Anthony Bass
Anthony Bass
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Miami Marlins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bass began the year as the Blue Jays' de facto closer while Ken Giles was sidelined. He held the job for a few weeks before Toronto turned to more of a committee approach. For the season, Bass reeled in seven saves, three holds and two wins. He outpitched his peripherals for the second straight season, relying on a high 62.3% groundball rate to overcome a pedestrian 21.0% strikeout clip. Despite lacking dominant stuff, Bass has proven effective in a late-inning capacity, and he appears set to compete for closing duties after signing a two-year deal with the Marlins (with a team option for 2023). Yimi Garcia is probably the more exciting arm, and without saves, Bass would be relegated to NL-only consideration. Even there it's borderline as to whether Bass will compile enough innings to overcome a low strikeout rate. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Marlins in January of 2021. Contract includes $3 million team option for 2023.
Picks up first hold
PMiami Marlins
May 7, 2021
Bass gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth inning to record his first hold of the season in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.
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It wasn't pretty, as Bass threw only eight of 15 pitches for strikes, but he was able to get the job done. The veteran righty has a 1.08 ERA over 8.1 innings since spitting the bit on the closer role, but his 5:3 K:BB over that stretch suggests he's still not a great fit for high-leverage work.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Anthony Bass generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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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 2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-53%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .209 148 33 12 27 5 1 4
Since 2019vs Right .201 186 36 18 33 5 1 5
2021vs Left .450 27 4 2 9 2 0 2
2021vs Right .211 22 3 2 4 0 1 0
2020vs Left .167 35 8 4 5 0 0 0
2020vs Right .214 61 11 5 12 4 0 2
2019vs Left .165 86 21 6 13 3 1 2
2019vs Right .191 103 22 11 17 1 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-69%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-75%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.97 1.29 38.0 2 5 5 9.9 3.3 0.9
Since 2019Away 2.84 0.83 44.1 3 4 6 5.5 2.6 1.0
2021Home 9.64 1.93 4.2 1 1 0 7.7 3.9 1.9
2021Away 3.00 1.33 6.0 0 1 0 4.5 3.0 1.5
2020Home 6.75 1.38 8.0 1 1 0 9.0 2.3 1.1
2020Away 1.72 0.70 15.2 1 2 6 6.3 2.3 0.6
2019Home 3.55 1.14 25.1 0 3 5 10.7 3.6 0.7
2019Away 3.57 0.79 22.2 2 1 0 5.2 2.8 1.2
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Bass 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
1.75
 
K/9
5.9
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
95.1 mph
 
ERA
5.91
 
WHIP
1.59
 
BABIP
.323
 
GB/FB
1.30
 
Left On Base
70.4%
 
Exit Velocity
79.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.6%
 
Spin Rate
2094 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
10.5%
 
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Following his release from Cincinnatti, Bass was hooked by Seattle in May and by early August had ascended to a shared spot as the team's closer. He enjoyed mild success in that role, converting four of five save chances and posting a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings after Aug. 7. The right-hander relies primarily on sinkers and sliders, both of which have gained velocity as Bass has aged, with his sinker clocking in at over 95 mph in 2019. While Bass throws both pitches hard, he doesn't generate much spin and thus isn't much of a strikeout pitcher -- his mediocre 22.8 K% last season was the best of his career. Bass did an adequate job of inducing groundballs (51.6 GB%), but with limited punchout potential and a narrow scope of big-league success, he doesn't figure to get another chance at closing. He'll likely fill a lower-leverage role next season with Toronto, who claimed Bass off waivers in late October.
Bass was called upon to make 33 relief appearances out of the Texas bullpen when the Rangers found themselves fishing for a long-relief option in 2015. He struck out just 45 batters while issuing 20 free passes in 64 largely forgettable innings, with a low flyball rate (28.2%) being his saving grace. Bass has not made a start in the majors since 2012, and was released by the Mariners to pursue a contract in Japan, meaning he can be ignored in all formats in 2016.
Acquired by the Astros via trade in December of 2013, Bass made a strong first impression on the team, recording two spring saves while striking out 14 over 11 innings to lock up a bullpen spot out of camp. The 27-year-old went on to earn two saves in April when the Astros used a committee in closing scenarios, but an intercostal strain in May sidelined him for the next month and a half. Upon his return from injury, the right-hander allowed 11 runs in six long-relief appearances before he was demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he spent the remainder of the year. Bass, who has posted a 5.74 ERA with 10 home runs allowed and a woeful 38:27 K:BB ratio in 69 innings over the past two seasons, will likely serve as pitching depth in the minors after signing a minor league deal with Texas in December.
After landing a spot on the Padres' Opening Day roster as a long man out of the bullpen, Bass was fairly steady through mid-May, posting a 2.60 ERA and 19:9 K:BB ratio across 27.2 innings and 15 appearances. However, he was shelled in two of the next three outings, prompting a demotion to Triple-A Tucson, where he resided for majority of the season. Although he concluded the year with a woeful 31:20 K:BB ratio, some silver linings remain due to a 6.6 K/9 and 0.9 HR/9. The Astros acquired Bass in December, which should give him an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
The Padres moved Bass into the rotation for the first half of the 2012 season, and it proved to be a poor decision on their part as he produced a 5.08 ERA over 83.1 innings before hitting the DL with right shoulder inflammation in June. When he was able to come back in September, the team backed off his workload and allowed him to work out of the bullpen, which produced a 2.63 ERA, albeit in a small sample size (13.2 innings). Bass was a starter during his time in the minors and the team will naturally want to push him to start again in the spring, but don't be surprised if the results are less than optimal. He simply does not miss enough bats or have the elite control needed to get by at this point in his career, and he's likely ticketed for a relief role if he fails to impress as a rotation option.
Bass showed enough promise early on in the minors that, after posting an 8.01 K/9IP with a 2.95 K/BB ratio in nearly 70 innings at Double-A last season, the Padres brought him up to make a spot start in mid-June. Although he was sent back down immediately thereafter, he pitched well enough for the team to bring him back and make him a permanent fixture in its bullpen just two weeks later. He amassed a 1.88 ERA and 20 strikeouts over the next 33 innings, got a pair of starts late in September and continued to prove that he belonged at the big league level. He should continue his relief role in 2012 and will be in line for a few spot starts when needed.
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Tosses scoreless outing, gets win
PMiami Marlins
April 16, 2021
Bass (1-2) was credited with the win Friday against the Giants after tossing a scoreless inning, striking out one.
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No longer Miami's closer
PMiami Marlins
April 10, 2021
Bass seems to have lost the closer job in Miami, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
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Still has manager's support
PMiami Marlins
April 9, 2021
Bass received a vote of confidence from Marlins manager Don Mattingly after blowing his second save of the season Thursday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. "I definitely think it's too early to make a judgment on that [changing closers]," Mattingly said after Thursday's loss. "Anthony's got good stuff. He's going to be fine."
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Another blown save
PMiami Marlins
April 8, 2021
Bass (0-2) allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while also hitting a batter to blow the save and take the loss Thursday against the Mets.
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Blows first save chance
PMiami Marlins
April 3, 2021
Bass (0-1) blew his first save of the season and took the loss Friday as the Marlins fell 6-4 to the Rays, coughing up four runs on four hits over one inning. He struck out one.
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