Ross Stripling
Ross Stripling
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
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.
Will move to bullpen
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 16, 2019
Stripling will move back to the bullpen when Rich Hill (knee) and Hyun-jin Ryu (groin) are back from injury, Ken Gurnick of reports.
Stripling is off to a good start as a starter with a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through 24.2 innings, but the return of Hill and Ryu will push him back to a relief role, manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Tuesday. The right-hander should still be in the mix for spot starts or a move back to the rotation in the event of another injury, but the move will diminish the value he was carrying as a member of the rotation whenever it takes place.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .224 457 121 31 95 16 0 13
Since 2017vs Right .270 467 115 19 119 30 1 19
2019vs Left .210 70 16 7 13 1 0 3
2019vs Right .205 47 10 2 9 5 0 1
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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Since 2017Home 2.29 1.06 114.0 7 2 1 8.8 1.7 0.9
Since 2017Away 4.27 1.28 111.2 5 10 1 10.0 2.3 1.6
2019Home 1.83 0.81 19.2 1 0 0 5.0 1.4 0.9
2019Away 5.59 1.55 9.2 0 1 0 14.0 5.6 1.9
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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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.
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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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Moves to 1-1
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 14, 2019
Stripling (1-1) got the win against the Brewers on Sunday, giving up just one earned run on four hits over eight strong innings, striking out three and walking one in the Dodgers' 7-1 victory.
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Takes loss Tuesday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 9, 2019
Stripling (0-1) got the loss against the Cardinals on Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on five hits over five innings, striking out seven and walking three as the Dodgers fell 4-0.
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No-decision despite quality start
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 4, 2019
Stripling gave up three runs on six hits with one walk while striking out three through 6.1 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.
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No-decision despite clean outing
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 30, 2019
Stripling didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 5-4 extra-innings loss to the Diamondbacks, giving up three hits and a walk over 5.1 scoreless innings while striking out five.
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Excels in final tuneup
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 25, 2019
Stripling limited the Angels to one run over three innings in Sunday's 8-4 exhibition loss, scattering three hits and one walk and striking out none.
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