Derek Law
Derek Law
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a breakout rookie season that saw him finish near the top of the Giants' closer depth chart, Law took a major step backwards, putting up a 5.06 ERA in 37.1 innings and earning a demotion to Triple-A for most of the second half of the season. Law's walk rate ballooned from 4.2 percent in 2016 to 8.3 percent last year. He also suffered a significant drop in groundball percentage, falling from an above-average 50.3 percent in 2016 to a below-average 38.3 percent in 2017. Law projects to return to the Giants' bullpen in 2018, but the results will need to improve if he's to climb back up the hierarchy. Read Past Outlooks
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Sent right back to Triple-A
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
August 21, 2018
Law was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Law was up for just a single day this time around, throwing a pair of scoreless innings with a strikeout and two walks Monday against the Mets. Chris Stratton was recalled from Double-A Richmond in a corresponding move.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .246 189 36 13 42 6 2 6
Since 2016vs Right .265 259 61 18 63 12 3 4
2018vs Left .241 35 5 5 7 2 0 0
2018vs Right .333 31 7 3 9 1 1 2
2017vs Left .323 73 11 7 20 1 1 4
2017vs Right .291 95 24 7 25 7 0 1
2016vs Left .188 81 20 1 15 3 1 2
2016vs Right .232 133 30 8 29 4 2 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-82%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.35 1.25 53.2 5 1 3 8.0 3.0 0.3
Since 2016Away 4.33 1.33 51.0 4 2 2 8.5 2.3 1.4
2018Home 16.62 3.00 4.1 0 0 0 8.3 4.2 2.1
2018Away 3.00 1.22 9.0 1 0 0 8.0 6.0 1.0
2017Home 3.38 1.29 18.2 3 0 2 8.2 3.9 0.0
2017Away 6.75 1.88 18.2 1 1 2 8.7 2.9 2.4
2016Home 1.47 0.98 30.2 2 1 1 7.9 2.3 0.3
2016Away 2.96 0.95 24.1 2 1 0 8.5 0.4 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Derek Law 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.
K/BB
1.50
 
K/9
8.1
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
7.43
 
WHIP
1.80
 
BABIP
.354
 
GB/FB
1.13
 
Strand %
59.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While Hunter Strickland had all the preseason buzz as a potential breakout reliever, Law was the true San Francisco surprise, posting stellar numbers during his rookie campaign, including 14 holds and a 5.56 K/BB. He was consistently the Giants' best reliever while he was healthy and even served as the team's closer for a brief period after Santiago Casilla was demoted from the position. Law has four reliable pitches, headlined by his mid- to high-90s fastball. San Francisco added Mark Melancon this offseason to shore up that mediocre bullpen, so Law does not project to get many saves in the foreseeable future. However, he would be in that mix if Melancon were to suffer an injury. For now, Law will serve as a source of solid ratios and strikeouts for owners in deep leagues.
While his 4.56 ERA with Double-A Richmond may not say it, Law had a very successful return from Tommy John surgery in 2015. His ability to strikeout batters at a high clip returned (11.2 K/9) and he corrected the control issues that popped up before his elbow gave out (2.8 BB/9). He continued to limit the long ball (0.35 HR/9) and his 2.22 FIP shows that he suffered some poor luck, likely a result of his 61.2 LOB% with Richmond. With another offseason of rest under his belt, Law will look to make his case for the 2016 Opening Day roster after being one of the final cuts in 2015.
Law's walk rate nearly tripled with the move up to Double-A Richmond in 2014 (from 1.6 BB/9 to 4.5 BB/9), but the right-hander still finished with a 2.57 ERA, marking the fourth time he has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in as many professional seasons. A ninth-round pick out of Miami-Dade College in 2011, he also saw his strikeout rate dip by more than four per nine innings in 2014 (from 13.8 K/9 to 9.3 K/9), but Law has been able to sustain success as he has moved up the organizational ladder, making the decision to protect him from the Rule 5 draft with a spot on the 40-man roster a relatively easy one for San Francisco. Law, who complements a heavy, sinking fastball with a potential plus curveball and a slider, has also proven plenty capable in high-leverage situations, saving 27 games in the minors the last two seasons. It's well within the realm of possibility that he could work himself into the setup mix late in 2015.
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Brought back to big leagues
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
August 20, 2018
Law was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Optioned to minors
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
August 10, 2018
Law was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Back up with Giants
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
August 4, 2018
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Activated and optioned
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
May 31, 2018
The Giants activated Law (ankle) from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento, MLB.com reports.
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Beginning rehab assignment Monday
PSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Ankle
May 27, 2018
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Law (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Sacramento, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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