Josh Hader
Josh Hader
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hader seemed destined to reprise the versatile late-inning role he occupied in 2018, but when both Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress were injured in the spring he was needed to close games. Hader did that about as well as anybody, picking up more saves in 2019 than just two pitchers. He had some issues with the long ball, but he also improved his K:BB and posted minuscule ratios for the third straight year. In most cases those numbers would make Hader a lock to close, but it could be argued he is more valuable pitching in several situations instead of just one, and manager Craig Counsell could use him as such and let Knebel be the primary closer. Hader strikes out batters at a historic pace, using mainly a fastball that comes in from an angle that baffles hitters. That alone makes him an elite relief option, and he should be treated as a top closer even if he isn't getting all the saves for the Brewers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Brewers in February of 2020 after losing his arbitration case.
Locks down second save
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 5, 2020
Hader tossed a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save against the White Sox on Wednesday.
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Called upon to protect a tight 1-0 lead in the ninth, Hader finished things off with ease, throwing 8-of-11 pitches for strikes. Earning his second save, the left-hander remained flawless on the season, during which he has yet to allow a run across three appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Josh Hader generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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-9%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-41%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .110 170 84 13 17 4 2 6
Since 2018vs Right .153 435 200 38 60 10 1 18
2020vs Left .000 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .000 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .143 66 34 2 9 2 1 5
2019vs Right .158 223 104 18 32 5 1 10
2018vs Left .090 102 49 11 8 2 1 1
2018vs Right .153 204 94 19 28 5 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
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-26%
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-14%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.43 0.73 81.1 4 3 26 15.9 2.7 1.2
Since 2018Away 2.52 0.88 78.2 5 3 25 16.0 3.1 1.5
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0.00 0.33 3.0 0 0 2 9.0 3.0 0.0
2019Home 2.25 0.63 40.0 2 2 21 18.5 1.8 1.8
2019Away 3.03 1.01 35.2 1 3 16 14.1 3.0 1.8
2018Home 2.61 0.82 41.1 2 1 5 13.5 3.5 0.7
2018Away 2.25 0.80 40.0 4 0 7 18.2 3.2 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Josh Hader 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
9.0
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.33
 
BABIP
.000
 
GB/FB
0.50
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
64.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2358 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
0.0%
 
Swinging Strike
22.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hader developed into the best left-handed reliever in the game, and was a huge boon for fantasy owners, putting up useful numbers in the five standard roto categories and elite numbers in some. His 46.7 K% led qualified relievers by a notable margin (Edwin Diaz ranked second at 44.3%). Calls for Hader to be stretched out as a starter need to end -- he is extremely valuable in his current role and threw his fastball 79.5% of the time while utilizing his slider 20.3% of the time. It is not a starter's pitch mix, and he is at his best when throwing max effort. The real question when it comes to fantasy roster building is how many saves we can expect from Hader. Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress are very capable in the ninth inning, so while Hader will undoubtedly be left in to close a couple games per month, he shouldn't be expected to top last year's total. "Finding the next Josh Hader" is a far better movie title than an expectation. Draft the real thing.
Hader entered last season as arguably the top left-handed starting pitching prospect in the game, but he got off to a slow start at the Triple-A level as he struggled to harness his electric stuff. While he was not ready to join the starting rotation in 2017, the Brewers did decide he was good enough to pitch out of the bullpen and called him up as a reliever in June. The move turned out to be a stroke of genius, as he overpowered opposing hitters, particularly of the left-handed variety, who combined to hit .140 while posting just one extra-base hit against Hader. It’s almost certain he won’t be able to pitch in the same manner as last year, when he mainly needed only his mid-90s fastball to get opponents out, but his slider can be devastating as well. The Brewers will at least consider using Hader as a starter again, but his stuff may not play as well in that role, and the team could decide he is plenty useful as one of the best left-handed relievers in the league. That could maximize his value for the 2018 Brewers, but would also put a cap on his fantasy upside.
Hader has rocketed through the upper levels of the minors over the past two seasons, rising from High-A in 2014 to Triple-A in 2016 -- he was even considered for a spot start with the Brewers late in the season, but it never came to fruition. The lanky lefty struck out a ludicrous 161 batters over just 126 innings across Double-A and Triple-A, proving his pitches aren't only capable of fooling the raw youngsters of the lower minors. There are still questions surrounding the quality of his changeup and command, and at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, many of the same concerns that surrounded Chris Sale's future durability as a young prospect have resurfaced with Hader. Despite those worries, Hader's prospect stock has ballooned over the past two seasons as he has turned into one of the gems of the Brewers' restocked farm system. He should finally be allowed to test out his plus fastball and plus slider against big league hitters sometime this summer.
A 19th-round pick in 2012, Hader was barely on the prospect radar before the Brewers acquired him as part of last summer's Carlos Gomez trade. Hader was sharp in Double-A, as he posted a 3.03 ERA in 104 innings between the Brewers and Astros systems, but he really shined in the Arizona Fall League, where had one of the best performances of any pitcher, posting a 0.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 16 innings. Hader has an unorthodox delivery and there are questions about his durability, but he has shown huge upside over the past calendar year or so and he's now one of the top prospects in the Brewers' system. Beginning the 2016 season as a 22-year-old, Hader will probably start in Triple-A. The Brewers have a glut of fringey starters right now, so a lot would have to happen for Hader to arrive in the major leagues in 2016, with mid-2017 seeming like a better estimated time of arrival.
Acquired from Baltimore in the 2013 Bud Norris trade, Hader earned a promotion to Double-A last season as a 20-year-old after posting outstanding numbers in the hitter-friendly California League. In 22 games (15 starts) with High-A Lancaster, the 6-foot-3, 160-pound lefty went 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 112:38 K:BB over 103.1 innings. While his big league future as a starter or long man out of the bullpen remains unclear due to his skinny frame and potential for breaking down deeper in outings, how Hader performs this season -- likely in Double-A with a potential promotion to Triple-A if things go well -- should better determine his path to the majors.
Hader, a 19-year-old left-handed starter, was acquired by the Astros in the trade that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore. Between both clubs, he accumulated 22 starts in Low-A ball, posting a 2.77 ERA with a 95:54 K:BB ratio over 107.1 innings while earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors. Hader needs to work on the command of his three pitches - a low-90s fastball, changeup and curve - but he has plenty of time to do that as he grows into his 6-foot-3, 160-pound frame. He has the stuff to advance quickly through the Astros' system, but he's likely a few seasons away from contributing in Houston.
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Notches first save
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 30, 2020
Hader tossed a scoreless ninth inning and picked up his first save of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Pirates.
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Scoreless inning in season debut
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 28, 2020
Hader threw a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's extra-inning victory over the Pirates. He walked a batter and struck out another.
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Fires scoreless inning
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 6, 2020
Hader threw a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring game against the Reds and struck out two batters.
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Loses arbitration case
PMilwaukee Brewers
February 14, 2020
Hader will make $4.1 million this season after losing his arbitration case Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Blown save, loss in playoff
PMilwaukee Brewers
October 2, 2019
Hader blew the save and took the loss against Washington in Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on two hits and one walk.
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