Craig Stammen
Craig Stammen
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Stammen set up for Kirby Yates for most of 2018 and 2019, accumulating 54 holds across those two seasons. Some thought he had spec appeal, but the Padres didn't end up trading Yates last year and it was never a lock that the aging Stammen would have stepped in anyway. Stammen ended up returning to the Friars on a multi-year deal, but now Drew Pomeranz is also vying for late-inning opportunities. Stammen added a tick of velocity last season, averaging just under 93 mph on his fastball but still saw his strikeout and home-run rates go in the wrong direction. He limits free passes (4.4 BB%) and total baserunners, but Stammen will be 36 come Opening Day and at this point it doesn't seem like his fantasy utility will ever extend beyond "mono league staff filler." Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Padres in January of 2020. Contract includes a $4 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2022.
Takes loss against Rockies
PSan Diego Padres
August 30, 2020
Stammen (0-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Rockies after allowing one run on two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.
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Stammen entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and didn't have a good performance. He allowed a single to Ryan McMahon and walked Garrett Hampson before recording the first out, and then Daniel Murphy delivered a walkoff single to give the Rockies the win. This was Stammen's first loss of the season, but he hasn't been pitching well of late -- he has given up five runs in 2.1 innings across his last four relief appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Craig Stammen generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .230 333 73 18 71 22 0 5
Since 2018vs Right .246 406 103 18 94 17 1 13
2020vs Left .273 35 3 1 9 1 0 0
2020vs Right .244 48 12 3 11 3 0 2
2019vs Left .203 153 31 8 29 10 0 4
2019vs Right .290 186 42 7 51 7 1 9
2018vs Left .248 145 39 9 33 11 0 1
2018vs Right .199 172 49 8 32 7 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-56%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.47 1.02 93.1 5 7 2 8.7 1.2 1.1
Since 2018Away 3.21 1.22 87.0 14 5 2 8.9 2.5 0.7
2020Home 3.97 0.71 11.1 1 1 0 7.9 0.0 0.0
2020Away 9.00 2.00 8.0 2 1 0 5.6 4.5 2.3
2019Home 3.50 1.10 43.2 1 4 2 7.4 1.2 1.6
2019Away 3.05 1.23 38.1 7 3 2 8.7 2.1 1.2
2018Home 3.29 1.02 38.1 3 2 0 10.3 1.4 0.7
2018Away 2.21 1.06 40.2 5 1 0 9.7 2.4 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Craig Stammen 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 2019 data (min 30 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
K/BB
3.75
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
1.9
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
92.1 mph
 
