Chris Stratton
Chris Stratton
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Some saw Stratton’s 2017 performance and considered him a sleeper for 2018. In the end, his numbers regressed almost across the board. His home-run rate jumped up to 1.2 per nine innings, he struck out fewer batters (7.0 K/9) and he gave up much more hard contact than in 2017 (41.8% hard-hit rate in 2018 versus 28.4% in 2017). The 28-year-old did improve his control and showed some flashes of excellence, including a five-start stretch from late August to mid-September in which he compiled a 2.10 ERA with a complete-game shutout. His awful outings offset the strong ones, though, keeping his end-of-season ERA at 5.09. His 4.48 FIP suggests he suffered from some bad luck, but not a ton. Fortunately, he will likely maintain his spot in the rotation since he’s out of options, so he should get a chance to improve, but he’s risky given all the hard contact and the lack of strikeouts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed his rookie contract in June 2012, getting a $1.85 million signing bonus.
Gets to start Cactus League opener
PSan Francisco Giants
February 20, 2019
Stratton will start the Giants' Cactus League opener against the Angels on Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The right-hander regressed hard in 2018, as his ERA ballooned to a lofty 5.09 mark and he only mustered a 7.0 K/9. However, even following veteran additions to the pitching staff, Stratton has a decent chance to crack the Opening Day roster either as a starter or as a long reliever simply because he is out of minor-league options. Clarity regarding his role for 2019 will likely come as the Giants' roster takes shape over the course of spring training.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .287 488 77 51 123 22 4 15
Since 2016vs Right .256 436 92 36 100 19 5 10
2018vs Left .289 339 53 31 88 15 4 12
2018vs Right .255 286 59 23 65 14 4 7
2017vs Left .295 127 21 17 31 7 0 2
2017vs Right .239 129 30 11 28 4 1 3
2016vs Left .211 22 3 3 4 0 0 1
2016vs Right .368 21 3 2 7 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA at Home
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Since 2016Home 4.40 1.52 108.1 10 4 1 6.2 3.7 0.7
Since 2016Away 4.87 1.38 105.1 5 10 0 8.0 3.7 1.4
2018Home 4.74 1.51 74.0 6 3 0 6.3 3.5 0.9
2018Away 5.45 1.34 71.0 4 7 0 7.6 3.2 1.5
2017Home 3.49 1.48 28.1 3 1 1 6.7 3.5 0.3
2017Away 3.86 1.48 30.1 1 3 0 8.9 5.0 1.2
2016Home 4.50 1.83 6.0 1 0 0 3.0 6.0 1.5
2016Away 2.25 1.25 4.0 0 0 0 9.0 2.3 0.0
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How does Chris Stratton compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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
There is nothing flashy about Stratton's skill set, but he showed enough in 13 appearances (10 starts) with the Giants last year to warrant another look at the back end of the rotation in 2018. He averages under 92 mph with his fastball, but Stratton throws two quality breaking pitches (curveball and slider) which help him keep the ball on the ground. The right-hander endured some struggles against lefties last year (.355 wOBA), and they may remain tough on him until the changeup develops more, but Stratton's splits against righties (.291 wOBA) and on the road (3.86 ERA) point to some level of sustainability. Don't expect a sub-4.00 ERA over a full season, but something in the mid-4.00s range is within the realm of possibility. The WHIP is a different story; he had a sub-1.30 WHIP just once on the farm, and will continue to struggle in that category if he can't do a better job of limiting the free passes (4.3 BB/9).
Stratton got his first taste of big league action in 2016, serving as the team's long relief man when injuries struck the back end of the Giants rotation. He only logged 10 innings in the bigs, so his numbers with Triple-A Sacramento give a better idea of what kind of pitcher he is. In 20 starts with the River Cats, Stratton posted a 3.87 ERA with a 2.6 K/BB ratio. His biggest strength is his ability to keep the ball in the yard, as evidenced by his 0.4 HR/9 while pitching in the hitter-friendly PCL. With five veteran starters under contract to begin the 2017 season, Stratton will likely begin the year with Triple-A Sacramento again.
Stratton started the 2014 season as a 23-year-old at High-A San Jose, where he was hit around quite a bit. The 6-foot-3 righty posted a 5.07 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 99.1 innings at Low-A, featuring a low-90s fastball that occasionally dips to 89 mph. He concluded the season with 23 innings in a better pitching environment in the Eastern League with Double-A Richmond, where his ERA dipped to a middling 3.52, but his strikeout rate also dropped from 23.9% to 16.8% against more advanced hitting. The lack of strikeouts against Double-A hitters creates more concerns than the ERA stabilization alleviated. Stratton’s ceiling appears to be that of a No. 5 starter, and perhaps a more likely role would be that of a middle reliever or swing man.
After suffering a scary head injury that cut his 2012 season short, Stratton came back strong in 2013, posting a 3.27 ERA in 132 innings for Low-A Augusta. The former first-round pick exhibited excellent strikeout numbers (8.4 K/9) while keeping his control in check (3.2 BB/9). Despite not pitching above the Low-A level, the 23-year-old Stratton will likely be on a fast track to the majors as his arsenal (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup) appears ready for the big leagues.
Stratton, the Giants' first-round pick in 2012 (20th overall), appeared in eight games while throwing 16.1 innings in Low-A until his season was cut short after a line drive to the head in late August. It is likely that he will begin 2013 in High-A, and there is a chance he could make it to San Francisco by 2014. Scouts have said Stratton does not have one dominant pitch, but he features a fastball between 91-95 mph along with a very good slider, improving curveball and fringe changeup.
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Allows two earned in no-decision
PSan Francisco Giants
September 26, 2018
Stratton allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and five walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Padres. He did not factor into the decision.
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Takes loss vs. San Diego
PSan Francisco Giants
September 20, 2018
Stratton (10-10) took the loss Wednesday, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two over three innings against the Padres.
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Completes shutout versus Rockies
PSan Francisco Giants
September 14, 2018
Stratton (10-9) pitched the first shutout of his career Friday, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in a win over the Rockies.
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Allows four runs Saturday
PSan Francisco Giants
September 8, 2018
Stratton (9-9) allowed four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six across five innings to take the loss Saturday against the Brewers.
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Takes loss in solid outing
PSan Francisco Giants
September 2, 2018
Stratton (9-8) pitched six innings Sunday, allowing two runs on three hits while taking the loss to the Mets. He struck out two and yielded a home run.
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