Hunter Strickland
Hunter Strickland
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Giants in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Nabs one-out save
PSan Francisco Giants
August 28, 2018
Strickland walked a batter before recording the final out of Monday's 2-0 win over Arizona, picking up his 14th save in the process.
ANALYSIS
Strickland started the season as the Giants' closer and fared well until injuring his hand June 18. During his time on the DL, Will Smith took a stranglehold on ninth-inning duties, and his absence over the past two days was scheduled after Smith pitched in the previous three contests, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Mark Melancon -- who was also held out due to recent heavy usage -- is likely ahead of Strickland on the bullpen depth chart as well, so fantasy owners shouldn't overreact to Monday's save.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-46%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .259 278 45 34 62 11 2 5
Since 2016vs Right .220 416 103 32 82 12 3 7
2018vs Left .160 86 18 10 12 3 1 2
2018vs Right .299 90 15 8 23 7 0 2
2017vs Left .333 109 16 16 30 5 1 1
2017vs Right .203 159 42 13 29 1 3 3
2016vs Left .270 83 11 8 20 3 0 2
2016vs Right .197 167 46 11 30 4 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.24 1.29 91.2 5 6 9 7.6 3.3 0.8
Since 2016Away 2.93 1.30 70.2 5 5 9 9.0 4.1 0.5
2018Home 3.38 1.17 21.1 2 3 7 7.2 3.8 1.3
2018Away 4.34 1.50 18.2 1 2 7 7.7 4.3 0.5
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
2016Home 3.66 1.25 32.0 0 1 1 7.9 2.8 0.6
2016Away 2.48 1.00 29.0 3 2 2 9.0 2.8 0.6
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Stat Review
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.
K/BB
1.70
 
K/9
7.5
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
3.73
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.275
 
GB/FB
0.94
 
Strand %
74.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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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Activated from 60-day DL
PSan Francisco Giants
August 18, 2018
The Giants activated Strickland (finger) from the 60-day disabled list Saturday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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Will be setup man upon return
PSan Francisco Giants
Finger
August 17, 2018
Strickland (finger) will be a setup man when he returns from the disabled list, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Slated to pitch consecutive days
PSan Francisco Giants
Finger
August 15, 2018
Strickland (finger) is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday after striking out two in a scoreless inning for the River Cats on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Gives up homer in second rehab outing
PSan Francisco Giants
Finger
August 8, 2018
Strickland (finger) transferred his rehab assignment to High-A San Jose on Monday and retired two of four hitters while allowing a solo home run and issuing a walk.
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Starts up rehab assignment
PSan Francisco Giants
Finger
August 6, 2018
Strickland (finger) made his first rehab appearance Saturday for the Giants' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, working a scoreless inning and striking out two while conceding two hits.
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