ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on December 11, 2014
SIGNED BY: Dan Madsen (Red Sox)
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2015
In December, signed a 1-year contract to return to the Red Sox, the organization that signed him as a 2nd-round selection in the 2006 June Draft...Made 67 appearances (15 starts) for BOS from 2008-09 to begin his ML career, going 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA...Was traded to CLE on 7/31/09 in the deal that brought C/1B Victor Martinez to the Red Sox.
A 7-year ML veteran, has appeared in 240 ML games, making 175 starts and 65 relief appearances between the Red Sox (2008-09), Indians (2009-14), and Cardinals (2014).
From 2011-13, posted a 3.86 ERA (264 ER/615.1 IP) in 100 outings (96 starts) with the Indians...Threw over 200.0 innings in back-to-back seasons in 2011 (216.0) and 2012 (206.1) and served as the Indians’ Opening Day starter in both 2012 and 2013.
Named an AL All-Star with CLE in 2013...That year, went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 32 appearances (29 starts) and recorded more SO (195) than IP (193.0)...Led 2013 AL qualifiers in opponent SLG (.312) and ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.48).
Has induced a 57.0 percent ground ball rate in his career, 2nd highest among all major leaguers with at least 1,000.0 IP since 2008 (Tim Hudson, 58.3%).
In his career, has held right-handed batters to a .220/.306/.301 line and a .607 OPS...Among pitchers that have faced at least 1,500 right-handed batters since 2008, none have a better opponent SLG and only Clayton Kershaw has a better opponent AVG (.214).
Is 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA (2 ER/11.2 IP) in 10 career postseason appearances, all out of the bullpen between BOS in 2008 and CLE in 2013...Led the 2008 Red Sox and set a club rookie record with 9 appearances in the postseason (1-0, 1.86 ERA).
At 23 years and 208 days in Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS vs. TB, became the youngest Red Sox pitcher to record a victory in the postseason since Babe Ruth at 21 years old in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series vs. Brooklyn.
With 2008 debut, became the 1st player born in Jamaica to appear in a game for the Red Sox...Remains the only Jamaican-born pitcher in MLB history and 1 of 4 players overall, along with current Red Sox Hitting Coach Chili Davis (1981-99), Devon White (1985-2001), and Rolando Roomes (1988-90).
PITCHERS WITH HIGHEST GROUND BALL RATE SINCE 2008
(min. 1,000.0 IP)
Rk Player GB/FB
1. Tim Hudson 58.3
2. Justin Masterson 57.0
3. Trevor Cahill 55.5
4. Felix Hernandez 53.0
5. Rick Porcello 52.9
2014: Went 7-9 with 116 SO in 128.2 IP and a career-worst 5.88 ERA in 28 outings (25 starts) between CLE and STL...Acquired by the Cardinals at the trade deadline after missing most of July due to injury.
Had a 59.2% ground ball rate, 2nd highest in the majors behind HOU’s Dallas Keuchel (min. 120.0 IP)...Induced 21 ground ball double plays, T-12th in MLB.
Limited right-handed batters to a .239 AVG (55-for-230) but allowed left-handed batters to hit .320 (86-for-269).
Among major leaguers, had the 7th-best opponent AVG (.178) and 8th-best opponent OPS (.502) with 2 outs (min. 125 batters faced).
Combined for 4 scoreless starts, all at least 7.0 IP.
Walked no more than 2 batters in 4 straight starts, each of at least 6.0 IP (1-1, 2.96 ERA)...Was his longest such streak since an 8-start stretch from 6/25-8/4/11.
Struck out a season-high 10 batters in 7.0 IP on 6/2 vs. BOS.
Made 19 starts with the Indians before being placed on the 15-day DL on 7/8 due to right knee inflammation...Was his 1st trip to the DL as a major leaguer...Made 2 rehab starts with Triple‐A Columbus (0‐1, 5.40 ERA).
Was reinstated on 7/30 and later that day was acquired by the Cardinals in exchange for OF James Ramsey.
Made 6 starts for STL, all in August...Appeared in 3 games in September, his only relief outings of the year (3.0 IP).
On 12/11, signed by the Red Sox to a 1-year contract for the 2015 season.
2013: Went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 32 outings (29 starts) and named an All-Star for the 1st time.
Placed among AL leaders in wins (T-8th), ERA (15th), shutouts (T-1st, 3), and complete games (T-3rd, 3)...Topped the Indians with 18 quality starts.
Fanned a career-high 195 batters (8th in AL) in 193.0 IP for the 7th-best SO rate in the AL (9.1 SO/9.0 IP).
