Dillon Maples
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Maples has yet to really stick with the Cubs, and 2020 was no exception. He tossed just one inning at the MLB level and spent most of the year at the team's alternate training site. The 28-year-old logged a career-high 11.2 innings in 2019 and posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Maples has shown good swing-and-miss stuff during his limited run in the majors, recording 39 strikeouts in 23.1 innings across four seasons. However, he has also walked a whopping 25 batters, and his 8.49 career ERA and 1.93 WHIP point to a pitcher who has mostly struggled at the MLB level. If Maples is able to limit the walks, he could take a step forward, but he profiles as a low-leverage reliever until he starts to produce better results on the mound. In 2021, he figures to once again be on the roster bubble and could shuttle between the minors and the majors. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February of 2021.
Keeps racking up strikeouts
PChicago Cubs
April 14, 2021
Maples struck out four batters Wednesday against the Brewers and now has 11 strikeouts through six innings this season.
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Maples also has six walks across that span, and free passes have always been a concern with the righty. The Cubs seem to like using him for multiple innings, as he's pitched exactly two innings on three occasions while doing well to allow just a single earned run. However, Maples is unlikely to take on a more prominent bullpen role if he keeps struggling with walks.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
24
Last 10 Games
24
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Dillon Maples generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Dillon Maples generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-70%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-71%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-54%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .056 50 17 11 2 1 0 0
Since 2019vs Right .185 71 25 13 10 1 0 4
2021vs Left .048 27 12 3 1 1 0 0
2021vs Right .167 31 11 7 4 0 0 2
2020vs Left .000 6 1 3 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .500 3 0 1 1 1 0 0
2019vs Left .083 17 4 5 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .179 37 14 5 5 0 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-61%
ERA on Road
2020
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-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.00 1.11 9.0 1 0 0 14.0 8.0 1.0
Since 2019Away 5.19 1.50 17.1 0 0 0 14.5 8.3 1.6
2021Home 3.00 1.33 6.0 0 0 0 16.5 9.0 1.5
2021Away 1.17 0.91 7.2 0 0 0 14.1 4.7 1.2
2020Home 0.00 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.00 .000000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019Home 0.00 1.00 2.0 1 0 0 9.0 9.0 0.0
2019Away 6.52 1.45 9.2 0 0 0 14.9 7.4 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Dillon Maples 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 2019 data (min 30 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
2.30
 
K/9
15.1
 
BB/9
6.6
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
95.7 mph
 
ERA
1.98
 
WHIP
1.10
 
BABIP
.162
 
GB/FB
1.38
 
Left On Base
90.2%
 
Exit Velocity
78.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2800 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.3%
 
Swinging Strike
10.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Maples threw 11.2 big-league innings in 2019, his highest total yet. The story was much the same as with his first two brief stints in the majors: he struck out a good number of batters (33.3%) but walked far too many (18.5%), leading to a high ERA (5.40). In 43.0 innings with Triple-A Iowa, his walk problem was even worse (19.2%), but his incredible 42.0% strikeout rate led him to a 3.77 ERA. Maples misses bats by throwing his hard, 89.5 mph slider nearly 60 percent of the time, but it's quite evident by now that he doesn't have much of an idea where it's going. The righty generated a strong 15.6% swinging strike rate, but not swinging seemed to work just fine for opposing batters, whose 36.3% swing rate was well below the major-league average of 47.0%. Maples' strikeouts give him the building blocks to be a high-leverage arm, but his command remains very far from where it needs to be.
Maples appeared in nine games for the Cubs last season, allowing seven runs in just 5.1 innings. Scouting reports like Maples' hard fastball and slider but hate his command and control, and he's done nothing to change the narrative thus far in his career. He recorded a 42.4% strikeout rate at Triple-A with an appalling 22.0% walk rate. Maples has a long way to go before being considered as even a low-leverage reliever; no reliever who threw at least 30 innings in the majors last season had a walk rate higher than 16.6%. The strikeouts remain enticing and could give Maples deep-league value should he ever find the plate, but there's been no evidence that's he's any closer to doing that.
A power righty with a nasty breaking ball, Maples fell to the 14th round due to signability issues last year, but the Cubs offered him a $2.5 million bonus and landed the would-be first or second rounder. He'll start the year in the low minors, but his ascent could be rapid.
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Strikes out four in 2021 debut
PChicago Cubs
April 6, 2021
Maples pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. He walked two and did not allow a hit.
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Will make team
PChicago Cubs
March 28, 2021
Manager David Ross said Maples will be in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Looks likely to make team
PChicago Cubs
March 27, 2021
Maples will likely be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster following a handful of moves by the team Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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On roster bubble
PChicago Cubs
February 21, 2021
Maples will be competing for one of the Cubs' last bullpen spots in spring training, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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Sent to alternate camp
PChicago Cubs
July 30, 2020
Maples was optioned to Chicago's alternate camp site Thursday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
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