Framber Valdez
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite having made just two appearances above Double-A, Valdez was summoned to the big leagues in late August and went on to make five starts and three relief appearances for the Astros, finishing with an excellent 2.19 ERA. Although the results were impressive, there are reasons to be skeptical. He was never viewed as a particularly interesting prospect and was thought to be ticketed for a bullpen role, which still seems likely as he threw his third pitch (a changeup) just 1.7% of the time. He walked far too many batters (15.6%) -- another sign of a potential bullpen future -- which contributed to a forgettable 4.65 FIP. An excellent 70.3% groundball rate makes the lefty somewhat interesting, but he's far from a lock as a future starter and would certainly have far less fantasy appeal if he ends up in a long-relief role. Read Past Outlooks
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Throwing strikes
PHouston Astros
May 3, 2019
Valdez allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out three over 2.1 innings in Thursday's 8-2 loss to Minnesota.
ANALYSIS
The Twins rocked starter Brad Peacock, who was gone after allowing seven runs in 3.2 innings, so Valdez was needed to provide length out of the bullpen. Since rejoining the Astros, Valdez has allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out 10 over 8.2 innings. The key for the left-hander is to throw strikes, manager AJ Hinch told David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. After a shaky three-walk effort against the Rangers in his first appearance following his callup, Valdez has thrown 74 percent of his pitches for strikes (59 of 80).
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-43%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-54%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .132 65 21 8 7 0 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .232 169 29 25 33 6 1 4
2019vs Left .143 25 7 3 3 0 0 0
2019vs Right .313 55 9 6 15 3 1 1
2018vs Left .125 40 14 5 4 0 0 0
2018vs Right .191 114 20 19 18 3 0 3
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
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.15 1.19 29.1 3 1 0 8.9 4.6 0.9
Since 2017Away 3.81 1.46 26.0 2 2 0 7.3 6.2 0.3
2019Home 4.50 1.25 8.0 1 0 0 6.8 2.3 1.1
2019Away 4.35 1.65 10.1 0 2 0 8.7 6.1 0.0
2018Home 1.27 1.17 21.1 2 1 0 9.7 5.5 0.8
2018Away 3.45 1.34 15.2 2 0 0 6.3 6.3 0.6
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 Framber Valdez 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 this season's data (min 20 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.
K/BB
1.78
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
92.7 mph
 
ERA
4.42
 
WHIP
1.47
 
BABIP
.323
 
GB/FB
2.33
 
Left On Base
70.3%
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.7%
 
Spin Rate
2217 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
42.6%
 
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Rejoins major-league club
PHouston Astros
April 20, 2019
Valdez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Remains in bullpen at Triple-A
PHouston Astros
April 14, 2019
Valdez will remain in a regimented bullpen role for the next two weeks at Triple-A Round Rock, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
PHouston Astros
April 11, 2019
Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Takes loss Tuesday
PHouston Astros
April 3, 2019
Valdez (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Rangers.
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Wins bullpen job
PHouston Astros
March 23, 2019
Valdez will make the Astros' Opening Day bullpen, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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