Ryan Tepera
Ryan Tepera
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Roberto Osuna's suspension and a pair of blown saves from Tyler Clippard opened the door for Tepera to step into the closer role for Toronto. He seemed to take well to the job, posting a 1.98 ERA while going 6-for-6 in save chances in his first 11 appearances after taking over the ninth. However, after back-to-back blown saves in late June, Tepera was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, and he never found his footing upon his return. Tepera struggled to a 4.81 ERA and 4.1 BB/9 in the second half, collecting just one save along the way as trade acquisition Ken Giles took over closing duties. The skills weren't really closer-worthy anyway, even before he went down. His 25.9% K-rate for the season was fine but nothing spectacular, and his 9.1% walk rate and 1.25 HR/9 were both below average. He's routinely outperformed the ERA estimators, but the skills just aren't good enough to warrant much attention if he isn't seeing save chances. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.53 million contract with the Blue Jays in February of 2019 after losing arbitration hearing.
Loses arbitration case
PToronto Blue Jays
February 8, 2019
Tepera signed a one-year, $1.525 million deal with the Blue Jays on Friday after losing his arbitration case, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Tepera was pursuing $1.8 million but will be forced to settle for the lower salary following the arbitration hearing. The 31-year-old has a 3.60 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 149:55 K:BB in 141 appearances with Toronto over the past two years, and figures to enter the 2019 season as one of the top arms in the bullpen behind expected closer Ken Giles.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .229 275 71 33 53 13 2 8
Since 2016vs Right .216 392 96 30 76 15 0 9
2018vs Left .274 108 24 10 26 7 1 3
2018vs Right .212 155 44 14 29 7 0 6
2017vs Left .194 128 37 20 20 4 1 4
2017vs Right .211 191 44 11 37 8 0 3
2016vs Left .212 39 10 3 7 2 0 1
2016vs Right .250 46 8 5 10 0 0 0
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Since 2016
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Since 2016Home 3.34 1.17 86.1 4 1 5 9.1 3.0 0.9
Since 2016Away 3.75 1.22 74.1 8 6 4 9.7 4.1 1.0
2018Home 2.25 1.03 36.0 3 1 4 9.5 2.8 0.8
2018Away 5.34 1.47 28.2 2 4 3 9.4 4.1 1.9
2017Home 4.31 1.24 39.2 1 0 1 9.1 3.4 1.4
2017Away 2.84 1.03 38.0 6 1 1 9.7 3.8 0.2
2016Home 3.38 1.41 10.2 0 0 0 7.6 2.5 0.0
2016Away 2.35 1.30 7.2 0 1 0 10.6 5.9 1.2
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How does Ryan Tepera 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Tepera completed a full season at the big league level for the first time as a 29-year-old in 2017, striking out more than a batter per inning, and racking up seven wins in relief for the Jays. In 73 appearances last season, Tepera entered the game in the seventh inning or later 64 times, as he became one of the key pieces in the bridge to closer Roberto Osuna over the course of the season. So long as Osuna is healthy, there is little reason to think that Tepera will pick up more than the occasional save opportunity, and barring the addition of another pitch to increase his whiff rate or improved control, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which he'll improve his ratios enough to be a staff filler. Nevertheless, look for the veteran right-hander to reprise a similar role, perhaps settling in as a regular in the sixth and seventh inning if Toronto adds another high-leverage reliever to the mix during the offseason.
It was a bit surprising to see Tepera bounce back-and-forth between Triple-A Buffalo and Toronto in 2016. Not only was the 29-year-old impressive as a rookie the prior year (3.27 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 33 innings), Tepera also pitched well at the MLB level in his most recent season. Over 20 appearances (18.1 innings), the right-hander managed a 2.95 ERA and stranded 79.2 percent of hitters out of the Jays' bullpen. In fairness, Tepera's 3.75 FIP in 2016 wasn't good, and his 3.9 BB/9 was his worst mark since 2013 with Double-A New Hampshire. On the other hand, the middle reliever sports a good mid-90s fastball and has a history of limiting the long ball. With many holes to fill in their bullpen for 2017, the Jays will certainly afford Tepera a fair shot at earning a spot on the Opening Day roster in the year ahead.
Despite being bounced around between levels, Tepera had a solid year everywhere he went. Tepera started the season in Triple-A Buffalo and was electric there, forcing a move up to the Blue Jays for large chunks of the season. In the big leagues, he made 32 appearances, holding a 3.27 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP with a 22:6 K:BB ratio in 33.0 innings. Tepera’s biggest problem was keeping the ball in the ballpark, as he allowed eight home runs, more than two per every nine innings. The 28-year-old has had problems with home runs throughout his career, but never more than 1.3 HR/9. He should start the season in a middle-relief role for the Blue Jays, but his low strikeout totals hamper his total value.
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Blows another save
PToronto Blue Jays
August 7, 2018
Tepera blew his seventh save of the season during Tuesday's loss to Boston, allowing four runs on three hits during the eighth inning. He issued one walk and struck out one.
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Picks up seventh save
PToronto Blue Jays
July 21, 2018
Tepera earned the save Saturday against the Orioles by throwing a scoreless ninth inning, striking out a pair of batters.
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Returns from disabled list
PToronto Blue Jays
July 15, 2018
Tepera (elbow) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Sunday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Tosses bullpen Thursday
PToronto Blue Jays
July 12, 2018
Tepera (elbow) threw another successful bullpen session Thursday, although he likely won't return until after the All-Star break, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
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Could return this weekend
PToronto Blue Jays
July 10, 2018
Tepera (elbow) could return this weekend in Boston, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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