Patrick Corbin
Patrick Corbin
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Washington Nationals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Corbin entered the 2020 season coming off a career-high workload of 225 total innings including the Nationals' World Series run. That's one potential explanation for his diminished fastball velocity of just 90.2 mph in 2020 - the lowest mark of his career. More problematic was Corbin's loss of effectiveness with his slider, one of the best pitches in the league for several seasons running. While he still was able to limit opposing batters to a .198 BA and .366 SLG with the pitch, he managed just a 38.2% whiff rate. In his previous two seasons, Corbin induced whiff rates of 52% and 53.6% with his slider. Heading into 2021, the left-hander should be viewed as a risky proposition to bounce back given that he is entering his age-32 season. The other side of that same coin: his ADP will be significantly deflated, making him a more palatable gamble to take. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#142
ADP
$Signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Nationals in December of 2018.
Picks up fifth win
PWashington Nationals
June 20, 2021
Corbin (5-5) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven in six innings to earn the win against the Mets on Sunday.
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Corbin gave up a home run in the second and seventh innings Sunday, but he got enough run support from the Nationals and picked up his second consecutive win as a result. The southpaw has posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 76.2 innings this year. He tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road against Miami on Saturday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
86
Last 10 Games
90
Last 5 Games
89
How many pitches does Patrick Corbin generally throw?
 
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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
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .208 283 96 21 54 7 2 4
Since 2019vs Right .265 1176 264 95 280 58 2 44
2021vs Left .194 69 20 6 12 2 1 0
2021vs Right .294 260 42 22 68 10 0 14
2020vs Left .262 63 16 2 16 3 1 2
2020vs Right .321 232 44 16 69 13 1 8
2019vs Left .190 151 60 13 26 2 0 2
2019vs Right .235 684 178 57 143 35 1 22
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.07 1.13 190.1 14 7 0 9.7 2.5 0.9
Since 2019Away 5.14 1.52 154.0 7 12 0 9.1 3.7 1.6
2021Home 4.40 1.28 47.0 5 2 0 7.9 2.7 1.3
2021Away 6.98 1.62 29.2 0 3 0 6.4 4.2 2.1
2020Home 3.29 1.36 38.1 1 3 0 9.2 1.9 1.2
2020Away 6.59 1.87 27.1 1 4 0 6.9 3.3 1.6
2019Home 2.40 0.99 105.0 8 2 0 10.7 2.6 0.7
2019Away 4.18 1.39 97.0 6 5 0 10.5 3.7 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Patrick Corbin compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
2.21
 
