Wainwright
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
1-3
ERA
4.00
WHIP
1.833
K
15
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Wainwright's fantasy value continued to plummet in 2017, as the 36-year-old hurler posted career-worst marks in ERA (5.11) and WHIP (1.50) for a second consecutive season. He hasn't been the same since missing the majority of the 2015 season with a torn Achilles; in five se... read more
Wainwright's fantasy value continued to plummet in 2017, as the 36-year-old hurler posted career-worst marks in ERA (5.11) and WHIP (1.50) for a second consecutive season. He hasn't been the same since missing the majority of the 2015 season with a torn Achilles; in five seasons preceding the injury Wainwright held a 2.83 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, but he's seen those numbers balloon to 4.81 and 1.44, respectively, in his two post-injury campaigns. While the right-hander hasn't seen any significant dip in velocity, he's missing more spots than normal, resulting in career-worst walk and home-run rates (3.3 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9). He was also limited to just 123.1 innings due to back and elbow injuries, with an elbow scope ending his season in September. While he's expected to be healthy and back in the starting rotation next spring, his days as a viable fantasy option could be over.
STATUS: 60-Day DL    INJURY: Elbow    RETURN DATE: Sep 1,2018   
LEAGUE: Majors    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'7"    WT: 240 lbs.    DOB: 8/30/1981    College: None    Drafted: 1st Rd in 2000Show Contract
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Adam Wainwright Contract Info:
Wainwright agreed to a five-year, $97.5 million extension with the Cardinals in March of 2013.
Impressive in second rehab
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
August 16, 2018
Wainwright (elbow) started High-A Palm Beach's loss to Tampa on Thursday, firing two perfect innings in which he recorded three strikeouts.
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2018 Stat Review for Adam Wainwright
1.07 K/BB
TERRIBLE
7.50 K/9
WEAK
7.00 BB/9
TERRIBLE
88.6 MPH Fastball
POOR
1.0 HR/9
GOOD
2.00 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
4.00 ERA
AVERAGE
1.83 WHIP
TERRIBLE
5.64 FIP
TERRIBLE
0.322 BABIP
HIGH
80.6 % Strand Rate
HIGH
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  1. Adam Wainwright 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Adam Wainwright 2017 Preseason Outlook
    For the first time in his career as a starter, Wainwright turned in an ERA above 4.00 and posted a bloated 1.40 WHIP. However, he'd missed almost all of 2015 courtesy of a torn Achilles and it's not as though 2016 was a complete failure. His ERA was virtually the same between the first and second half of the year (4.49 versus 4.79) and his BB/9 was 2.7, his highest since 2007. Lefties and righties alike hit him with ease, combining for a career-high .287 batting average against and resulting in a 3.99 FIP -- his highest in any qualifying season. His hard-hit rate was a career high while his groundball rate was a career low. Given his reputation as an ace that stems from consistent dominance in recent years, particularly the 2010-14 stretch that saw him average a 2.83 FIP and 1.03 WHIP, Wainwright figures to be a fairly popular rebound candidate in 2017, but last season appears to be his new floor.
  3. Adam Wainwright 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Wainwright missed most of the 2015 season after tearing his left Achilles in his fourth start of the season. He recovered somewhat quickly to throw three additional innings in relief over the final week of the season while also throwing another solid 5.1 innings during the Cardinals playoff series against Chicago. Before the injury Wainwright looked to be off to another great season allowing just four earned runs in 25 innings while striking out 18. His relatively quick recovery and solid relief performances to close the season should provide owners with some optimism heading into 2016. He will be 34 and coming off a season where he threw just 28 innings but he could provide excellent value where he's likely to be drafted and could end up being one of the better bargains of 2016 as he'll likely be the staff ace for the Cardinals unless they bring in a big-name via free agency.
  4. Adam Wainwright 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Wainwright showed no signs of slowing down in his age-32 season, going 20-9 and posting career-best marks in ERA (2.38) and WHIP (1.03), while striking out 179 batters in 227 innings. Wainwright also threw five complete games, three of them shutouts (also a career high), on his way to finishing third in the Cy Young vote, marking his fourth top-three finish for the award. Owners shouldn't be overly concerned with Wainwright's age (33) heading into 2015, as he's only thrown 2,334.2 professional innings, which he started as an 18-year-old, compare that with Felix Hernandez (almost five years younger than Wainwright) who's thrown 2,367 innings since going pro at age 17. While age certainly factors in, Wainwright hasn't had the workload that most aces his age have had thus far in his career and he's a good bet to continue his dominant ways for at least the next year or two. Keep an eye on his health leading into Opening Day, as Wainwright had surgery to trim cartilage from his elbow at the end of last season, in addition to an abdominal strain that slowed him during the early weeks of spring training.
  5. Adam Wainwright 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Wainwright was dominant again in 2013 as the ace on the Cardinals' staff, logging 241.2 innings for the National League champs and striking out 219 while throwing five complete games. Wainwright has five pitches, four of which he uses regularly and he gets his strikeouts by using those pitches well and hitting his spots, meaning he should continue to pitch well with age. His numbers have been incredibly consistent the past several seasons and there's no reason to think he won't be one of the games best pitchers again in 2014. As long as he's healthy, Wainwright should be a solid anchor on any fantasy staff.
