John Means
John Means
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Baltimore Orioles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Means broke camp in a relief role but quickly moved into the rotation, establishing himself as Baltimore's most dependable pitcher over the remainder of the season by winning 12 games -- no small feat on a 54-win team -- while posting a 3.73 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 27 starts. The lefty dealt with shoulder and biceps injuries over the summer, which coincided with his worst stretch of the season (5.18 ERA in July and August), though he rebounded in September and pitched into the seventh inning in five of his last seven starts. While Means does a good job limiting free passes (2.2 BB/9) and hard contact, he doesn't record many strikeouts (7.0 K/9) and allows too many homers (1.3 HR/9) while pitching in a tough division, which limits his fantasy upside. His spot in a weak Orioles rotation is safe, though indicators suggest Means was pitching over his head last season (4.41 FIP and 5.48 xFIP). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Struggles in debut
PBaltimore Orioles
July 30, 2020
Means allowed five earned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.
ANALYSIS
Means showed signs of rust early, hitting two batters and walking one among the first five hitters he faced. However, he ran into real trouble when Luke Voit -- the sixth batter of the first inning -- came to the plate with the bases loaded and belted a grand slam. More positively, Means rebounded to retire the final four batters he faced, including a swinging strikeout of Aaron Judge. Means threw only 51 pitches, so it's unclear how deep the Orioles will let him work in his second start of the campaign. He currently lines up for a rematch with the Yankees on Tuesday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
51
Last 10 Games
51
Last 5 Games
51
How many pitches does John Means 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
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does John Means generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-26%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .196 156 36 7 29 9 2 3
Since 2018vs Right .251 509 91 32 117 27 1 22
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .222 12 2 1 2 0 0 1
2019vs Left .184 149 35 7 26 8 2 3
2019vs Right .249 488 86 31 112 25 1 20
2018vs Left .429 7 1 0 3 1 0 0
2018vs Right .333 9 3 0 3 2 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.15 0.99 94.1 8 5 0 7.3 1.9 1.1
Since 2018Away 5.29 1.39 66.1 4 6 0 6.8 2.6 1.8
2020Home 19.29 1.29 2.1 0 0 0 7.7 3.9 3.9
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 2.74 0.98 92.0 8 5 0 7.3 1.9 1.1
2019Away 4.86 1.37 63.0 4 6 0 6.6 2.7 1.7
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 13.50 1.80 3.1 0 0 0 10.8 0.0 2.7
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Stat Review
How does John Means 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
2.00
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
3.9
 
Fastball
95.4 mph
 
ERA
19.29
 
WHIP
1.29
 
BABIP
.179
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Left On Base
-125.0%
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2461 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.7%
 
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Activated ahead of debut
PBaltimore Orioles
July 30, 2020
Means (arm) was activated from the injured list ahead of his scheduled start against the Yankees on Thursday.
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Set to return Thursday
PBaltimore Orioles
Arm
July 28, 2020
Means (arm) is expected to be activated off the injured list to start Thursday against the Yankees, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports.
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Could return next week
PBaltimore Orioles
Arm
July 24, 2020
Mean (arm) is eligible to come off the injured list Thursday and is expected to start that day against the Marlins, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Moves to IL
PBaltimore Orioles
Arm
July 23, 2020
The Orioles placed Means (arm) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
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'Good chance' to pitch vs. Marlins
PBaltimore Orioles
Arm
July 22, 2020
Manager Brandon Hyde said Means (arm) has a "really good chance" to pitch during Baltimore's second series of the season, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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