Robbie Erlin
Robbie Erlin
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2020. Waived by the Pirates in August of 2020. Claimed off waivers by the Braves in August of 2020. Released by the Braves in September of 2020.
Released by Atlanta
PFree Agent  
September 14, 2020
Erlin was released by the Braves on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Erlin has made five starts and four relief appearances for the Pirates and Braves this season, but things haven't gone particularly well for him. He's struggled to an 8.10 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 26.2 innings of work.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
51
Last 10 Games
51
Last 5 Games
57
How many pitches does Robbie Erlin generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .312 268 61 14 78 9 2 10
Since 2018vs Right .271 544 104 20 139 31 3 16
2020vs Left .424 36 6 3 14 4 0 4
2020vs Right .241 86 19 4 19 5 3 4
2019vs Left .333 104 24 6 32 2 0 2
2019vs Right .296 147 28 9 40 9 0 4
2018vs Left .264 128 31 5 32 3 2 4
2018vs Right .268 311 57 7 80 17 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-49%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.50 1.14 100.1 1 3 0 7.7 1.6 0.7
Since 2018Away 6.85 1.51 90.2 3 5 0 7.8 1.6 1.8
2020Home 4.00 1.33 9.0 0 0 0 7.0 3.0 1.0
2020Away 10.19 1.58 17.2 0 0 0 9.2 2.0 3.6
2019Home 4.26 1.33 31.2 0 0 0 9.4 2.3 0.6
2019Away 6.85 1.90 23.2 0 1 0 7.2 2.7 1.5
2018Home 3.02 1.01 59.2 1 3 0 6.9 1.1 0.8
2018Away 5.66 1.30 49.1 3 4 0 7.7 0.9 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Robbie Erlin 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
3.57
 