Led the AL in ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.48) for a 2nd straight season and the 3rd time in 4 years.
Held right-handed batters to a .182 AVG (50-for-275), 3rd best in the AL.
Tossed a career-high 20.0 consecutive scoreless innings from 5/8-24.
Had a 2.81 ERA (18 ER/57.2 IP) in 9 second-half starts...His .210 opponent AVG in that time ranked 3rd in the AL (min. 50.0 IP).
Posted ERA’s under 4.00 in April (3.12 in 6 GS), May (3.02 in 6 GS), July (3.12 in 4 GS), August (3.76 in 6 GS), and September (1.93 in 4 G/1 GS).
Won a pair of 1-0 shutouts, on 4/12 vs. CWS and 5/13 vs. NYY (G1).
Named AL Pitcher of the Week for 5/13-19 (2 GS, 16.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 20 SO)...Was his 1st career weekly honor.
Became just the 5th pitcher since 1995 to register at least 10 wins and 3 shutouts prior to the All-Star Break, joining Greg Maddux (1998), Dontrelle Willis (2005), Chris Carpenter (2005) and Roy Halladay (2010)., the 1st Indians hurler to reach those marks since Gaylord Perry in 1974 (15-3, 3 SHO).
Defeated reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey on Opening Day in a 4-1 win on 4/2 at TOR...In next start, threw 7.0 scoreless, 2-hit frames in a 13-0 shutout of 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price on 4/7 at TB...According to Elias, became just the 3rd pitcher in baseball history to record victories against both reigning Cy Young Award winners in the same season (with award winners taking a loss), the 1st to do so in consecutive starts.
Went 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA (1 ER/22.0 IP) in his first 3 starts...Joined Luis Tiant (1966) as the 2nd pitcher in Indians history to win his first 3 starts in a season while allowing 1 or 0 combined runs.
Struck out a season-high 11 batters vs. SEA on 5/19, becoming the 1st Indians pitcher to win 7 starts through the club’s first 42 games of a season since 1996 (Charles Nagy).
Won a 1-0 decision on 7/27 vs. TEX...Tied for the most such wins in Indians single-season history, 1st since Greg Swindell in 1988.
Missed most of September with a strained left oblique muscle, suffered on 9/2 vs. BAL.
Came out of the bullpen on 9/25 vs. CWS, his 1st relief appearance since 7/9/11 vs. TOR...Went on to make 3 relief appearances during the final week of the season, allowing no runs in 3.2 IP...Caught the season’s final out at 1B on 9/29 at MIN to clinch the AL Wild Card.
POSTSEASON: Pitched the 7th and 8th innings of the AL Wild Card Game vs. TB, allowing no runs with 2 strikeouts...The Indians lost, 4-0.
2012: Led the Indians and finished among AL leaders in starts (T-1st, 34), IP (9th, 206.1), SO (17th, 159) and fewest HR/9.0 IP (6th, 0.79).
Led the AL in ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.36)...Was T-5th with 26 GIDP’s induced.
His .232 opponent AVG (77-for-332) vs. right-handed hitters was 10th lowest in the AL.
Crossed 200.0 IP for the 2nd straight season.
Received an average of 3.8 runs of support per 9.0 IP, lowest in the AL (6th lowest in MLB)...Had 2 or fewer runs of support in 21 of his 34 outings.
Posted a season-high 10 SO in his 1st career Opening Day start on 4/5 vs. TOR...Allowed only 1 run and 2 hits in 8.0 IP but did not factor into the 16-inning loss.
Logged 13 straight starts of at least 6.0 IP from 4/27-7/1.
Posted an 18.0-IP scoreless streak from 6/9-20, the longest by a CLE starter all year.
Tossed his 4th career complete game on 6/20 vs. CIN, allowing only an unearned run (3 H, 0 BB, 9 SO).
His 2.05 ERA (8 ER/35.0 IP) in June ranked 6th in the AL.
2011: Finished 12th in the AL with a 3.21 ERA (77 ER/216.0 IP), his best mark in any full season...Also led the Indians in SO (158), starts (33), IP (career-high 216.0), and wins (tied, 12).
Allowed the 2nd-fewest HR/9.0 IP in the AL (0.46)...Was 3rd in the AL in ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.13).
His 3.15 road ERA was 9th best in the AL.
Had a .210 AVG against right-handers (73-for-347), 9th lowest in the AL.
Led AL pitchers with 14 base runners caught stealing (T-1st in MLB).
