Warwick Saupold
Warwick Saupold
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Tigers' bullpen lacked quality alternatives, opening the door for Saupold to appear in 45 games in 2017. During his time at Triple-A last season, Saupold was used as a starter, and the results were pretty good, including a 2.90 ERA, and a better walk rate (3.8 BB/9) than his mark from his time in the Detroit bullpen (4.5 BB/9). Unfortunately, he didn't show an ability to miss bats as a reliever (6.3 K/9), and his home-run rate nearly tripled (1.29 HR/9) his results with Toledo. At 28, his value to the Tigers may be provided as a rotation depth option at Triple-A if he's unable to find another pitch in his arsenal that works against big-league hitters to pair with his cutter. The Tigers may opt to try and find value internally for their bullpen as they begin a rebuilding phase in 2018, giving him another year to figure it all out as a reliever in the process. Read Past Outlooks
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Clears waivers and heads to Triple-A
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 30, 2018
Saupold cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.
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The righty was designated for assignment Saturday. His 4.46 ERA through 34.1 major-league innings this season is not terrible but was evidently not enough for another team to claim him off waivers. His underlying numbers suggest he was lucky to even record that mediocre number, as he struck out just 10.1 percent of batters.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .309 192 22 21 51 10 1 7
Since 2016vs Right .275 295 48 26 71 12 0 8
2018vs Left .349 73 7 7 22 4 1 4
2018vs Right .247 85 9 6 19 4 0 2
2017vs Left .282 101 11 13 24 5 0 3
2017vs Right .258 179 33 18 40 4 0 6
2016vs Left .294 18 4 1 5 1 0 0
2016vs Right .462 31 6 2 12 4 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-66%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.21 1.07 53.1 4 0 1 5.2 2.2 0.7
Since 2016Away 6.75 2.10 53.1 4 4 0 6.6 5.7 1.9
2018Home 2.37 0.89 19.0 3 0 1 4.3 0.9 0.9
2018Away 7.04 2.41 15.1 1 1 0 4.1 6.5 2.3
2017Home 3.78 1.20 33.1 1 0 0 5.4 3.0 0.5
2017Away 6.14 1.88 29.1 2 2 0 7.4 6.1 2.1
2016Home 0.00 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 18.0 0.0 0.0
2016Away 8.31 2.31 8.2 1 1 0 8.3 3.1 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Warwick Saupold 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
1.23
 
K/9
4.2
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
91.7 mph
 
ERA
4.46
 
WHIP
1.57
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.55
 
Strand %
77.1%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Saupold pitched quite well for Triple-A Toledo in 2016, holding a 2.30 ERA over 11 starts and 74.1 innings. He was called up to the Tigers in early May to serve in a bullpen role but imploded twice toward the end of May, allowing eight runs between two outings before being placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. His poor performance sent him back to Toledo upon regaining health, where he remained the rest of the season, save for an emergency call as the Tigers needed an extra arm in August. Saupold's arsenal is about 80 percent fastballs and cutters, suggesting he may be better destined for the bullpen, although he only tops out in the low 90s. He's shown flashes of decent strikeout rates throughout his minor league career, but it's actually been negatively correlated with his ability to get guys out, suggesting he's more of a contact pitcher going forward. Unless he's able to grab a fifth starter role, Saupold won't have much fantasy value as a low-strikeout reliever.
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Designated for assignment
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 28, 2018
Saupold was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Saturday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 4, 2018
Saupold was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
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Gets win over Indians
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
June 9, 2018
Saupold (4-1) picked up the win Saturday against the Indians, firing two scoreless and hitless innings on 23 pitches.
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Grabs win Thursday
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
May 18, 2018
Saupold (2-1) picked up the win Thursday against the Mariners by retiring the lone batter he faced.
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Returns from hamstring tightness
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
May 9, 2018
Saupold has returned from minor hamstring tightness, and has a 2.45 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 5:6 K:BB in 11 innings out of the Tigers bullpen this season.
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