Anthony DeSclafani
Anthony DeSclafani
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $860,000 contract with the Reds in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Fans career-high 10 in loss to Marlins
PCincinnati Reds
September 23, 2018
DeSclafani (7-7) took the loss Saturday, coughing up five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings while striking out 10 as the Reds fell 5-1 to the Marlins.
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The right-hander didn't get much help from his offense, but the unearned runs were entirely of his own making, as he committed two errors in the fourth inning to help put the first two runs of the game on the board. The 10 strikeouts were a career high for DeSclafani, but he's been far from a fantasy asset down the stretch, posting a 6.56 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 2.0 HR/9 and 38:10 K:BB over his last 35.2 innings. He's set for one more start this season at home Saturday against the Pirates.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2017
No Stats
2016
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .299 490 104 30 135 27 2 26
Since 2016vs Right .228 457 93 28 94 12 0 12
2018vs Left .293 219 44 17 58 12 1 15
2018vs Right .250 221 48 11 51 5 0 7
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .303 271 60 13 77 15 1 11
2016vs Right .206 236 45 17 43 7 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2017
No Stats
2016
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.11 1.27 124.2 8 6 0 7.9 1.9 1.6
Since 2016Away 3.93 1.25 102.0 8 5 0 7.6 2.7 1.4
2018Home 5.00 1.32 66.2 4 3 0 8.9 2.4 1.8
2018Away 4.78 1.30 37.2 3 3 0 6.2 2.4 2.2
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 3.10 1.21 58.0 4 3 0 6.8 1.4 1.4
2016Away 3.44 1.22 65.1 5 2 0 8.4 2.9 1.0
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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.
K/BB
3.52
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
93.5 mph
 
ERA
4.91
 
WHIP
1.31
 
BABIP
.306
 
GB/FB
1.38
 
Strand %
69.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Allows four runs in loss to Brewers
PCincinnati Reds
September 18, 2018
DeSclafani (7-6) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings to take the loss Monday against the Brewers. He struck out five.
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Tagged for six runs in loss to Dodgers
PCincinnati Reds
September 12, 2018
DeSclafani (7-5) took the loss Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out five across 4.2 innings.
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Surrenders four versus Padres
PCincinnati Reds
September 7, 2018
DeSclafani allowed four runs on eight hits while fanning three over four innings Friday night against San Diego. He didn't factor into the decision.
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Allows two runs in no-decision
PCincinnati Reds
September 3, 2018
DeSclafani allowed two runs on five hits and two walks across 3.2 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cardinals. He struck out four.
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Notches win against Brewers
PCincinnati Reds
August 28, 2018
DeSclafani (7-4) gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six in 6.2 innings Tuesday against the Brewers. He picked up the win.
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