Ross Stripling
Ross Stripling
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
10-Day IL
Injury Biceps
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Where did that come from? Stripling went from being a long reliever in 2017 to a starter for a large portion of 2018 while improving his strikeout and walk rates. He began the season in the bullpen, but entered the rotation at the end of April and went 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, a 52% groundball rate, and a 27% K-BB through his first 11 starts. He went 2-4 over his final 10 starts with a 4.84 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, a 41% groundball rate, and a 19% K-BB rate. He also did not pitch in the postseason. To be fair, Stripling dealt with lower-body injuries in the second half, so we can understand some of the late struggles. The overall skills are rather attractive even if the ERA will assuredly rise because he cannot strand 86% of his baserunners again. The swingman role may suit him best because he has never thrown more than 125 innings in any season, and is only a year from age 30. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in March of 2018.
Set to pitch three innings
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 24, 2019
Stripling (biceps) will pitch three innings in an Arizona Summer League game Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of reports.
Stripling is closing in on a return to the club, though it's still to be determined if he needs an additional rehab appearance after Tuesday's effort. Regardless of when he's activated, Stripling is currently slotted into a role as a long reliever.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .233 555 146 37 120 24 0 16
Since 2017vs Right .267 569 140 23 143 36 2 23
2019vs Left .250 168 41 13 38 9 0 6
2019vs Right .236 149 35 6 33 11 1 5
2018vs Left .241 255 75 13 58 10 0 8
2018vs Right .274 248 61 9 65 17 1 10
2017vs Left .198 132 30 11 24 5 0 2
2017vs Right .283 172 44 8 45 8 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 2.69 1.11 133.2 8 4 1 8.7 1.8 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.07 1.26 139.1 7 11 1 10.1 2.1 1.4
2019Home 3.43 1.09 39.1 2 2 0 6.4 1.8 1.6
2019Away 3.86 1.26 37.1 2 2 0 11.6 2.7 1.0
2018Home 2.50 1.13 54.0 4 1 0 10.0 1.5 1.2
2018Away 3.44 1.24 68.0 4 5 0 10.1 1.7 1.5
2017Home 2.23 1.09 40.1 2 1 1 9.1 2.2 0.7
2017Away 5.56 1.29 34.0 1 4 1 8.7 2.4 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Ross Stripling 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.
90.5 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
Spin Rate
2251 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After being primarily used as a starter during his rookie campaign, Stripling transitioned to a relief role in 2017 due to the surplus of quality starters in the Dodgers' rotation entering the season. The 28-year-old pitched well in his new role, compiling a 3.75 ERA and 1.18 WHIP while pitching more innings (74.1) than any other Dodgers reliever. He was more effective in his sophomore season, striking out the same number of batters (74) as he did in 2016 despite tossing 25.2 fewer innings. He also saw his walk rate drop from 7.2 percent in 2016 to 6.3 percent in 2017. While Stripling showed improvements, he's still on the outside looking in at a rotation spot, and it would likely take multiple injuries to the Dodgers' starting rotation for him to get a shot as a starter next season.
Stripling started his major league career off with a bang when he threw 7.1 no-hit innings against the Giants in his Dodgers debut. It was certainly unexpected for a pitcher who had never played above Double-A, never made a top-100 prospect list and only joined the Opening Day rotation due to injuries to other pitchers. After his memorable debut, Stripling bounced between the rotation and bullpen and was occasionally benched due to an innings limit stemming from 2014 Tommy John surgery. The most notable weapon in his arsenal is an above-average curveball that backs up his low-90s heat, a combination that didn't generate many strikeouts (6.7 K/9) but did add up to a roughly league-average ERA of 3.96. He eventually settled in as the Dodgers' long man in the bullpen and occupied that role in the playoffs. That will likely be his planned role again in 2017, though he will also provide starting depth for a team that has desperately needed it the last couple of years.
Stripling, a 2012 fifth-round pick, had a bit of a breakout in 2013, posting a combined 2.82 ERA in 127.2 innings between the High-A and Double-A levels. He finished with an impressive 117:30 K:BB ratio and is already thought to be polished enough to potentially push for a big league job in 2014. Despite the optimism, expect Stripling to open this season at Double-A and await his opportunity, which could take another full season with improving depth ahead of him at the big league level.
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Tosses bullpen session
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 20, 2019
Stripling (biceps/neck) completed a bullpen session Tuesday and "felt great," Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Returning in September as reliever
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 18, 2019
Stripling (biceps) will return on Sept. 1 as a reliever, Ken Gurnick of reports.
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Return pushed back
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 9, 2019
Stripling (biceps) will be shut down for another week, Eric Stephen of reports.
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Not starting rehab assignment
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 6, 2019
Stripling (biceps) woke up with a sore neck and won't begin his rehab assignment as previously scheduled Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of reports.
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Rehab assignment on tap
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 4, 2019
Stripling (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.
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