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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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in August of 2018.
Not on playoff roster
PHouston Astros
October 2, 2019
Valdez will not be on the Astros' playoff roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Valdez struggled to a 5.86 ERA in 70.2 innings for the Astros this season. He won't be needed in the playoffs unless injuries strike Houston's bullpen.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
45
Last 10 Games
62
Last 5 Games
56
How many pitches does Framber Valdez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Framber Valdez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .175 133 37 24 18 4 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .260 350 65 44 78 12 1 11
2019vs Left .197 93 23 19 14 4 0 1
2019vs Right .291 236 45 25 60 9 1 8
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
 
 
-45%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.43 1.30 63.0 5 2 0 9.3 4.9 0.9
Since 2017Away 6.25 1.84 44.2 3 6 0 7.5 6.9 1.2
2019Home 4.54 1.37 41.2 3 1 0 9.1 4.5 0.9
2019Away 7.76 2.10 29.0 1 6 0 8.1 7.1 1.6
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 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
1.55
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
5.6
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
93.0 mph
 
ERA
5.86
 
WHIP
1.67
 
BABIP
.331
 
GB/FB
3.88
 
Left On Base
63.6%
 
Exit Velocity
89.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.1%
 
Spin Rate
2289 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.2%
 
Swinging Strike
10.5%
 
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Shifting to bullpen
PHouston Astros
September 8, 2019
Valdez will move to the bullpen as the Astros employ a four-man starting rotation for the final few weeks of the season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Battles command in no-decision
PHouston Astros
September 7, 2019
Valdez allowed three runs on two hits and six walks while striking out six over four innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Friday.
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Struggles against Blue Jays
PHouston Astros
August 31, 2019
Valdez (4-7) allowed six runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts across 5.2 innings while taking a loss against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
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Gets another start
PHouston Astros
August 29, 2019
Valdez is scheduled to make another start Saturday against the Blue Jays.
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Strikes out eight in win
PHouston Astros
August 25, 2019
Valdez (4-6) gave up one run on two hits and five walks while striking out eight through six innings to earn the win against the Angels on Sunday.
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