Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
34-Year-Old PitcherSP
Texas Rangers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After making his major-league debut in 2017 as a 32-year-old, Bibens-Dirkx returned to Triple-A to begin the 2018 campaign. He was promoted to the big-league rotation at the end of May to replace the injured Matt Moore, but was quickly sent back to the minors after getting roughed up in a pair of starts (eight earned runs in 11 innings). He continued to bounce between Triple-A and the majors throughout the remainder of the season, making four additional starts and seven relief appearances for the Rangers (posting a 6.09 ERA during that stretch) before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in mid-September. Bibens-Dirkx is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, though he seems likely to open the 2019 campaign in the minors. Even if the right-hander finds himself back in the majors, it would be unwise to expect anything from him given his 5.27 ERA and 5.6 K/9 over the past two seasons. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rangers in December of 2017.
Back with Rangers
PTexas Rangers  AAA
June 29, 2019
Bibens-Dirkx has signed a contract to return to the Rangers, and he will start for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday night, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
ANALYSIS
Bibens-Dirkx signed a contract with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League during the offseason, but he has decided to return stateside and rejoin his former club. Bibens-Dirkx started six games for the Rangers in both of the last two seasons, so he should garner consideration if the club decides to add a starter from the minor-league ranks.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .272 224 23 18 55 9 2 12
Since 2017vs Right .295 278 48 16 75 16 0 11
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .301 90 13 6 25 5 1 6
2018vs Right .313 113 20 8 31 7 0 3
2017vs Left .252 134 10 12 30 4 1 6
2017vs Right .284 165 28 8 44 9 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-50%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-62%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-37%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 7.17 1.63 54.0 2 4 0 5.7 3.5 2.0
Since 2017Away 3.58 1.26 60.1 5 1 0 5.5 1.9 1.6
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 8.53 1.82 25.1 0 3 0 7.1 3.6 2.5
2018Away 3.20 1.22 19.2 2 0 0 5.9 1.8 0.9
2017Home 5.97 1.47 28.2 2 1 0 4.4 3.5 1.6
2017Away 3.76 1.28 40.2 3 1 0 5.3 2.0 2.0
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Bibens-Dirkx toiled in the minors for 11-plus seasons before being called up from Triple-A Round Rock in May and making his MLB debut at 32 years old. The right-hander would stick with the big club the rest of the way, serving as a swingman for the Rangers and making 24 appearances (six starts). While his ability to eat innings in a starting role or out of the bullpen proved useful, Bibens-Dirkx's lack of swing-and-miss stuff ultimately yielded an underwhelming 4.67 ERA (5.42 xFIP). The Rangers elected to bring Bibens-Dirkx back on a minor-league contract in the offseason, but given the unlikelihood that he'll gain much further juice on his low-90s fastball at this stage in his career, he shouldn't be counted on to notice improved results if he resurfaces in the majors.
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Heading overseas
PFree Agent  AAA
January 21, 2019
Bibens-Dirkx (knee) has signed a contract with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan, Joey Hayden of the Dallas Morning Star reports.
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Outrighted from 40-man roster
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Knee
November 2, 2018
Bibens-Dirkx was outrighted from the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday and is expected to elect free agency.
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Undergoes season-ending knee surgery
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Knee
September 19, 2018
Bibens-Dirkx underwent season-ending surgery to repair partially torn cartilage in his left knee Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Rejoining Rangers
PTexas Rangers  AAA
September 4, 2018
Bibens-Dirkx will be recalled by the Rangers on Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
PTexas Rangers  AAA
August 5, 2018
The Rangers optioned Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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