Joe Palumbo

27-Year-Old PitcherP
San Francisco Giants AAA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Joe Palumbo in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Waived by the Rangers in November of 2021. Claimed off waivers by the Giants in November of 2021. Released by the Giants in November of 2021.
Set to pitch Sunday
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
March 19, 2022
Palumbo (undisclosed) is set to pitch in Sunday's Cactus League game versus the Reds, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Palumbo is expected to pitch an inning or two as a reliever behind Sammy Long in the Giants' third game of spring training. He was limited to 6.2 innings last season with Triple-A Round Rock, so it's likely the 27-year-old will begin 2022 at the same level with Triple-A Sacramento. He's often worked as a starter in the minors, but the southpaw may have to settle for a relief role if he works into the Giants' major-league plans.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-71%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .143 9 4 2 1 0 0 0
Since 2020vs Right .500 5 1 1 2 0 0 1
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .143 9 4 2 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .500 5 1 1 2 0 0 1
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Since 2020Home 13.50 2.00 2.0 0 1 0 18.0 4.5 4.5
Since 2020Away 0.00 6.00 .333333 0 0 0 27.0 54.0 0.0
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2020Home 13.50 2.00 2.0 0 1 0 18.0 4.5 4.5
2020Away 0.00 6.00 .333333 0 0 0 27.0 54.0 0.0
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Palumbo saw limited time in the big leagues for the second straight season in 2020, pitching 2.1 innings over two appearances. Though he has yet to show he can get major-league hitters out, yielding a 9.47 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over 19 career frames, Palumbo has demonstrated good swing-and-miss stuff with a 27.4 K%. The left-hander has registered an 11.7 K/9 across 90 Double-A and Triple-A innings, so there's little doubt about his ability to rack up K's. However, to succeed he'll need to improve his control -- though the sample size is small, his 11.6 BB% as a big-leaguer is concerning since his walk rates have been inconsistent in the minors. Hard contact has also been an issue for Palumbo, as he has thus far allowed an ugly 3.79 HR/9. Armed with an above-average fastball and plus curve, Palumbo has the potential to be a solid mid-rotation starter, though he may first need to prove himself in the bullpen.
In a perfect world, Palumbo would have spent all of 2019 in the upper levels, and we would be eagerly awaiting the MLB debut of a 6-foot-1 southpaw with a plus fastball and a career 10.7 K/9 in the minors. Unfortunately, Texas quickly ran out of healthy, competent starters, and with Palumbo already on the 40-man roster, he was used as an emergency starter -- his first two MLB starts came before his first Triple-A start. He unsurprisingly got hit around early and often, although he still managed a well-above-average 25.9 K%. Fantasy managers are not a forgiving bunch, so while we shouldn't have expected this legitimate prospect with No. 3 starter upside to have initial success, his struggles have nonetheless taken all of the shine off. His curveball could be a second plus pitch and his changeup is a fine third pitch. If he improves his command slightly, he could still reach his mid-rotation ceiling.
What should have been a breakout 2017 campaign was axed when Palumbo required Tommy John surgery after just three starts. The 6-foot-1 southpaw dominated when he returned in late 2018, but it was so late in the season that few took proper notice. He logged a 2.48 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 36.1 innings across stops at High-A and Double-A. Palumbo has borderline plus command, which allows his 93-95 mph fastball to easily work as a plus offering. He finishes hitters with a 60-grade curveball and also mixes in a 50-grade changeup. With good health, Palumbo should have no problem producing like a No. 3 starter, and he could even surpass that if his feel for his changeup improves. Durability concerns are legitimate, but given his stuff and proximity to the big leagues, Palumbo qualifies as a true sleeper in dynasty leagues. He could push to 100-110 innings this year, some of which may come in the majors.
A run of seven starts to close out the season morphed Palumbo from fringe prospect to stealth high-upside arm in the lower levels of the Rangers' system. He went five-plus innings in all seven starts and posted a 2.37 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 39:10 K:BB in 38 innings after switching roles from closer to ace at Low-A. A slender 6-foot-1, Palumbo does not cut the figure of a traditional starter, which is perhaps why he began his professional career as a reliever and continued in that role for his first 26 appearances in 2016. However, he has a mid-90s fastball, a plus curveball and developing changeup, so his repertoire may be able to consistently turn over a lineup. Palumbo, a 30th-round selection in 2013, cut his walk rate from 14.3 percent in 2015 to 9.1 percent last year, which strengthens the notion that he could make it as a starter with continued refinement. He won't be under the radar much longer if his success as a starter continues at High-A High Desert.
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Rejoins Giants
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Undisclosed
January 13, 2022
Palumbo (undisclosed) signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
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Let go by Giants
PFree Agent  AAA
Undisclosed
November 30, 2021
Palumbo (undisclosed) was non-tendered by the Giants on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Grabbed by Giants
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Undisclosed
November 5, 2021
Palumbo (undisclosed) was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Friday.
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Likely done for season
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Undisclosed
July 27, 2021
Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said last week that Palumbo will likely be shut down for the rest of the season after he picked up an undisclosed injury at Triple-A Round Rock in late June, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Returns from back injury
PTexas Rangers  AAA
June 23, 2021
Palumbo (back) was reinstated from Triple-A Round Rock's 7-day injured list and made a relief appearance in Monday's 4-3 win over Oklahoma City. He retired one of the four batters he faced, giving up a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch.
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