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John Axford
Birthdate: 4/1/1983 (33 y, 11 m, 29 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/195     Position: P
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 42, Pick: 12, Overall: 1259, Team: Cincinnati Reds
Contract: $10M / 2 Years (2016 - 2017)
RotoWire News: Axford gave up a hit over a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 11-1 Cactus League win over the Brewers. (3/27/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Axford's days as one of the league's elite closers are far behind him, but the former Brewers standout isn't quite done yet. Signed by the Athletics to a 2-year, $10 million contract last spring, Axford made it as high as second in the Oakland bullpen at one point, spelling closer Ryan Madson and plucking 3 saves to go with his 15 holds. Axford's K/9 dropped precipitously in 2016 (8.22 vs. 10.02 in 2015 and a 10.29 career rate), but his swinging strike percentage actually increased, a hint that his K rate could bounce back this year. Axford also turned in one of his lowest walk rates since his dominant years in 2010 - 2011, and continued his late-career trend of inducing a goodly number of groundballs -- 54.2% last year, compared to a league average of 45.3% among all MLB relievers. There's a modicum of fantasy upside here, but in a competitive Athletics bullpen, Axford probably isn't in line for saves and doesn't look to be a guaranteed source of holds, either. (Brice Russ)

The Quick Opinion: Axford saw some high-leverage play in 2016 and could well improve upon last year's performance for 2017. Even if he does, though, his fantasy upside is probably that of a mid-tier setup man.

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John Axford Pitch% vs All Batters
Season: 2016-04-04 to 2016-10-02 | Count: All Counts | Total Pitches: 1194 | View: Pitcher
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