Zack Godley
Zack Godley
29-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.
Gives up six runs
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 16, 2019
Godley did not factor into the decision as he gave up six runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three through 4.2 innings of relief work in a loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
Godley entered the game after Archie Bradley served up four runs over 1.1 innings as the opener and did not fare any better. The 29-year-old allowed too many baserunners to be effective and surrendered three home runs. Godley has improved as a reliever, but this performance raises his ERA to 6.52 through 18 appearances. The Diamondbacks will have a need for a fifth starter again next weekend at home against the Giants, but after another grisly performance, Godley may be bypassed for the nod.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .257 823 186 82 184 44 4 17
Since 2017vs Right .239 859 210 78 181 32 4 25
2019vs Left .322 132 26 13 38 7 3 6
2019vs Right .234 132 20 13 26 4 0 5
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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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
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ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 4.18 1.19 185.0 12 11 0 9.6 3.2 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.72 1.46 207.2 14 13 2 8.6 4.1 0.8
2019Home 7.09 1.50 26.2 2 3 0 8.8 4.1 2.0
2019Away 6.06 1.53 32.2 1 1 2 5.5 3.9 1.4
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 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.
    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.
89.6 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
Spin Rate
2123 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
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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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Set to pitch Sunday
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 15, 2019
Godley is expected to follow reliever Archie Bradley in Sunday's game at Washington, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
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Could return to rotation
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 13, 2019
Manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged Godley as a candidate to return to the rotation after the Diamondbacks placed Jon Duplantier (shoulder) on the injured list, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Picks up win in slugfest
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 11, 2019
Godley (3-4) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four over 3.2 scoreless innings to earn the win Monday against Philadelphia.
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Notches second save
PArizona Diamondbacks
May 25, 2019
Godley held the Giants scoreless for a three-inning save Friday, allowing two hits while punching out two.
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Back to bullpen
PArizona Diamondbacks
May 20, 2019
Godley will come out of the bullpen moving forward, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
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