Shawn Armstrong
Shawn Armstrong
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Armstrong made just 14 appearances with the big-league club in his first year in the Mariners organization, but after the team's teardown this winter, he's now near the top of the bullpen hierarchy. Designated for assignment in March, Armstrong cleared waivers and spent time as the closer for Triple-A Tacoma, posting a sub-2.00 ERA with 15 saves in 49 appearances. He finally got the call to Seattle in late August and his success continued at the highest level, with Armstrong even earning his first career save on the final day of the season. He altered his pitch mix significantly from his time with the Indians, cutting his fastball usage greatly (from 64.2% to 39.2%) while adding more cutters and curveballs. The end result was a 21.1 K-BB% in his limited sample. A 95.6 LOB% and .229 BABIP exaggerated the quality of his performance, but regardless Armstrong is in the mix in deep leagues as he could very well close when Anthony Swarzak is inevitably traded. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019. Waived by the Mariners in April of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Orioles in April of 2019.
Gives up run in return from IL
PBaltimore Orioles
September 1, 2019
The Orioles reinstated Armstrong (forearm) from the 10-day injured list Sunday. He worked 1.1 innings in relief and gave up a run on three hits and a walk.
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Armstrong missed the minimum amount of time with the strained right forearm and immediately took back a key role in the Baltimore bullpen. He entered the contest with the Orioles trailing by one run and proceeded to allow a home run to the second batter he faced (Whit Merrifield) but otherwise mitigated the damage.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Shawn Armstrong 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+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Shawn Armstrong generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .206 162 28 22 28 5 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .287 274 70 20 70 14 1 11
2019vs Left .209 101 20 12 18 2 0 2
2019vs Right .324 170 43 17 48 11 1 6
2018vs Left .154 15 3 2 2 1 0 0
2018vs Right .194 42 12 1 7 2 0 1
2017vs Left .216 46 5 8 8 2 0 1
2017vs Right .250 62 15 2 15 1 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.22 1.22 49.0 1 2 3 9.7 3.3 1.7
Since 2017Away 5.21 1.66 48.1 1 0 2 8.4 4.5 0.9
2019Home 4.97 1.38 29.0 1 1 2 9.9 4.3 1.2
2019Away 6.52 1.90 29.0 0 0 2 9.6 4.7 1.2
2018Home 2.25 1.13 8.0 0 1 1 10.1 2.3 1.1
2018Away 0.00 0.45 6.2 0 0 0 8.1 1.4 0.0
2017Home 3.75 0.92 12.0 0 0 0 9.0 1.5 3.0
2017Away 4.97 1.74 12.2 1 0 0 5.7 5.7 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Shawn Armstrong compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
2.17
 
K/9
9.8
 
BB/9
4.5
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
93.4 mph
 
ERA
5.74
 
WHIP
1.64
 
BABIP
.366
 
GB/FB
0.71
 
Left On Base
68.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.1%
 
Spin Rate
2614 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.3%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
Armstrong was shuttled between Cleveland and Columbus in 2017, due in part to issues keeping the ball in the park during his time with the Indians (1.82 HR/9). Throughout most of his time in the minors, home runs haven't been an issue, and Armstrong showed signs of growth with his main flaw last season by keeping his walk rate under 4.0 BB/9 at both levels. He's shown a three-pitch combo against big-league bats, using a fastball, cutter and curveball in his bid to keep opposing hitters off balance. In December, the Mariners acquired Armstrong in exchange for $500,000 in international bonus pool money following Shohei Ohtani's decision to sign with the Angels. With the move to Seattle, Armstrong's path to a regular bullpen spot is slightly easier, but he'll need to maintain the improved control he showed last season in order to avoid making trips between Seattle and Tacoma in 2018.
Armstrong was on the fringe of making the Cleveland bullpen at the start of 2016 and ended up starting the season in the majors. But following a debut outing that saw him get taken for one run off two hits, he was sent back to Triple-A Columbus, where he was one of the club’s most-used relievers. As has become expected, Armstrong’s numbers were great at Columbus and he put together a 1.84 ERA and 1.14 WHIP that was complemented by a 35.3 percent K-rate over 47 games (49 innings). After putting in plenty of time with their Triple-A affiliate, Cleveland brought Armstrong back up to the majors near the season’s end. During said stint, he allowed only two runs across 7.2 innings, but walked five batters in that time. For 2017, Armstrong should be on track to begin the year in the middle of Cleveland’s major-league bullpen, and may turn into a decent producer of holds if he replicates his stellar, strikeout filled minor-league performances.
Armstrong flashed the same kind of dominant stuff in his brief time with the Indians (0.88 WHIP, 12.4 K/9 in eight innings) that was on display at Triple-A Columbus (49.2 innings, 37 hits, 80 strikeouts, 14.5 K/9, zero homers). The only issue with his Triple-A performance was a poor BB/9 rate (4.7) as he walked 26 batters in just over 49 innings, and that has been an ongoing concern throughout his professional career (4.5 BB/9 across five minor league seasons). The Indians are set at closer with Cody Allen on board, but Bryan Shaw was merely serviceable in a setup role, so there may be opportunities for more high-leverage work. First things first, Armstrong will need to cement his spot in the bullpen with a strong showing in spring training.
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Likely to return after minimum
PBaltimore Orioles
Forearm
August 23, 2019
Armstrong (forearm) is expected to return from the injured list after the 10-day minimum, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Placed on injured list
PBaltimore Orioles
Forearm
August 23, 2019
Armstrong was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 22 with a right forearm strain.
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Nabs fourth save
PBaltimore Orioles
August 4, 2019
Armstrong picked up the save after allowing two hits and striking out three over a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Blue Jays.
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Notches third save
PBaltimore Orioles
July 30, 2019
Armstrong pitched two scoreless innings, permitting just one hit and no walks to earn the save against the Padres. He struck out two.
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Earns second save
PBaltimore Orioles
July 3, 2019
Armstrong struck out the only batter he faced to record the save Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
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