Ross Stripling
Ross Stripling
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Toronto Blue Jays
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Stripling failed to find his groove in 2020, spending time with both the Dodgers and Blue Jays. He posted the worst ERA of his big-league career, finishing with a 5.84 ERA and 1.50 WHIP to go along with a 40:18 K:BB across 49.1 frames, resulting in a 3-3 record with one save. Toronto will own the rights to Stipling for the next two seasons, but he'll need to step it up in 2021 to remain part of his team's starting rotation. He's been utilized in the past out of the bullpen, so if his struggles continue, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the 31-year-old shift to a relief role, which would be a hard pill to swallow for most fantasy owners. Stripling's fastball velocity sits around 91 mph, so he relies heavily on his other three pitches along with his command to get batters out. This was a clear issue in 2020, issuing 18 free passes in 49.1 innings in comparison to 20 walks in 2019 over 90.2 innings. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2021.
Not starting Game 2
PToronto Blue Jays
September 11, 2021
Contrary to a previous report, Stripling will not start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Thomas Hatch will get the start, but Stripling could still pitch in relief at some point during Saturday's twin bill.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
74
Last 10 Games
67
Last 5 Games
58
How many pitches does Ross Stripling generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Ross Stripling generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .228 465 116 38 96 23 2 18
Since 2019vs Right .273 539 111 29 137 30 2 28
2021vs Left .207 157 42 15 29 7 2 6
2021vs Right .267 257 52 14 64 13 0 16
2020vs Left .220 110 25 9 22 5 0 6
2020vs Right .343 110 15 9 34 5 1 7
2019vs Left .249 198 49 14 45 11 0 6
2019vs Right .239 172 44 6 39 12 1 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.99 1.18 126.1 7 7 1 7.3 2.1 1.9
Since 2019Away 4.70 1.33 111.0 5 6 0 10.1 3.0 1.6
2021Home 4.26 1.19 57.0 4 3 0 7.7 2.5 1.7
2021Away 4.83 1.32 41.0 1 3 0 9.9 2.9 2.4
2020Home 4.85 1.35 26.0 1 2 1 6.9 2.1 2.8
2020Away 6.35 1.59 22.2 2 1 0 7.9 4.8 2.0
2019Home 3.12 1.06 43.1 2 2 0 6.9 1.7 1.5
2019Away 3.80 1.23 47.1 2 2 0 11.4 2.3 0.8
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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 2019 data (min 120 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
3.24
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
2.0
 
Fastball
91.9 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.24
 
BABIP
.280
 
GB/FB
0.95
 
Left On Base
78.9%
 
Exit Velocity
81.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.6%
 
Spin Rate
2184 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Stripling's ability to shift seamlessly from the bullpen to the rotation was great for the Dodgers but maddening for fantasy. With Julio Urias ready and Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin emerging, Stripling appeared set to continue as a swingman with fewer starts compared last year when only 17 of his 32 appearances came out of the bullpen. Fortunately, it looks like he will finally get a real chance to establish himself as a major-league starting pitcher; while a February trade to the Angels fell through, a move still seems likely. Stripling's four-pitch repertoire plays in any role. He doesn't bring the heat with a 91-mph fastball, but he keeps batters off balance with a slider, change and curve thrown at distinctly different speeds. The result is a fine K-BB% around 20% the past three years. Stripling is great for NL/AL-only, because even if he does move to the bullpen eventually, he will still end up with more innings than the conventional reliever.
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.
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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Starting Saturday's nightcap
PToronto Blue Jays
September 11, 2021
Stripling will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
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Reinstated from injured list
PToronto Blue Jays
September 10, 2021
Stripling (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
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Rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A
PToronto Blue Jays
Oblique
September 7, 2021
Stripling (oblique) is making a rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Nearing rehab assignment
PToronto Blue Jays
Oblique
September 3, 2021
Stripling (oblique) threw live batting practice Friday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the near future, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Playing catch Monday
PToronto Blue Jays
Oblique
August 30, 2021
Stripling (oblique) was seen playing catch on the field prior to Monday's game against the Orioles, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
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