Ben Lively
Ben Lively
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries opened the door for Lively to claim a spot in the Phillies' Opening Day rotation, but the right-hander failed to take advantage of the opportunity. He struggled to a 6.85 ERA and 1.86 WHIP across five starts (23.2 innings) before landing on the disabled list at the end of April with a lower-back injury. Upon activation from the DL, Lively was sent to the minors. A shoulder injury cost the hurler more than two months and limited him to just 52 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Despite a respectable 2.42 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with the IronPigs, Lively was designated for assignment by Philadelphia in September. He was scooped up by the Royals and spent the remainder of the season in a relief role, posting a 1.35 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 5:5 K:BB across 6.2 innings. While Lively's exact role remains undetermined heading into 2019, he likely won't be a factor in the fantasy world given his 4.95 FIP and 6.0 K/9 across parts of two big-league seasons. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018. Waived by the Phillies in September of 2018. Claimed off waivers by the Royals in September of 2018.
Heading to Triple-A
PKansas City Royals  AAA
March 10, 2019
Lively was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lively was claimed off waivers by the Royals in September and was solid in spring training with two runs allowed on five hits over six innings. The 27-year-old had a 5.64 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 27:15 K:BB over 30.1 major-league innings last year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .306 269 31 28 72 14 3 12
Since 2017vs Right .264 249 48 11 60 20 1 6
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .358 79 12 11 24 4 1 4
2018vs Right .300 67 15 4 18 3 0 1
2017vs Left .286 190 19 17 48 10 2 8
2017vs Right .251 182 33 7 42 17 1 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.22 1.48 50.0 2 3 0 6.8 3.2 2.2
Since 2017Away 4.17 1.39 69.0 2 7 0 5.3 2.7 0.7
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 6.16 1.95 19.0 0 1 0 8.1 5.2 1.4
2018Away 4.76 1.68 11.1 0 2 0 7.9 3.2 0.8
2017Home 4.65 1.19 31.0 2 2 0 6.1 2.0 2.6
2017Away 4.06 1.34 57.2 2 5 0 4.8 2.7 0.6
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2015
On the surface, Lively's rookie season looks like something of a success as he posted a respectable 4.26 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 88.2 innings. Dig just a little deeper, though, and it becomes clear that his ERA was far lower than he deserved. He strikes out very few batters (5.3 K/9) and doesn't get many groundballs (38.2 percentage, well below the league average of 44.2 percent). Consequently, advanced ERA estimators suggest that his ERA could have been over a run higher (5.58 xFIP, 5.27 SIERA). He was good at limiting the free passes, issuing walks at just a 2.4 BB/9 clip, but he can't afford much giveback there with all the contact and flyballs. While Lively figures to have a job out of camp, his upside is limited and he could find himself back at Triple-A with a few bad outings.
Lively began 2016 with Double-A Reading, registering an impressive 1.87 ERA in nine starts. This earned him a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley midway through the season. His numbers dipped a little there, but he still fared relatively well. One thing that helped Lively keep his ERA down in Triple-A was a 2.07 BB/9, showcasing his strong command. However, his potential as an eventual major league starter has been limited by his inability to consistently generate strikeouts, which was evidenced by his 6.95 K/9 in Double-A in 2015 and 6.88 in Triple-A in 2016. The Phillies added Lively to their 40-man roster following the 2016 season in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, but it is still likely that he'll begin 2017 in Triple-A, with a shot to join the big league rotation later on.
A fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft out of the University of Central Florida, Lively flew in a little under the prospect radar before last year, but dominated the High-A California League before holding his own at Double-A over the second half of the season. Much like organization-mate Tony Cingrani, scouts aren't in love with Lively's repertoire of pitches, suggesting that his command and ability to use what he has won't last as he progresses up the ladder. For what it's worth, Lively's walk rate more than doubled at Pensacola, suggesting that the scouts might be right about him. He'll likely begin 2015 back in Double-A, and he's behind Robert Stephenson and Mike Lorenzen on the team's prospect list.
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Set for relief role
PKansas City Royals  AAA
September 7, 2018
Lively will take on a role in Kansas City's bullpen, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
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Claimed by Royals
PKansas City Royals  AAA
September 5, 2018
Lively was claimed off waivers by the Royals on Wednesday.
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Designated for assignment
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
September 3, 2018
Lively was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Activated from minor-league disabled list
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
August 28, 2018
Lively (shoulder) was activated from the minor-league disabled list Tuesday, Tom Housenick of The Morning Call reports.
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Likely done for year
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Shoulder
July 16, 2018
Lively is likely out for the year with a shoulder injury, The Morning Call reports.
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