Hunter Strickland
Hunter Strickland
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners
60-Day IL
Injury Lat
Est. Return 6/10/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
An injury to Mark Melancon opened the door for Strickland to break camp as the Giants' closer in 2018. The right-hander was doing just fine in the role until he punched a wall in mid-June following a blown save opportunity, resulting in a broken pinkie finger on his pitching hand which required surgery. Strickland ended up missing 50 games as a result and wasn't quite himself upon his return; he experienced a dip in velocity and struggled to a 6.59 ERA and 8:8 K:BB across 13.2 innings following his activation, never regaining control of the ninth inning. When it was all said and done, he posted a career-worst ERA (3.97), FIP (4.42) and K/9 (7.3), while his BB/9 stayed put at an unsightly 4.2. Strickland was non-tendered by San Francisco, but he should have little trouble finding work in a big-league bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mariners in January of 2019.
Moved to 60-day IL
PSeattle Mariners
April 1, 2019
Strickland (lat) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Strickland remains without a timeline for a return after suffering a Grade 2 lat strain at the end of March, so Seattle has elected to bump him to the 60-day IL to make room for Connor Sadzeck on the 40-man roster.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .267 212 37 27 48 10 3 4
Since 2017vs Right .237 267 61 23 56 10 3 6
2019vs Left .500 5 0 0 2 1 0 1
2019vs Right .000 5 3 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .186 98 21 11 16 4 2 2
2018vs Right .307 103 16 10 27 9 0 3
2017vs Left .333 109 16 16 30 5 1 1
2017vs Right .203 159 42 13 29 1 3 3
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Since 2017Home 3.69 1.37 63.1 5 6 8 7.2 3.4 1.1
Since 2017Away 2.96 1.47 45.2 2 3 9 9.3 5.1 0.4
2019Home 81.00 6.00 .333333 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 27.0
2019Away 0.00 0.00 2.0 0 0 2 13.5 0.0 0.0
2018Home 4.01 1.30 24.2 2 3 7 6.9 3.3 1.5
2018Away 3.92 1.55 20.2 1 2 7 7.8 5.2 0.4
2017Home 2.82 1.38 38.1 3 2 1 7.5 3.5 0.7
2017Away 2.35 1.52 23.0 1 1 0 10.2 5.5 0.4
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How does Hunter Strickland 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
While Strickland has proven himself to be a quality big-league bullpen arm, he's not any closer to taking over the closer role in San Francisco. Mark Melancon was signed to a lucrative deal last offseason to solidify the ninth inning, and when Melancon went down with an injury in 2017, the Giants brought in Sam Dyson to handle closer duties. Confined to a setup role, Strickland posted strikeout and home-run rates nearly identical to his 2016 marks (8.5 K/9, 0.59 HR/9), but his walk rate exploded, going from 2.8 BB/9 to 4.3. The estimators suggest Strickland overachieved a great deal with a 2.64 ERA, and the team's reluctance to use him to close games speaks volumes. He is averaging nearly 20 holds per year over the past three seasons, but if your league doesn't count holds, Strickland is a tough sell. He's risky as merely a ratios play.
Strickland built off his strong 2015 campaign with another solid season in 2016. While his ERA rose from 2.45 to 3.10, he induced more groundballs (47.3 percent groundball rate) and lowered his home run rate (0.6 HR/9) . He also incorporated his breaking ball more often to keep opposing hitters from sitting on his high-90s fastball. The lone criticism of his performance last season was his inability to take hold of the vacant closer role after Santiago Casilla was demoted in the second half of the season. The Giants went out and signed closer Mark Melancon in free agency, meaning Strickland may not even sniff the closer role again in the foreseeable future barring injury.
Strickland finally put it all together and had a stellar rookie campaign with the Giants in 2015. At 27 years old, he is not your typical rookie arm, battling injury and control issues to finally make it to the majors. Strickland throws straight gas, averaging a tick under 97 mph on his fastball. The knock on him coming into the season was his lack of secondary pitches, which made him too predictable and susceptible to the longball (he gave up six home runs in eight postseason appearances in 2014). He appears to have fixed that flaw in his game, mixing in a breaking ball 24.2% of the time in 2015, which led to a modest 0.70 HR/9 allowed. With his overpowering fastball and improved control, Strickland has been labeled the Giants' closer of the future by some. While that opportunity may not come in 2016, he looks to have locked up a late-inning role in San Francisco's bullpen.
The Giants trusted Strickland to handle critical spots in their bullpen during the playoffs, and he was tagged for a handful of key home runs while serving up six long balls in just 8.1 October innings. His story is one of perseverance, as Strickland has overcome shoulder and elbow injuries in his development to reach the big leagues for the first time just before turning 26 in September. Of course, his performance will largely be forgotten as the organization brought home a World Series title for the third time in five seasons anyway, but it will be interesting to see how he rebounds in 2015. Working with a high-90s fastball and slider, Strickland has the tools to be a dominant late-inning reliever, but he'll need to command his offerings more effectively to fully realize his potential.
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MRI reveals Grade 2 strain
PSeattle Mariners
March 31, 2019
Strickland has a Grade 2 lat strain, Greg Johns of reports.
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Lands on injured list
PSeattle Mariners
March 30, 2019
Strickland has a right lat strain and was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, Greg Johns of reports.
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Needs MRI for shoulder
PSeattle Mariners
March 30, 2019
Strickland said that he experienced tightness in the back of his throwing shoulder during Friday's 7-6 loss to the Red Sox, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. He's expected to receive an MRI at some point during the weekend.
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Blown save
PSeattle Mariners
March 29, 2019
Strickland suffered his first blown save and loss of the season Friday against the Red Sox, allowing three runs on two hits and a hit batter, retiring just one batter. After the game, Strickland suggested that he felt tightness in the back of his shoulder that only got worse, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Slams door again
PSeattle Mariners
March 21, 2019
Strickland recorded his second save in a 5-4 extra-innings win over the Athletics in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, firing a scoreless 12th inning in which he recorded a strikeout.
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