Jake Petricka
Jake Petricka
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jake Petricka in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Brewers in January of 2019. Traded to the Rangers in June of 2019.
Traded to Rangers
PTexas Rangers  AAA
June 14, 2019
Petricka was acquired by the Rangers from the Brewers on Friday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
ANALYSIS
Petricka had a brief stint with the Brewers this season -- he allowed three runs over eight innings -- but has spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A San Antonio. The 31-year-old had a 1.89 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 22:4 K:BB across 19 innings with the Missions.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .294 149 26 16 37 8 1 6
Since 2017vs Right .330 217 44 12 67 17 1 6
2019vs Left .250 13 0 5 2 0 0 0
2019vs Right .190 23 3 1 4 3 0 0
2018vs Left .257 89 17 10 19 6 1 4
2018vs Right .357 119 24 6 40 8 1 2
2017vs Left .364 47 9 1 16 2 0 2
2017vs Right .329 75 17 5 23 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-45%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.40 1.53 45.0 1 1 0 7.8 3.2 1.6
Since 2017Away 6.29 1.83 34.1 3 1 0 8.1 3.1 1.0
2019Home 0.00 0.50 2.0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019Away 4.50 1.83 6.0 0 0 0 4.5 9.0 0.0
2018Home 3.91 1.66 25.1 0 1 0 8.5 3.9 1.1
2018Away 5.31 1.62 20.1 3 0 0 7.5 2.2 1.3
2017Home 5.60 1.47 17.2 1 0 0 7.6 2.5 2.5
2017Away 10.13 2.38 8.0 0 1 0 12.4 1.1 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Jake Petricka 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 this season's data (min 20 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
0.50
 
K/9
3.4
 
BB/9
6.8
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
3.38
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.235
 
GB/FB
2.33
 
Left On Base
75.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2065 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.3%
 
Swinging Strike
6.7%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jake Petricka
Mound Musings: AL East Draft Day Targets
February 22, 2018
Brad Johnson does a deep dive into the American League East pitching scene and once again is looking at Orioles’ starter Kevin Gausman to bring his A game this season.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 20, 2017
Erik Siegrist wades into the free-agent pool in the American League and thinks Willy Adames is more than ready to make his big-league debut for the Rays.
Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – American League
August 17, 2017
This week, Brad Johnson dives into unsettled AL bullpens, including the Angels where longtime closer Huston Street has spent more time than usual on the disabled list but could be back closing in early September.
Regan's Rumblings: Closing Time
August 3, 2017
Dave Regan shifts his rumblings toward exploring the ninth-inning pitching situation for each of baseball's 30 teams with the trade deadlne in the rearview.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
July 30, 2017
Erik Siegrist checks out the available talent in the AL and warns that the much-traveled Eduardo Nunez could end up being the best hitter to join the Junior Circuit at this year's trade deadline.
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Although he had the best strikeout (9.1 K/9) and walk (2.1 BB/9) rates of his career in 2017, Petricka's inability to keep the ball in the park (2.10 HR/9) steered him to the highest ERA he's posted at any level as a professional (7.01 ERA). The whiffs appear to be a fluke, however, as he carried a very low swinging-strike rate (7.1 percent), and that the White Sox have been unable to turn him into a valuable late-inning reliever does not bode well for his chances of picking up a high-leverage role with another club at any point in the near future. Rather than pay him more than $1 million for 2018, the White Sox chose to non-tender him in December. As a free agent, it's likely that Petricka will get another look somewhere this spring, but he might have to settle for a minor-league deal.
It was only a couple of years ago that Petricka was closing out games for the White Sox, although that seems like a distant memory. The right-hander slotted into the bullpen as a middle reliever to start 2016, but things went downhill after just nine games, as he was forced to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery in June. Petricka still holds some decent numbers in his past, such as only allowing five home runs between 2014 and 2015, although he also displayed an inability to get left-handed hitters out during that span. The 28-year-old should be ready to go for spring training and will be in the mix for a bullpen spot, although his days of pitching in high-leverage situations are probably over unless something drastically changes with his arsenal.
Petricka emerged as the White Sox’s closer in 2014, but he found himself lost in a middle relief role in 2015 after the club overhauled the back end of its bullpen. His velocity pretty much unchanged from a year ago in the mid-90s, but a lower strikeout rate in front of a poor defense spelled doom for his ERA and WHIP. He should occupy a middle relief role once again in 2016.
Petricka was one of the team's top setup men for the season's first few months, and he took over the closer role in late June. The right-hander relies primarily on a sinking fastball that results in a ton of groundballs, but the rest of his pitches (changeup and slider) are generally just OK. His 67 appearances may have worn on him toward the end of the season, as he had a .351 BAA and 5.79 ERA over the final two months of the season before leaving his last start with arm soreness. He should enter the season in good position to retain a late-inning role in front of new closer David Robertson, but is not quite a lock until we get through spring training.
Petricka has found new life in the White Sox's system as a reliever. He had been a once-promising starter in the organization's lower levels a few years ago, but his path to the majors became clearer when he became a reliever in 2013. His lack of control was less of an issue in shorter bursts, and he used a mid-90s fastball and plus changeup to post a 1.81 minor league ERA en route to a 16-appearance audition in Chicago. His 134 ERA+ over his 19.1 MLB innings should be good enough to put him in the discussion for a setup role out of camp.
Petricka barreled through three minor league organizations in 2011, and he finished his first full season as a professional at High-A Winston-Salem. His K:BB tumbled to an average 46:26 in 67.2 High-A innings after an impressive 48:13 in 41.2 frames at Low-A Kannapolis, but he still fed his defense a high level of groundballs. Scouts like his mid-90s fastball, but his secondary pitches still need a bit of work. He likely profiles as a mid-rotation starter or bullpen guy, depending on the organization's needs come 2013 or 2014.
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Stays in organization
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
May 1, 2019
Petricka was outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio on Wednesday.
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Designated for assignment
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 27, 2019
Petricka was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Saturday.
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Called up by Brewers
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 22, 2019
Petricka was recalled as expected Monday.
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To be recalled
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 21, 2019
Petricka is expected to rejoin the Brewers' bullpen Monday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 19, 2019
Petricka was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Friday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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