Brad Peacock
Brad Peacock
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.44 million contract with the Astros in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Left off roster for ALDS
PHouston Astros
October 4, 2018
Peacock was omitted from the Astros' roster for the ALDS against Cleveland, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Manager A.J. Hinch decided to keep Tony Sipp and Josh James over Peacock, Hector Rondon and Chris Devenski for the first leg of the 2018 postseason. In 61 appearances for the club this year, Peacock posted a 3.46 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 96 strikeouts in 65 innings. His absence is notable after playing a big role for last year's team on their path to the World Series, though a disastrous outing against Baltimore on Sunday probably didn't help his case.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .246 401 112 44 87 22 2 18
Since 2016vs Right .183 544 173 47 90 23 2 9
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
2016vs Left .200 57 14 7 10 5 0 2
2016vs Right .175 70 14 7 11 4 0 4
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Since 2016
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Since 2016Home 3.09 1.14 107.2 6 3 3 11.9 4.0 1.1
Since 2016Away 3.35 1.20 120.0 10 5 0 10.6 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
2016Home 1.93 0.71 14.0 0 0 0 9.6 3.2 1.3
2016Away 5.09 1.42 17.2 0 1 0 6.6 4.6 2.0
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How does Brad Peacock 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
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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Looks rusty in return
PHouston Astros
September 16, 2018
Peacock allowed a run on two hits and one walk while striking out three in the ninth inning of Saturday's 10-4 win over Arizona.
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Cleared to return
PHouston Astros
September 14, 2018
Peacock was cleared by doctors Friday after recovering from a bout of hand, foot and mouth disease and is available to pitch, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Out with illness
PHouston Astros
September 11, 2018
Peacock was sent home with hand, foot and mouth disease Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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Earns one-out save versus Twins
PHouston Astros
September 4, 2018
Peacock allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout for a one-out save during Monday's win over the Twins.
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Shifts back to relief
PHouston Astros
August 26, 2018
Peacock will move back to a relief role Sunday with Framber Valdez scheduled to start the series finale against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.
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