John Axford

John Axford #66

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 5"/220
  • Age: 32


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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John Axford Stats

4-5 4.20 55.2 62 1.58

John Axford MLB Career Stats

28-28 3.52 384.0 454 1.38

John Axford Bio

  • Full Name: John Berton Axford
  • Born: 4/1/1983 in Simcoe, ON, Canada
  • Draft: 2005, Cincinnati Reds, 42nd rd. (1259th overall)
  • College: Canisius
  • Debut: September 15, 2009
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2015 Stats 4 5 4.20 60 0 25 55.2 62 1.58
MLB Career Stats 28 28 3.52 403 0 141 384.0 454 1.38
  • Status: Active

John Axford Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Rockies NL 608 Four-seam FB 96.01 97.00 2216.49 6.66 92.00
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.89 93.00 2212.21 6.16 90.00


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August 19, 2015 at 2:42 AM ET

Weiss returns Axford to Rockies' closer role

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday that John Axford "looks like himself," and therefore has been placed back in the team's closer role.

August 12, 2015 at 10:05 PM ET

Miller, Oberg could pitch in big spots down stretch

Expect to see right-handed relief pitchers such as Justin Miller and Scott Oberg to receive higher-leverage innings in the Rockies' bullpen during the season's final weeks.


John Axford Awards

Brewers Top Newcomer Award

Year Team League
2010 Milwaukee NL

FSL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2009 Brevard County FSL

John Axford Leaderboards


Season SV Rank
2010 24 11th in NL
2011 46 1st in NL
2012 35 6th in NL
2014 10 21st in AL
2015 25 13th in NL


Season G Rank
2011 74 13th in NL
2012 75 11th in NL
2013 75 4th in NL


Season HLD Rank
2013 19 13th in NL

John Axford Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
July 4, 2015 Colorado Rockies activated RHP John Axford.
June 30, 2015 RHP John Axford roster status changed by Colorado Rockies.
April 22, 2015 Colorado Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the restricted list.
April 19, 2015 Colorado Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the restricted list.
April 12, 2015 RHP John Axford roster status changed by Colorado Rockies.
March 1, 2015 Colorado Rockies selected the contract of RHP John Axford from Albuquerque Isotopes.
February 2, 2015 RHP John Axford assigned to Albuquerque Isotopes.
January 30, 2015 Colorado Rockies signed free agent RHP John Axford to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
November 3, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates sent RHP John Axford outright to Indianapolis Indians.
October 25, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates designated RHP John Axford for assignment.
October 2, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates activated RHP John Axford.
October 1, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned RHP John Axford to the minor leagues.
August 15, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates activated RHP John Axford.
August 14, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates claimed RHP John Axford off waivers from Cleveland Indians.
December 19, 2013 Cleveland Indians signed free agent RHP John Axford.
December 2, 2013 RHP John Axford elected free agency.
August 30, 2013 Milwaukee Brewers traded RHP John Axford to St. Louis Cardinals for Player To Be Named Later.
May 15, 2010 Milwaukee Brewers recalled John Axford from Nashville Sounds.
March 23, 2010 Milwaukee Brewers optioned John Axford to Nashville Sounds.
September 7, 2009 Milwaukee Brewers selected the contract of John Axford from Nashville Sounds.
June 24, 2009 John Axford assigned to Nashville Sounds from Huntsville Stars.
June 11, 2009 John Axford assigned to Huntsville Stars from Brevard County Manatees.

John Berton Axford Bio Info

Full name JOHN BERTON AXFORD…Wife, Nicole...Two sons: JB (June 2011) and Jameson (June 2012).…Graduated from Assumption College School...Drafted by Seattle in 2001 but chose to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he pitched in the 2002 College World Series as a freshman ...Did not pitch in 2004 after he underwent "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow, but returned to Notre Dame (Bachelor of Arts/film and television)and pitched just 3.0 innings during the 2005 season...Drafted by Cincinnati in 2005 but chose to attend Canisius College for the 2006 season where he earned a Master's Degree in Sports Administation...Pitched for the Melville Millionaires of the Western Major Baseball League, a Canadian summer league in 2006...Participates in the Movember Foundation, through which he helps raise awareness for prostate cancer with his facial hair ( Twitter: @johnaxford


Went 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA (54.2 IP, 24 ER) in 62 total games between Cleveland and Pittsburgh...Began season as Cleveland's closer and posted 10 saves in 11 chances thru May 4...Went 0-1 with 10 saves and a 2.31 ERA (11.2 IP, 3 ER) in his first 13 games thru May 4...Was charged with just two earned runs in 13.2 IP over a 15-game span from June 22 thru Aug. 4...Was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh on Aug. 14...was scored upon three times in his 11 games with Pirates.


?he hard-throwing right-hander split the 2013 season between Milwaukee and St. Louis, going a combined 7-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 75 relief appearances (65.0IP, 73H, 29ER, 26BB, 65K)...He finished tied for 4th in the NL in games pitched and recorded a Postseason ERA of 1.59 in 6 games for the National League Champion Cardinals (5.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 9K, .105AVG) after posting scoreless outings over his final nine regular season appearances (7.2IP, 11K) for St. Louis...After recording an April ERA of 8.44, Axford enjoyed a stretch from May 15-July 24 where he allowed just 1 run (1ER/28.0IP) over 32 outings... Had a career high 20.1 IP scoreless streak spanning 23 games during that span. Won his 7th game overall on 9/20 at MIL, tied for 3rd among National League relief pitchers in wins...Had 19 holds (T13th, NL) and seven blown saves (T2nd, NL)...He has never been on the Disabled List over his five-year big league career.

