Zack Godley
Zack Godley
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Godley had 15 wins and a strong 3.82 FIP over 178.1 innings in 2018, but couldn't make it through April of last season before manager Torey Lovullo removed him from the Diamondbacks' starting rotation. Through six starts, the right-hander had a 7.58 ERA and 1.72 WHIP over 29.2 innings. He made a few spot starts but spent most of the rest of the season in the bullpen. While the results were better in relief, Godley was far from good with a 5.21 FIP and 9.2 K-BB% over 53 relief innings. He worked behind in counts with a Zone% barely cracking 40% during his time with Arizona, and while his cutter remained OK, his curveball lost a good deal of its effectiveness. Ultimately, the Diamondbacks cut bait and Godley moved onto Toronto via waiver claim. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster in November and eventually joined the Tigers on a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers in March of 2020.
Added to 60-man pool
PDetroit Tigers
June 28, 2020
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Godley was not on the 40-man roster, but his experience at the MLB level makes him a logical choice for the expanded player pool. The 30-year-old will give the Tigers a veteran depth option during the abbreviated 2020 season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
47
Last 10 Games
39
Last 5 Games
41
How many pitches does Zack Godley generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .253 899 199 88 199 50 4 18
Since 2017vs Right .244 926 221 88 198 35 5 27
2019vs Left .282 208 39 19 53 13 3 7
2019vs Right .259 199 31 23 43 7 1 7
2018vs Left .264 390 83 39 88 18 1 6
2018vs Right .255 401 102 42 89 14 3 10
2017vs Left .219 301 77 30 58 19 0 5
2017vs Right .223 326 88 23 66 14 1 10
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.47 1.26 207.1 13 12 0 9.2 3.5 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.54 1.43 218.0 14 13 2 8.6 4.0 0.8
2019Home 6.98 1.65 49.0 3 4 0 7.3 4.8 1.5
2019Away 4.81 1.33 43.0 1 1 2 6.3 3.3 1.3
2018Home 3.92 1.25 82.2 6 5 0 10.1 3.2 0.9
2018Away 5.46 1.62 95.2 9 6 0 8.7 4.9 0.8
2017Home 3.45 1.03 75.2 4 3 0 9.4 3.0 1.1
2017Away 3.29 1.25 79.1 4 6 0 9.8 3.2 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Zack Godley 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
1.67
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
4.1
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
90.0 mph
 
ERA
5.97
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.43
 
Left On Base
64.2%
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.0%
 
Spin Rate
2145 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.9%
 
Swinging Strike
10.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
The 15 wins Godley racked up last season easily set a new career high, but things were not pretty otherwise, as his ratios took quite a hit from 2017. The two main culprits: more walks (8.5 BB% in 2017, 10.2 BB% in 2018) and fewer groundballs (55.3 GB% in 2017, 48.8 GB% in 2018). His strikeout rate also dipped slightly (26.3 K% to 23.4 K%), but not dramatically. Even with the slippage in those important metrics, his FIP (3.82) and xFIP (3.96) were below 4.00 for the second year in a row, so he is by no means a lost cause. Godley's curveball is one of the most effective in the game, and it helped him keep the ball in the park, for the most part (career-best 0.81 HR/9). He also relies on a sinker, cutter and changeup. Godley figures to slot in as one of Arizona's top starters this year, but won't come close to last year's win total as the team has switched gears to a full-on rebuild. He makes for a mid-round rotation filler in mixed leagues.
Godley emerged as one of 2017's most pleasant surprises on the back of an improved cutter and increased use of his curveball. He posted the best swinging-strike (13.3 percent) and first-pitch strike (60.8) rates of his short career. His .280 BABIP was a bit fortunate for a grounder pitcher (55.3 groundball percentage), and he must sustain his 9.6 K/9 to counteract his walk rate, which remained high at 3.1 BB/9. Godley had one of the lowest percentages of pitches in the strike zone (40.3, ranking 70th of 75 pitchers with 150-plus innings, per Fangraphs) and may need to adjust with Arizona losing improved pitch-framer Chris Iannetta to free agency (2.80 ERA in 17 pairings). Don't pay for a repeat of his breakout, but advanced metrics (3.37 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 3.32 xFIP) and the introduction of the humidor in Arizona lend hope to the idea that Godley will be able to sustain a high level of performance.
An effective starter in 2015, albeit in just six starts, Godley regressed in 2016. The righty missed out on a rotation spot out of spring training, so he started the season in the minors. Godley made his way to the majors later in the season and appeared in 27 games for the Diamondbacks, including nine starts. However, he posted a 7.31 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 34:17 K:BB in 48 innings as a starter, likely solidifying a long-term relief role. The righty really struggled to miss bats in the rotation, but he managed a solid 26:8 K:BB in 26.2 innings of relief, as his low-90s fastball plays up in short bursts. He should serve as an innings eater out of the bullpen going forward, with the potential to pitch his way into mid-to-high leverage situations down the road. That could be useful for Arizona, but it doesn't do much for fantasy owners.
Godley was a fast riser through the Arizona organization in 2015 after coming over from the Cubs as a part of the Miguel Montero trade in the winter. Though the organization may have planned on keeping Godley in the minors all year, injuries opened up a spot start for the 25-year-old on July 23. He went six shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven. The stellar performance led to five more starts and a total of eight more appearances, and Godley ended up going 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 34 strikeouts across 36.2 innings. The solid work — albeit in a small sample — will allow Godley to compete for a rotation spot in 2016.
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Still on NRI deal
PDetroit Tigers
April 3, 2020
Godley has been released and re-signed to an NRI deal with the Tigers, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Struggles continue Monday
PDetroit Tigers
March 2, 2020
Godley, who allowed three earned runs while retiring just a single batter in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox, has a 19.29 ERA through three spring games.
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Signs with Tigers
PDetroit Tigers
December 20, 2019
Godley signed with the Tigers as a non-roster invitee Friday.
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Clears waivers
PToronto Blue Jays
September 7, 2019
Godley cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.
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Designated for assignment
PToronto Blue Jays
September 3, 2019
Godley was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
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