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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher | #64

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Diego
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 13 (0) / OAK
Contract: view contract details
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Rangers manager Jeff Banister indicated Friday that A.J. Griffin is likely to be part of the team's rotation.
Griffin probably had a spot before Andrew Cashner (biceps) got injured, and he was a virtual shoo-in after that. The right-hander holds a 6.48 ERA this spring and put up a 5.07 mark last season for Texas, but he also struck out 107 over 119 innings. Griffin is more of an AL-only than mixed league option in fantasy leagues. Mar 24 - 12:28 PM

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A.J. Griffin struggled to keep the ball in the yard on Friday, surrendering three home runs in a losing effort against the Indians in Cactus League play.

Lonnie Chisenhall, Erik Kratz and Abraham Almonte were the one's to victimize him in this one. All of the home runs were solo shots, and were the only three hits that the veteran right-hander allowed in his five innings of work. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter in the contest. He's in the mix to open the season as the club's fifth starter but holds minimal fantasy value outside of AL-only formats.
Mar 17 - 10:38 PM

A.J. Griffin did not allow a run over four innings of work during Saturday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.

Griffin surrendered a pair of hits, but also struck out four without walking a batter. This was a humongous improvement over his previous spring outing, when he yakked up six runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Mariners. While he could make the Rangers' rotation out of spring training, we would advise against him for fantasy purposes. Last season, he coughed up 28 home runs and registered a 5.07 ERA in 23 starts.
Mar 11 - 6:45 PM

A.J. Griffin was hammered for six runs over 2 2/3 innings against the Mariners on Monday.

Five of the six runs scored in the third inning. Griffin faced 18 batters and 10 of them reached base. He gave two homers and walked three batters along the way. Oh, and he also hit a batter. The 29-year-old is in position to begin the year as the fifth starter in the Rangers’ rotation, but he posted a 5.07 ERA in 23 starts last year while giving up 28 homers. As a fly ball pitcher, he’s just not a good fit in Texas.
Mar 6 - 7:09 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded three runs on two hits over two innings in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Royals.

Of the two hits Griffin surrendered, the loudest came off the bat of Salvador Perez, who belted a solo home run off the 29-year-old right-hander. While Griffin did fan 107 batters in 119 innings last season, he struggled overall, pitching to a 5.07 ERA over the course of 23 starts.
Feb 25 - 6:19 PM

Rangers and RHP A.J. Griffin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Griffin held a 5.07 ERA over 23 starts for the Rangers in 2016 but struck out 107 over 119 innings. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 12:24 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Brewers.

Griffin gave up a pair of homers in the contest, giving him 28 home runs allowed in 23 starts overall. It's no surprise, then, that the right-hander owns a 5.07 ERA in those 23 starts. There were highs and lows in his first full year since 2013, and it will be interesting to see what kind of interest the 28-year-old garners on the open market this winter.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:43:00 PM

A.J. Griffin wasn't long for Tuesday's game, walking four and allowing three runs over 1 2/3 innings against the Angels.

Griffin has been plagued by free passes and longballs this year, and while he didn't give up a dinger in this one, his control certainly let him down. The quick hook, while not beneficial to Griffin's line, actually turned out to be the right move for the Rangers, who ended up winning the game. For Griffin, he remains 7-4 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 22 starts. An interleague date with the Brewers next Tuesday could help get the 28-year-old back on the right track.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:10:00 AM

A.J. Griffin struck out seven while allowing two runs over seven innings against the Astros on Tuesday.

Griffin yielded just four hits and a walk in the game, with both the Astros' runs coming on solo homers. That's been a problem for the right-hander this year -- he's given up 26 dingers in 21 starts -- and it's the biggest reason he's got a 4.78 ERA overall. He didn't earn a win for his efforts, keeping his record at 7-4, and Griffin will next take on the Angels on Monday.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:08:00 PM

A.J. Griffin was lit up for three homers and eight runs in four innings by the Mariners on Wednesday.

It's too bad that Griffin's return after a two-year absence coincided with a huge uptick in the home run rate. Well, it's mostly a coincidence anyway, though Griffin has helped add to it, what with his 24 homers allowed in 106 innings this season. In his previous full season, he led the AL with 36 homers allowed, yet still went 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA for the Athletics. In a less homer-happy environment, he'd likely be a perfectly solid mid-rotation starter when healthy. The way the balls are flying now, though, is doing him no favors.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 01:22:00 AM

A.J. Griffin yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Astros on Friday.

Griffin surrendered two runs in the first inning, but he settled down from there and retired 12 batters in a row at one point before Jason Castro connected for a solo homer in the fifth. He struck out five and walked three in the victory and now sits at 7-3 with a 4.41 ERA through 19 starts. He’s not pitching deep into games and continues to have issues with the home run ball, so he’s not a recommended fantasy option.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 12:26:00 AM

A.J. Griffin turned in six shutout innings to beat the Indians 7-0 on Saturday.

He gave up five singles and issued one free pass while punching out six in the stellar effort. His teammates handed him a big early lead and in return he kept the Indians from mounting any sort of challenge. Griffin is now 6-3 with a 4.39 ERA in his first season with the Rangers.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:13:00 AM

A.J. Griffin allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

Griffin struck out four without walking a batter, but two home runs -- both solo shots -- did enough damage to saddle him with his third loss. He's posted a 4.68 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 17 starts, sitting at 5-3 overall. Griffin will try to get back in the win column Friday against the Indians.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 09:46:00 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Sunday as the Rangers fell to the Tigers.

Griffin struck out eight against just one walk, but the Rangers pounded him for 11 hits and three of those 11 hits were home runs. Griffin has had big problems with the longball lately and is now sporting a 4.68 ERA through 84 2/3 innings this season. His ERA was in the 2.00s at the end of June.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 05:39:00 PM

A.J. Griffin was hammered for five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Rockies.

But he escaped with a no-decision because the Rangers were able to rally against the Colorado bullpen. Griffin gave up seven hits and walked three. He now has a 4.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 78 innings this season, with his next start set for Sunday at home versus the Tigers.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 06:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
4A.J. Jimenez
5Steven Lerud
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Drew Robinson
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Jurickson Profar
2Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Delino DeShields
3Jared Hoying
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Joey Gallo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Mike Hauschild
8Dillon Gee
9Allen Webster
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Matt Bush
4Jake Diekman
5Tony Barnette
6Keone Kela
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers
9Eddie Gamboa
10Nick Martinez
11Jose Leclerc
12Dario Alvarez
13Anthony Bass