Brad Peacock
Brad Peacock
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Houston Astros
10-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 7/26/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Peacock had by some measures the best season of his career in 2018, posting career-bests in strikeout rate (35.3%) and walk rate (7.4%) to go along with a 3.46 ERA. His reduced workload made him far less valuable as a fantasy asset, however, as he threw just 65 innings after throwing 132 the previous season and made just a single start (in which he threw just 1.2 innings as part of a bullpen game). At his age, Peacock seems unlikely to transition back to starting, and it's hard to imagine he will be in the closer conversation even if something happens to Roberto Osuna. The veteran's ratios make him a decent, low-risk option in deep leagues, and he's worth keeping an eye on in case he does end up making a temporary return to the rotation, but his ceiling is likely to remain low if he sticks in his current job. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.11 million contract with the Astros in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Set for further evaluation
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
July 14, 2019
Peacock (shoulder) will be re-evaluated in Houston on Monday before the Astros determine the next step for his rehab program, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Peacock initially appeared on track to return from the 10-day injured list to start Monday's series opener against the Angels, but those plans were scrapped after he experienced renewed soreness in his right shoulder Saturday, one day after he completed a bullpen session. Framber Valdez will instead receive the starting nod Monday on three days' rest or work as a primary pitcher behind an opener, while the Astros' plans for Tuesday remain undetermined now that Valdez won't be an option for that contest. The Astros should provide an update on Peacock's condition along with a potential timeline for him to return to the big club within the next few days.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-38%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .264 516 134 52 121 29 3 25
Since 2017vs Right .182 654 212 50 108 26 3 9
2019vs Left .286 172 36 15 44 12 1 9
2019vs Right .176 180 53 10 29 7 1 4
2018vs Left .264 101 28 9 24 7 1 8
2018vs Right .204 171 68 11 32 7 1 3
2017vs Left .249 243 70 28 53 10 1 8
2017vs Right .173 303 91 29 47 12 1 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.61 1.20 142.0 9 6 3 11.3 3.5 1.3
Since 2017Away 3.28 1.15 140.0 13 7 0 10.7 3.0 0.9
2019Home 4.28 1.18 48.1 3 3 0 9.7 2.2 1.7
2019Away 3.93 1.12 36.2 3 3 0 9.1 3.2 1.0
2018Home 3.44 1.12 36.2 1 1 3 13.0 2.5 1.7
2018Away 3.49 1.24 28.1 2 4 0 13.7 3.2 1.3
2017Home 3.16 1.26 57.0 5 2 0 11.7 5.2 0.6
2017Away 2.88 1.13 75.0 8 0 0 10.4 2.9 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Brad Peacock 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 70 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
3.56
 
