Adam Plutko
Adam Plutko
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Plutko opened the minor-league season on the IL with a forearm strain and made his way to the majors in mid-May, but still ended up making 20 starts for the Indians in 2019. His numbers (4.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP) were nothing special, and yet the estimators say he overachieved. Plutko sits at 91 mph with his fastball, and his slider -- his top secondary pitch -- is not a wipeout pitch by any stretch of the imagination as evidenced by the pitch's 11.5% swinging-strike rate (8.4 SwStr% overall). He limited the free passes (5.6 BB%) and has gotten decent marks for command, but the long ball has been a major problem, with Plutko averaging more than two per nine in 189.2 frames at the big-league level. He figures to be on the outside looking in for a rotation spot entering spring training. As the team's depth is inevitably tested throughout the year, he will likely see some starting opportunities. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2019.
Picks up win No. 2
PCleveland Indians
September 26, 2020
Plutko pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one, two earn the win over the Pirates on Friday.
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Plutko entered the ninth inning in a relatively low-pressure scenario as the Indians were already down 3-1 and just wanted to keep the game close. The right-hander did just that as he got through the inning with ease while only allowing a single to Jared Oliva. Plutko has some appearances as a starter this season but has recently seen his opportunities come from the bullpen. The 28-year-old has a 4.88 ERA across 27.2 innings and could be used in long relief during the postseason if needed.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
45
Last 10 Games
45
Last 5 Games
32
How many pitches does Adam Plutko generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
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 2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-34%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .291 439 49 32 116 29 1 22
Since 2018vs Right .244 461 103 24 106 29 1 26
2020vs Left .244 50 3 3 11 4 0 0
2020vs Right .310 62 11 4 18 4 0 5
2019vs Left .283 231 26 15 60 12 1 10
2019vs Right .252 231 52 11 55 15 0 12
2018vs Left .319 158 20 14 45 13 0 12
2018vs Right .209 168 40 9 33 10 1 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.46 1.08 119.0 8 6 1 6.2 1.6 2.3
Since 2018Away 5.77 1.59 93.2 4 6 1 6.7 3.4 1.6
2020Home 5.40 1.25 20.0 1 2 0 5.0 1.8 2.3
2020Away 4.05 1.65 6.2 0 0 1 4.1 4.1 0.0
2019Home 3.83 0.95 49.1 4 2 0 5.8 1.5 2.2
2019Away 5.70 1.57 60.0 3 3 0 6.9 2.7 1.5
2018Home 4.71 1.15 49.2 3 2 1 7.1 1.6 2.5
2018Away 6.33 1.63 27.0 1 3 0 7.0 4.7 2.3
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Stat Review
How does Adam Plutko 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 2019 data (min 30 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
2.14
 
K/9
4.9
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
91.1 mph
 
ERA
4.88
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.284
 
GB/FB
0.64
 
Left On Base
73.3%
 
Exit Velocity
82.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.8%
 
Spin Rate
2358 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Plutko managed a sparkling 1.70 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Columbus, but he wasn't able to carry over any of that success to the major-league level. In 12 starts and another five relief appearances with Cleveland, he posted a 5.28 ERA (6.10 FIP). He walked just 7.1% of opposing batters but struggled to put big-league hitters away, striking out just 18.4% after posting a 25.7% strikeout rate in Triple-A. He also couldn't keep the ball in the stadium, allowing 21 homers. His 15.4% HR/FB wasn't far from the league average, so the homers can be blamed primarily on his inability to keep the ball on the ground, as he managed just a 26.8% groundball rate. It's hard to see Plutko making a significant enough improvement to be fantasy relevant this season.
Plutko was a minor league workhorse in the Indians' organization in 2016. The 25-year-old right-hander tossed 71.2 innings and 90.0 innings in Double-A and Triple-A respectively. After making 15 starts for Triple-A Columbus and earning a 3.97 ERA and 4.03 FIP, Plutko was called up to the Indians in late September, where he appeared in only two regular season games and pitched 3.2 innings. Plutko relies much more on pinpoint control as opposed to high velocity, which allows his fastball to still be an effective pitch despite sitting in the low 90's. Additionally, Plutko has been effective at consistently throwing strikes, which he demonstrated by his 130:46 K:BB in 2016. While he appears to be major-league ready and was developed as a starter, Plutko's best chance to make the Indians 2017 25-man roster will be via a spot in the bullpen. In order to do so, he will need to continue to demonstrate a high level of command.
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Records four-inning save
PCleveland Indians
August 28, 2020
Plutko pitched four scoreless innings Friday, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out two to pick up the save in a 14-2 win over the Cardinals.
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Uncertain to start Wednesday
PCleveland Indians
August 24, 2020
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Plutko is "penciled in" for Wednesday's start against the Twins, but a decision has yet to be finalized, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Roughed up Friday
PCleveland Indians
August 22, 2020
Plutko (1-2) allowed seven runs on five hits (two home runs) and two walks while striking out just one batter across 3.1 innings as he took the loss Friday versus the Tigers.
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Draws another start
PCleveland Indians
August 20, 2020
Plutko is slated to start Friday's series opener versus the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Knocked around in short outing
PCleveland Indians
August 16, 2020
Plutko allowed three runs on six hits, striking out one across 2.2 innings in Sunday's 8-5 win over Detroit. He did not factor in the decision.
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