Corey Knebel
Corey Knebel
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
60-Day IL
Injury Lat
Est. Return 7/1/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Knebel missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and although he underwent the procedure that April, the delayed start to the 2020 campaign allowed him to make it back for Opening Day. He did not have his usual velocity early on, though, and allowed a run in five of his first nine appearances before landing back on the injured list. He was able to make it back for the final couple weeks of the campaign, and -- with him hitting 96 mph on the radar gun again -- allowed just two earned runs over his final 6.2 innings. A dominant reliever in 2017 and 2018, Knebel was set to earn a pretty penny in arbitration, and the Brewers decided to ship their former closer to the Dodgers. The champs are banking on Knebel picking up where he left off and pitching like his old self again, but they will likely be counting on him filling only a middle-relief role and not a back-end spot. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#573
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2021.
Shifts to 60-day IL
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Lat
May 2, 2021
Knebel (lat) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander was already ruled out for multiple months with a lat strain, so it was only a matter of time before the Dodgers needed to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. Knebel doesn't have a specific return timeline but is officially unavailable until at least late June.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
11
Last 10 Games
11
Last 5 Games
12
How many pitches does Corey Knebel generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .256 47 9 8 10 3 0 2
Since 2019vs Right .222 39 15 3 8 1 0 2
2021vs Left .125 10 3 2 1 1 0 0
2021vs Right .154 14 6 1 2 0 0 0
2020vs Left .290 37 6 6 9 2 0 2
2020vs Right .261 25 9 2 6 1 0 2
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.22 1.13 10.2 1 0 1 12.7 5.1 1.7
Since 2019Away 7.27 1.96 8.2 0 0 1 9.3 5.2 2.1
2021Home 3.00 0.33 3.0 1 0 1 12.0 3.0 0.0
2021Away 6.00 1.67 3.0 0 0 1 15.0 6.0 0.0
2020Home 4.70 1.43 7.2 0 0 0 12.9 5.9 2.3
2020Away 7.94 2.12 5.2 0 0 0 6.4 4.8 3.2
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Corey Knebel 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
3.00
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
4.5
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
96.4 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.00
 
BABIP
.275
 
GB/FB
8.00
 
Left On Base
50.0%
 
Exit Velocity
84.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2638 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.2%
 