K/9
9.4
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
4.13
 
WHIP
1.15
 
BABIP
.285
 
GB/FB
1.01
 
Left On Base
72.7%
 
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.3%
 
Spin Rate
2347 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
41.8%
 
Swinging Strike
9.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2011
A replacement-level swingman in 2016, Peacock took a massive leap forward last season and established himself as one of the most important arms on a championship-winning pitching staff. In fact, he led all full-season (non-Justin Verlander) Astros pitchers in fWAR with 3.4. He provided stability at the back end of the rotation when injuries hit, posting a 3.22 ERA in 111.2 innings as a starter, and was dominant out of the bullpen (.143/.268/.214). The right-hander saw a big uptick in strikeouts year-over-year, with his strikeout rate jumping three per nine to 11.0 K/9. That spike went hand-in-hand with a massive improvement in the quality of his slider, which was tied closely to the lowering of his arm slot. His walk rate remains high (3.9 BB/9), and he seems unlikely to see a big spike in innings at this point in his career, but his development is legitimate. The innings Peacock gives you should be very good.
A consensus top-100 prospect before the 2012 season, Peacock battled injuries throughout a winding career through the Nationals system before landing in Houston. He yo-yoed back and forth between Houston and Triple-A Fresno the prior three years, and 2016 was no exception. He started 21 games for Fresno, and put up a 4.23 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He looked good with a 9.2 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9, but he failed to replicate that performance once he got called up to the Astros in mid-August. After a few relief appearances, Peacock got five September starts, which went well until he got shelled for five earned runs in his final outing on Sept. 30. While his 3.69 major league ERA was decent, the signing of veteran Charlie Morton likely cements Peacock's role as a long reliever entering the season. He would need at least a couple injuries ahead of him to find his way to spot starts.
A former top pitching prospect, Peacock has not been particularly effective at the big league level thus far in his career. Unfortunately, recent injuries - including an intercostal strain last April and surgery last August to remove bone spurs in his hip that were pinching a nerve near his spine - have prevented him from improving upon his career 4.69 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 50 big league appearances (41 starts). On the plus side, Peacock is still relatively young (he's entering his age-28 season) and the Astros are confident he'll be healthy for the start of 2016. It doesn't look like a rotation spot will be available, so a move to the bullpen may be in store for the right-hander.
After a rough spring, Peacock opened 2014 in the Astros' bullpen, but the mid-April departure of Lucas Harrell cleared a spot for him in the starting rotation. Peacock struggled, however, going 4-9 with a 4.72 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9 and 1.4 HR/9 in 28 appearances (24 starts) for Houston. He struck out batters at a decent clip (8.1 K/9) and did finish the season on a high note with a 2.33 September ERA, but high pitch counts often meant he failed to make it past the sixth inning. With plenty to improve upon, Peacock first has an injury setback to overcome, as he recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right hip, which puts him in danger of missing spring training and possibly even the start of the regular season.
Despite a poor showing at the Triple-A level in 2012, Peacock broke camp as the Astros' fourth starter last season. The 26-year-old struggled mightily out of the gate, posting a 9.41 ERA and 1.91 WHIP during the month of April before he was relegated to the bullpen, and subsequently demoted to Triple-A. Peacock turned things around over 13 starts for Oklahoma City before Houston gave him another shot in the rotation in August. The right-hander finished the season with much better results, including an 8.3 K/9 that far outweighed his ugly 5.18 ERA. While Peacock would benefit from cutting down on his walks (4.0 BB/9) and home runs (1.6 HR/9), plenty of upside remains as he contends for a 2014 rotation spot this spring.
After being included as part of the return in the Gio Gonzalez trade, Peacock was expected to contend for a rotation spot in Oakland. Instead, he spent the entire season as a starter at Triple-A Sacramento, where poor control (4.4 BB/9) and inconsistent results enabled A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily to leapfrog him on the organizational depth chart. While free passes were an issue, Peacock continued to miss bats at an impressive clip (9.3 K/9). Further, he was victimized by a 60.8 percent strand rate and his 4.26 FIP is a better indication of his skill level than last season's 6.01 ERA. A move to the bullpen would increase his chances of contributing to the A's in 2013, but the potential for more long-term value exists if he remains a starter and tries to iron out the control issues at Sacramento again.
Peacock’s stock rose in 2011 after posting a 1.87 FIP and 11.77 K/9IP in 98.2 innings for Double-A. He wasn’t as successful in Triple-A, but his ERA of 3.19 in 48 innings was impressive. He did not miss many bats in his 12 innings with the Nationals (4.5 percent swinging-strike rate), despite featuring a fastball that averaged 92.7 mph, a curveball (74.7 mph) and a decent change-up (82.5 mph). Long term, Peacock could end up as a late-inning reliever, but he should receive an opportunity to earn a spot in the A's rotation after being traded to Oakland as part of the Gio Gonzalez deal in December.
Peacock blossomed in 2010, ripping through High-A with a K/9IP rate north of 10.0 and establishing himself as a very intriguing arm. The Nationals used him out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League, and his mid-90s fastball and nasty slider played very well in relief. But if his mediocre changeup catches up to his better offerings he may yet have a future in the rotation.
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Not in line for Monday's start
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
July 14, 2019
Peacock won't be activated from the 10-day injured list to start Monday's game against the Angels after reporting soreness in his right shoulder following his throwing session earlier in the weekend, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Expects to start Monday
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
July 11, 2019
Peacock (shoulder) felt good following Wednesday's rehab appearance and expects to be activated to start Monday against the Angels, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
July 10, 2019
Peacock (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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MRI confirms inflammation
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
June 30, 2019
Peacock (shoulder) underwent an MRI that revealed inflammation, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Expected to be ready out of break
PHouston Astros
Shoulder
June 28, 2019
Manager AJ Hinch said Peacock (shoulder) is expected to make his first start out of the All-Star break, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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