Framber Valdez
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite having made just two appearances above Double-A, Valdez was summoned to the big leagues in late August and went on to make five starts and three relief appearances for the Astros, finishing with an excellent 2.19 ERA. Although the results were impressive, there are reasons to be skeptical. He was never viewed as a particularly interesting prospect and was thought to be ticketed for a bullpen role, which still seems likely as he threw his third pitch (a changeup) just 1.7% of the time. He walked far too many batters (15.6%) -- another sign of a potential bullpen future -- which contributed to a forgettable 4.65 FIP. An excellent 70.3% groundball rate makes the lefty somewhat interesting, but he's far from a lock as a future starter and would certainly have far less fantasy appeal if he ends up in a long-relief role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in August of 2018.
Sent packing
PHouston Astros  AAA
July 16, 2019
Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Valdez got knocked around Monday night as Houston's bulk reliever, surrendering seven runs while striking out four over four innings of work. Rogelio Armenteros will take his place on the 25-man roster.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .205 103 27 15 17 4 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .241 280 52 35 58 12 1 9
2019vs Left .255 63 13 10 13 4 0 0
2019vs Right .272 166 32 16 40 9 1 6
2018vs Left .125 40 14 5 4 0 0 0
2018vs Right .191 114 20 19 18 3 0 3
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
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Since 2017Home 2.94 1.20 49.0 4 2 0 8.8 3.7 0.9
Since 2017Away 5.68 1.74 38.0 3 5 0 7.3 7.1 0.9
2019Home 4.23 1.23 27.2 2 1 0 8.1 2.3 1.0
2019Away 7.25 2.01 22.1 1 5 0 8.1 7.7 1.2
2018Home 1.27 1.17 21.1 2 1 0 9.7 5.5 0.8
2018Away 3.45 1.34 15.2 2 0 0 6.3 6.3 0.6
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 Framber Valdez 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 this season's data (min 20 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.
    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.
92.9 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
Spin Rate
2281 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Shelled as primary pitcher
PHouston Astros  AAA
July 15, 2019
Valdez (3-6) took the loss working as the primary pitcher against the Angels on Monday, giving up seven earned runs on six hits over four innings, striking out four and walking four in the Astros' 9-6 defeat.
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To work as primary pitcher
PHouston Astros  AAA
July 14, 2019
Valdez will serve as the primary pitcher Monday against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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Pitching Monday on short rest
PHouston Astros  AAA
July 14, 2019
Valdez is scheduled to serve as either a traditional starter or as the primary pitcher behind an opener during Monday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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May follow opener
PHouston Astros  AAA
July 12, 2019
The Astros may use an opener ahead of Valdez's appearance Tuesday in Anaheim, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Roughed up in short start
PHouston Astros  AAA
July 11, 2019
Valdez (3-5) took the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits and three walks over 0.2 innings Thursday against Texas.
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