  6. Adam Wainwright 2013 Preseason Outlook
    Wainwright got off to a slow start coming back from his 2011 Tommy John surgery, but after the All-Star break he was pitching like the Wainwright of old. His second-half stats - 3.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 86:23 K:BB in 96 innings - should give you some indication of what to expect in 2013 now that he's back to full health. A return to the 20-win, 200-strikeout mountain is possible. He may have a couple more years as ace of the staff before Shelby Miller takes over.
  7. Adam Wainwright 2012 Preseason Outlook
    A February Tommy John surgery robbed Wainwright of the entire 2011 season, but all signs in his recovery have been good and there were even some rumblings that he'd be available to pitch in the postseason. Fortunately, for the Cardinals and Wainwright, he wasn't needed. He's been a fantastic pitcher since he burst on the scene in 2006, and there's little doubt he'll eventually get back to where he once was, but he'll be a bit rusty early on. Don't pay for his 2009-2010 numbers.
  8. Adam Wainwright 2011 Preseason Outlook
    Elbow stiffness late in the season was just about the only blip on Wainwright's excellent 2010 campaign. He was in the top five in the NL in wins, ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, innings pitched and quality starts. Expect more of the same from the 29-year-old in 2011: he's the ace of the staff, and his draft day cost has steadily remained behind the elite early-round aces.
  9. Adam Wainwright 2010 Preseason Outlook
    Although Wainwright didn't win the Cy Young, he may have been the most consistent starter in the National League last year. At one point, he had 26 starts in a row of six or more innings pitched and he placed in the top four in all three Triple Crown categories. He has improved in each of his three years as a starter, and even with Chris Carpenter on the roster, he's the ace of the staff.
  10. Adam Wainwright 2009 Preseason Outlook
    Despite a two-month interruption due to a finger injury, Wainwright was the St. Louis ace again in 2008. He only started 20 games, but he went 11-3 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Even if Chris Carpenter returns to form this year, Wainwright will deservedly be at the top of the St. Louis rotation.
  11. Adam Wainwright 2008 Preseason Outlook
    It’s been a strange road to the top of the St. Louis rotation for Wainwright. A top starting pitching prospect with Atlanta, Wainwright came to the St. Louis organization as part of the J.D. Drew trade in 2003. After suffering with two seasons of injuries and ineffectiveness in Triple-A, Wainwright got called up and was one of the best rookie relief pitchers in baseball in 2006, even saving the last game of the World Series. He moved back to starter in 2007 and initially struggled filling the shoes of the injured Chris Carpenter before coming into his own after the All-Star break.
  12. Adam Wainwright 2007 Preseason Outlook
    Outside of Chris Carpenter, Wainwright was probably the most valuable Cardinals pitcher in 2006. He was practically unhittable over his first 12 appearances (one run and seven hits with a 15:3 K:BB in 16.2 IP), and wasn’t bad the rest of the way either. More importantly, he stepped in to close some key games down the stretch in the playoffs after Jason Isringhausen went down. As good as he was in relief, the Cardinals believe he can be a top-of-the-rotation starter. He should get an opportunity to join the Cardinals rotation, but if the Cardinals believe he’s better suited for the bullpen, he’ll be one of the more valuable non-closer relievers in the National League in 2007.
  13. Adam Wainwright 2006 Preseason Outlook
    Wainwright was up-and-down at Triple-A last year. His final numbers were so-so, but he did end the year going 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 31 K in 26 IP before a September call-up. He's still one of the Cardinals' best prospects and will get a look in spring training, but Wainwright is most likely ticketed for another year at Triple-A.
  14. Adam Wainwright 2005 Preseason Outlook
    Wainwright joined the Cardinals in the J.D. Drew trade and promptly improved the Cardinals minor-league pitching talent by a few grades. A slight tear in his elbow ligament shut him down after 12 unspectacular Triple-A outings in 2004. He was healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League but was 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA, walking nine in 10 innings. He has a live arm with a fastball in the 90s and a curveball that has fooled batters at the lower levels. It's a troublesome sign, however, that his hit and walk totals have gone up as his strikeout totals have gone down as he has advanced. He will need a healthy stint in Triple-A and a return to earlier form to carve his way into the rotation.
  15. Adam Wainwright 2004 Preseason Outlook
    Wainwright was considered the best pitching prospect in the Atlanta system before being traded to St. Louis. While he wasn't overpowering at Double-A Greenville, he performed well-enough and a strong first half could see him called up in 2004.
  16. Adam Wainwright 2003 Preseason Outlook
    The 2000 first-round draft pick had a solid year in high A, and will likely jump to AA. He's one of the strongest starting pitcher candidates in the Braves organization and could be a factor at the major-league level by 2004.
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Impressive in second rehab
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
August 16, 2018
Wainwright (elbow) started High-A Palm Beach's loss to Tampa on Thursday, firing two perfect innings in which he recorded three strikeouts.
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Next rehab appearance set
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
August 15, 2018
Wainwright (elbow) will make his second rehab appearance with High-A Palm Beach on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Solid in first rehab
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
August 13, 2018
Wainwright (elbow) fired a scoreless first inning in High-A Palm Beach's win over Tampa on Monday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts.
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To begin rehab stint Monday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
August 12, 2018
Wainwright (elbow) will throw one inning at High-A Palm Beach on Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Positive BP session in Florida
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
August 10, 2018
Wainwright's (elbow) live batting practice session in Jupiter, Fla. on Friday went well, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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