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Brian Duensing

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins

2015 Stats

W-L

2-0

ERA

8.38

WHIP

2.17

K

4

SV

1

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Duensing had another solid season of middle relief for the Twins with a 3.38 ERA, but there were some worrisome signs as the 8.3 K/9 rate he showed in 2013 looked like a fluke as his 5.5 K/9 in 2014 w...

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2015 ADP:  718.71

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 200   DOB: 2/22/1983   BORN: Marysville, KS   COLLEGE: Nebraska   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the Twins in January of 2015, avoiding arbitration.

May 1, 2015  –  Brian Duensing News

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Duensing (oblique) was activated from the disabled list Friday, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.

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Brian Duensing Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2006 23 AA NEW 10 9 0 49.3 51 20 6 30 18 1 2 0 3.65 1.40
2007 24 AA NEW 9 9 0 50.7 47 15 2 38 7 4 1 0 2.66 1.07
2007 24 AAA ROC 19 19 0 116.7 115 42 13 86 30 11 5 0 3.24 1.24
2008 25 AAA ROC 25 24 0 138.7 150 66 16 77 34 5 11 0 4.28 1.33
2009 26 AAA ROC 13 13 0 75.3 87 39 2 44 19 4 6 0 4.66 1.41
2009 26 MAJ MIN 24 9 0 84.0 84 34 7 53 31 5 2 0 3.64 1.37
2010 27 MAJ MIN 53 13 1 130.7 122 38 11 78 35 10 3 0 0 9 2.62 1.20
2011 28 MAJ MIN 32 28 1 161.7 193 94 21 115 52 9 14 0 0 0 5.23 1.52
2012 29 MAJ MIN 55 11 0 109.0 126 62 10 69 27 4 12 0 1 7 5.12 1.40
2013 30 MAJ MIN 73 0 0 61.0 68 27 4 56 22 6 2 1 3 15 3.98 1.48
2014 31 MAJ MIN 62 0 0 54.3 52 20 6 33 20 3 3 0 4 7 3.31 1.33
2015 32 MAJ MIN 16 0 0 9.7 15 9 1 4 6 2 0 1 0 2 8.38 2.17
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3-Year Averages     63 3 0 74.8 82 36 6 52 23 4 5 0 2 9 4.33 1.40
Career  (View All)     315 61 2 610.3 660 284 60 408 193 39 36 2 4.19 1.40

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Brian Duensing Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
May. 24 @CWS 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 8.38 2.17
May. 20 @Pit 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 9.35 2.42
May. 17 TB 0.3 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 10.57 2.74
May. 16 TB 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 7.36 2.45
May. 14 @Det 0.7 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.71 2.57
May. 13 @Det 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.26 2.21
May. 9 @Cle 0.3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 4.50 2.17
May. 5 Oak 1.0 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.76 1.94
May. 3 CWS 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.79 1.50
May. 2 CWS 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.36 1.64
Apr. 16 KC 0.3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.36 1.36
Apr. 15 KC 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.70 0.60
Apr. 13 KC 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.00 0.67
Apr. 12 @CWS 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
Apr. 10 @CWS 1.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 0.00 0.86
Apr. 9 @Det 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
3.7 6 6 6 1 2 1 0 1 0 2-0 0 0 0 14.73 2.18
Last 30 Days
10 Games:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
6.0 11 6 6 1 5 3 0 1 0 2-0 0 0 1 9.00 2.67
Last 60 Days
16 Games:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
9.7 15 9 9 1 6 4 1 1 0 2-0 1 0 2 8.38 2.17

Brian Duensing Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201519227200.438
201410416523600.242
201313236737613.303

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201529248301.320
2014125171529706.264
2013136201531521.263

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20153.310022016.203.60
201428.0220171154.501.46
201328.7300301025.021.43

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20156.31012414.261.42
201426.311016912.051.18
201332.3321261223.061.52
Brian Duensing Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2006 23 AA NEW 10 9 49.3 5.47 3.28 1.67 1.09 77.8% 3.65 4.72 .292
2007 24 AA NEW 9 9 50.7 6.75 1.24 5.43 0.36 75% 2.66 2.69 .300
2007 24 AAA ROC 19 19 116.7 6.63 2.31 2.87 1.00 78% 3.24 4.07 .296
2008 25 AAA ROC 25 24 138.7 5.00 2.21 2.26 1.04 70.2% 4.28 4.43 .299
2009 26 AAA ROC 13 13 75.3 5.26 2.27 2.32 0.24 64.4% 4.66 3.21 .335
2009 26 MAJ MIN 24 9 84.0 5.68 3.32 1.71 0.75 1.15 75% 91.0 MPH 3.64 4.17 .295
2010 27 MAJ MIN 53 13 130.7 5.37 2.41 2.23 0.76 1.79 81.5% 91.1 MPH 2.62 3.97 .276
2011 28 MAJ MIN 32 28 161.7 6.40 2.89 2.21 1.17 1.18 67.4% 91.3 MPH 5.23 4.45 .335
2012 29 MAJ MIN 55 11 109.0 5.70 2.23 2.56 0.83 1.49 63.6% 91.7 MPH 5.12 3.92 .327
2013 30 MAJ MIN 73 0 61.0 8.26 3.25 2.55 0.59 1.36 73.3% 92.2 MPH 3.98 3.40 .356
2014 31 MAJ MIN 62 0 54.3 5.47 3.31 1.65 0.99 1.34 78.8% 91.1 MPH 3.31 4.58 .277
2015 32 MAJ MIN 16 0 9.7 3.72 5.59 0.67 0.93 1.14 60% 91.4 MPH 8.38 5.89 .376
Today's Projections     0 0 .3 6.54 3.42 1.91 1.06 72.5% 4.40 1.23 .316
Next 7 Days     0 0 2.4 6.54 3.47 1.88 1.09 72.8% 4.40 4.47 .316
Rest Of Season     0 0 48.6 6.53 3.41 1.92 0.99 72.1% 4.39 4.32 .318
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3-Year Averages     63 3 74.8 6.26 2.77 2.26 0.72 69.7% 4.33 3.78 .324
Career     315 61 610.3 6.02 2.85 2.11 0.88 71.8% 4.19 4.12 .314

