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51 Justin Shafer RP

Toronto Blue Jays

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September 11, 2020 02:32 PM
Justin Shafer: Parts ways with Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer cleared waivers and was granted his release by the Marlins on Friday.

The 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Marlins earlier in the week and will hit free agency after going unclaimed on waivers. Shafer appeared in five games this season and gave up eight runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks over 5.2 innings.

September 9, 2020 07:52 PM
Marlins' Justin Shafer: DFA'd by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Wednesday.

The right-hander was optioned to the alternate training site in mid-August and has now been removed from the 40-man roster. Shafer surrendered eight runs on eight hits with a 5:4 K:BB over 5.2 innings for the Marlins this season.

August 19, 2020 12:52 AM
Marlins' Justin Shafer: Sent down by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was optioned to the Marlins' alternate training site Tuesday.

Shafer was effective over his first three relief appearances this season, but he struggled mightily over the past two games. During that time, he gave up six runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one over 1.2 innings. As a result, he'll return to the alternate squad as part of a string of moves made by the Marlins on Tuesday.

August 4, 2020 06:52 PM
Marlins' Justin Shafer: Officially recalled by Marlins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was recalled by the Marlins on Tuesday.

The ex-Red is set to join his new club as the Marlins resume play Tuesday. Shafer was an in-season waiver claim and is likely to serve as low-leverage bullpen depth for the time being.

July 27, 2020 08:44 PM
Marlins' Justin Shafer: Joins Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Miami claimed Shafer off waivers from Cincinnati on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

The Marlins haven't officially announced their plans for Shafer, but he'll likely join the 30-man active roster right away for a Miami squad that is down several players due to a recent COVID-19 outbreak within the team. Shafer was designated for assignment Friday without ever appearing in a game for the Reds, but he's seen major-league action in both of the past two seasons with Toronto. Over his 40 career relief appearances, Shafer owns a 3.75 ERA and a lowly 4.1 K-BB%.

July 24, 2020 12:52 PM
Reds' Justin Shafer: DFA'd by Cincy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was designated for assignment by the Reds on Friday.

The 27-year-old retains his spot in the team's 60-player pool, but he's no longer a member of the 40-man roster. Shafer made 34 appearances for the Blue Jays last year and had a 3.86 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 39:25 K:BB over 39.2 innings, but he won't be beginning 2020 with a major-league opportunity.

July 17, 2020 05:56 PM
Reds' Justin Shafer: Optioned to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was optioned to the Reds' secondary camp site Friday.

Shafer is healthy after dealing with flexor mass irritation back in spring training, but he's still evidently not one of the Reds' primary bullpen options. He'll have a decent shot to make an appearance at some point this year, as he owns a career 3.75 ERA in 48 big-league innings, though that figure isn't backed up by his poor 41:32 K:BB.

July 13, 2020 05:44 PM
Reds' Justin Shafer: Pitching in intrasquad game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer (arm) is scheduled to pitch in the Reds' intrasquad matchup Monday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Shafer dealt with a flexor mass irritation, but he appears to have recovered as he's slated to pitch in Monday's intrasquad game. Given his presence at camp, Shafer should be ready for Opening Day, but it's unclear whether he'll make the team's 30-man roster. The right-hander posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 34 appearances as a reliever for the Blue Jays last season.

March 22, 2020 11:04 PM
Reds' Justin Shafer: Flexor mass irritation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was dealing with a flexor mass irritation during spring training and pitched in only one game in February, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Shafer was a long shot to make the Reds' Opening Day roster, having been acquired for cash considerations from the Jays after they had already designated him off their 40-man roster. The arm injury further limits his chances, though the delay to the start of the regular season could help Shafer log more exhibition appearances before Opening Day.

November 25, 2019 07:20 PM
Reds' Justin Shafer: Traded to Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was traded from Toronto to Cincinnati in exchange for cash considerations Monday, source reports.

Shafer's 3.86 ERA in 39.2 innings of relief last season looks good on the surface, but it came with a 5.18 FIP. He struck out a respectable 21.4 percent of opposing batters but walked 13.7 percent.

November 20, 2019 06:24 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Cast off 40-man
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was designated for assignment Wednesday.

The Blue Jays needed to clear a couple roster spots to protect players from the Rule 5 draft and Shafer was a casualty. He had a 3.86 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 39:25 K:BB in 39.2 innings last season. His 5.18 FIP was a better indicator of how well he pitched.

