Ryne Stanek
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Stanek started the second-most games for the Rays last season with 29, though those all came in the opener role. He never threw more than two innings in any of his 59 total appearances. With only two pitches that he trusts to throw more than 15% of the time (fastball/slider), he seems well suited for such a role. It shielded him from facing hitters more than once and allowed him to post a 2.98 ERA in 66.1 innings. The question for fantasy owners is how valuable is a pitcher in that role? It hurts his chances at wins, but in leagues where starters and relievers are separated and which allow for daily lineup changes, he's very much on the radar. Stanek posted a 30.8% strikeout rate over a sizable workload, finishing with 66.1 innings despite not being called up until May. Read Past Outlooks
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PTampa Bay Rays
May 26, 2019
Stanek allowed no runs on two hits and struck out three during 1.2 innings to open against the Indians on Sunday.
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The 27-year-old has been an excellent opener this season, posting a 1.64 ERA in 14 "starts," but he's never pitched past the second inning in any start. That obviously limits his fantasy value. Curiously, Stanek also hasn't been as good out of the bullpen. Overall, he is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 28.1 innings this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .199 186 61 18 33 3 1 5
Since 2017vs Right .231 277 77 30 57 14 1 12
2019vs Left .205 49 12 5 9 1 1 3
2019vs Right .192 56 16 4 10 3 0 0
2018vs Left .163 98 36 11 14 1 0 2
2018vs Right .208 165 45 16 31 8 1 6
2017vs Left .278 39 13 2 10 1 0 0
2017vs Right .348 56 16 10 16 3 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-93%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-67%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-61%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.51 1.22 64.2 1 0 0 12.5 4.3 1.1
Since 2017Away 5.03 1.22 48.1 1 4 0 8.9 3.2 1.7
2019Home 0.56 0.81 16.0 0 0 0 9.6 2.3 0.0
2019Away 7.59 1.41 10.2 0 1 0 9.3 4.2 2.5
2018Home 1.54 1.06 35.0 1 0 0 12.6 4.4 0.8
2018Away 4.60 1.12 31.1 1 3 0 9.2 2.9 1.4
2017Home 7.24 2.12 13.2 0 0 0 15.8 6.6 3.3
2017Away 2.84 1.42 6.1 0 0 0 7.1 2.8 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Ryne Stanek 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 this season's data (min 40 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
3.44
 
K/9
9.8
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
97.9 mph
 
ERA
3.18
 
WHIP
1.06
 
BABIP
.269
 
GB/FB
0.72
 
Left On Base
77.5%
 
Exit Velocity
91.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.0%
 
Spin Rate
2202 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.3%
 
Swinging Strike
17.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Stanek has hair like Thor, and he has velocity like Thor. That is where the Syndergaard comparisons end. Stanek is now a full-time reliever with a big fastball, and little else. With Triple-A Durham, Stanek struck out 35 percent of the batters he faced and did not allow a home run in 44.2 innings. His strikeout rate dipped only slightly to 30.5 percent at the big-league level, but he allowed six homers in just 20 innings of relief with the Rays. He lacks a consistent secondary pitch, so when he falls behind, which is often, the opposition sits on the fastball and hits it hard. Stanek could take off if the command and a secondary pitch come along, but you should not roster him while waiting for that to happen. If nothing else, he's an interesting name to remember if the aforementioned skills growth occurs should the Rays have a ninth-inning vacancy down the road.
Stanek spent most of 2016 in Double-A Montgomery before finishing the season with Triple-A Durham. With Tampa's Double-A affiliate, the 25-year-old right-hander showed some promising flashes in his 11 starts, posting a 3.79 ERA while registering a solid 10.5 K/9 in 78.1 innings of work. His performance took a turn for the worse when he got to Triple-A. While generating strikeouts was Stanek's calling card at Double-A, his strikeout rate decreased to a disappointing 8.1 K/9 albeit in a small sample size. Additionally, Stanek produced a 5.92 ERA during his stint with Triple-A Durham, the highest of any stop in his career. Nonetheless, he showed enough promise for the Rays to add him to their 40-man roster following the 2016 season and thus shield him from the Rule 5 draft. Stanek will likely begin the season at Triple-A, but could possibly earn an eventual promotion to Tampa's major league bullpen if he steps up his performance in 2017.
When fully healthy, Stanek features a heavy sinking fastball that can sit in the mid-to-high 90s and a wipeout slider. Unfortunately, he missed a month and a half at the end of the 2014 season with shoulder fatigue, which is not a good sign, considering he had pitched just 55.2 innings to that point. He was able to make two rehab starts (a total of three innings) in late August, but questions remain about his ability to withstand the workload of a full season as a starter, especially with a slight 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. Prior to being shut down, he spend most of last season at Low-A Bowling Green, posting a 3.63 ERA and a 46:13 K:BB ratio in 44.2 innings. The Rays have every reason to continue to work the 23-year-old righty as a starter, presumably at High-A Charlotte to begin 2015, but there is a good chance he will be a late-innings reliever when it is all said and done.
Stanek was selected by the Rays in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft out of Arkansas. Though he agreed to a contract, he did not play in any games at the professional level in his first season in the organization. He fell a little in the draft due to some injury concerns in his evaluations, but he is a tall fireballer with some nice breaking pitches and the Rays could groom him into a solid starter. Since he did not play professionally in 2013, it is uncertain exactly where he'll be assigned in 2014. Being a college right-hander, Stanek could rise through the system quickly if he puts aside the injury concerns.
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Will open Sunday
PTampa Bay Rays
May 25, 2019
Stanek will serve as the opener in Sunday's series finale at Cleveland, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Opening Wednesday
PTampa Bay Rays
May 21, 2019
Stanek will serve as the opener Wednesday against the Dodgers, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Likely opener Tuesday
PTampa Bay Rays
May 19, 2019
Stanek is expected to serve as the opener in Tuesday's series-opening game against the Dodgers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Fans three as opener
PTampa Bay Rays
May 17, 2019
Stanek allowed one run on a hit and struck out three over two innings Friday against the Yankees.
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Set to open Friday
PTampa Bay Rays
May 16, 2019
Stanek will serve as the opener for Friday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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