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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher | #64

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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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A.J. Griffin threw eight innings of one-run ball as the Rangers trounced the Yankees 10-1 on Tuesday.
Griffin yielded just four singles and a walk in the contest, by far his best start as a member of the Rangers. He moved to 3-0 with the win, lowering his ERA to 2.52 with a 1.04 WHIP. Another tough task awaits when Griffin and the Rangers visit the Blue Jays on Monday. Apr 26 - 10:50 PM

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A.J. Griffin tossed a quality start in Thursday's win over the Astros, surrendering two runs on four hits over six innings.

A nice all-around outing for Griffin, who walked just two while striking out six. The two runs on his line came home in loud fashion, with George Springer springing an RBI double in the first inning and Colby Rasmus besting that with a solo home run in the fourth. Otherwise, it was a smooth start for Griffin. The 28-year-old right-hander has now made three starts -- this after a two-year layoff from the bigs as he worked through arm and shoulder injuries -- and holds a 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 12/8 K/BB ratio across 17 innings. He will try to duplicate Thursday's result in a home start against the Yankees next time out.
Apr 21 - 10:52 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded two runs (one earned) on three hits over five innings in a Wednesday no-decision against the Mariners.

Griffin did walk four, but he mostly managed to limit the damage despite his occasional control issues. He also struck out five. Seth Smith notched an RBI single in the third inning and Robinson Cano cracked a solo home run in the fifth to account for the scoring on his line. Prior to his season-opening start against the Angels on April 8, the 28-year-old right-hander had not pitched in the majors since 2013. Elbow and shoulder injuries have limited him severely over the past two seasons. He will play host to the Astros in his next scheduled start.
Apr 13 - 7:09 PM

A.J. Griffin won in his return to the majors, allowing three runs in six innings in the Rangers' 7-3 defeat of the Angels.

Griffin struck out just one and walked two. He's still a big flyball pitcher and his stuff isn't quite what it was before Tommy John surgery, so a sub-4.00 ERA seems unlikely. Still, it's nice seeing him back after two lost years, and hopefully he'll do well enough to stick around.
Apr 9 - 2:08 AM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP A.J. Griffin from Triple-A Round Rock.

Griffin will start on Friday versus the Angels. He hasn't made a start in the majors since 2013 due to injury and didn't pitch well this spring, so it could be ugly.
Apr 8 - 5:40 PM

A.J. Griffin is listed as the Rangers' starter for Friday's game against the Angels.

Griffin was reassigned to the minors at the end of spring training, but it was just a procedural move. The right-hander will be making his first major league start since 2013 on Friday night in Anaheim. He struggled badly this spring in the Cactus League and makes for a poor fantasy streaming option versus Anaheim. Griffin may be worth a stash, though, in some AL-only formats.
Apr 7 - 3:13 PM

Rangers re-assigned RHP A.J. Griffin and INF Pedro Ciriaco to minor league camp.

It could just be a temporary thing for Griffin, as he's currently in line to be the club's fifth starter. However, the Rangers have been seeking pitching help from outside the organization, so we may not seek Griffin for a while.
Apr 3 - 12:19 PM

A.J. Griffin surrendered five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the White Sox.

That's not going to help his claim on the fifth spot in the Rangers' season-opening starting rotation. Griffin now holds a 6.00 ERA in six appearances this spring. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2013 and should not be trusted in standard fantasy leagues as the 2016 campaign gets underway.
Mar 29 - 6:39 PM

A.J. Griffin is the favorite for the fifth spot in the Rangers' rotation.

The Rangers released Jeremy Guthrie and Griffin is believed to have the edge over Nick Martinez. The 28-year-old required Tommy John surgery two years ago and logged just 14 1/3 innings in the minors last season due to shoulder issues. The Athletics cut ties with him in November, but he landed a minor league deal with the Rangers and has put up a 4.40 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings this spring. We're not expecting much from him from a fantasy perspective, but it's a nice comeback story.
Mar 28 - 4:56 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed three runs, including two home runs, over 3 2/3 innings Saturday against the Royals.

Griffin has now allowed three dingers in 9 1/3 innings of work this spring. The homers were a mark against, but Griffin was otherwise good, limiting the Royals to just three hits in all and striking out five. He continues to round into form after Tommy John surgery in 2014, and the Rangers will soon have to make a decision about what to do with the 28-year-old, who is in camp on a minor league contract.
Mar 19 - 6:30 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Indians.

Griffin was taken deep by Yan Gomes in the outing and failed to record a strikeout. The right-hander is knocking some rust off this spring after missing nearly all of the last two seasons with elbow and shoulder woes.
Mar 14 - 8:08 PM

A.J. Griffin threw a scoreless inning of relief in his Cactus League debut Sunday versus the A's.

Griffin retired all three he batters he faced, finishing the short 12-pitch appearance with a foul-tip strikeout of Steven Lerud. The right-hander has encountered multiple setbacks in his recovery from 2014 Tommy John surgery, but he seems to be healthy now and would give the Rangers some intriguing depth for either their bullpen or rotation in 2016. Griffin, 28, had a shiny 3.60 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 282 1/3 innings with the A's between 2012-2013.
Mar 6 - 7:39 PM

A.J. Griffin (elbow) will make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.

Griffin has been a little behind other Rangers pitchers in camp while he works on his mechanics following a boatload of missed time due to injury. The right-hander looked good in a simulated game last Thursday, clearing the way for his return to game action Sunday. Griffin is in camp as a non-roster invitee and will likely begin the season at Triple-A.
Mar 6 - 11:13 AM

A.J. Griffin is being limited to flat-ground throwing while he works on his mechanics with Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail.

Griffin has made just four starts over the last two years due to elbow issues, so it's no surprise that his mechanics are out of whack. The right-hander is in camp as a non-roster invitee and seems likely to begin the season in Triple-A Round Rock's rotation.
Feb 22 - 5:23 PM

Rangers signed RHP A.J. Griffin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 27-year-old right-hander was cut loose by the Athletics in November to make room for veteran left-hander Rich Hill. Griffin had the look of a future front-line starter in 2012-2013, when he posted a combined 3.60 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 282 1/3 innings, but he needed Tommy John elbow surgery in early 2014 and hasn't been right since. Texas will now take a low-risk gamble that he can get back to full strength at some point in 2016.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 03:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Chris Gimenez
4Brett Nicholas
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Ryan Rua
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Ian Desmond
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Delino DeShields
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Nomar Mazara
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Cesar Ramos
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Sam Dyson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers