Nate Jones
Nate Jones
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago White Sox
60-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 3/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones' funky delivery is fun to watch and leads to plenty of strikeouts. It also leads to arm troubles, which is why he has pitched 42 innings over the past two seasons. In fact, after debuting with back-to-back 70-inning seasons, Jones has only eclipsed 30 innings one time since the end of the 2013 campaign. Even so, Chicago picked up his $4.7 million option for the 2019 season. He could close for the team, though the recent acquisitions of Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera make the path to saves tougher than it was in September. While 2016 was an amazing year for Jones, it was the only great year in the past five. Do not overreach for what could be, but it's perfectly justifiable to take a shot at the end of the draft or auction in AL-only leagues as a flier. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $8 million contract with the White Sox in December of 2015, avoiding arbitration. White Sox exercised $4.65 million team option for 2019 in October of 2018. Contract includes team options at $3.75 million ($1.25 million buyout) for 2020 and $4.25 million ($1.25 million buyout) for 2021.
Opts for season-ending surgery
PChicago White Sox
May 13, 2019
Jones (forearm) underwent season-ending surgery Monday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Jones was diagnosed with a tear in his flexor mass. While the right-hander is expected to miss the remainder of the season, it remains to be seen exactly how long he'll remain sidelined.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .207 101 28 11 18 5 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .264 132 29 17 29 2 0 4
2019vs Left .154 15 5 2 2 0 0 0
2019vs Right .308 32 5 5 8 0 0 2
2018vs Left .235 58 14 5 12 4 0 3
2018vs Right .242 79 18 10 16 1 0 1
2017vs Left .174 28 9 4 4 1 0 0
2017vs Right .278 21 6 2 5 1 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 4.50 1.67 24.0 1 2 4 10.1 4.1 1.9
Since 2017Away 1.61 1.25 28.0 2 1 2 9.6 5.5 0.6
2019Home 1.59 1.59 5.2 0 1 0 9.5 7.9 1.6
2019Away 5.79 1.71 4.2 0 0 1 7.7 3.9 1.9
2018Home 6.94 1.89 11.2 1 1 4 9.3 3.1 2.3
2018Away 0.49 1.15 18.1 1 1 1 9.8 5.4 0.5
2017Home 2.70 1.35 6.2 0 0 0 12.2 2.7 1.4
2017Away 1.80 1.20 5.0 1 0 0 10.8 7.2 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Nate Jones compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
94.9 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
91.8 mph
Spin Rate
2393 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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109 days ago
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281 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Jones is a walking MASH unit. He has had back surgery, nerve repositioning surgery and Tommy John surgery over the past four seasons. When he has been able to pitch, he has flashed very closer-worthy skills with strikeouts aplenty and has done a great job of keeping the ball out of the nitro zone. The problem has been he has pitched more than 20 innings just one time in the previous four seasons, as his delivery has always been tough on the eyes and a disaster waiting to happen. He is in the final guaranteed year of a three-year deal he signed back in 2016 that pays him a scant $4 million with affordable buyouts to allow Chicago or any team that wants to take the risk to easily get out of the commitment. Jones is expected to be ready for spring training where he'll have to compete with Juan Minaya for the closer role.
Although 2016 was his first full season after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of 2014, Jones looked like nothing had ever happened to his elbow. Jones held up for 70.2 innings over the course of the season (his most since 2013) and maintained an excellent 2.29 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. To go with that, the right-hander continued his high-strikeout ways, fanning 80 batters during that time to go with his career-best 1.9 BB/9. His FIP also suggests that his success is fairly sustainable, as 2.99 is still a very solid mark. The fact that Jones is sitting behind David Robertson in the pecking order for saves is one of the few negatives in his outlook heading into the 2017 campaign, although Robertson is a good bet to be traded during the season if he is not dealt this winter. With that in mind, Jones is a solid bet to be closing games at some point on the south side this season, assuming he is not also dealt as part of the White Sox full-scale rebuild.
Jones returned to action in early August after missing a season and a half with elbow issues. Despite the layoff, he was still able to touch 100 mph with his fastball and he continued to flash an unhittable slider. That slider was his knockout punch, and he should take on a more prominent role in the bullpen as he gets further away from his August 2014 injury. Jones could be in the mix for saves if something happens to closer David Robertson, but his value will likely be limited to leagues that reward holds if Robertson remains healthy in 2016.
Jones appeared to be the heir apparent to the White Sox's closer role after the club traded Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks in the offseason. However, he was placed on the disabled list on April 4 and did not pitch again before undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. The surgery likely puts him out for most, if not all, of the 2015 campaign.
Jones struggled at the start of the 2013 season, but he became one of the bullpen's key late-inning men after Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton departed via trade. Opposing batters were hitting .280 off him by the end of May, and his ERA sat on the wrong side of 6.00. He then went on a three-month run where he struck out 60 in 43.1 innings and posted a 2.03 ERA over 38 appearances. He wound up leading the bullpen with 78 innings pitched, and he pitched almost exclusively in the eighth and ninth innings starting in July. Jones maintained his high-90s (occasional 100 mph) velocity into September, but control issues returned in the season's final month as the gas tank neared empty. With Addison Reed out of the picture following an offseason trade to Arizona, Jones could enter spring training as the favorite to replace him as the team's closer.
Jones came from almost nowhere to become one of the White Sox's most frequently used relievers in 2012. A high-90s fastball (often 100-plus mph) and good curveball helped Jones make the jump from Double-A to the Opening Day roster, but his control problems persisted into the majors. He walked 10.6 percent of the hitters he faced, but he missed enough bats to post an 8-0 record and sub-3.00 ERA. Expect his heavy usage to continue in 2013, but he will need to keep the strikeout rate up to keep the run rate down barring improvement in his walk rate.
Jones returned to the bullpen in 2011 in his first season at Double-A Birmingham after spending 2010 in the rotation with High-A Winston-Salem, and the hard thrower upped his K/9IP from 6.4 to 9.5. His curveball has been rated as the best in the organization, but he will probably have to test it at Triple-A Charlotte before he receives a trial in the majors.
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Out until at least late June
PChicago White Sox
May 6, 2019
The White Sox transferred Jones (forearm) to the 60-day injured list Monday.
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Placed on injured list
PChicago White Sox
April 28, 2019
Jones (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
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Takes loss in extras
PChicago White Sox
April 17, 2019
Jones (0-1) allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Royals.
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Picks up save
PChicago White Sox
April 13, 2019
Jones pitched a third of an inning to earn a save in Friday's rain-shortened 9-6 win over the Yankees.
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Increases velo
PChicago White Sox
April 7, 2019
Jones reached 96 mph on his fastball Saturday when he struck out two in a scoreless inning, Scott Merkin of reports.
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