Derek Law
Derek Law
29-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.
Records fifth save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 18, 2019
Law allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Orioles.
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Law was called upon to protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning. He made things interesting by allowing four of the first five batters he faced to reach base prior to recording the final out with the bases loaded. He now has five saves on the season, though Ken Giles is still in place as the team's primary closer. That leaves Law with inconsistent save opportunities at best to close the season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Derek Law 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 Derek Law 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
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .263 249 50 33 55 11 2 7
Since 2017vs Right .288 270 64 29 67 15 2 8
2019vs Left .237 141 34 21 28 8 1 3
2019vs Right .275 144 33 19 33 7 1 5
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
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-82%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.07 1.58 55.0 3 0 3 9.2 4.1 1.0
Since 2017Away 5.43 1.72 56.1 3 3 6 9.3 5.9 1.4
2019Home 4.50 1.56 32.0 0 0 1 9.8 4.2 1.4
2019Away 5.34 1.78 28.2 1 2 4 10.0 7.8 0.9
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.

* 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
1.68
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
5.9
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
4.90
 
WHIP
1.66
 
BABIP
.337
 
GB/FB
2.12
 
Left On Base
72.4%
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.7%
 
Spin Rate
2122 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.0%
 
Swinging Strike
11.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Notches five-out save
PToronto Blue Jays
August 24, 2019
Law pitched 1.2 innings Saturday, walking two and striking out two to earn the save in a 7-5 win over the Mariners.
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Blows first save
PToronto Blue Jays
August 23, 2019
Law (0-2) took the loss Thursday against the Dodgers, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning to blow his first save of the season.
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Records third save
PToronto Blue Jays
August 10, 2019
Law allowed one hit and one walk but struck out two in a four-out save against the Yankees on Saturday.
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Records second save
PToronto Blue Jays
August 5, 2019
Law struck out one through 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings to record his second save in a 2-0 win over the Rays on Monday.
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Gets emergency save
PToronto Blue Jays
August 2, 2019
Law picked up his first save of the season in Friday's win over the Orioles, walking two batters and striking out one in two scoreless frames. He got the nod because Justin Shafer got sick mid-game and was unavailable to pitch, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.CA reports.
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