2012 Went 5-8 with a 4.67 ERA and 35 saves in a career-high 75 relief appearances ... Struck out a career-high 93 batters in just 69.1 innings while opponents batted .229 Went 35-for-44 in save opportunities (79.5%) ... ranked sixth in the National League in saves. Led the Major Leagues in blown saves (9) but converted 17 of his last 18 opportunities. Had a streak of 49 consecutive saves converted snapped on 5/11 vs. Chicago-NL ... his streak ranked fourth in Major League history, trailing only Eric Gagne (84), Tom Gordon (54) and Jose Valverde (51). Notched his 100th career save on 9/16 vs. New York-NL and joined Dan Plesac (133) as the only pitchers in franchise history to reach that total. Joined Dan Plesac (1988-89) as the only pitchers in franchise history to produce 30+ saves in consecutive seasons. Retired 48 of 75 fi rst batters faced (64%). Stranded 17 of 23 inherited runners (73.9%). Signed a 1-year contract on 1/18/13, avoiding arbitration. Was selected to the Canadian provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. 2011 Went 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA and a franchise-record 46 saves in 74 relief appearances during his first full season in the Major Leagues.....made his first career Opening Day roster ... Struck out 86 batters in just 73.2 innings while holding opponents to a .212 batting average ... Was named Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America ... Was named National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.....joined Rollie Fingers (1981) as the only Brewers to win the award.....Fingers won in the American League ... Finished ninth in National League Cy Young Award voting (two fifth-place votes) ... Was co-winner with the Reds' Joey Votto of the Tip O'Neill Award, which is presented by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals ... Tied the Braves' Craig Kimbrel for the National League lead in saves.....joined Ken Sanders (1971) and Rollie Fingers (1981) as the only Brewers ever to lead their league in saves ... His 46 saves broke the single-season franchise record held by Francisco Cordero (44 in 2007) ... Went 46-for-48 in save opportunities (95.8%), including 43 in a row to end the season ... His 43 consecutive saves set a new franchise record (Doug Jones, 25 in a row in 1997) ... Led the National League in save percentage (minimum 20 saves) and trailed only the Tigers' Jose Valverde (49-for-49) for the Major League lead ... Suffered his only blown saves on 3/31 at Cincinnati and 4/18 at Philadelphia ... Posted a 0.59 ERA over his final 30 appearances (30.1ip, 2er) ... Retired 56 of 74 first batters faced (75.7%) ... Was named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for July (11-for-11 saves with 2.57 ERA) ... Was named Brewers Pitcher of the Month for June and September ... Appeared in 6 games during the postseason, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 3 saves ... Earned the win in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS vs. Arizona on 10/7 despite recording his only blown save of the postseason (2ip, 3h, 1r, 1er, 0bb, 2k) 2010 Was named Brewers Top Newcomer as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America ... Was named to Baseball America's All-Rookie team ... Began the season at Triple-A Nashville, where he went 3-2 with a 2.03 ERA and 2 saves in 12 relief appearances ... Was recalled by Milwaukee on 5/15 ... Went 8-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 24 saves in 50 relief appearances as he enjoyed one of the best rookie seasons ever by a Brewers pitcher ... Struck out 76 batters in just 58.0 innings while holding opponents to a .204 batting average ... Retired 34 of 50 first batters faced (68%) ... Stranded 11 of 14 inherited runners (78.6%) ... His 24 saves were the most ever by a Brewers rookie ... the previous record of 15 was held by Doug Henry in 1991 ... Went 24-for-27 in save opportunities (88.9%) ... his blown saves came on 7/24 vs. Washington, 8/9 vs. Arizona and 9/28 vs. New York-NL ... converted each of his first 14 chances ... His 88.9 save percentage ranked fifth in the National League (minimum 20 save opportunities) ... Had 9 saves of 4+ outs, trailing only the Giants' Brian Wilson (10) for the Major League lead ... His first save of the season came on 5/23 at Minnesota ... was seventh in the National League in saves following the date of his first save ... Ranked third in the Major Leagues in wins as a reliever (8), trailing only the Nationals' Tyler Clippard (11) and Mariners' Brandon League (9) ... Notched his first Major League victory in the 4-3, 10-inning win on 5/27 vs. Houston ... His 7-game winning streak from 6/8-9/15 was the longest of the season by a Brewers pitcher. 2009 Climbed the ladder from Class-A Brevard County to Double-A Huntsville to Triple-A Nashville to the majors...Went a combined 9-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 1 save in 45 relief appearances between Brevard County, Huntsville and Nashville...Struck out 89 batters in just 68.1 innings in the minors while holding opponents to a .185 batting average...Was a Florida State League All-Star...Contract was purchased by Milwaukee on 9/7...Went 0-0 with a 3.52 ERA and 1 save in 7 relief outings with the Brewers...opponents batted just .179 (5-for-28)...Made his Major League debut on 9/15 at Chicago-NL (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 WP).....his first career strikeout was Kosuke Fukudome...His first Major League save came on the final day of the season as he preserved a 9-7, 10-inning victory on 10/4 at St. Louis for all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman. 2008 Signed with Milwaukee on 3/4 ... Went 5-10 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 games (14 starts) at Class-A Brevard County 2007 Pitched for four minor-league affiliates during his first pro season in the Yankees organization and combined to go 1-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 4 saves in 27 games (5 starts) ... Struck out 67 batters in just 63.0 innings while holding opponents to a .216 batting average ... Was released on 12/4 2006 Pitched for the Melville Millionaires of the Western Major Baseball League, a Canadian summer league.....posted a 2.27 ERA while striking out 85 batters in just 46.0 innings, including a 19-strikeout performance (7ip) ... Signed with New York-AL as a non-drafted free agent on 8/11