27-Year-Old Pitcher – Baltimore Orioles
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Following what seemed to be a sustainable breakout year, hopes were high for Gausman in 2017. Despite an unsightly 4.68 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, things werenít as bad as they appear. In fact, if you snatche...
Kevin Gausman Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $5.6 million contract with the Orioles in February of 2018.
Gausman threw six innings Thursday, allowing two runs on four walks and four hits while striking out three in a no-decision against Washington.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Kevin Gausman||3-Year Averages||29||27||0||159.6||166||74||24||152||49||8||10||0||0||0||4.17||1.35|
|Career (View All)||144||121||0||728.0||761||340||104||677||222||37||49||0||–||–||4.20||1.35|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.1 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.4 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.1 IP/G
Kevin Gausman Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|Next 7 Days||0||1||5.5||8.14||2.42||3.36||1.20||–||71.3%||–||4.10||3.93||.309|
|Rest Of Season||0||19||103.7||8.54||2.68||3.19||1.32||–||73.8%||–||4.01||4.11||.310|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Kevin Gausman||3-Year Averages||29||27||159.6||8.57||2.76||3.10||1.35||–||73.8%||–||4.17||4.17||.323|
Kevin Gausman Defensive Stats
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2018 Stat Review for Kevin Gausman As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
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Baltimore Orioles Roster
MajorsAraujo, Pedro (P)
AAAkin, Keegan (P)
A+Alvarado, Cristian (P)
AAlvarez, Dariel (P)
RookieGrenier, Cadyn (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gausman was essentially the same exact pitcher in the 2015 and 2016 with a nine percent difference in strand rate accounting for the ERA drop. He also added 67 innings for a career-high 180. Despite a carbon copy final line, he improved in-season. His curveball went from being a disaster to a plus pitch in the final two months while his splitter went from plus to plus-plus. He wound up with a 2.83 ERA and 3.6 K:BB in 76.1 innings over those final two months. Homers have been a problem in three of his four seasons and he needs to keep the ball in the yard if he's going to cash in on the No. 2 starter upside of his stuff and skills. He did have a 1.1 HR/9 in that late season stretch, but that's only good in comparison to the 1.7 he had the first four months. Considering this was just his first full season and he's still only 26, we can grant him some leeway and still bet on the upside.
The growth of young players is not linear. Itís a mantra worth repeating, especially for young pitchers. Perhaps it should be altered with the tag ďin ERAĒ for them, because there is a case that Gausman did take another step forward and show some linear growth from his 2014. His strikeout, walk, swinging strike, groundball, and soft-contact rates all got better, but he tacked 0.68 runs onto his ERA and threw one fewer inning than 2014, so it doesnít feel like progress from a fantasy standpoint. This is why even 112 innings is still a small sample that can mislead, as two disaster starts cost him 0.75 runs in ERA. Those starts count, we canít just ignore them, but they have a disproportionate effect on his bottom line and obscure the good in his season. The ideal next step would be the Orioles leaving him in the rotation all season so he can improve the finer points of pitching, like sequencing and working through lineups three times. Shoulder tendinitis has his availability for his first turn in the rotation up in the air, so he should be slightly discounted on draft day.
Gausmanís emergence is one of the reasons that Ubaldo Jimenez's flop didnít really hurt the Orioles last season. The young righty didnít even reach the majors until mid-May and he wasnít permanently installed in the rotation until early June, but they were still able to get a couple wins of value from their prized prospect in just 113 innings. He has a potent four-pitch arsenal, but he needs to learn to trust his changeup more and refine the slider so he isnít relying on his fastball nearly 70 percent of the time. Of course when you average 96 mph with your heater, itís easy to lean on that pitch as much as Gausman did. He is still learning to pitch, though, and he showed flashes of putting it all together, especially down the stretch with a 3.45 ERA and 3.0 K/BB ratio in his final 10 starts. There is frontline potential here, but it wonít necessarily all come at once. As a result, don't pay for 200 innings of a low-3.00s ERA just yet.
The Orioles wasted no time in promoting Gausman after eight Double-A starts, but he floundered as a starter, before returning to help as a reliever as the Orioles contended down the stretch. A closer examination of his advanced stats reveals reasons to be encouraged, as he carried a 9.3 K/9 in the big leagues. One issue for Gausman was his 18.6% HR/FB, a number that will certainly come down as he continues to get experience. However, he maintained the velocity for which he was touted, flashing a fastball in the 96 mph range. The Orioles figure to enter spring training with a bevy of rotation candidates, but with an impressive spring showing, Gausman should make the rotation. If he struggles, he'll start the season at Triple-A Norfolk.
Widely regarded as the top college pitching prospect in the 2012 draft, Gausman made a brief set of appearances in short-season and High-A before starting a Double-A playoff game. Gausman throws a fastball and a changeup, but he alternated his use of a curveball and slider during his last college season. As a starter he will probably throw both of them going forward, but they need work. Gausman seems likely to start the season in Double-A with a midseason promotion possible. He could even see time in Baltimore at some point in 2013.