September 5, 2019 03:40 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Rejoins big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

Shafer has made 26 appearances for the Blue Jays this season, posting a 3.19 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 29:22 K:BB across 31 innings. The right-hander figures to fill a middle-relief role for the rest of the season.

August 25, 2019 03:00 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.

Shafer has struggled of late, giving up six runs with a 6:7 K:BB over his last 7.1 innings, so he'll make his way to Buffalo. The 26-year-old has been mostly solid for the Blue Jays with a 3.19 ERA over 31 innings this season, so he should rejoin the team after rosters expand in September.

August 4, 2019 11:52 AM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Shakes off illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer (illness) worked around a hit and a walk to deliver a scoreless seventh inning in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Orioles.

Shafer was unavailable in Friday's series opener after falling ill shortly after the game began, but he apparently recovered from the ailment overnight and re-entered the Toronto bullpen. In his prior appearance before the illness, Shafer secured his first career save, but he's expected to work in a setup capacity moving forward with closer Ken Giles (elbow) likely to return to action Sunday.

August 3, 2019 02:28 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Unavailable due to illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer got sick mid-game Friday night and was unavailable to pitch, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.CA reports.

As a result, Derek Law pitched the last two innings to get the save against the Orioles. Shafer's hold on the closer job, such as it is while Ken Giles (elbow) is out, is pretty tenuous to begin with. As soon as Shafer's available again he'll be an option in the ninth, as will Law and Tim Mayza.

August 1, 2019 12:32 AM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Grabs first career save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer had one strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday versus the Royals.

Closer Ken Giles (elbow) is still recovering from a cortisone shot, providing Shafer the chance to earn his first career save. The 26-year-old has a 2.37 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 20:13 K:BB through 19 innings this season, and he should see a higher-leverage role for the remainder of the season following the trade departures of David Phelps, Daniel Hudson, Joe Biagini and Aaron Sanchez.

July 23, 2019 03:28 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Throws on field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer (elbow) threw on the field prior to Tuesday's game against Cleveland, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Shafer left Monday's game with right elbow discomfort, but the fact that he's throwing again just one day later seems to be encouraging. He was watched by his pitching coach and a team trainer. If he winds up requiring a trip to the injured list, that news should come relatively soon.

July 22, 2019 09:32 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Nursing elbow discomfort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer left Monday's game against Cleveland due to right elbow discomfort, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

Shafer will head for further evaluation after being pulled from his outing. The extent of his elbow injury is not yet known.

July 22, 2019 09:12 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Exits with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer left Monday's game against the Indians with an apparent injury, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Shafer looked to suffer the injury while throwing a pitch during the sixth inning, and he would leave with the team trainer shortly after. He'll be considered day-to-day until the details surrounding his injury are revealed.

July 17, 2019 09:00 PM
Blue Jays' Justin Shafer: Records first big-league win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shafer (1-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Red Sox, giving up a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of relief while striking out one.

The Jays took the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, making the rookie right-hander the pitcher of record after he replaced Jacob Waguespack to close out the fifth. Shafer's 2.13 ERA through 12.2 innings looks pretty, but his 12:9 K:BB isn't making a strong case for higher-leverage work.

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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2021TOR00---00000000000000
2020MIA0012.715000005.78882145
2019TOR213.86340001139.7411917612539
2018TOR003.246000008.36431172
Total214.7200001153.3553128933646
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2021TOR000---00000------0---
2020MIA0012---00000.3332.1183020.65
2019TOR430460.7000001.2651.66418215.20
2018TOR012111.1000000.1941.5603915.12
Total442690.6030001.2621.70625115.86
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2014ASX-Vancouver Canadians 22.21120131237265.271.486
2015AFX-Lansing Lugnuts 73.016707404222612.961.137
2015AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays 22.112501521110348.141.991
2016AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays115.12320046062421295.241.486
2017AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays 9.150000013270.000.989
2017AAA-Buffalo Bisons 4.02000004132.251.000
2017AA-New Hampshire Fisher 58.037005214826453.411.224
2018AAX-New Hampshire Fisher 17.11300221175120.530.994
2018AAA-Buffalo Bisons 38.1340033153216271.421.129
2019AAA-Buffalo Bisons 30.22400027358293.581.225
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/195
Birthdate:
09/18/1992
Age:
28
Hometown:
Lake Wales, FL
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Toronto Blue Jays
College:
Florida
MLB Experience:
0