Shawn Armstrong

Shawn Armstrong

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Tampa Bay Rays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Shawn Armstrong in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in May of 2022.
Serving as opener Saturday
PTampa Bay Rays
September 17, 2022
Armstrong will serve as the opener during Saturday's game against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Armstrong tossed 48 pitches during Tuesday's matchup against the Blue Jays, and he'll begin Saturday's game on the mound after having a few days of rest. Ryan Yarbrough will likely follow Armstrong as the primary pitcher.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Shawn Armstrong generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Shawn Armstrong generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .302 170 47 17 45 14 0 9
Since 2020vs Right .239 313 76 18 68 13 1 9
2022vs Left .293 92 26 8 24 9 0 2
2022vs Right .263 177 40 9 42 8 0 5
2021vs Left .327 64 17 7 18 2 0 7
2021vs Right .228 101 27 8 21 5 1 3
2020vs Left .250 14 4 2 3 3 0 0
2020vs Right .152 35 9 1 5 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-60%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-66%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.55 1.17 58.1 3 1 1 10.0 2.6 1.1
Since 2020Away 6.24 1.50 53.1 2 2 1 10.0 3.0 1.9
2022Home 3.77 1.26 28.2 2 1 1 9.1 2.8 1.3
2022Away 4.91 1.42 33.0 0 2 1 10.1 2.2 0.8
2021Home 4.22 1.17 21.1 1 0 0 11.8 2.5 1.3
2021Away 10.43 1.98 14.2 0 0 0 9.8 5.5 4.3
2020Home 1.08 0.84 8.1 0 0 0 8.6 2.2 0.0
2020Away 3.18 0.71 5.2 2 0 0 9.5 1.6 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Shawn Armstrong 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
3.88
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
95.5 mph
 
ERA
4.38
 
WHIP
1.35
 
BABIP
.354
 
GB/FB
1.60
 
Left On Base
69.7%
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.2%
 
Spin Rate
2295 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.4%
 
Swinging Strike
12.9%
 
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Back soreness cost Armstrong a month of the 2020 season, limiting him to 14 appearances for the Orioles. The right-hander's performance in those 14 appearances was off the charts, with Armstrong posting a 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and .170 BAA. Control was his biggest area of improvement; Armstrong cut his walk rate in half from 10.7% to 5.3%. He cut down on his four-seam fastball usage in favor of more cutters, which was a good call as hitters have had no trouble launching the four-seamer into the air. His strikeout rate has hovered around 25% the last three seasons, hinting at some upside in Baltimore's unsettled bullpen. Armstrong did not have a save in 2020 and only compiled three holds, however, so he clearly has a ways to go if he's to earn manager Brandon Hyde's trust and separate himself.
Armstrong entered last spring looking like a potential candidate for saves in Seattle, due more to a lack of alternatives than a particularly impressive track record on his part. He did indeed finish the year with four saves, though none of them came for the Mariners. He threw just 3.2 innings for Seattle before being waived and claimed by Baltimore in late April. While he did grab a few saves for his new club, he didn't pitch particularly well, finishing the season with a 5.74 ERA. His 23.3% strikeout rate was decent enough, but his 10.7% walk rate and 29.5% groundball rate were each quite poor. Entering his age-29 season, there should again be plenty of saves up for grabs in Baltimore, but Armstrong doesn't appear to be a favorite for them. He doesn't offer much for fantasy owners in a middle-relief role, so there's little reason to invest in him unless he moves towards the top of the closer depth chart.
Armstrong made just 14 appearances with the big-league club in his first year in the Mariners organization, but after the team's teardown this winter, he's now near the top of the bullpen hierarchy. Designated for assignment in March, Armstrong cleared waivers and spent time as the closer for Triple-A Tacoma, posting a sub-2.00 ERA with 15 saves in 49 appearances. He finally got the call to Seattle in late August and his success continued at the highest level, with Armstrong even earning his first career save on the final day of the season. He altered his pitch mix significantly from his time with the Indians, cutting his fastball usage greatly (from 64.2% to 39.2%) while adding more cutters and curveballs. The end result was a 21.1 K-BB% in his limited sample. A 95.6 LOB% and .229 BABIP exaggerated the quality of his performance, but regardless Armstrong is in the mix in deep leagues as he could very well close when Anthony Swarzak is inevitably traded.
Armstrong was shuttled between Cleveland and Columbus in 2017, due in part to issues keeping the ball in the park during his time with the Indians (1.82 HR/9). Throughout most of his time in the minors, home runs haven't been an issue, and Armstrong showed signs of growth with his main flaw last season by keeping his walk rate under 4.0 BB/9 at both levels. He's shown a three-pitch combo against big-league bats, using a fastball, cutter and curveball in his bid to keep opposing hitters off balance. In December, the Mariners acquired Armstrong in exchange for $500,000 in international bonus pool money following Shohei Ohtani's decision to sign with the Angels. With the move to Seattle, Armstrong's path to a regular bullpen spot is slightly easier, but he'll need to maintain the improved control he showed last season in order to avoid making trips between Seattle and Tacoma in 2018.
Armstrong was on the fringe of making the Cleveland bullpen at the start of 2016 and ended up starting the season in the majors. But following a debut outing that saw him get taken for one run off two hits, he was sent back to Triple-A Columbus, where he was one of the club’s most-used relievers. As has become expected, Armstrong’s numbers were great at Columbus and he put together a 1.84 ERA and 1.14 WHIP that was complemented by a 35.3 percent K-rate over 47 games (49 innings). After putting in plenty of time with their Triple-A affiliate, Cleveland brought Armstrong back up to the majors near the season’s end. During said stint, he allowed only two runs across 7.2 innings, but walked five batters in that time. For 2017, Armstrong should be on track to begin the year in the middle of Cleveland’s major-league bullpen, and may turn into a decent producer of holds if he replicates his stellar, strikeout filled minor-league performances.
Armstrong flashed the same kind of dominant stuff in his brief time with the Indians (0.88 WHIP, 12.4 K/9 in eight innings) that was on display at Triple-A Columbus (49.2 innings, 37 hits, 80 strikeouts, 14.5 K/9, zero homers). The only issue with his Triple-A performance was a poor BB/9 rate (4.7) as he walked 26 batters in just over 49 innings, and that has been an ongoing concern throughout his professional career (4.5 BB/9 across five minor league seasons). The Indians are set at closer with Cody Allen on board, but Bryan Shaw was merely serviceable in a setup role, so there may be opportunities for more high-leverage work. First things first, Armstrong will need to cement his spot in the bullpen with a strong showing in spring training.
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Tallies final out
PTampa Bay Rays
September 10, 2022
Armstrong tallied the final out in Friday's win over the Yankees to earn the save.
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Suffers loss as opener
PTampa Bay Rays
September 4, 2022
Armstrong (2-2) took the loss Sunday, allowing a run on one hit and one walk over three innings against the Yankees. He struck out two.
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Serving as opening pitcher
PTampa Bay Rays
September 4, 2022
Armstrong will work as the Rays' opening pitcher in Sunday's game against the Yankees at Tropicana Field, MLB.com reports.
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Strong effort in surprise start
PTampa Bay Rays
August 31, 2022
Armstrong didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Marlins, allowing three hits over three scoreless innings. He struck out one without walking a batter.
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Earns first save
PTampa Bay Rays
August 22, 2022
Armstrong picked up the save in a perfect inning Monday against the Angels. He struck out one.
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