Hunter Strickland
Hunter Strickland
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
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. Traded to the Nationals in July of 2019.
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PWashington Nationals
August 20, 2019
Strickland (face) was spotted playing catch in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game against the Pirates and should be available to pitch if needed, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
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Strickland was sent for X-rays after being hit in the face with a bar in the weight room Tuesday; however, he appears to have avoided a significant injury. He was also seen signing autographs after the throwing session, per Zuckerman, which would seem to further indicate that he's fine.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-70%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-39%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .265 224 39 29 50 12 3 4
Since 2017vs Right .229 285 64 23 58 10 3 6
2019vs Left .308 17 2 2 4 3 0 1
2019vs Right .091 23 6 0 2 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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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-82%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-2%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.51 1.34 66.2 6 6 8 7.0 3.4 1.1
Since 2017Away 2.86 1.41 50.1 2 3 9 9.1 4.8 0.4
2019Home 7.36 1.09 3.2 1 1 0 2.5 2.5 2.5
2019Away 1.35 0.60 6.2 0 0 2 9.5 1.4 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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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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 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
4.00
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
96.0 mph
 
ERA
3.48
 
WHIP
0.77
 
BABIP
.191
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
60.6%
 
Exit Velocity
88.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
12.0%
 
Spin Rate
2506 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.0%
 
Swinging Strike
11.5%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Hunter Strickland
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5 days ago
Brad Johnson examines bullpen assignments in the AL to see how they stack up for a postseason push, including in Detroit, where the jury is still out regarding Joe Jimenez’ potential for long-term success.
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12 days ago
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16 days ago
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19 days ago
Erik Siegrist looks at players who saw their outlooks improve as a result of deadline deals and wonders if Joe Jimenez will be able to seize the moment now that Detroit's closer role is up for grabs.
Mound Musings: Examining Trade Deadline Pitching Repercussions
19 days ago
Brad Johnson breaks down the recent pitching trades to figure out how players will be impacted by their moves, starting with Marcus Stroman who heads to the Mets from Toronto.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
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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Involved in freak accident
PWashington Nationals
Face
August 20, 2019
Strickland is headed for X-rays after an accident in the weight room Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Could get saves with Doolittle out
PWashington Nationals
August 18, 2019
Strickland will be part of a closer-by-committee situation while Sean Doolittle (knee) is on the 10-day injured list, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
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Gets first win as Nat
PWashington Nationals
August 17, 2019
Strickland (1-1) gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win over the Brewers on Friday.
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Traded to Washington
PWashington Nationals
July 31, 2019
Strickland was traded from the Mariners to the Nationals in exchange for Aaron Fletcher on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Impressive in return
PSeattle Mariners
July 29, 2019
Strickland, activated from the 60-day injured list earlier in the day, fired a perfect eighth inning in an extra-inning win over the Tigers on Sunday. He did not record a strikeout or issue a walk.
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