ERA
6.05
 
WHIP
1.24
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
3.17
 
Left On Base
47.2%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.1%
 
Spin Rate
2116 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.3%
 
Swinging Strike
9.5%
 
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Though he wasn't named to the NL All-Star team, Stammen put together an All-Star-caliber campaign at age 34. Stammen posted a 2.73 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while leading the team in both appearances and holds (23). He also vultured eight wins, giving him more earned standard 5x5 value than the likes of Carlos Martinez and Kevin Gausman. The peripherals backed up everything he did; Stammen improved his K-BB% by a whopping 8.4 percentage points (to 22.4%) and cut his home-run rate from 1.34 HR/9 to 0.34 HR/9. His 71.6% first-pitch strike rate was tops among all relievers with at least 50 innings. For the vast majority of major-league players, dramatic year-to-year skill gains rarely stick -- even more rarely for players of Stammen's age. With that in mind, it's wise to bet on serious regression, but on the strength of what he did in 2018, Stammen should open the year as the Padres' top setup man barring a trade.
Stammen had an odd 2017. He had made a career with the Nationals of working medium leverage situations and not getting hurt with the long ball. He worked a lot of innings and vultured a few wins in a relief role in 2012 and 2013. He came back last year after missing most of the past two seasons with an elbow injury and promptly posted the worst home-run rate of his career in San Diego of all places. Pitchers returning from elbow surgery typically struggle with command, so we can give Stammen a pass for last year. He is now a free agent, and one that should not have trouble finding a home given that he was able to pick up where he left off with his pre-injury workload. Stammen has a splits issue -- he's very good against righties -- so he has a ceiling in terms of his role in the late innings.
Of all the injuries that beset the Nationals in 2015, Stammen's might have been the most overlooked. The veteran right-hander had been the glue in the bullpen for three years, working in short or long relief as needed and averaging 80.2 innings with a 2.93 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 74:26 K:BB ratio over that stretch, but a poor spring proved to be the product of a torn flexor tendon in his arm and he was lost for the year after just five appearances. Without Stammen to soak up those middle innings, the Nats struggled to bridge the gap from their starters to Drew Storen and eventually made a trade for Jonathan Papelbon that backfired spectacularly. If Stammen can return to full effectiveness following his surgery, he'll be an important part of the bullpen once again, but given his middling low-90s fastball/slider arsenal he doesn't have much margin for error.
Stammen once again soaked up a fair number of innings out of the Nationals' bullpen in 2014, but his fantasy utility took a big hit when his K/9 rate dropped to under seven and his ERA rose by more than a full run. Part of that ERA rise is noise, as his FIP was right in line with the previous two seasons, but the plunge in his strikeouts isn't something that can as easily ignored. There's no obvious culprit in his numbers to explain the drop, so like the ERA, it could just be a blip. Then again, the 31-year-old right-hander's stuff has never been considered plus. If those strikeouts don't return, Stammen will go from being a safe harbor on your waiver wire to a complete fantasy afterthought.
Stammen solidified his spot near the top of the fungible reliever rankings in 2013. While his slider-heavy repertoire doesn't generate a great strikeout rate, the Nationals frequently use him for multiple innings, which gives him plenty of chances to rack up bulk strikeouts and vulture wins (166 and 13, respectively, over the last two seasons), and consecutive years with a sub-3.00 ERA doesn't hurt either. When you're scrambling for a pitcher at the end of your deep league auction or draft, don't forget about Stammen.
After failing as a fifth starter, Stammen has reinvented himself as a setup man. He has not seen a big increase in fastball velocity despite the increased 2012 strikeout rate, so his success might not be sustainable, and he is way down the depth chart when it comes to saves anyway so don't put too much fantasy stock in his turnaround.
Stammen had a lackluster season in Triple-A as a starter last year, posting a 4.75 ERA. He was hurt by a .327 BABIP and 69.3 percent strand rate, and pitched in seven games for the Nationals out of the bullpen. His skills translate to the bullpen because of his lack of a dominant pitch and his 90.5 mph fastball. Additionally, his ability to register groundballs and throw strikes could land him on the 25-man roster by the end of spring training.
Stammen added a slider in 2010, which got him a few more strikeouts but did nothing to help his other numbers. He'll get a look in the bullpen, but when he gets hit Stammen gets hit hard and until that problem is solved it doesn't matter what his role is.
Stammen was the prototypical Nationals pitcher last season, keeping his fringy stuff down in the strike zone just enough to have some degree of success in the majors, if a 5.11 ERA can be called 'success'. To be fair his FIP was only 4.68, but when you live as close to the edge as Stammen, it's hard to see that gap as merely a product of bad luck. Jordan Zimmermann's Tommy John surgery likely keeps him in the rotation picture for one more year, but the organization's pitching depth is improving rapidly and a guy like Stammen will be the first one to get the ax when the kids are ready.
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Rocked by Mariners
PSan Diego Padres
August 27, 2020
Stammen allowed four runs on four hits in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mariners. He did not record an out.
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Suffers loss Tuesday
PSan Diego Padres
August 4, 2020
Stammen (1-1) allowed an unearned run despite not giving up a hit or a walk in one inning Tuesday against the Dodgers, leaving him on the hook for the loss.
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Earns win in relief
PSan Diego Padres
August 1, 2020
Stammen (1-0) earned the win in relief Friday against the Rockies. He pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.
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Staying ready
PSan Diego Padres
April 6, 2020
Stammen has been playing catch every weekday and throwing bullpen sessions twice a week at Petco Park, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Signs with San Diego
PSan Diego Padres
January 4, 2020
Stammen signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Padres on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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