John Means
John Means
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Baltimore Orioles
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Means was an All-Star in 2019, though that says far more about the Orioles than about his own talents. His 4.41 FIP and 5.48 xFIP suggested that a fair amount of regression in his 3.60 ERA was due, and that did indeed happen, as he finished 2020 with a 4.53 ERA in 10 starts. While his ERA rose by nearly a run, his underlying numbers generally moved in an encouraging direction. His K% jumped from 19.0 to 23.9, due in part to a jump in fastball velocity from 91.8 to 93.8 mph. He also cut his BB% from 6.0 to 4.0 while increasing his groundball rate from 30.9% to 43.9%. The righty's ERA increase can be traced in large part to his massive jump in HR/FB rate from 9.9% to 21.8%, a number over which a pitcher typically doesn't exercise much control. While the new version of Means certainly isn't special, a locked-in starter who produces a league-average K% and an ERA around 4.50 does have value in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2021.
Excellent in no-decision
PBaltimore Orioles
April 18, 2021
Means pitched seven scoreless innings in a no-decision versus the Rangers on Sunday. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out nine.
ANALYSIS
Means and Rangers starter Kyle Gibson engaged in a pitchers' duel for much of the low-scoring game. Sunday's outing will go down as Means' second quality start in four appearances this year. He has a 1.52 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 23:6 K:BB and a 1-0 record across 23.2 innings. The southpaw's next start is scheduled for Friday at home versus Oakland.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
94
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
94
How many pitches does John Means generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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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 2019
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-26%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .196 211 54 11 39 10 2 5
Since 2019vs Right .242 673 123 39 150 26 1 31
2021vs Left .150 22 6 2 3 0 0 0
2021vs Right .200 69 17 4 13 1 0 2
2020vs Left .263 40 13 2 10 2 0 2
2020vs Right .234 116 20 4 25 0 0 9
2019vs Left .184 149 35 7 26 8 2 3
2019vs Right .249 488 86 31 112 25 1 20
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-91%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-68%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.64 1.04 118.2 9 8 0 7.7 1.8 1.5
Since 2019Away 3.59 1.19 97.2 6 6 0 7.0 2.4 1.5
2021Home 5.40 1.40 5.0 0 0 0 9.0 3.6 3.6
2021Away 0.48 0.80 18.2 1 0 0 8.7 1.9 0.0
2020Home 7.06 1.20 21.2 1 3 0 8.7 1.2 2.9
2020Away 2.25 0.94 16.0 1 0 0 6.8 1.7 2.3
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
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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
3.83
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
92.3 mph
 
ERA
1.52
 
WHIP
0.93
 
BABIP
.242
 
GB/FB
0.85
 
Left On Base
93.8%
 
Exit Velocity
79.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2369 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.2%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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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).
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Hit hard in no-decision
PBaltimore Orioles
April 13, 2021
Means didn't factor into the decision in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mariners after giving up three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out five.
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Allows one run against Yanks
PBaltimore Orioles
April 8, 2021
Means allowed one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out four across 4.2 innings Wednesday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.
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Dazzles in O's opener
PBaltimore Orioles
April 2, 2021
Means (1-0) picked up the win Friday against the Red Sox, allowing only one hit over seven scoreless inning while striking out five.
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Orioles-Red Sox rained out
PBaltimore Orioles
April 1, 2021
Means and the Orioles won't play the Red Sox on Thursday after their Opening Day game was postponed due to rain, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Officially starting Opening Day
PBaltimore Orioles
March 19, 2021
Means was officially named the Orioles' Opening Day starter Friday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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