Zack Godley
Zack Godley
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 15 wins Godley racked up last season easily set a new career high, but things were not pretty otherwise, as his ratios took quite a hit from 2017. The two main culprits: more walks (8.5 BB% in 2017, 10.2 BB% in 2018) and fewer groundballs (55.3 GB% in 2017, 48.8 GB% in 2018). His strikeout rate also dipped slightly (26.3 K% to 23.4 K%), but not dramatically. Even with the slippage in those important metrics, his FIP (3.82) and xFIP (3.96) were below 4.00 for the second year in a row, so he is by no means a lost cause. Godley's curveball is one of the most effective in the game, and it helped him keep the ball in the park, for the most part (career-best 0.81 HR/9). He also relies on a sinker, cutter and changeup. Godley figures to slot in as one of Arizona's top starters this year, but won't come close to last year's win total as the team has switched gears to a full-on rebuild. He makes for a mid-round rotation filler in mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks in March of 2017.
Done in by Shaw
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 9, 2019
Godley allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three over four innings in Friday's game against the Brewers.
Godley's pitching line would have looked a lot better If not for Milwaukee's Travis Shaw, who took him deep twice. "I felt really good," Godley told Steve Gilbert of following the game. "Continuing to build on everything I've been working on coming into spring. Everything felt good, it was coming out really well. Even the pitches that were hit well, I thought they were still pretty good pitches, except for maybe one to Shaw." Godley has had a pair of rough outings this spring while continuing to wrestle with control. He's walked four batters in 7.1 innings after posting a 4.1 BB/9 in 2018. He'll slot in the middle of Arizona's rotation, but a rebuilding 2019 squad may not enable the right-hander to repeat his 15 wins from last year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .244 691 160 69 146 37 1 11
Since 2017vs Right .240 727 190 65 155 28 4 20
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .264 390 83 39 88 18 1 6
2018vs Right .255 401 102 42 89 14 3 10
2017vs Left .219 301 77 30 58 19 0 5
2017vs Right .223 326 88 23 66 14 1 10
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Since 2017Home 3.69 1.14 158.1 10 8 0 9.8 3.1 1.0
Since 2017Away 4.47 1.45 174.0 13 12 0 9.2 4.1 0.7
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 3.92 1.25 82.2 6 5 0 10.1 3.2 0.9
2018Away 5.46 1.62 95.2 9 6 0 8.7 4.9 0.8
2017Home 3.45 1.03 75.2 4 3 0 9.4 3.0 1.1
2017Away 3.29 1.25 79.1 4 6 0 9.8 3.2 0.7
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How does Zack Godley 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Godley emerged as one of 2017's most pleasant surprises on the back of an improved cutter and increased use of his curveball. He posted the best swinging-strike (13.3 percent) and first-pitch strike (60.8) rates of his short career. His .280 BABIP was a bit fortunate for a grounder pitcher (55.3 groundball percentage), and he must sustain his 9.6 K/9 to counteract his walk rate, which remained high at 3.1 BB/9. Godley had one of the lowest percentages of pitches in the strike zone (40.3, ranking 70th of 75 pitchers with 150-plus innings, per Fangraphs) and may need to adjust with Arizona losing improved pitch-framer Chris Iannetta to free agency (2.80 ERA in 17 pairings). Don't pay for a repeat of his breakout, but advanced metrics (3.37 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 3.32 xFIP) and the introduction of the humidor in Arizona lend hope to the idea that Godley will be able to sustain a high level of performance.
An effective starter in 2015, albeit in just six starts, Godley regressed in 2016. The righty missed out on a rotation spot out of spring training, so he started the season in the minors. Godley made his way to the majors later in the season and appeared in 27 games for the Diamondbacks, including nine starts. However, he posted a 7.31 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 34:17 K:BB in 48 innings as a starter, likely solidifying a long-term relief role. The righty really struggled to miss bats in the rotation, but he managed a solid 26:8 K:BB in 26.2 innings of relief, as his low-90s fastball plays up in short bursts. He should serve as an innings eater out of the bullpen going forward, with the potential to pitch his way into mid-to-high leverage situations down the road. That could be useful for Arizona, but it doesn't do much for fantasy owners.
Godley was a fast riser through the Arizona organization in 2015 after coming over from the Cubs as a part of the Miguel Montero trade in the winter. Though the organization may have planned on keeping Godley in the minors all year, injuries opened up a spot start for the 25-year-old on July 23. He went six shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven. The stellar performance led to five more starts and a total of eight more appearances, and Godley ended up going 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 34 strikeouts across 36.2 innings. The solid work — albeit in a small sample — will allow Godley to compete for a rotation spot in 2016.
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Rebounds in second outing
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 4, 2019
Godley tossed three scoreless frames Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 7-3 loss to the Mariners in Cactus League play. He conceded two hits and a walk and struck out three.
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Roughed up in spring debut
PArizona Diamondbacks
February 26, 2019
Godley retired just one of the seven batters he faced in his Cactus League start Tuesday versus the Cubs, conceding four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks.
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Baseline quality start
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 29, 2018
Godley (15-11) allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five across six innings to earn the win Saturday against the Padres.
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Takes fifth loss in six starts
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 23, 2018
Godley (14-11) took the loss against the Rockies on Sunday, giving up two earned runs on six hits over five innings, striking out five and walking three in Arizona's 2-0 defeat.
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Can't find plate against Astros
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 15, 2018
Godley (14-10) took the loss Saturday, coughing up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and six walks over 3.2 innings while striking out only one as the Astros downed the Diamondbacks 10-4.
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