Joe Palumbo
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In a perfect world, Palumbo would have spent all of 2019 in the upper levels, and we would be eagerly awaiting the MLB debut of a 6-foot-1 southpaw with a plus fastball and a career 10.7 K/9 in the minors. Unfortunately, Texas quickly ran out of healthy, competent starters, and with Palumbo already on the 40-man roster, he was used as an emergency starter -- his first two MLB starts came before his first Triple-A start. He unsurprisingly got hit around early and often, although he still managed a well-above-average 25.9 K%. Fantasy managers are not a forgiving bunch, so while we shouldn't have expected this legitimate prospect with No. 3 starter upside to have initial success, his struggles have nonetheless taken all of the shine off. His curveball could be a second plus pitch and his changeup is a fine third pitch. If he improves his command slightly, he could still reach his mid-rotation ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
Provides starting depth
PTexas Rangers
June 25, 2020
Palumbo and Kolby Allard will be the first wave of depth starters for the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Nothing changes for Palumbo, a left-hander who was assigned to Triple-A Nashville back in March. He was always on the list of names if the Rangers needed a fill-in or spot starter, even if the season had been a normal one. The only decision left is whether Palumbo will be on the expanded roster or part of Texas' taxi squad.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
48
Last 10 Games
48
Last 5 Games
42
How many pitches does Joe Palumbo generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Joe Palumbo generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .267 17 5 2 4 0 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .309 64 16 6 17 6 0 4
2019vs Left .267 17 5 2 4 0 0 3
2019vs Right .309 64 16 6 17 6 0 4
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
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-100%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 12.08 2.21 12.2 0 3 0 12.8 5.7 5.0
Since 2017Away 0.00 0.25 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 0.0 0.0
2019Home 12.08 2.21 12.2 0 3 0 12.8 5.7 5.0
2019Away 0.00 0.25 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 0.0 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Joe Palumbo 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
2.63
 
K/9
11.3
 
BB/9
4.3
 
HR/9
3.8
 
Fastball
94.0 mph
 
ERA
9.18
 
WHIP
1.74
 
BABIP
.350
 
GB/FB
1.13
 
Left On Base
62.5%
 
Exit Velocity
92.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.2%
 
Spin Rate
2238 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
42.9%
 
Swinging Strike
10.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
What should have been a breakout 2017 campaign was axed when Palumbo required Tommy John surgery after just three starts. The 6-foot-1 southpaw dominated when he returned in late 2018, but it was so late in the season that few took proper notice. He logged a 2.48 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 36.1 innings across stops at High-A and Double-A. Palumbo has borderline plus command, which allows his 93-95 mph fastball to easily work as a plus offering. He finishes hitters with a 60-grade curveball and also mixes in a 50-grade changeup. With good health, Palumbo should have no problem producing like a No. 3 starter, and he could even surpass that if his feel for his changeup improves. Durability concerns are legitimate, but given his stuff and proximity to the big leagues, Palumbo qualifies as a true sleeper in dynasty leagues. He could push to 100-110 innings this year, some of which may come in the majors.
A run of seven starts to close out the season morphed Palumbo from fringe prospect to stealth high-upside arm in the lower levels of the Rangers' system. He went five-plus innings in all seven starts and posted a 2.37 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 39:10 K:BB in 38 innings after switching roles from closer to ace at Low-A. A slender 6-foot-1, Palumbo does not cut the figure of a traditional starter, which is perhaps why he began his professional career as a reliever and continued in that role for his first 26 appearances in 2016. However, he has a mid-90s fastball, a plus curveball and developing changeup, so his repertoire may be able to consistently turn over a lineup. Palumbo, a 30th-round selection in 2013, cut his walk rate from 14.3 percent in 2015 to 9.1 percent last year, which strengthens the notion that he could make it as a starter with continued refinement. He won't be under the radar much longer if his success as a starter continues at High-A High Desert.
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Optioned to Triple-A Nashville
PTexas Rangers
March 15, 2020
Palumbo was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to spring pitching schedule
PTexas Rangers
March 11, 2020
Palumbo (heel) will start Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Giants.
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Cleared to resume throwing
PTexas Rangers
March 8, 2020
Palumbo (heel) has been cleared to resume throwing, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Dealing with minor heel injury
PTexas Rangers
Heel
March 4, 2020
The Rangers scratched Palumbo ahead of his scheduled Cactus League start Thursday versus the Cubs due to right heel inflammation, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Sharp in debut
PTexas Rangers
February 24, 2020
Palumbo walked two while striking out two over two scoreless innings in a spring start Sunday against the Mariners.
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