Shawn Armstrong
Shawn Armstrong
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Back soreness cost Armstrong a month of the 2020 season, limiting him to 14 appearances for the Orioles. The right-hander's performance in those 14 appearances was off the charts, with Armstrong posting a 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and .170 BAA. Control was his biggest area of improvement; Armstrong cut his walk rate in half from 10.7% to 5.3%. He cut down on his four-seam fastball usage in favor of more cutters, which was a good call as hitters have had no trouble launching the four-seamer into the air. His strikeout rate has hovered around 25% the last three seasons, hinting at some upside in Baltimore's unsettled bullpen. Armstrong did not have a save in 2020 and only compiled three holds, however, so he clearly has a ways to go if he's to earn manager Brandon Hyde's trust and separate himself. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in December of 2020.
Ugly outing Tuesday
PBaltimore Orioles
April 20, 2021
Armstrong allowed two runs on a hit and two walks while failing to record an out in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Marlins.
ANALYSIS
Armstrong allowed a single and two walks to load the bases in the sixth inning before Adam Plutko entered the game. Plutko allowed two runners to score, which were charged to Armstrong. The 30-year-old Armstrong had seen high-leverage work previously, but his early entrance Tuesday suggests his poor performance has removed him from the closer committee. Armstrong has allowed nine runs (eight earned), nine hits and five walks across four innings this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Shawn Armstrong generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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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+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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41-50
 
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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 2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .229 125 24 16 24 5 0 3
Since 2019vs Right .301 223 54 21 59 14 1 8
2021vs Left .429 10 0 2 3 0 0 1
2021vs Right .400 18 2 3 6 3 0 1
2020vs Left .250 14 4 2 3 3 0 0
2020vs Right .152 35 9 1 5 0 0 1
2019vs Left .209 101 20 12 18 2 0 2
2019vs Right .324 170 43 17 48 11 1 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-66%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.58 1.35 39.1 1 1 2 9.4 4.1 1.1
Since 2019Away 6.87 1.83 36.2 2 0 2 9.3 4.7 1.5
2021Home 13.50 3.00 2.0 0 0 0 4.5 9.0 4.5
2021Away 22.50 4.00 2.0 0 0 0 4.5 13.5 4.5
2020Home 1.08 0.84 8.1 0 0 0 8.6 2.2 0.0
2020Away 3.18 0.71 5.2 2 0 0 9.5 1.6 1.6
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
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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
0.40
 
K/9
4.5
 
BB/9
11.3
 
HR/9
4.5
 
Fastball
93.4 mph
 
ERA
18.00
 
WHIP
3.50
 
BABIP
.430
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
44.6%
 
Exit Velocity
86.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
13.3%
 
Spin Rate
2682 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.0%
 
Swinging Strike
10.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Armstrong entered last spring looking like a potential candidate for saves in Seattle, due more to a lack of alternatives than a particularly impressive track record on his part. He did indeed finish the year with four saves, though none of them came for the Mariners. He threw just 3.2 innings for Seattle before being waived and claimed by Baltimore in late April. While he did grab a few saves for his new club, he didn't pitch particularly well, finishing the season with a 5.74 ERA. His 23.3% strikeout rate was decent enough, but his 10.7% walk rate and 29.5% groundball rate were each quite poor. Entering his age-29 season, there should again be plenty of saves up for grabs in Baltimore, but Armstrong doesn't appear to be a favorite for them. He doesn't offer much for fantasy owners in a middle-relief role, so there's little reason to invest in him unless he moves towards the top of the closer depth chart.
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.
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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Falters versus Yankees
PBaltimore Orioles
April 8, 2021
Armstrong gave up a run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 4-3 extra-innings win over the Yankees. He was charged with a blown save.
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Makes season debut in relief
PBaltimore Orioles
April 5, 2021
Armstrong allowed two runs on a hit and a walk and struck out one in one-third of an inning in Monday's 7-0 loss to the Yankees.
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Reinstated from COVID list
PBaltimore Orioles
April 5, 2021
Armstrong (not injury related) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
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Moves to COVID list
PBaltimore Orioles
Not Injury Related
April 4, 2021
The Orioles activated Armstrong from the paternity list Sunday and transferred him to the COVID-19 injured list, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Starting season on paternity list
PBaltimore Orioles
Personal
March 31, 2021
Armstrong will begin the regular season on the paternity list, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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