Swinging Strike
14.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It appeared Knebel would open 2019 as the Brewers' closer, but an elbow injury late in the spring led to Tommy John surgery and cost him the entire campaign. That procedure takes over a year to recover from, but Knebel has made good progress. While he is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, he should be good to go sometime in May. Josh Hader thrived as the closer last season, but Knebel's injury forced him into that role a bit, and it's arguable Hader is more effective when not limited to one spot. If manager Craig Counsell decides to use Hader more liberally, a healthy Knebel would likely be the primary closer. Health and role are both viable concerns, but Knebel has a proven track record, posting a 2.54 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 14.7 K/9 over his last two healthy seasons. Knebel can be counted on in the ratio and strikeout categories, and if he winds up with the closer's role again -- or even shares it with Hader -- he could provide value in saves as well.
It was an up-and-down 2018 campaign for Knebel, but he ended it on a high note. He opened the year as the closer, but an early-April injury sidelined him over a month, and he struggled for the next three months before losing the ninth-inning role in August. Things got so bad that month that the Brewers optioned him to Triple-A in late August in an effort to iron things out. The move paid off, as after Knebel was recalled, he allowed just one earned run over 25 appearances before the Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs. While Knebel's ratios dipped last year due to the midseason struggles, he still averaged just a tick under 97 mph on his fastball and posted a similar strikeout rate to his dominant season before, providing plenty of reason for optimism. Jeremy Jeffress thrived last year while closing in Knebel's absence, but given his history, chances are it's Knebel who opens 2019 as the closer in Milwaukee.
The 2017 campaign kicked off with Knebel filling a setup role for the Brewers, but it did not take him long to assume the ninth-inning duties from an ineffective Neftali Feliz. Once he became the closer, Knebel provided a massive boost in saves for fantasy owners, locking up 39 contests from mid-May through season’s end. Knebel let more runners reach base than would have been desired, but he allowed just six home runs and posted an elite 14.9 K/9 over the entire season, so he was frequently able to escape danger. He was one of the most productive relievers in baseball last year, and the numbers mentioned in the previous sentence give him sound job security. There is no question he will open the 2018 season as the Brewers’ closer as long as he is on the Opening Day roster, and his strikeout potential will make him a trendy target for fantasy players.
Knebel was sharp in 2015 but couldn't pick up where he left off, as an oblique injury resulted in his season debut being delayed until June. He had trouble getting started as well, allowing five runs in his first eight appearances, and he never quite managed to settle in. Knebel managed 38 strikeouts in just 32.2 innings, but he finished with a brutal 4.4 BB/9 and often paid for issuing so many free passes. He now owns a mediocre 4.03 ERA in three major league seasons despite a sharp 10.5 K/9. Knebel is just 25 in 2017 and has a high ceiling if he can rein in his control (3.5 career BB/9). But walks often come around to bite the pitchers who concede them, and Knebel is in no way immune. The Brewers seem willing to bet on his stuff winning out over his past results. He will enter spring training as the favorite to be the primary setup man after the Brewers acquired Neftali Feliz to fill their open closer's role.
The Brewers thought they were receiving a prospect pitcher when they got Knebel from the Rangers, but he instead proved to be one of their better bullpen arms in the present. Despite lackluster numbers with Triple-A Colorado Springs, Knebel pitched well with the Brewers, accumulating 58 strikeouts in 50.1 innings to go with a 3.22 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. His 4.09 FIP is a bit troubling, but his mid-90s fastball and good slider should help him maintain his success in the majors. The 23-year-old could see more high-leverage situations if his success continues, and he could even be in line for saves with the trade of Francisco Rodriguez to Detroit in November.
Knebel is an explosive right-handed relief pitching prospect, featuring a mid-90s fastball and a plus curveball. He came to Texas from Detroit in the Joakim Soria trade, but was shut down less than a month later with a sprained UCL. In 54 innings last season between Double-A, Triple-A and the majors, Knebel recorded 74 strikeouts with 17 walks, demonstrating why he profiles as a high-leverage option. He pitched 8.2 innings with the Tigers prior to the trade, but was not featured in the major leagues with Texas, but that should change early in 2015 if he is fully healthy. Traded to Milwaukee in January, Knebel could emerge to take on a prominent late-inning role with the Brewers if his elbow woes are no longer an issue.
The Tigers selected Knebel with the 39th overall pick of the 2013 draft. A closer out of Texas, Knebel was immediately inserted into the same role for Low-A West Michigan after the draft last summer. He dominated the lower level, picking up 15 saves with a 0.87 ERA and 41:10 K:BB ratio in 31 appearances. With good size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds), a strong arm (his fastball tops out at 98 mph) and a wipeout slider, Knebel has the goods to be a closer at the major league level one day. The 22-year-old righty will have to prove himself at the higher levels of the minors to start the 2014 campaign, but he’s considered to be on the fast track to the majors. Once he does arrive to the show, Knebel will have an opportunity to work high-leverage innings late in games, perhaps making his case to replace Joe Nathan upon the conclusion of Nathan's deal with the Tigers after the 2015 campaign.
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Set to miss multiple months
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Lat
April 24, 2021
Knebel was placed on the injured list with a lat strain Saturday and is expected to miss multiple months, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Dealing with upper triceps issue
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Triceps
April 24, 2021
Knebel exited Friday's game against the Padres due to an upper triceps injury, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Leaves game with trainer
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Undisclosed
April 23, 2021
Knebel was removed from Friday's game against the Padres in the top of the ninth inning with an apparent injury, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Endures first rough outing
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 17, 2021
Knebel was tagged with a blown save Friday against the Padres as a result of allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Both outs he registered came by way of strikeout.
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Earns win in relief appearance
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 15, 2021
Knebel (1-0) pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout and picked up the win in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Colorado.
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