Joe Palumbo
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
10-Day IL
Injury Abdomen
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In a perfect world, Palumbo would have spent all of 2019 in the upper levels, and we would be eagerly awaiting the MLB debut of a 6-foot-1 southpaw with a plus fastball and a career 10.7 K/9 in the minors. Unfortunately, Texas quickly ran out of healthy, competent starters, and with Palumbo already on the 40-man roster, he was used as an emergency starter -- his first two MLB starts came before his first Triple-A start. He unsurprisingly got hit around early and often, although he still managed a well-above-average 25.9 K%. Fantasy managers are not a forgiving bunch, so while we shouldn't have expected this legitimate prospect with No. 3 starter upside to have initial success, his struggles have nonetheless taken all of the shine off. His curveball could be a second plus pitch and his changeup is a fine third pitch. If he improves his command slightly, he could still reach his mid-rotation ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
Placed on injured list
PTexas Rangers
Abdomen
August 7, 2020
Palumbo was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to an ulcerative colitis flare-up.
ANALYSIS
Palumbo hadn't made any appearances out of the bullpen since Aug. 1, and Friday's transaction provides an explanation for his lack of usage. The move is retroactive to Aug. 4, so he'll be able to return as early as next weekend. The southpaw allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five over 2.1 innings across two appearances to begin the season. Once he returns, Palumbo should continue to pitch mainly in low-leverage situations.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
30
Last 10 Games
30
Last 5 Games
30
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
 
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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 2018
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-71%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .227 26 9 4 5 0 0 3
Since 2018vs Right .322 69 17 7 19 6 0 5
2020vs Left .143 9 4 2 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .500 5 1 1 2 0 0 1
2019vs Left .267 17 5 2 4 0 0 3
2019vs Right .309 64 16 6 17 6 0 4
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 12.27 2.18 14.2 0 4 0 13.5 5.5 4.9
Since 2018Away 0.00 0.69 4.1 0 0 0 8.3 4.2 0.0
2020Home 13.50 2.00 2.0 0 1 0 18.0 4.5 4.5
2020Away 0.00 6.00 .333333 0 0 0 27.0 54.0 0.0
2019Home 12.08 2.21 12.2 0 3 0 12.8 5.7 5.0
2019Away 0.00 0.25 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 0.0 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Joe Palumbo 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
1.67
 
K/9
19.3
 
BB/9
11.6
 
HR/9
3.9
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
11.57
 
WHIP
2.57
 
BABIP
.559
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
65.2%
 
Exit Velocity
79.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2578 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
11.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
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.
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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Staying in bullpen
PTexas Rangers
July 27, 2020
Palumbo, who entered Sunday's game after starter Corey Kluber was removed due to a shoulder injury, will remain in the Rangers' bullpen, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Yields three runs in loss
PTexas Rangers
July 26, 2020
Palumbo (0-1) allowed three runs in two innings Sunday, yielding three hits and a walk while taking the loss against Colorado. He struck out four batters.
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Works in relief Thursday
PTexas Rangers
July 17, 2020
Palumbo pitched three scoreless inning of relief during Thursday's intrasquad game, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four.
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Starts Friday
PTexas Rangers
July 11, 2020
Palumbo allowed one run in 2.2 innings as a starter in Friday's intrasquad game, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Provides starting depth
PTexas Rangers
June 25, 2020
Palumbo and Kolby Allard will be the first wave of depth starters for the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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