Ty Blach
Ty Blach
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Blach was given a long look in the rotation last year and enjoyed some initial success, but all the contact allowed caught up to him and he was ultimately moved to the bullpen late in the season. The lefty posted just a 4.0 K/9, which was easily the lowest mark among qualified starters -- it was even the third-worst mark among the 355 MLB pitchers with at least 50 innings. He limited the free passes and was good against same-handed hitters (.261 wOBA), but Blach struggled away from AT&T Park, especially with the long ball. Now 27 years old, Blach seems unlikely to find a new level to his game, and a permanent move to relief work is probably the best thing for his future. He may be deployed in a specialist's role given the lack of velocity and struggles against right-handed hitters. Read Past Outlooks
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Moves back to bullpen
PSan Francisco Giants
August 21, 2018
Blach has made his last three appearances out of the Giants' bullpen, tossing 5.2 innings over that span and giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five.
Blach picked up a spot start Aug. 11 against the Pirates after Chris Stratton was dropped from the rotation, but the lefty was unable to impress in the outing, giving up four runs over four innings to take the loss. The Giants have since opted to go with Casey Kelly as their fifth starter, with Stratton also set to rejoin the rotation Tuesday against the Mets to replace the injured Dereck Rodriguez (hamstring). Manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Rodriguez will likely be able to return from the disabled list over the weekend, so any window for Blach to rejoin the rotation looks like it has probably closed at this point.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .258 372 41 25 87 14 1 2
Since 2016vs Right .290 867 110 63 228 47 7 24
2018vs Left .289 157 21 12 41 5 1 2
2018vs Right .297 328 47 28 87 18 1 6
2017vs Left .250 189 16 11 43 8 0 0
2017vs Right .295 503 57 32 136 28 6 17
2016vs Left .130 26 4 2 3 1 0 0
2016vs Right .152 36 6 3 5 1 0 1
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Since 2016Home 4.22 1.32 153.2 9 7 0 5.0 2.5 0.5
Since 2016Away 4.54 1.44 138.2 6 12 0 4.2 3.0 1.1
2018Home 4.91 1.47 55.0 3 2 0 5.6 2.8 0.7
2018Away 3.65 1.54 56.2 3 5 0 5.4 3.7 0.6
2017Home 4.17 1.30 90.2 5 5 0 4.6 2.4 0.5
2017Away 5.55 1.42 73.0 3 7 0 3.3 2.3 1.5
2016Home 0.00 0.50 8.0 1 0 0 6.8 1.1 0.0
2016Away 2.00 1.00 9.0 0 0 0 4.0 4.0 1.0
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How does Ty Blach 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Blach proved prepared for his September promotion, as he debuted with a 1.06 ERA in four appearances (two starts). The lefty posted a 3.43 ERA overall in 26 starts with Triple-A Sacramento, who play in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, and he was especially good after the All-Star break (2.42 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, .193 BAA). His play has put him in the conversation for the team's fifth-starter role this season. However, from a fantasy perspective, Blach is not an especially exciting player given his lack of strikeouts (5.9 K/9 with Giants and 6.2 K/9 in the minors). He will be merely a matchups play in deeper leagues barring sudden skills improvement.
The good news is that Blach registered a 3.13 ERA in 141 innings at Double-A Richmond in 2014. The bad news is that he only notched 91 strikeouts (15.3% K rate), which raises significant concerns about his ability to remain effective as he faces better hitters. Still, at this point there is probably a better case to be made that Blach can survive as a No. 5 starter in the big leagues than highly touted Richmond teammate Kyle Crick, who has infinitely better stuff, but cannot touch Blach’s command, which is exceptional. Betting against a lefty with a plus changeup and the ability to paint the black (or Blach for those who like a bad pun), is never a wise proposition, but Blach’s margin for error is thin. He will look to continue his stellar start to his professional career at Triple-A in 2015, and if everything goes well, Blach could be used as an emergency starter for the Giants later this season.
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Struggles in start
PSan Francisco Giants
August 12, 2018
Blach (6-7) lasted just four innings after giving up four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five in a loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Set for start Saturday
PSan Francisco Giants
August 11, 2018
Blach will take the mound for a start versus Pittsburgh on Saturday, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group reports.
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Candidate for Saturday start
PSan Francisco Giants
August 10, 2018
Blach is an option to start Saturday against the Pirates, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Could start Thursday vs. Astros
PSan Francisco Giants
August 6, 2018
Blach could re-enter the rotation and start Thursday's game against the Astros, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Recalled after brief option
PSan Francisco Giants
July 26, 2018
The Giants recalled Blach from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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