Blaine Hardy
Blaine Hardy
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hardy's season can be divided into two parts: the 67.2 innings as a starter and the 18.1 as a reliever. He was usable in AL-only leagues as a starter, but it's the numbers in relief across a small sample size that are intriguing. Hardy held the 72 batters he faced as a reliever to a .197 average and allowed one home run along with an 18.1 K-BB%. Even though Hardy is a lefty, he is more effective against righties because of his excellent vulcan changeup, and velocity charts show his stuff plays up better out of the bullpen than when he is working as a starter. Hardy could end up in a high-leverage role with Detroit and even grab some saves should the club cash in their chips with Shane Greene. He's worth a late flier in AL leagues if the club commits to him as a reliever in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Tigers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration. Waived by the Tigers in October of 2019.
Lands on waivers
PDetroit Tigers  
Elbow
October 22, 2019
Hardy (elbow) was placed on outright waivers Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy received a platelet-rich plasma injection to his left elbow in mid-August and missed the final two months of the season, and it now looks as though his time with the Tigers may be over. The 32-year-old wasn't expected to be tendered a contract by the Tigers in arbitration and will hit free agency if he goes unclaimed on waivers. Hardy had a 4.47 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29:13 K:BB over 44.1 innings during 2019.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Blaine Hardy generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Blaine Hardy generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .243 205 32 13 45 7 2 14
Since 2017vs Right .268 484 91 35 118 22 3 13
2019vs Left .235 59 11 6 12 2 1 7
2019vs Right .230 123 18 7 26 3 1 3
2018vs Left .232 90 14 5 19 2 1 3
2018vs Right .250 261 52 17 60 13 2 7
2017vs Left .269 56 7 2 14 3 0 4
2017vs Right .368 100 21 11 32 6 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.58 1.36 90.1 4 2 0 6.5 2.7 1.5
Since 2017Away 3.93 1.20 73.1 2 4 1 7.1 2.6 1.5
2019Home 4.85 1.23 26.0 1 0 0 4.5 2.1 2.1
2019Away 3.93 1.04 18.1 0 1 0 7.9 3.4 2.0
2018Home 3.92 1.21 43.2 3 2 0 7.0 2.7 0.8
2018Away 3.19 1.13 42.1 1 3 1 6.8 1.9 1.3
2017Home 5.66 1.84 20.2 0 0 0 7.8 3.5 2.2
2017Away 6.39 1.66 12.2 1 0 0 7.1 3.6 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Blaine Hardy 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
2.23
 
K/9
5.9
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
2.0
 
Fastball
88.2 mph
 
ERA
4.47
 
WHIP
1.15
 
BABIP
.226
 
GB/FB
1.46
 
Left On Base
73.0%
 
Exit Velocity
86.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
11.0%
 
Spin Rate
2057 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.1%
 
Swinging Strike
10.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
Hardy put together a solid 2016 season that he split between Triple-A and the majors. The 29-year-old began the season in the minors, where he had tremendous success, posting a dominant 1.72 ERA in 31.1 innings of work for Triple-A Toledo. Hardy frequently fluctuated between the majors and Triple-A, but was pretty decent during his time in the big leagues this season, earning a 3.51 ERA and a 7.01 K/9. He was also a late-bloomer for the Tigers. As of Aug. 4, Hardy's 2016 major league ERA was 5.84, but a strong finish to his season allowed it to eventually come down to 3.51. One thing he has excelled at has been keeping the ball in the ballpark. After giving up an incredibly low 0.29 HR/9 for Detroit in 2015, the veteran left-hander followed it up with another strong mark of 0.70 HR/9 in 2016.
Hardy had a solid 2015 that looked downright remarkable relative to his bullpen peers. His stuff is average at best, but he somehow managed to deliver a 3.08 ERA in 61.1 innings on the back of a mid-80s fastball. And he allowed just two home runs while ringing up fewer than a strikeout per inning. Hardy's smoke and mirrors approach is working, perhaps because of a remarkably long stride to the plate -- it makes that fastball seem a whole lot faster. He delivered 13 holds in 2015 and should continue to offer the same, if not more, to owners in 2016, but he's a long shot to record more than the occasional vultured save.
The 28-year-old lefty reliever made his major league debut last season, appearing in 38 games out of the Tigers' bullpen. He finished the season 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 31 strikeouts and four holds in 39 innings. On the surface, Hardy was one of the more successful bullpen options for the Tigers in 2014, but there are some chinks in his armor. Hardy walked batters at a high clip (4.6 BB/9) and posted a 3.49 FIP. While he is considered a moderate groundball pitcher, his 0.2 HR/9 and 3.1% HR/FB are both unsustainable. Hardy doesn’t overpower on the mound, but unlike many relievers, he has a four-pitch arsenal (fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup). His fastball sits around 90 mph, and proved to be his most productive pitch last season, but his curveball induces plenty of swings and misses and could be his primary out-pitch going forward. While Hardy was more effective against left-handed hitters, he also managed to hold his own against righties, limiting 93 right-handed batters to a .263/.366/.291 slash line. The Tigers haven’t been shopping around for left-handed bullpen help this offseason, which means Hardy will most likely be one of the team’s top relief southpaws to begin the season. Some regression should be expected, but Hardy could be a sneaky source of holds if his role increases in 2015.
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Gets injection for elbow
PDetroit Tigers  
Elbow
August 20, 2019
Hardy announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he underwent a successful procedure on his left elbow.
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Officially done for season
PDetroit Tigers  
Elbow
August 14, 2019
Hardy (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
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Likely out for season
PDetroit Tigers  
Elbow
August 13, 2019
Hardy (elbow) will get a PRP injection in his left arm and will likely be out for the rest of the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Dealing with elbow issue
PDetroit Tigers  
Elbow
August 9, 2019
Hardy will receive a second opinion on his left elbow from Dr. James Andrews before reporting to Triple-A Toledo, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Banished to minors
PDetroit Tigers  
August 8, 2019
Hardy was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
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