Brandon Maurer
Brandon Maurer
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Pirates in January of 2019.
Timetable uncertain
PPittsburgh Pirates  
Knee
July 12, 2019
Maurer (knee) has not pitched at any level since June 21.
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The 29-year-old right-hander started up a rehab assignment with short-season West Virginia on June 18. He made two appearances but has not pitched since according to his MiLB.com game log, suggesting there was a setback in his recovery from knee surgery.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-15%
BAA vs RHP
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BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .348 85 11 14 24 4 2 4
Since 2018vs Right .295 75 20 11 18 3 1 3
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .348 85 11 14 24 4 2 4
2018vs Right .295 75 20 11 18 3 1 3
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-52%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 10.26 2.40 16.2 0 3 1 7.6 7.6 2.7
Since 2018Away 4.91 1.84 14.2 0 1 0 10.4 6.8 1.2
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 10.26 2.40 16.2 0 3 1 7.6 7.6 2.7
2018Away 4.91 1.84 14.2 0 1 0 10.4 6.8 1.2
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Brandon Maurer
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
July 22, 2018
Erik Siegrist sifts through the talent on American League waiver wires and thinks Stephen Piscotty's recent power surge could be legitimate.
Mound Musings: The Phones Are Ringing
June 28, 2018
Brad Johnson says this is the time of year where GM phones begin to ring with trade possibilities and he lists a few likely move candidates including the Rangers Cole Hamels.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
June 24, 2018
Erik Siegrist dives into the AL player pool, where Elvis Andrus is just one of a number of key hitters to come off the disabled list over the last week.
Oak's Corner: Use Your Non-Pitching Hand, Hunter!
June 22, 2018
In A Closer Look, Scott Jenstad discusses a few interesting situations, including Hunter Strickland missing six to eight weeks after breaking his finger by punching a wall.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
June 21, 2018
Brad Johnson discusses a few random baseball thoughts including trade rumors and the Nationals picking up Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.
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Maurer had a tale of two very odd seasons last year in San Diego and Kansas City. He saved 20 games with the Padres, but did a very poor job stranding runners and had a 5.72 ERA in 42 games as most of his outings were an adventure. The Royals bet on his 3.23 FIP and brought him in along with Trevor Cahill in a late-July deal. As a Royal, Maurer's ERA ballooned to 8.10 as he struggled to throw strikes and saw his home run rate double. The 5.31 FIP says he was unlucky, but he was still bad with the Royals. He has historically been decent against righties while having issues against lefties, but did poorly last year against both types of hitters and was exceptionally bad against righties. Even if we factor in regression to the mean, Kelvin Herrera and Joakim Soria are still much better bets for saves in Kansas City.
Despite a significant increase in his ERA (4.52), Maurer maintained many of his peripherals while pushing his strikeout rate to a career-best 9.3 K/9 (24.0 strikeout rate). Once Fernando Rodney was traded to Miami, the Padres had a vacancy in the ninth inning, and Maurer stepped in to take over as the team's closer during the second half. From July 1 on, Maurer went 13-for-15 in save chances, while posting a 3.09 ERA and 25:5 K:BB in 32 innings and holding opposing hitters to a .232/.260/.312 line. Throughout his career, Maurer has carried a low LOB% (65.8 percent), and his 2016 rate was right in line with that norm (66.1). Ultimately, he will need to become more effective in those situations in order to become a steady mid-tier closer, but he will likely begin 2017 handling the ninth inning in San Diego if Carter Capps has any setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Before shoulder issues began to surface for Maurer toward the middle of the season, he was starting to reach must-own status in holds leagues, pitching to a 1.86 ERA and earning seven holds and five wins over the first three months of the campaign. However, a massive workload -- he had made a whopping 42 appearances by the All-Star break -- finally caught up to Maurer, and he was shut down with shoulder inflammation in mid-August, never to return. Maurer was converted to the bullpen full-time in his final season with the Mariners before the trade to San Diego in December of 2014, and that is likely where he will stay moving forward. There's a strong possibility that he will return to a high-leverage role in 2016, that is if the shoulder is healthy after a full offseason of rest. Perhaps he could eventually push for the closer role in a Padres bullpen that is without a clear replacement for Craig Kimbrel.
After posting a 7.52 ERA in seven starts, Maurer was sent to Triple-A Tacoma in May to transition to a reliever. When he returned in June, he found success in the bullpen that eluded him in the rotation. In 31 relief appearances, Maurer posted a 2.17 ERA with 38 strikeouts and three unintentional walks in 37.1 innings. His FIP dropped from 5.39 as a starter to 1.85 as a reliever. Pitching in relief allowed Maurer to increase his low-90s fastball to the mid-90s, which in turn made his changeup more effective. Maurer used his changeup to neutralize lefties to the tune of a .167 BAA with one extra-base hit in 60 at-bats. In 58 at-bats against lefties as a starter, Maurer allowed a .310 BAA and five extra-base hits, including three homers. Whether he sticks in the bullpen this season is uncertain after he was traded to San Diego in December.
An outstanding spring training won Maurer a job in the rotation last year, but it didn't take long to prove he was overmatched at the big-league level and not ready for the majors. With a 6.93 ERA by late May, the Mariners finally took pity on him and sent him to Triple-A. He wasn't much better in eight relief appearances (6.64 ERA) upon returning, but in his last three September starts, he allowed two runs or less in each and had 17 strikeouts to four walks in 17.1 innings. Much of Maurer's trouble stemmed from his lack of an effective out-pitch against left-handers, against whom he had a 1.94 K/BB and .908 OPS allowed. He has decent strikeout ability and control, but he was forced to tinker with his release point to improve his command (11.4 H/9 for the season). Maurer could compete in spring for a spot on the staff, but he's probably ticketed for Triple-A for more refinement.
Maurer stole the spotlight from the "Big Three" at Double-A Jackson last year en route to Southern League pitcher of the year honors. While high-profile prospects Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker grabbed the headlines, Maurer used four pitches, including a mid-90s fastball, to prove he is a legit prospect after some early-career arm troubles. The 6-foot-6 Maurer has good command and, perhaps most important, stayed healthy all year, throwing 137.2 innings. Whether Maurer is destined for mid-rotation status or a bullpen role largely depends on his ability to avoid the elbow and shoulder problems that plagued him in 2010 and 2011.
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Begins rehab assignment
PPittsburgh Pirates  
June 19, 2019
Maurer, who has been sidelined since late April after undergoing knee surgery, made a rehab appearance for short-season West Virginia on Tuesday. He struck out a batter as part of a perfect nine-pitch frame.
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Sent to minors camp
PPittsburgh Pirates  
March 26, 2019
Maurer was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.
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Scheduled to pitch Thursday
PPittsburgh Pirates  
Knee
March 12, 2019
Maurer (knee) is listed among the Pirates' pitchers scheduled to take the hill in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Missing action with injury
PPittsburgh Pirates  
Knee
March 6, 2019
Maurer has been dealing with a sore right knee and hasn't pitched since Feb. 26, John Perrotto of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
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Signs minors deal with Pirates
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January 30, 2019
Maurer agreed to a minor-league contract with the PIrates on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
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