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2015 Stat Review for Brian Duensing    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2014 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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0.67 K/BB
TERRIBLE
3.72 K/9
TERRIBLE
5.59 BB/9
TERRIBLE
91.4 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.9 HR/9
POOR
1.14 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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8.38 ERA
TERRIBLE
2.17 WHIP
TERRIBLE
5.89 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.376 BABIP
HIGH
60.0% Strand Rate
LOW

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Brian Duensing: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Duensing (oblique) is on track to be activated from the disabled list for Saturday's game against the White Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Duensing (intercostal strain) threw a 30-pitch bullpen Monday and will throw to hitters Thursday, Brandon Warne of 105 The Ticket reports.

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Duensing (intercostal strain) played catch Wednesday, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Duensing (intercostal strain) will begin a throwing program Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

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Duensing was placed on the 15-day DL with a right intercostal strain, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Duensing was credited with the save after recording the final four outs of Friday's win over the White Sox.

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Duensing (leg) threw 1.1 scoreless innings in Friday's spring training loss to Pittsburgh.

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Duensing (leg) is tentatively scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Duensing (leg) remains without a timetable for his next bullpen session, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

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2015

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2014

After four seasons of shuffling Duensing between the bullpen and rotation, the Twins finally decided to keep him in the bullpen last season. He was never able to hold a spot in the rotation due to his struggles against right-handed batters ( .821 OPS vs. righties) and he appeared better used as a lefty specialist given his dominance against left-handed batters (.600 OPS vs. lefties). However, he wasn't as successful against lefties in 2013 (.786 OPS). It may be a one-year fluke, however, as he had a 36:7 K:BB ratio against lefties and his 3.40 FIP shows he may have been a little unlucky. He'll return to a setup role again in 2014 and is a bounce-back candidate as a result, but his usage pattern limits his fantasy value since he won't get many wins or saves.

2013

Duensing began last season in the bullpen, but he was moved back to the rotation in July when the Twins became desperate for starters. The results were predictable as Duensing has struggled as a starter in his career, but thrived as a reliever because of large platoon splits (.808 OPS allowed vs. righties compared to .678 OPS allowed to lefties last year). Duensing had a 6.92 ERA as a starter last season and a 3.47 ERA as a reliever. It is not clear if the Twins consider him a candidate for the 2013 rotation at this point, but he is much better served as a reliever who can mostly focus on left-handed hitters.

2012

After going 12-3 with a 2.97 ERA as a starter in 2009 and 2010, Duensing finally won a spot in the starting rotation last spring, going 9-13 with a 5.24 ERA in 28 starts. However, he was exposed to too many right-handed hitters as a starter, as they had a .947 OPS against him. Meanwhile, Duensing dominated left-handed hitters by allowing just a .522 OPS. The Twins plan to move Duensing back to the bullpen in 2012 after he had a 1.80 ERA as a reliever in 2010, so he can be an impact arm against lefties in that role.

2011

Duensing began last season in the bullpen but moved into the rotation in July and enters 2011 as Minnesota's No. 3 or No. 4 starter. Duensing lost out on a rotation job in the spring despite a strong late season performance in 2009 (5-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 31:14 K:BB ratio in 48.2 innings over eight starts). He was effective out of the bullpen with a 1.67 ERA, but moved back into a starting role in July. He repeated his 2009 success in the rotation by going 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA. However, behind those strong numbers were a weak strikeout rate (5.3 K/9IP) and a likely unsustainable .276 BABIP. Duensing does have good control and keeps the ball on the ground (52 percent of balls in play), so there are reasons to think he can sustain his recent success in the rotation. However, don't overpay for the success he's had as a starter the past two seasons.

2010

Duensing wasn't a highly regarded prospect, but when given a chance to start last September he caught fire to help the Twins in a pennant race and made a strong case to begin 2010 in the starting rotation. Duensing moved into the rotation in late August and went 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 31:14 K:BB ratio in 48.2 innings over eight starts. However, there are several signs he may not be able to keep up that success since he had just 5.7 K/9IP and had mediocre strikeout rates in the minors along with just average control. Still, he came up big in several tough starts in a pennant race and is the leading candidate for the fifth starter job.

2008

The 2005 third-round draft pick was 11-5 with a 3.24 ERA and 86:30 K:BB ratio in 116.2 innings at Triple-A Rocheter last season. He then was the starting pitcher as Team USA beat Cuba to win the IBAF Baseball World Cup last fall. He's got a fastball around 90 mph so he's not posting huge strikeout totals and his command is good enough, while not great, to keep moving up in the system. He'll likely begin the season at Triple-A, but could be a factor in the majors later in the season.