K/9
7.3
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
5.40
 
WHIP
1.41
 
BABIP
.300
 
GB/FB
1.75
 
Left On Base
69.0%
 
Exit Velocity
83.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.3%
 
Spin Rate
2145 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.4%
 
Swinging Strike
10.5%
 
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Some high-profile free agent signings work out. Corbin parlayed a career-best 2018 season with Arizona into a six-year, $140 million pact with the Nats. Little did he know it would come with a World Series ring. Corbin was instrumental in getting Washington to the Fall Classic, virtually repeating the previous season's numbers. Lady Luck played a part; 2018's 3.15 ERA was above the corresponding 2.61 xFIP and 2.91 SIERA while 2019's 3.25 ERA was better than the associated 3.59 xFIP and 3.88 SIERA. Even so, the 2019 estimators are still representative of a solid fantasy starter, boosted by a 29% strikeout clip. With 98 starts over the past three seasons, averaging 197 innings per year, Corbin checks the durability and reliability boxes. No pitcher is safe, but aside from the slider usage, there's little reason to ding Corbin's IP projection anymore. Depending on your tier break, he's bottom-second/top-third.
Corbin took a big step forward in 2017, but few could have predicted his ascension to full-fledged ace-dom in 2018. The lefty's strikeout rate exploded, leaping from 21.6% to 30.8%. His slider graded out as the best slider among qualified starters per FanGraphs, and thanks largely to that dominant pitch he led qualifiers in O-Swing%. Corbin's fastball and curveball were plus offerings, and with Corbin nearly halving his home-run rate, the estimators put him in the same class as Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola among the best options in the National League. The numbers only got stronger as the season wore on, making Corbin the most coveted arm on the free-agent market this winter. The Nationals won the sweepstakes and should insert Corbin behind Scherzer atop the rotation to start the year. While he doesn't have the track record of success that many other top-end arms do, Corbin's skills are legitimate and worth paying a premium for.
Corbin rescued his 2017 season by posting a 3.26 ERA after the All-Star break, ranking 15th among starting pitchers, and matched his career-best 14 wins. The southpaw rediscovered dominance at 8.5 K/9, thanks to boosts in first-pitch strikes (62.5 percent), swinging strikes (11.0) and pitches in the zone (43.1). That looks good when paired with his elite groundball rate (53.8 percent in 2016, 50.4 in 2017). The young vet thrived with Jeff Mathis behind the plate (3.41 ERA in six starts) and could approach his 3.15 home ERA again with the Diamondbacks installing a humidor at Chase Field. However, his outlook would be sunnier had he not lost control the last two years (3.3 BB/9 combined), and he must figure out how to tame righties, who tagged him for a .349 wOBA last season. The 28-year-old also leans heavily on his slider, a common cause for health issues. That said, he looks to have returned to pre-Tommy John form and can be had at a low cost in many drafts.
In his first full season back after 2014 Tommy John surgery, Corbin fell well short of expectations. He was a bit up and down out of the gate but had a 3.99 ERA on May 20 after posting a quality start against St. Louis. From that point on, however, the lefty posted a 5.80 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. In August, the team decided to move Corbin to a relief role, and he actually did pretty well. As a reliever, Corbin posted a 2.70 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 23.1 innings. Of course, Corbin holds more long-term value if he can be an effective starter again, and given Arizona's struggles in the rotation last season, he could snag a spot in 2017. Remember, this is a guy who posted a 3.41 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 178 strikeouts over 208.1 innings in 2013, before the surgery. If Corbin finds a way to approach those kinds of numbers again, he'll be a useful fantasy option. At the very least, he'll likely come at a steep discount in drafts.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery during spring training in 2014, Corbin missed all of the 2014 season and a big chunk of the 2015 season. He returned to the rotation July 4 and went 6-5 with a 3.60 ERA the rest of the way, striking out 78 batters in 85 innings. In 2016, the Diamondbacks expect to get a full season out of Corbin, although they may exhibit some caution with his innings total. Corbin’s last full season was in 2013, when he made the NL All-Star team. That year, Corbin went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA across 208.1 innings, while racking up 178 strikeouts. He won’t reach that innings total this year, but he could be a solid fantasy contributor who posts useful ratios plus a decent number of wins and strikeouts.
Corbin never had a chance to show how real his stud effort from 2013 was as he went down with Tommy John surgery in late March. The last time we saw him he was cutting up the league for 208 strong innings with very useful ratios and a decent strikeout rate. The breakdown of that season left some questions about how much to trust it, though. He had a 2.24 ERA through his first 21 starts before posting a 6.05 ERA in his last 11. He allowed 10 home runs during that run, highlighting the biggest concern with Corbin. He had a 1.2 HR/9 rate in 2012, but then allowed just 0.6 HR/9 in those 21 starts through July 2013. The equation seems simple: keep the ball in the yard and enjoy the success that comes with it, but executing that equation is the difficult part for any pitcher. The Diamondbacks are targeting a June return for Corbin, though expectations on the fantasy landscape should be kept to a minimum. He could play himself into a streaming option for spells during 2015.
Before the All-Star break, Corbin was having a potential Cy Young year, posting a 2.35 ERA in the first half, but his less-than-stellar second half (5.19 ERA, .286 BAA) sunk his overall season stats. Still, he was a pleasant surprise for those who took a late flyer on him, thanks in large part to his ability to pound the strike zone and maintain steady peripherals with an uptick in fastball velocity (he averaged a career-high 92.1 mph). It remains to be seen if he can be a true ace, but he still figures to be at the top of the Diamondbacks' 2014 rotation.
After pitching very well during his first exposure at Triple-A Reno, Corbin entered the mix for the Arizona rotation and held his own despite seemingly poor results. Although his strikeout rate fell in the big leagues (7.2 K/9) from Reno (9.5 K/9), Corbin demonstrated good control (2.1 BB/9) and his primary weakness was a propensity to give up home runs. Things appeared to click for Corbin in August, as he had a 34:8 K:BB in 36.2 innings (3.68 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) before struggling in September. A former second-round pick, Corbin is often overlooked as the second piece of the trade that once sent Dan Haren to Anaheim, but he's a polished left-hander with good control of a four-pitch arsenal, and should be a frontrunner to land a rotation spot in spring training.
Corbin is often overlooked as the "other" prospect the D-Backs received in the Dan Haren trade with the Angels in 2010, but he's proven to be a nice young pitcher in his own right. The 22-year-old led the Southern League in innings pitched (160.1) and strikeouts (142) while pushing his way into consideration for a late-season callup to Arizona. Thanks to a stockpile of young pitching talent, Corbin will likely spend most of 2012 at Triple-A Reno and could ultimately be a trade chip if the likes of Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Bauer make their respective big league impacts as expected.
Corbin was one of the farmhands included in the Dan Haren trade orchestrated by interim general manager Jerry Dipoto in July. While he wasn't the centerpiece, the development of Corbin and Tyler Skaggs will ultimately determine whether the D-Backs received an acceptable return for their ace. At age 21, Corbin finished the season strong at High-A Visalia and compiled a 136:37 K:BB over 144.2 innings between Low-A and his two High-A clubs. While Corbin may not have the arsenal of a future ace, he still has projectability if his velocity increases and he could advance quickly depending on how his first taste of Double-A goes.
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Spins 8.1 strong frames
PWashington Nationals
June 16, 2021
Corbin (4-5) earned the win Tuesday against the Pirates after giving up a run on eight hits with seven strikeouts and a walk across 8.1 innings.
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Wild over five frames
PWashington Nationals
June 9, 2021
Corbin pitched five innings against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three. He did not factor in the decision.
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Charged with another loss
PWashington Nationals
June 3, 2021
Corbin (3-5) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in 5.1 innings to take the loss against Atlanta on Thursday.
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Allows four runs in loss
PWashington Nationals
May 29, 2021
Corbin (3-4) took the loss in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Brewers after giving up four runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks across five innings.
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Returns to win column
PWashington Nationals
May 23, 2021
Corbin (3-3) allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out three in 5.2 innings to earn the win against the Orioles on Sunday.
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