Richard Bleier
Richard Bleier
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
Day-To-Day
Injury Lat
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For the third straight season, Bleier posted a sub-2.00 ERA, despite most ERA estimators portending about twice that. Granted, two of the three years were partial campaigns. Before season-ending surgery in June on his left shoulder, Bleier tossed 32 frames with a 1.93 ERA, essentially half of a 3.81 SIERA and 4.02 xFIP. Usually, it's a high strikeout rate driving this, but Bleier matched his career mark of just 11%, instead entrusting his ability to locate, a 59% groundball rate and a 21% hard-hit rate, third lowest among pitchers tossing at least 30 innings. The southpaw relies on an 89-mph sinker and cutter, mixing in a fastball, curve and slider. Even though Bleier is supposed to be fully recovered from surgery, his low strikeout rate precludes him from fantasy relevance, even in the off chance he continues to defy the ERA estimators. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in December of 2015.
Should be ready for Opening Day
PBaltimore Orioles
Lat
December 12, 2018
General manager Mike Elias said Bleier (lat) is expected to be ready for Opening Day, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Bleier's 2018 season ended in June after the southpaw underwent lat surgery. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the issue will impact his availability for the start of the 2019 campaign. Bleier should reprise his role as one of the team's setup men after posting a 1.93 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 32.2 innings when healthy in 2018.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-51%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .231 218 30 13 45 4 1 4
Since 2016vs Right .283 272 24 8 73 16 2 2
2018vs Left .283 58 6 3 15 1 0 0
2018vs Right .288 75 9 1 21 5 2 0
2017vs Left .235 117 12 8 24 3 0 4
2017vs Right .273 148 14 5 38 6 0 2
2016vs Left .150 43 12 2 6 0 1 0
2016vs Right .304 49 1 2 14 5 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-2%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-86%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 1.98 1.08 58.0 3 0 0 4.0 1.7 0.3
Since 2016Away 1.95 1.25 59.0 2 1 0 4.2 1.5 0.6
2018Home 3.68 1.36 14.2 2 0 0 3.7 1.2 0.0
2018Away 0.50 1.11 18.0 1 0 0 4.5 1.0 0.0
2017Home 2.10 1.20 30.0 1 0 0 3.3 2.1 0.6
2017Away 1.89 1.17 33.1 1 1 0 4.1 1.6 1.1
2016Home 0.00 0.56 14.1 0 0 0 5.7 1.3 0.0
2016Away 5.19 1.85 8.2 0 0 0 4.2 2.1 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Richard Bleier 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.
K/BB
3.75
 
K/9
4.1
 
BB/9
1.1
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
88.0 mph
 
ERA
1.93
 
WHIP
1.22
 
BABIP
.318
 
GB/FB
3.00
 
Strand %
82.5%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Richard Bleier
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Bleier came over to the Orioles from the Yankees during spring training in a rare intra-divisional trade between the two clubs. He flirted with danger a fair bit in 2017, but his 88 percent strand rate allowed him to escape with strong ratios. His FIP checked in at 4.42 and his BABIP was well below league-average at .268. Outpitching his peripherals to that extent in a second consecutive year would be an astounding feat. History suggests extreme regression is likely. Look for Bleier to be a heavily-used middle reliever that doesn't provide the strikeout (3.7 K/9 in 2017) or ratio upside to be useful in the vast majority of formats.
At age 29, Bleier made his major league debut and served primarily as a lower-leverage, left-handed specialist. Though he ended up shuttling back and forth between the majors and minors, the Bleier was more effective with the Yankees and worked to a 1.96 ERA over 23 appearances. His stuff isn't overpowering -- his average fastball velocity in the majors was just a tick over 89 mph -- so the 29-year-old has always relied more on inducing groundballs than racking up strikeouts. That held true in his rookie season with just 13 strikeouts in 23 innings, but he's been able to make it work without swing-and-miss stuff for the most part. Bleier was also especially effective against lefties, as he limited them to just a .150/.209/.200 slash line. It's unlikely he'll turn into much of a contributor in fantasy formats, but he should get a shot to make the Opening Day roster.
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Begins to throw
PBaltimore Orioles
Lat
November 9, 2018
Bleier (lat) has started a throwing program, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
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Shifted to 60-day DL
PBaltimore Orioles
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June 21, 2018
Bleier (lat) was shifted to the 60-day disabled list Thursday.
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Undergoes successful surgery
PBaltimore Orioles
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June 19, 2018
Bleier (lat) underwent successful surgery Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Will likely miss remainder of 2018 season
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June 15, 2018
Bleier (lat) will likely undergo season-ending surgery, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on DL with lat injury
PBaltimore Orioles
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June 15, 2018
Bleier was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a left shoulder lat strain.
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