Anthony DeSclafani
Anthony DeSclafani
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Disco Fever was not a hit in Cincinnati in 2018, though if you squint you can still see reasons for optimism for DeSclafani. After missing 2017 with an elbow injury, he then missed the first two months of 2018 with an oblique injury, the second time in three years that injury occurred. After finally returning in June, he posted a 4.93 ERA and allowed a whopping 24 homers in 115 innings. It looked like he was turning a corner after the All-Star break, but then he got crushed again in September, posting a 6.75 ERA in 28 innings. DeSclafani's struggles against left-handers were particularly troubling; they hit .284/.342/.575 with 15 homers in 233 plate appearances against him. Of his five pitches, only his slider was a plus pitch against lefties -- look for him to increase the 29% usage of that pitch against lefties in 2019. The other note of hope for DeSclafani was that he added tick of velocity to his offerings over the last two months of the season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.13 million contract with the Reds in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Yields one run in no-decision
PCincinnati Reds
August 23, 2019
DeSclafani allowed one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts across six innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday.
Like last season, DeSclafani has experienced some difficulty keeping the ball in the park, but he did just that Friday and yielded only one run for the second straight start. The right-hander came into the night having alternated wins and losses in his last six outings, but he remains 8-7 with a 4.27 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 131 strikeouts in 128.2 innings this season. DeSclafani will pitch next at the Marlins on Wednesday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .289 517 111 49 133 29 2 31
Since 2017vs Right .239 518 128 22 116 16 0 18
2019vs Left .289 284 61 32 72 15 1 16
2019vs Right .232 267 70 9 59 10 0 9
2018vs Left .288 233 50 17 61 14 1 15
2018vs Right .247 251 58 13 57 6 0 9
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2017Home 4.33 1.30 135.0 10 7 0 9.3 2.7 1.7
Since 2017Away 4.89 1.33 108.2 5 8 0 8.2 2.5 1.9
2019Home 3.55 1.33 63.1 6 3 0 9.7 3.1 1.7
2019Away 4.96 1.35 65.1 2 4 0 8.7 2.6 1.8
2018Home 5.02 1.28 71.2 4 4 0 9.0 2.4 1.8
2018Away 4.78 1.29 43.1 3 4 0 7.5 2.3 2.1
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Anthony DeSclafani 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 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.
    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.
94.6 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
Spin Rate
2181 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Coming off an encouraging 2016 campaign, DeSclafani was a favorite of those looking to build a fantasy staff on the cheap. Unfortunately, things did not pan out for DeSclafani or his owners. The right-hander was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in spring training and toed the rubber for only two rehab starts all season, the second of which he left with elbow tendinitis. DeSclafani pitched in the fall instructional league, throwing all of his pitches without pain. The impressive showing has the Reds optimistic for a triumphant return to the rotation in 2018, though considering he's coming off a season with sporadic bullpen sessions and 6.2 frames of rehab, fantasy owners should temper expectations. Even if DeSclafani can stay healthy and maintain the excellent control exhibited over his pro career, he still needs to figure out how to keep lefty swingers in the yard, having allowed 23 of his 33 homers surrendered to left-handers. A low strikeout rate further limits his fantasy potential.
DeSclafani's 2016 season was delayed by an oblique injury suffered at the end of spring training, and then by attempting to return too quickly. He still ultimately made 20 starts, improving marginally in most metrics except for his home run rate. Unfortunately, there's one big hurdle preventing DeSclafani from reaching his potential as a No. 2 starter -- his inability to retire left-handers with consistency. Despite using his curveball instead of his changeup to attack lefties, the results have been disappointing, as they hit .300/.337/.500 collectively against him, good for a .353 wOBA. If he ever finds a good out-pitch against lefties, look out -- right-handers hit just .199/.274/.311 against him.
For everything that went wrong for the Reds in 2015, getting DeSclafani for Mat Latos turned out to be a big win for them, and not just because Latos cratered with the Marlins. DeSclafani's last three starts were awful and his ERA topped 4.00 following his final start, but he struck out nearly 20 percent of the batters he faced while walking just seven percent. The best part of his repertoire is his slider, which is one of the best in the game, and his curveball has improved. He still needs to improve against left-handers, who had a .338 wOBA against him. Refining his changeup, which is his worst pitch right now, would go a long way towards providing a remedy.
DeSclafani was given his first taste of major league action in 2014, first as a starter in May and later as a bullpen arm in August/September. All told, he registered a 6.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched. A converted reliever since his college days, DeSclafani has successfully transitioned into a starting role over the past several seasons, compiling a 3.23 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 354.1 innings pitched across three levels. In the majors, following his early struggles, DeSclafani appeared to find a comfort zone in the bullpen, reeling off seven scoreless appearances in eight trips to the mound to close the season. Working with a five-pitch arsenal that includes a pair of fastballs, a slider, a curveball and a changeup, DeSclafani has shown solid strikeout ability and good control with a 3.93 K/BB over his professional career. The Reds acquired DeSclafani from Miami as part of the Mat Latos deal in December, and it's likely that the Reds will use him as part of a rebuilt rotation to begin 2015.
Initially drafted as a reliever, DeSclafani has successfully transitioned to a starting role over the past couple of seasons in the minors. In 25 starts split between the Marlins' High-A and Double-A affiliates, he piled up a 9-6 record with a 2.65 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 129 innings pitched. He's shown solid strikeout ability (8.0 K/9 last season) and has also put together a nice 1.7 BB/9 in the minors. DeSclafani may soon find himself somewhat blocked in what has become a very pitching-rich organization over the past several years, but if he continues to perform on the farm, the organization will find a way to let the 23-year-old contribute.
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Beats Cardinals for eighth win
PCincinnati Reds
August 17, 2019
DeSclafani (8-7) allowed one run on five hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Gives up six runs in loss
PCincinnati Reds
August 12, 2019
DeSclafani (7-7) gave up six runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three through four innings to take the loss against the Nationals on Monday.
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Gets win in shaky outing
PCincinnati Reds
August 6, 2019
DeSclafani (7-6) allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five across 5.1 innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Angels.
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Charged with loss
PCincinnati Reds
August 1, 2019
DeSclafani (6-6) was charged with the loss Thursday against the Braves after surrendering three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings.
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Yields one run in five frames
PCincinnati Reds
July 28, 2019
DeSclafani (6-5) allowed one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts across five innings while earning a victory against the Rockies on Saturday.
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