Joe Palumbo
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
What should have been a breakout 2017 campaign was axed when Palumbo required Tommy John surgery after just three starts. The 6-foot-1 southpaw dominated when he returned in late 2018, but it was so late in the season that few took proper notice. He logged a 2.48 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 36.1 innings across stops at High-A and Double-A. Palumbo has borderline plus command, which allows his 93-95 mph fastball to easily work as a plus offering. He finishes hitters with a 60-grade curveball and also mixes in a 50-grade changeup. With good health, Palumbo should have no problem producing like a No. 3 starter, and he could even surpass that if his feel for his changeup improves. Durability concerns are legitimate, but given his stuff and proximity to the big leagues, Palumbo qualifies as a true sleeper in dynasty leagues. He could push to 100-110 innings this year, some of which may come in the majors. Read Past Outlooks
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Shines in relief
PTexas Rangers
September 16, 2019
Palumbo tossed two shutout innings in relief Sunday in the Rangers' 6-1 loss to the Athletics, working around two walks and no hits and striking out four.
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In his first outing with the Rangers since Aug. 20, Palumbo piggybacked starter Jonathan Hernandez, who was pulled after covering the first 2.2 innings. The 24-year-old lefty excelled in his two-inning stint out of the bullpen and could get a permanent look in the Texas rotation in 2020, but the Rangers are likely to monitor his usage carefully over the final two weeks of the current campaign.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
49
Last 10 Games
49
Last 5 Games
49
How many pitches does Joe Palumbo generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Joe Palumbo generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .250 14 3 2 3 0 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .325 48 10 5 13 5 0 2
2019vs Left .250 14 3 2 3 0 0 2
2019vs Right .325 48 10 5 13 5 0 2
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 13.03 2.28 9.2 0 2 0 10.2 6.5 3.7
Since 2017Away 0.00 0.33 3.0 0 0 0 6.0 0.0 0.0
2019Home 13.03 2.28 9.2 0 2 0 10.2 6.5 3.7
2019Away 0.00 0.33 3.0 0 0 0 6.0 0.0 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Joe Palumbo 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 70 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
1.86
 
K/9
9.2
 
BB/9
5.0
 
HR/9
2.8
 
Fastball
94.0 mph
 
ERA
9.95
 
WHIP
1.82
 
BABIP
.346
 
GB/FB
1.08
 
Left On Base
51.7%
 
Exit Velocity
91.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.7%
 
Spin Rate
2304 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.5%
 
Swinging Strike
9.0%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
A run of seven starts to close out the season morphed Palumbo from fringe prospect to stealth high-upside arm in the lower levels of the Rangers' system. He went five-plus innings in all seven starts and posted a 2.37 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 39:10 K:BB in 38 innings after switching roles from closer to ace at Low-A. A slender 6-foot-1, Palumbo does not cut the figure of a traditional starter, which is perhaps why he began his professional career as a reliever and continued in that role for his first 26 appearances in 2016. However, he has a mid-90s fastball, a plus curveball and developing changeup, so his repertoire may be able to consistently turn over a lineup. Palumbo, a 30th-round selection in 2013, cut his walk rate from 14.3 percent in 2015 to 9.1 percent last year, which strengthens the notion that he could make it as a starter with continued refinement. He won't be under the radar much longer if his success as a starter continues at High-A High Desert.
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Rejoins big-league club
PTexas Rangers
September 15, 2019
Palumbo (thumb) was activated off the minor-league injured list and recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.
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Tosses simulated inning
PTexas Rangers
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September 12, 2019
Palumbo (thumb) threw a simulated inning Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Removes bandage
PTexas Rangers
Thumb
September 6, 2019
Palumbo (thumb) played catch Thursday without a bandage on his finger for the first time since suffering a blister Aug. 20, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Playing catch
PTexas Rangers
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August 31, 2019
Palumbo (thumb) is playing catch, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on IL
PTexas Rangers
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August 20, 2019
Palumbo (thumb) was placed on the 7-day injured list Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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