Adam Kolarek
Adam Kolarek
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kolarek uses his funky drop-down southpaw delivery to generate groundballs in bunches when the club desperately needs one. He appeared in 80 games last season while working only 55 innings, which will be tough to repeat in 2020 with the new reliever utilization rules. He is death to lefties as they've hit .199/.243/.281 against him in his career, and only two lefties have gone yard against the reliever in his career. Righties tee off to a .299/.368/.480 clip against him, which really makes it tough to envision a successful path forward for him if he has to face three batters and one or more are righties. Manager Dave Roberts will have to be more strategic in how Kolarek is used in 2020 since MLB is insisting on removing strategy from the game in order to save a few minutes of time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $560,800 contract with the Rays in March of 2019. Traded to the Dodgers in July of 2019.
Staying sharp during hiatus
PLos Angeles Dodgers
May 21, 2020
Kolarek has been throwing a bullpen session "every third day or so" since the start of May, he stated in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA.
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Kolarek is at home in Maryland for the time being, but he has been able to access a high school field with the help of a college teammate who is now a local coach. That has allowed the southpaw to maintain a regular throwing schedule in order to build strength in anticipation of a possible return to action. Should a 2020 season take place, Kolarek may face a shift in his role as a new MLB rule is likely to prevent him from being used solely as a left-handed specialist.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
10
Last 10 Games
4
Last 5 Games
5
How many pitches does Adam Kolarek generally throw?
 
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+
 
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 Adam Kolarek generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .199 181 35 4 34 8 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .299 229 33 21 61 14 1 7
2019vs Left .178 113 26 3 19 3 0 2
2019vs Right .282 116 19 13 29 5 1 5
2018vs Left .208 54 8 1 11 5 0 0
2018vs Right .333 87 11 4 27 7 0 0
2017vs Left .364 14 1 0 4 0 0 0
2017vs Right .250 26 3 4 5 2 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.38 1.29 48.0 3 3 1 5.8 1.9 0.8
Since 2017Away 4.17 1.17 49.2 5 0 2 6.7 2.7 0.9
2019Home 3.25 1.34 27.2 2 3 1 7.2 2.9 1.0
2019Away 3.29 0.99 27.1 4 0 0 7.6 2.3 1.3
2018Home 3.38 1.23 18.2 1 0 0 3.9 0.5 0.0
2018Away 4.60 1.28 15.2 0 0 2 6.3 2.3 0.0
2017Home 5.40 1.20 1.2 0 0 0 5.4 0.0 5.4
2017Away 6.75 1.65 6.2 1 0 0 4.1 5.4 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Adam Kolarek 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
2.81
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
89.3 mph
 
ERA
3.27
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.271
 
GB/FB
4.19
 
Left On Base
77.5%
 
Exit Velocity
87.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
2161 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.4%
 
Swinging Strike
11.2%
 
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Role could be impacted by new rule
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 21, 2020
Kolarek's role as a left-handed specialist could be challenged by MLB's new rule requiring pitchers to face at least three batters or pitch to the end of the half-inning, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
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May not make Opening Day roster
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 9, 2020
Kolarek has struggled this spring and is in danger of losing his spot in the bullpen, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Shipped to Los Angeles
PLos Angeles Dodgers
July 31, 2019
Kolarek was traded from the Rays to the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for Niko Hulsizer, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Secures first save
PTampa Bay Rays
July 21, 2019
Kolarek picked up the save Sunday against the White Sox after throwing a perfect ninth inning.
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Charged with loss
PTampa Bay Rays
July 21, 2019
Kolarek (3-3) was charged with the loss in Saturday's extra-innings defeat at the hands of the White Sox, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over an inning while also recording a strikeout.
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