Matt Andriese
Matt Andriese
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The versatile Andriese had filled a swingman role for his first two Rays seasons, but left 2017 spring training as a starter. In 18 outings (17 starts), the right-hander posted his highest rates of strikeouts (8.0 per nine), swinging strikes (a solid 11.0 percent) and infield popups (15.2 percent). Andriese impressed in his first 12 starts, going 5-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 55 strikeouts through 61 innings, and his changeup once again stymied opponents. Unfortunately, Andriese missed more than two months with a stress reaction in his hip and finished with his highest ERA (4.50), walk rate (2.9) and HR/9 (1.67) while allowing the sixth-highest rate of hard contact (38.7 percent, per FanGraphs) among pitchers with 80-plus innings. Perhaps the injury deserves blame, but he is an incomplete product who needs more skills growth before fantasy owners get too excited. Andriese will likely have to compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $559,400 contract with the Rays in March of 2018. Traded to the Diamondbacks in July of 2018.
Heads back to bullpen
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 23, 2018
Andriese is expected to move back to the bullpen during the upcoming week with Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo naming Matt Koch the team's starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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Andriese received the first opportunity to enter the rotation in place of Clay Buchholz (elbow), who sustained a season-ending injury Sept. 13. The right-hander's first start with the Diamondbacks was disastrous, as he lasted just two innings while giving up five runs on five hits to take the loss Sept. 18 against the Cubs. Koch, meanwhile, shined in long relief behind Andriese with four scoreless innings, so he'll get a look in the fifth starter's role during the final week of the season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .233 549 111 37 118 28 0 18
Since 2016vs Right .291 685 152 39 185 39 2 30
2018vs Left .237 143 28 11 31 8 0 5
2018vs Right .291 190 50 12 51 11 2 10
2017vs Left .216 161 35 13 32 6 0 4
2017vs Right .301 213 41 15 58 16 0 12
2016vs Left .242 245 48 13 55 14 0 9
2016vs Right .285 282 61 12 76 12 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-9%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.06 1.23 150.2 9 6 0 8.4 2.1 1.4
Since 2016Away 5.25 1.38 140.2 7 13 2 7.8 2.6 1.6
2018Home 4.46 1.34 40.1 2 2 0 9.6 2.2 1.8
2018Away 6.03 1.37 37.1 1 4 0 8.4 3.1 1.7
2017Home 3.55 1.27 45.2 4 0 0 8.3 2.2 1.6
2017Away 5.58 1.49 40.1 1 5 1 7.6 3.8 1.8
2016Home 4.18 1.13 64.2 3 4 0 7.8 1.9 1.0
2016Away 4.57 1.32 63.0 5 4 1 7.6 1.6 1.4
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How does Matt Andriese 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
3.39
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
5.21
 
WHIP
1.35
 
BABIP
.322
 
GB/FB
1.76
 
Strand %
66.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Andriese's 2016 season included two separate stints as a starter, a bullpen tenure and another stretch at Triple-A Durham. The 27-year-old saw a 6-2 pre-All-Star-break record flip the other direction after the Midsummer Classic despite an improvement in his strikeout rate. Andriese doesn't quite stand out in any one category, largely profiling as an average strikeout pitcher with serviceable control for much of his minor league career, as well during his two major league seasons. Therefore, heading into 2017, the Rays likely see Andriese in the same role he finished 2016 -- as a back-end starter. He's certainly capable of providing double-digit wins if he can remain free of injury, but that's about the extent of his upside.
The Rays used Andriese basically wherever they needed him as a rookie in 2015, moving him between Tampa Bay and Durham several times while deploying him as both a reliever and spot starter. He didn’t perform particularly well in either role, finishing with a mediocre 4.11 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 65.2 innings. He also struggled somewhat with the long ball, allowing more than a home run per nine innings. That’s somewhat understandable given that he uses some breed of fastball almost 70 percent of the time with average velocity, but it’s hard to see how he grows from that. He’ll likely serve in the same role in 2016: a depth option in the rotation and a long reliever when the bullpen needs some help. Unless a series of calamities befalls the Rays rotation, it’s hard to see him getting anywhere near the number of consistent appearances needed to be fantasy relevant, never mind his actual effectiveness when he’s on the mound.
Though Andriese struggled somewhat with Triple-A Tucson last season (4.45 ERA in 12 appearances), he showed promise at the Double-A level prior to his promotion (2.37 ERA over 15 starts). He has good control of his pitches (2.1 BB/9), and the move to Tampa following a seven-player swap between the Padres and Rays in January will likely benefit him, given the Rays' track record in developing pitching prospects.
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Lit up for five runs
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 19, 2018
Andriese (0-2) got the loss Tuesday, allowing five runs on five hits while striking out four over two innings against the Cubs.
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Slated to start Tuesday
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 17, 2018
Andriese will start Tuesday against the Cubs.
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Lit up at Coors Field
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 11, 2018
Andriese was torched for seven runs on eight hits and two walks over 1.1 innings of relief in Monday's 13-2 loss to the Rockies.
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Promoted to majors
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 4, 2018
Andriese was recalled from High-A Visalia on Tuesday.
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Will be stretched out in minors
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 29, 2018
Andriese, who was optioned to High-A Visalia on Tuesday, will be stretched out as a starter while he remains in the minors, Martin Oppegaard of MLB.com reports.
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