Framber Valdez
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The young left-hander found success with the Astros in 2018 -- mostly working as a spot starter -- with a 2.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 37 innings, and he carried that performance through his first 16 outings in 2019. But Valdez had a 9.66 ERA across his final 31.2 innings and wasn't selected for the playoff roster as a result. The 26-year-old's major issue has always been walks, and his 13.8 BB% last season remains a concern. He looked much more comfortable at Triple-A with a 69:17 K:BB over 44.1 frames, but he was unable to carry that success into the majors. Valdez's hard sinker helped produce a 62.1% groundball rate, but the 25.7 HR/FB% illustrates his general inconsistency. He split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2019, but he seems more likely to benefit the Astros in relief this season given the more reliable starting options on the team. Read Past Outlooks
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Punches out 11
PHouston Astros
September 17, 2020
Valdez (4-3) allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out 11 across 6.1 innings to earn the win Thursday against the Rangers.
ANALYSIS
Valdez bounced back from a couple shaky outings to dominate the Rangers. He racked up 21 called strikes and 15 swinging strikes across 100 total pitches, matching his season best with 11 punchouts. After allowing three home runs across his past two starts, Valdez limited the Rangers to only one extra-base hit and no long balls. For the season, Valdez now has a 3.82 ERA with a 68:15 K:BB across 63.2 frames. He currently lines up to take his next turn through the rotation Tuesday at Seattle.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
94
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
99
How many pitches does Framber Valdez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
What part of the game does Framber Valdez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .195 204 59 29 32 4 2 1
Since 2018vs Right .256 540 111 55 122 17 2 16
2020vs Left .230 71 22 5 14 0 2 0
2020vs Right .250 190 46 11 44 5 1 5
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.46 1.23 93.2 8 3 0 9.8 4.2 0.7
Since 2018Away 5.33 1.58 77.2 4 8 0 7.9 4.6 1.2
2020Home 3.52 1.08 30.2 3 1 0 10.9 2.9 0.3
2020Away 4.09 1.24 33.0 1 2 0 8.5 1.6 1.1
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
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Stat Review
How does Framber Valdez 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 2019 data (min 120 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
4.25
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
3.82
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.322
 
GB/FB
3.55
 
Left On Base
64.2%
 
Exit Velocity
83.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.1%
 
Spin Rate
2405 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.6%
 
Swinging Strike
9.8%
 
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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.
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Hit hard in no-decision
PHouston Astros
September 12, 2020
Valdez did not factor in the decision against the Dodgers on Saturday, pitching five innings and allowing five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven.
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Gives up eight runs in loss
PHouston Astros
September 6, 2020
Valdez (3-3) gave up a career-high eight runs and 11 hits Sunday to take the loss against the Angels.
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No-decision in quality start
PHouston Astros
September 1, 2020
Valdez tossed seven innings against Texas on Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. He did not factor in the decision.
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Sunday's game postponed
PHouston Astros
August 30, 2020
Valdez won't start as scheduled Sunday as the game was postponed after the Athletics reported a positive test for COVID-19.
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Fans 11 in win
PHouston Astros
August 24, 2020
Valdez (3-2) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in seven innings in a win over the Angels on Monday.
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