Dan Jennings
Dan Jennings
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Rays released Jennings just before Opening Day, allowing the Brewers to scoop the lefty up from the open market. He provided Milwaukee with a decent lefty arm out of the bullpen. At the end of May, Jennings was sitting with an ERA south of 3.00. He finished the season with a 3.22 ERA, though his 1.38 WHIP and 6.3 K/9 were less than impressive. His 56.1% groundball rate allowed him to have relative success, despite the lack of strikeouts. However, a 4.04 xFIP suggests some regression could be on the way this season. The Brewers declined to tender Jennings a contract for the 2019 season, making him a free agent. He possesses some value as a LOOGY after holding left-handed hitters to a .226 batting average in 2018, though that role doesn't play up much in fantasy given the low quantity of innings. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Angels in February of 2019 that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
Signs with Angels
PLos Angeles Angels  NRI
February 15, 2019
Jennings signed a minor-league deal with the Angels that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Jennings posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 72 appearances with the Brewers in 2018, but the team declined to tender him a contract and he subsequently hit free agency. The 31-year-old is likely to serve as a left-handed specialist as he allowed a .320/.399/.528 slash line to right-handed hitters in 2018, though his career splits aren't quite so extreme.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .219 352 68 36 67 9 1 6
Since 2016vs Right .282 445 74 46 109 16 4 9
2018vs Left .226 125 22 6 26 3 0 2
2018vs Right .320 146 23 17 40 10 2 4
2017vs Left .213 128 26 18 23 1 0 3
2017vs Right .240 139 25 13 30 3 0 5
2016vs Left .217 99 20 12 18 5 1 1
2016vs Right .285 160 26 16 39 3 2 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2016Home 2.23 1.29 92.2 7 1 1 6.3 4.1 0.5
Since 2016Away 3.60 1.45 94.0 4 8 1 7.3 3.8 0.9
2018Home 2.33 1.26 27.0 4 1 1 6.7 2.3 1.0
2018Away 3.86 1.47 37.1 0 4 0 6.0 3.9 0.7
2017Home 3.07 1.30 29.1 2 0 0 6.4 5.8 0.6
2017Away 3.78 1.38 33.1 1 1 0 8.1 3.2 1.6
2016Home 1.49 1.32 36.1 1 0 0 5.9 4.0 0.0
2016Away 2.96 1.52 24.1 3 3 1 8.1 4.4 0.4
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How does Dan Jennings 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Jennings pitched effectively in 62.2 innings of relief for the White Sox and Rays, putting up a 3.45 ERA. His 4.72 FIP suggests his ERA ought to have been a good deal higher, but his career ERA has beaten his FIP by 87 points over 279.2 innings, so perhaps he is a rare FIP-beater. He keeps the ball on the ground (59.8 percent last year), which helps him to mostly overcome poor strikeout (19.1 percent) and walk (11.6 percent) rates. It's very much a middle-relief profile, which should leave Jennings with little chance of building on the one career save he's recorded so far. That limits Jennings' value in most fantasy leagues.
In his first season exclusively at the MLB level, Jennings had a solid year out of the White Sox bullpen. Although his WHIP remained the same at a very pedestrian 1.40, the left-hander posted a stellar 2.08 ERA. This success was possible due to an outstanding 0.2 HR/9 over the course of the season. Although things seem to be looking great for Jennings, these results will be difficult to replicate given his other numbers. His already-low strikeout rate dipped even further, his BB/9 ascended to 4.2, and his FIP sat at 3.43. To add insult to injury, the reliever's average fastball velocity (90.8 mph) also dropped by nearly two miles per hour from 2015. He made things work in 2016, but look for significant regression this season, as he will be fortunate to hold onto a low-leverage role for the entirety of 2017.
The White Sox picked up Jennings from the Marlins in the 2014 offseason in exchange for Andre Rienzo, and Jennings quickly became one of the team’s more frequently-used relievers despite average, hittable stuff. His ERA rose from 1.34 to nearly 4.00 over the course of the year, but his FIP was constantly hovering around 3.47. He should occupy a middle relief role once again in 2016.
Jennings spent the majority of the 2014 season with the major league club, ultimately posting a sparkling 1.34 ERA but with an unsightly 1.54  WHIP over 40.1 innings pitched with the Marlins. He benefited from an unsustainable 94.9% strand rate while dancing in and out of trouble with regularity. Jennings has solid strikeout ability, racking up nearly a strikeout per inning over the past two seasons, but continues to struggle with walks. The left-hander has yet to be truly tested in a late-inning role and Jennings seems unlikely to be tried there unless he can prove more consistent with his command.
Jennings chipped in 40.2 relief innings out of the Marlins' bullpen in 2013 on his way to a 2-4 record with a 3.76 ERA. The righty did an excellent job of keeping the ball in the park, allowing just one homer run in 47 appearances, and while striking out nearly a batter per inning (8.4 K/9). Primarily viewed as a middle reliever, Jennings failed to find himself in too many high-leverage situations and collected just one hold during his sophomore season. While he'll likely be an important piece in the Miami bullpen once again, it is difficult to expect much of an impact on the box score while throwing in middle relief.
Jennings posted a strong 1.89 ERA in 19.0 innings pitched for the Marlins in 2012, but struggled with wildness, walking 11 batters during that sample. The lefty hurler, who tosses a fastball in the low-90s complemented by a slider and the occasional changeup, ended his first trip around the big leagues with a poor 1.53 WHIP. Prior to his callup, Jennings had made notable progress in limiting the walks, issuing just 16 free passes over 51.2 innings pitched (2.8 BB/9) in Triple-A after walking 4.5 BB/9 in 2011 and the Marlins remain hopeful that he'll eventually display improved control with more experience in the majors.
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Set for free agency
PFree Agent  NRI
November 30, 2018
Jennings will not be tendered a contract for the 2019 season from Milwaukee, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Gets job done
PMilwaukee Brewers  NRI
September 25, 2018
Jennings started Monday's victory over the Cardinals and retired the first batter of the game before being removed from the contest.
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Set to start Monday
PMilwaukee Brewers  NRI
September 24, 2018
Jennings will get the start in Monday's game against the Cardinals.
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Back in action
PMilwaukee Brewers  NRI
September 2, 2018
Jennings (ankle) allowed a go-ahead hit to the only batter he faced in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.
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Exits with injury
PMilwaukee Brewers  NRI
August 30, 2018
Jennings exited Thursday's game against the Reds with an apparent leg injury, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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