Shawn Armstrong
Shawn Armstrong
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners
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.
Mixed bag since debut
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April 17, 2019
Armstrong, who was activated from the 10-day injured list last Friday, has allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks over 2.2 innings while recording three strikeouts across his first three appearances of the season.
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Those numbers are far from pretty, but all the trouble came in Armstrong's first outing of the season last Friday against the Astros. The 28-year-old allowed four earned runs on four hits over 1.1 innings versus Houston. He's bounced back with consecutive scoreless efforts, including a ninth inning against the Indians on Tuesday where he allowed a hit and a walk. Armstrong projects for middle-relief work now that he's healthy, with occasional hold opportunities likely to come his way.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .204 68 8 11 11 3 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .250 113 30 4 26 4 0 6
2019vs Left .250 7 0 1 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .500 9 3 1 4 1 0 1
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
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.37 1.19 22.2 0 2 1 9.5 2.4 2.4
Since 2017Away 3.26 1.29 19.1 1 0 0 6.5 4.2 0.5
2019Home 13.50 2.63 2.2 0 1 0 10.1 6.8 3.4
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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.
K/BB
1.50
 
K/9
10.1
 
BB/9
6.8
 
HR/9
3.4
 
Fastball
92.6 mph
 
ERA
13.50
 
WHIP
2.63
 
BABIP
.469
 
GB/FB
0.50
 
Strand %
50.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Returns from injured list
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April 12, 2019
Armstrong (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
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Second consecutive strong rehab
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Oblique
April 11, 2019
Armstrong (oblique) fired a scoreless first inning in Triple-A Tacoma's win over El Paso on Wednesday and could be ready for activation during the upcoming homestand, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Puts in solid rehab appearance
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Oblique
April 8, 2019
Armstrong (oblique) fired a scoreless inning in Triple-A Tacoma's loss to Sacramento on Monday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts.
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Nearing rehab appearance
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Oblique
April 8, 2019
Armstrong (oblique) will throw his first of a few rehab outings for Triple-A Tacoma within the next day or two, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Heading for minor-league rehab work
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Oblique
April 2, 2019
Armstrong (oblique) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will join Triple-A Tacoma for further rehab work, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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