should be good to go for 2017. Shoemaker doesn't overwhelm anyone with his pitch offerings, as his 91.5 mph fastball was actually the fastest rate of his career, but his command and outstanding changeup could help him continue to see success in the Angels rotation and as helpful fantasy rotation depth in mixed leagues.
All eyes were on Shoemaker to see if he could repeat his stellar season as a 28-year-old rookie after six seasons spent in the minor leagues, but aside from a brilliant month of July that saw him post a 1.78 ERA over five games (four starts), he largely struggled, failing to post an ERA under 4.00 in any other calendar month. Shoemaker was in line to see some sort of regression after outperforming nearly all of his career averages in the minor leagues in 2014, but was likely hit a bit harder than expected, as his HR/9 rate ballooned to 1.6 and his K/9 rate fell from 8.2 to 7.7. He was able to rebound a bit in the second half, allowing 18 runs over 44.1 innings while striking out 42 despite missing three weeks in September with a forearm strain. He'll need to find a way to get the home runs under control to realize value as a sleeper option.
After beginning the season as a reliever, Shoemaker seemed unlikely to become a major piece in the rotation in 2014, but he got his chance when Hector Santiago was temporarily removed in early May. The career minor leaguer jumped in with both feet, tallying a 3.38 ERA in four starts. He remained in the rotation through a rough patch in June, and went on to allow just 19 earned runs in 82 innings after July 1. Shoemaker was able to find success in 2014 by combining an above-average strikeout rate (22.8%) with a microscopic walk rate (4.4%). He also kept his HR/9 below 1.00 after struggling with the long ball the previous three seasons in the minors. Shoemaker missed the final two weeks of the season with an oblique strain, but was able to pitch in Game 2 of the ALDS. He could be a steal on draft day if the price remains low based on his less-than-stellar numbers over three-plus seasons at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Shoemaker wasn't expected to be a starter in the major leagues in 2013 when the season began, but an injury to Jered Weaver, combined with the lack of options for the Angels, resulted in the first start of his career against the Mariners in September, where he pitched five innings of two-hit ball, with five strikeouts. Shoemaker had a representative season in Triple-A Salt Lake in 2013, as although he finished with a 4.64 ERA, his K/9 (7.8) and BB/9 (1.4) rates were the best such numbers of his career. The main flaw in Shoemaker's game seems to be a tendency to surrender home runs, as his HR/9 rate of 1.3 was the highest of his career. With the lack of viable options at the back end of the Angels' rotation heading into 2014, however, Shoemaker may be given a chance to secure a role as a starting pitcher in spring training.
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Scratched but not hurt
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 26, 2020
Shoemaker is healthy but will not make his scheduled start Saturday against the Orioles, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Allows run in no-decision
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 21, 2020
Shoemaker allowed one run on three hits and two walks across three innings in Monday's 11-5 win over the Yankees. He struck out one and did not factor in the decision.
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Activated ahead of start
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 21, 2020
Shoemaker (lat) was activated from the injured list as expected ahead of his scheduled start Monday against the Yankees.
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Set to return Monday
PToronto Blue Jays  
Lat
September 20, 2020
Shoemaker (lat) will start Monday's game against the Yankees, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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Closing in on return
PToronto Blue Jays  
Lat
September 20, 2020
Pitching coach Pete Walker said Shoemaker (lat) is stretched out to 60 pitches and is "pretty much ready to go," Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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