K/9
8.4
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
2.7
 
Fastball
89.4 mph
 
ERA
8.10
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.332
 
GB/FB
0.66
 
Left On Base
55.6%
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.6%
 
Spin Rate
2179 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.2%
 
Swinging Strike
8.0%
 
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Coming into 2018, Erlin had last pitched in April of 2016, with a combined 32.2 innings since 2015. He was able have a standard offseason after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery all of 2017. Erlin spent 2018 split between the bullpen and the rotation, starting 12 games including his final 10 outings. In 56.1 innings as a starter, Erlin struggled to a 6.26 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. However, in 52.2 frames as a reliever he thrived with a 2.05 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. Most of the damage as a starter was done the second and especially third time through the order. Erlin's 23 K% as a reliever was better than the 17.7% mark as a starter. He enters 2019 with a chance to earn a rotation spot, with the fallback of returning to the bullpen, perhaps in the newfangled "follower" or "primary pitcher" role. He's intriguing in NL-only, especially if his exposure is limited to two or three innings a game.
Not everyone returns from Tommy John surgery in 12 to 14 months. Erlin had the procedure in May 2016, with the hope of returning around the All-Star break this past season. Despite no real hiccups in rehab, it was determined Erlin wouldn't pitch at all in 2017. However, the Padres are still confident their 27-year-old southpaw can be an asset, signing him to a contract in December, avoiding arbitration. Erlin relies on a 90-mph fastball, mixing in a curve and changeup. Because his velocity is just average, he needs command and control, which are generally the last to come around after TJS. The Padres are building up their system, but they're not quite ready yet. It's in their best interest to see what they have in Erlin, giving him a good look while building up enough innings so he can work unrestricted in 2019. Consider Erlin in deeper formats conducive to streaming starters.
Erlin failed to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he picked up a win in relief immediately upon his promotion in early April before taking the place of the injured Tyson Ross in the San Diego rotation. He pitched well in his first start before getting knocked around in his second outing, and the Padres placed him on the DL with an elbow strain which ultimately required Tommy John surgery in May. A finesse lefty, Erlin's early professional success hasn't translated since his first foray above Double-A in 2013. The former third-round pick would have had an opportunity to stick with the Padres last season given the slew of injuries to the team's pitching staff, but if he's healthy enough to return in 2017, he will probably be deployed in the bullpen as both his per-game and season workloads will be limited.
Erlin ultimately failed to make the big league roster out of spring training and instead spent most of the season at Triple-A El Paso in the Pacific Coast League. He did away with his two-seam fastball and upped his usage of his changeup from 16.1% in 2014 to 21.8%, but his numbers were still underwhelming on the whole. Over 125.1 innings in El Paso, he posted a 5.60 ERA and allowed an alarming 22 home runs. He certainly wasn't pitching in favorable environments, but those numbers are still alarming. Erlin eventually joined the Padres in September and made three starts. Aside from a seven-run meltdown in Coors Field, he made his mark by closing the year allowing just two runs across back-to-back seven-inning outings. He figures to be in the mix for a rotation spot in 2016, but time will tell if the southpaw can put it all together and stick in the majors for a full season as a back-end starter.
A former top pitching prospect, Erlin landed the No. 5 spot in the Padres’ rotation out of spring training last year, but early-season struggles were soon followed by his placement on the DL in mid-May with a sore left elbow. Initially expected to miss 2-to-3 starts, he was instead absent from the big leagues for nearly four months, a period that allowed Jesse Hahn and Odrisamer Despaigne to make inroads as starters at the highest level. In the end, Erlin’s lost season included a 4.99 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 46:15 K:BB in 61.1 innings with the Padres, which was fueled by an unsavory .332 BABIP. Erlin will compete with Despaigne, Brandon Morrow, and Matt Wisler for the final spot in the Padres' rotation during spring training.
At 23 years old, Erlin is a former top starting pitching prospect but didn't live up to the billing in 2013, turning in an up-and-down campaign. He was particularly porous in 20 nods at Triple-A Tucson, with a 5.07 ERA and 84:43 K:BB ratio in 99.1 innings. Meanwhile, five spot performances with the Padres prior to a permanent callup on Aug. 28 were along the same lines, but the southpaw flashed his talent in five further outings to complete the season, twirling four quality starts during a stretch in which he posted a 24:7 K:BB across 32 frames. If he demonstrates similar progress in spring training, a starting role could be his in a rotation with a few spots perhaps up for grabs.
After exploding onto the scene in 2010 in the Rangers' farm system and following it up with a highly productive 2011 campaign, Erlin's 2012 season with the Padres was a bit of a disappointment as he missed nearly three months due to an elbow strain. When he was healthy, he showed an elite ability to miss bats and limit walks to opposing batters. Later in the year, he showed he was past his elbow woes in the Arizona Fall League, where he struck out over a third of the batters he faced. At only 22 years old, Erlin is on the fast track to majors and should be monitored by all owners who have an interest in rising prospects.
The young lefty was acquired by the Padres in the Mike Adams deal and could prove to be a valuable asset down the road. Prior to his arrival, he had posted a 2.74 ERA over almost three full minor league seasons, averaging a 9.75 K/9IP with just a 1.15 BB/9IP. Although he had some struggles in Double-A last season, he finished the year strong posting a 7.75 K/BB with a 1.38 ERA despite an outrageous .364 BABIP against in six starts. He'll need some more seasoning in the minors, but given the pitcher-friendly dimensions of Petco Park, he should be on your radar in keeper and dynasty leagues.
In a Rangers organization littered with quality young arms, Erlin is one to grab now in keeper formats as he could rise quickly through the minors. At 20, he's a very polished left-hander with three good offerings. As his 125:17 K:BB ratio with Low-A Hickory suggests, he may not need long to make the leap to Double-A and put himself on the Rangers' radar in 2012. Look for Erlin to start the year at High-A Myrtle Beach with an eye toward a spin at Frisco during the second half.
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Designated for assignment
PAtlanta Braves  
September 12, 2020
Erlin was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Saturday.
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Hit hard in no-decision
PAtlanta Braves  
September 10, 2020
Erlin allowed five runs on six hits while striking out one across 1.2 innings in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Nationals. He did not issue a walk and did not factor in the decision.
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Set to start Thursday
PAtlanta Braves  
September 9, 2020
Erlin will start Thursday's game against the Nationals, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
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Could return to rotation
PAtlanta Braves  
September 8, 2020
Erlin could return to the rotation Thursday in Washington, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Works out of bullpen
PAtlanta Braves  
September 7, 2020
Erlin was used in long relief in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins, covering three innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out one.
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