In his 33 starts, CLE scored 2 runs or less 11 times, including 7 games in which they scored no more than 1 run.
Had a 2.64 ERA (36 ER/122.2 IP) before the All-Star break, 7th best in the AL, compared to 3.95 (41 ER/93.1 IP) afterwards.
Won his first 5 starts of the year, posting a 2.18 ERA (8 ER/33.0 IP) in that span...Had the AL’s 7th-best April ERA.
Was winless over 11 starts from 5/1-6/25, going 0-6 with a 3.34 ERA (27 ER/72.2 IP)...CLE scored only 22 runs in those 11 starts and were shut out 4 times...Went 0-3 despite a 2.78 ERA (10 ER/32.1 IP) in 5 June starts.
Went 3-1 with a 1.58 ERA (8 ER/45.2 IP) in 7 July games (6 GS).
Allowed only 59 hits in 71.2 IP over 10 starts from 6/8-7/30...In that time, ranked 4th in the AL with a 1.76 ERA (14 ER).
Underwent arthroscopic surgery on left, non-throwing shoulder on 10/12 to repair a pre-existing posterior labral tear...The procedure was performed by Dr. Craig Morgan in Wilmington, DE.
2010: Recorded a team-high 140 SO over 180.0 IP pitched during his 1st full season in the Indians’ rotation.
Went 6-12 with a 4.78 ERA (90 ER/169.1 IP) in 29 starts and 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) in 5 relief outings.
Posted a 3-5 record with a 3.84 ERA (32 ER/75.0 IP) in 16 games (11 starts) during the 2nd half of the season.
Ranked 1st in the AL in ground ball/fly ball ratio (2.74)…Was 13th in HR/9.0IP (0.70) and 20th in SLG allowed (.385).
Tossed 1st career shutout on 6/9 vs. BOS (9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO)…Red Sox did not have a batter reach 2nd base.
Over his last 13 games (8 starts) from 8/4 through the end of the season, went 3-3 with a 2.86 ERA (18 ER/56.2 IP), 9th lowest in the AL.
Was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) in 6 September games (2 starts), the AL’s 8th lowest ERA that month (min. 20.0 IP).
Loss on 5/24 vs. CWS dropped record to 0-5 and marked his 11th consecutive losing decision dating back to 8/25/09...Ended an Indians-record 17 straight starts without a win.
Moved to bullpen after starting on 9/8 at LAA (1 R in 7.0 IP)...In his 1st relief outing on 9/12 vs. MIN, went 7.0 IP, allowing 3 runs (1 ER) with 6 SO in relief of Mitch Talbot (injury).
2009: Split 1st full ML season between the Red Sox and Indians…Went 4-10 with a 4.52 ERA (65 ER/129.1) between 16 starts and 26 relief appearances.
Had the AL’s 2nd-lowest opponent AVG vs. right-handed hitters (.203).
Gave up 2 runs or less in 4 of his 6 starts for the Red Sox...Allowed 1 run to win each of his first 2 starts of the season on 4/20 vs. BAL (5.1 IP) and 4/26 vs. NYY (5.1 IP).
Closed out April with a 2.70 ERA (5 ER/16.2 IP).
Acquired by CLE on 7/31 along with LHP Nick Hagadone and RHP Bryan Price in exchange for C/1B Victor Martinez.
Following the trade, compiled a 2.36 ERA (9 ER/34.1 IP) at Progressive Field in 6 outings (5 starts).
Made Indians debut with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief on 8/1 vs. DET before making 10 starts to end the season (1-9, 4.80 ERA).
Finished the season with his 1st career complete game, a 4-hit effort to go along with a career-high 12 SO on 9/30 vs. CWS (G2)…According to Elias, was the 1st major leaguer to lose a 9.0-IP complete game by a 1-0 score with at least 12 SO since BOS’ Pedro Martinez (17 SO on 5/6/00 vs. TB).
2008: Made big league debut with 36 games (9 starts) for the Red Sox, going 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA (31 ER/88.1 IP).
Jumped from Double-A Portland to BOS for his ML debut on 4/24 vs. LAA...Held the Angels to 1 run on 2 hits in 6.0 IP but did not factor into the decision...Was the 3rd Red Sox pitcher since 1956 to pitch at least 6.0 innings while allowing 2 hits or less in his debut, joining Jim Lonborg (4/23/65) and Billy Rohr (4/14/67).
Optioned back to the Sea Dogs after the game and returned for a 2nd ML start on 5/20, beating KC for his 1st career win (6.1 IP, 3H, 1R)...Following the game, sent to Pawtucket for Triple-A debut but made 1 start before rejoining BOS on 6/3.
