Derek Law
Derek Law
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After regressing during the 2017 season, Law failed to make the Opening Day roster. In the end, he only managed to log 13.1 innings in the majors all season. When he did pitch, he was less than effective, allowing 11 runs on 16 hits and eight walks. He struck out nearly a batter per inning (12 strikeouts), but another high home-run rate (1.4 HR/9) hurt him. A whopping 88.9% of the batted balls against him were of the medium- or hard-hit variety. His numbers in the minors were considerably better -- 2.45 FIP, 9.6 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9 -- but it's not as impressive given it was his third tour of the Pacific Coast League. He's not a lock to make the Giants' bullpen out of spring training, though the fact that he's out of minor-league options helps his cause. Either way, Law isn't much of a fantasy commodity. Read Past Outlooks
$Traded to the Blue Jays in April of 2019.
Added to roster
PToronto Blue Jays
May 3, 2019
Law had his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Law will take the roster spot of Alen Hanson, who was designated for assignment Friday. Prior to earning a promotion, Law compiled a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with a 17:3 K:BB in 10.2 innings with the Bisons. The right-hander owns a career 3.83 ERA across parts of three big-league seasons (105.2 innings).
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .283 129 22 16 30 3 1 4
Since 2017vs Right .303 137 35 11 37 9 1 3
2019vs Left .200 21 6 4 3 0 0 0
2019vs Right .333 11 4 1 3 1 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 5.96 1.60 25.2 3 0 2 9.1 4.2 0.4
Since 2017Away 5.74 1.69 31.1 2 2 2 8.9 4.3 1.7
2019Home 6.75 1.50 2.2 0 0 0 16.9 6.8 0.0
2019Away 7.36 1.91 3.2 0 1 0 12.3 7.4 0.0
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
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Dealt to Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays
April 2, 2019
The Giants traded Law to the Blue Jays on Wednesday along with infielder Alen Hanson and pitcher Juan De Paula in exchange for outfielder Kevin Pillar.
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Assigned to minor-league camp
PSan Francisco Giants
March 15, 2019
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Clears waivers
PSan Francisco Giants
February 8, 2019
Law was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday and will attend Giants' major-league spring training, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Off 40-man roster
PSan Francisco Giants
February 1, 2019
Law was designated for assignment by the Giants on Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Sent right back to Triple-A
PSan Francisco Giants
August 21, 2018
Law was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
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