Ben Lively
Ben Lively
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
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
$Traded to the Diamondbacks in June of 2019.
Headed to KBO
PFree Agent  F
August 8, 2019
Lively agreed to terms on a contract Wednesday with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization, Sung Min Kim of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Lively made a relief appearance for the Royals earlier this season but has otherwise toiled in the Triple-A ranks for Kansas City's and Arizona's affiliates this season, logging a 4.48 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 72.1 innings in the Pacific Coast League. The 27-year-old was placed on the temporary inactive list at Triple-A Reno earlier this month and is expected to head to Korea once he passes a physical.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
27
Last 10 Games
27
Last 5 Games
27
How many pitches does Ben Lively generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Ben Lively generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .308 271 32 28 73 14 3 13
Since 2017vs Right .268 253 48 11 62 20 1 6
2019vs Left .500 2 1 0 1 0 0 1
2019vs Right .500 4 0 0 2 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
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.65 1.51 51.0 2 3 0 6.9 3.2 2.3
Since 2017Away 4.17 1.39 69.0 2 7 0 5.3 2.7 0.7
2019Home 27.00 3.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 9.0
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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Stat Review
How does Ben Lively 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
0.00
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
0.0
 
HR/9
9.0
 
Fastball
92.4 mph
 
ERA
27.00
 
WHIP
3.00
 
BABIP
.524
 
GB/FB
0.33
 
Left On Base
0.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
20.0%
 
Spin Rate
1994 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.0%
 
Swinging Strike
11.1%
 
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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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Dealt to Diamondbacks
PArizona Diamondbacks  F
June 22, 2019
Lively was traded from the Royals to the Diamondbacks on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.
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Removed from 40-man roster
PKansas City Royals  F
June 20, 2019
Lively was designated for assignment by the Royals on Thursday.
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Back to farm
PKansas City Royals  F
May 29, 2019
The Royals optioned Lively to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
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Added as 26th man
PKansas City Royals  F
May 28, 2019
Lively is with the Royals as a 26th man Tuesday as they play a game and a half against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Headed back to Omaha
PKansas City Royals  F
May 6, 2019
The Royals optioned Lively to Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
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