Was the 4th Sox pitcher to ever allow 3 hits or less in each of his first 2 ML starts, joining Blaine Thomas (1911), Lee Rogers (1938) and Frank Baumann (1955).
Went 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA (7 ER/24.1 IP) in his first 4 starts, all in BOS...Became the 1st pitcher in Red Sox history to go undefeated in each of his first 4 ML appearances, all as a starter at Fenway Park.
His first 9 outings in the majors through 6/5 were all starts (4-3, 3.67 ERA).
Shifted to the bullpen for 4th stint with the Red Sox beginning on 7/20...Pitched in relief the rest of the season.
His 2.36 relief ERA was 6th lowest among AL relievers with at least 30.0 IP beginning on 7/23.
POSTSEASON: Set a Red Sox rookie record with 9 appearances in the 2008 postseason, all in relief...Went 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA (2 ER/9.2 IP)...Made postseason debut in Game 1 at 23 years, 191 days old, the youngest Red Sox pitcher to appear in a postseason game since Ken Brett (19 years, 24 days) in 1967...Pitched in 5 of 7 ALCS games against TB, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP)...Tossed a scoreless 9th to earn the 8-7 win in Game 5...At 23 years, 208 days, was the 7th-youngest Red Sox hurler to win a postseason game, youngest since Babe Ruth at 21 years old in 1916.
YOUNGEST RED SOX PITCHERS TO WIN A POSTSEASON GAME
AGE PITCHER DATE GAME
21 years, 246 days Babe Ruth October 10, 1916 WS G2 vs. BRO
22 years, 349 days Joe Wood October 8, 1912 WS G1 at NYG
22 years, 352 days Joe Wood October 11, 1912 WS G4 at NYG
22 years, 355 days Hugh Bedient October 12, 1912 WS G5 vs. NYG
22 years, 357 days Joe Wood October 16, 1912 WS G8 vs. NYG
23 years, 178 days Dutch Leonard October 11, 1915 WS G3 vs. PHI
23 years, 208 days Justin Masterson October 16, 2008 ALCS G5 vs. TB 2007: Advanced from High-A Lancaster to Double-A Portland in his 2nd pro season, finishing 2nd among Red Sox minor leaguers with 12 wins.
Was named Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month in both June and July...In those 2 months, went 10-1 with a 2.09 ERA.
Combined to go unbeaten over a 12-start span from 6/7-8/5 (10-0, 1.72 ERA).
Earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors for 7/9-15 (2-0, 12.2 IP 3 H, 3 BB, 16 SO), covering the first 2 Double-A starts of his career.
Following the season, named the No. 4 prospect in the Red Sox organization, the 2nd-highest rated pitcher, according to Baseball America...Also rated as having the best fastball in the system in the publication’s annual Best Tools survey.
Posted a 0.85 ERA (3 ER/31.2 IP), best on the club among pitchers with at least 30.0 IP.
Struck out 33 and walked just 2 batters.
Went 7 consecutive outings without surrendering an ER from 7/15-8/14 (12.2 IP).
Promoted to Single-A Wilmington on 9/6 and pitched for the Blue Rocks the following day in Game 2 of the Carolina League Division Series (3.2 IP, 0 R, BB, 2 SO).
Married to Meryl…The couple has 3 children.
Was ranked as the No. 24 overall draft-eligible prospect in 2006, according to Baseball America.
Went 6-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) as a junior for San Diego State in 2006 (108 K, 116.0 IP).
Played for Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN from 2004-05...Was inducted into the Bethel Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
Graduated from Beavercreek High School in Ohio, where he played basketball and baseball and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2014.
Represented the Wareham Gatemen in the 2005 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game.
IN THE COMMUNITY
In January 2015, Justin reintroduced himself to fans at Red Sox Winter Weekend…In previous stint with Boston (2008-09), was active in multiple events to support the Jimmy Fund...With the Indians, he and his wife, Meryl, participated in the Shop With A Pro event and Globe Drive, and worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland…Was the Indians’ Roberto Clemente nominee in 2011 and 2013, and the club’s Branch Rickey Award nominee in 2013…Teamed with Bright Hope to raise awareness to those living on less than $1 a day around the world...Visited Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2013, serving meals and interacting with children...Served as the Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Equipment Drive ambassador...Supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation and makes numerous school visits to speak to children…Active in the Dominican Republic Mission of Mercy program in Moca, DR.
JUSTIN MASTERSON’S CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR CLUB W-L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR HB BB SO WP BK