Casey Sadler
Casey Sadler
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Sadler underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 and made only two major-league appearances in the three seasons that followed. He got his first true chance in the big leagues last season, hurling 46.1 innings between the Rays and Dodgers. The right-hander throws a fairly even split of sinkers, cutters and curveballs, generating excellent spin on all three pitches. However, despite the elevated spin rates, Sadler fails to miss many bats as evidenced by his paltry 16.0 K% last season. The low strikeout rate paired with a lofty 86.3 LOB% largely explains the discrepancy between Sadler's ERA (2.14) and FIP (4.38) and suggests that some ERA regression may lie ahead despite his above-average command and control (6.7 BB%). Sadler doesn't figure to be in the mix for saves or holds with only a partial season of limited success under his belt; as such, he should be ignored in most fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in January of 2019. Traded to the Dodgers in July of 2019.
Added to 60-man pool
PChicago Cubs
July 1, 2020
Sadler will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp.
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Sadler is one of 22 pitchers invited to camp at Wrigley Field, but the 29-year-old is likely to have a decent shot at regular playing time after posting a 2.14 ERA and 1.17 WHIP across 46.1 innings for the Dodgers and Rays last season. Still, with so many other pitchers around, Sadler will want to perform well early on to ensure he maintains his place in the pecking order.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Casey Sadler generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Casey Sadler generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-59%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .276 118 20 9 29 7 0 4
Since 2018vs Right .229 119 19 10 24 3 1 2
2020vs Left .200 7 3 2 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .222 11 2 1 2 0 0 1
2019vs Left .241 97 15 6 21 2 0 4
2019vs Right .230 97 16 7 20 3 1 1
2018vs Left .538 14 2 1 7 5 0 0
2018vs Right .222 11 1 2 2 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-79%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-71%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 0.94 1.01 28.2 2 0 0 5.0 2.8 0.3
Since 2018Away 4.56 1.68 25.2 2 0 1 8.1 3.5 1.8
2020Home 0.00 1.88 2.2 0 0 0 6.8 10.1 0.0
2020Away 9.00 1.00 1.0 0 0 0 27.0 0.0 9.0
2019Home 1.04 0.92 26.0 2 0 0 4.8 2.1 0.3
2019Away 3.54 1.48 20.1 2 0 1 7.5 3.1 1.8
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 8.31 2.77 4.1 0 0 0 6.2 6.2 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Casey Sadler 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
K/BB
1.67
 
K/9
12.3
 
BB/9
7.4
 
HR/9
2.5
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
2.45
 
WHIP
1.64
 
BABIP
.272
 
GB/FB
2.50
 
Left On Base
108.7%
 
Exit Velocity
77.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.3%
 
Spin Rate
2788 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
14.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2016
2015
2014
Sadler underwent Tommy John Surgery in October and will miss the entire 2016 season. The 25-year-old won his lone start for Pittsburgh in 2015 but spent the majority of time in Triple-A, where he went 6-5 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Sadler was looked upon as a possible depth starter but the injury sets him back. Fantasy owners will need to look elsewhere in 2016.
Sadler pitched well as a starter for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2014, but was unable to leverage that success into much at the big-league level. The right-hander compiled an 11-4 record with a 3.03 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 124.2 frames for Indy. He had a tough time getting anyone out in the majors, allowing 12 hits, five walks and nine earned runs in 10.1 innings. Sadler is more of a possible swingman, making the occasional spot start while being used primarily out of the bullpen. While he is unlikely to get a crack at Pittsburgh's rotation in April, Sadler could make a midseason appearance when injuries strike.
Pittsburgh added Sadler to its 40-man roster in November, showing that the organization may have plans for the 23-year-old righty. He registered a 3.31 ERA in 130.1 innings for Double-A Altoona in 2013, but his 67:42 K:BB ratio did little to excite fantasy owners. The Pirates changed Sadler from reliever to starter in the middle of the 2012 season, so there's reason to expect continued gains from him. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound hurler uses a pitch-to-contact, groundball style to retire hitters, something that dovetails nicely with the organization's defensive shifting strategy. From a fantasy perspective, Sadler's peripherals leave little for fantasy owners to get excited about.
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Likely to make team
PChicago Cubs
April 7, 2020
Sadler will likely earn a bullpen spot with the Cubs whenever the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Traded to Cubs
PChicago Cubs
January 17, 2020
Sadler was traded from the Dodgers to the Cubs on Friday in exchange for minor-league infielder Clayton Daniel, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Removed from 40-man roster
PLos Angeles Dodgers
January 15, 2020
Sadler was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Wednesday.
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Strikes out one in short outing
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 19, 2019
Sadler gave up one run (no earned) on one hit and no walks while striking out one through two-thirds of an inning in a no-decision against the Rays on Wednesday.
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Opening Wednesday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 18, 2019
Sadler will serve as an opener in Wednesday's game against the Rays, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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