Daniel Mengden
Daniel Mengden
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mengden began the season as the Athletics' third starter, posting a 4.47 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 90.2 innings before landing on the DL in late June with a sprained right foot. He was activated three weeks later, then immediately optioned to Triple-A Nashville before being recalled in late August. Mengden spent September in the "primary pitcher" role, as Oakland borrowed a page from Tampa Bay's playbook. He flourished following the opener, recording a 2.52 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 25 frames down the stretch. It's unclear how Oakland intends to use Mengden in 2019, though so long as he throws the same number of innings per appearance, for fantasy purposes it doesn't really matter. What does matter is a declining strikeout rate as Mengden fanned a career-worst 15.1% last season. As such, he's prone to ratio-damaging outings, especially in mixed leagues. At best, he's a fantasy streaming option, best used at home in his pitcher-friendly confines. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Astros in June of 2014 that includes a $470,000 signing bonus. Traded to the Athletics in July of 2015.
Nabs save in blowout
POakland Athletics
September 11, 2019
Mengden was credited with his first save in a win over the Astros on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks over three innings while recording a strikeout.
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Mengden managed the unlikely feat of nabbing a save in a game the Athletics won by 14 runs, as the fact he pitched three innings without blowing his team's sizable advantage technically qualified him for such. The veteran right-hander did surrender a two-run home run to Martin Maldonado in the ninth inning to blemish his performance to an extent, but Mengden was reasonably effective in his first appearance since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
81
Last 10 Games
75
Last 5 Games
66
How many pitches does Daniel Mengden generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
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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 Daniel Mengden generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-46%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .262 444 67 29 107 25 1 16
Since 2017vs Right .216 461 76 33 91 23 1 15
2019vs Left .320 149 21 21 41 12 1 4
2019vs Right .173 111 21 6 18 4 0 3
2018vs Left .221 210 28 6 44 7 0 9
2018vs Right .244 266 44 20 59 19 1 9
2017vs Left .268 85 18 2 22 6 0 3
2017vs Right .187 84 11 7 14 0 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-68%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.05 1.19 124.1 5 7 0 6.0 2.8 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.12 1.19 94.0 10 3 1 5.7 2.2 1.5
2019Home 4.41 1.41 32.2 2 2 0 7.4 4.4 0.8
2019Away 5.33 1.48 27.0 3 0 1 5.0 3.7 1.3
2018Home 3.60 1.05 75.0 3 4 0 5.6 1.9 1.1
2018Away 4.87 1.23 40.2 4 2 0 5.5 2.2 2.0
2017Home 5.40 1.38 16.2 0 1 0 4.9 3.8 1.6
2017Away 1.71 0.84 26.1 3 1 0 6.8 0.7 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Daniel Mengden compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
1.56
 
K/9
6.3
 
BB/9
4.1
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
91.2 mph
 
ERA
4.83
 
WHIP
1.44
 
BABIP
.292
 
GB/FB
0.92
 
Left On Base
70.9%
 
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.3%
 
Spin Rate
2183 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.3%
 
Swinging Strike
6.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Mengden will be a part of Oakland's rotation in 2018. He bounced back nicely in limited time in 2017 after his rough 2016 debut. He takes advantage of a big home park as a flyball pitcher, and while he still gives up homers, he limits the damage by being very stingy with his walks. Mengden was terrific against righties at the big-league level in his seven starts last year, holding them to a .182/.253/.307 slash line after a .237/.305/.385 line against them in Triple-A. His strikeout rate makes him tough to roster in shallower formats simply because the ratios are not good enough to offset the lack of strikeouts, but it does not mean he can't be rostered in reserves for depth and favorable two-start weeks. In AL-only leagues, he is a good fourth starter option assuming the rest of your staff can pick up the slack in strikeouts.
His twisting, rocking, winding and waiting delivery adds flair and effectiveness to an intriguing but possibly bland makeup. Sadly, his Rollie Fingers-esque mustache alone can't stymie hitters, no matter how gloriously it rests on his face. One of the many bodies in a parade of Oakland filler starting pitchers from 2016, Mengden sports a career 2.78 ERA in the minor leagues, but his novelty didn't carry him in 14 MLB starts. His 98.1 innings above High-A all came last year; the impending 24-year-old needs more polish before earning a significant role. Sometimes, however, a deceptive quick windup can speed up the transition from prospect to useful major leaguer. Fantasy players often flock to A's starting pitchers -- at least for home matchup plays, possibly more if they can sustain success. Mengden has posted an 8.0 K/9 or better at all pro levels he's visited, but he'll need to show more command of the strike zone before he outright earns a rotation spot.
Mengden is a right-handed starting pitcher acquired by the A's from the Astros in the trade deadline deal for Scott Kazmir. Mengden compiled a pedestrian 4.13 ERA in 130.2 innings in 2015 in Single-A, but did manage to strike out nearly a batter per inning with only 2.5 BB/9. The former 4th round pick sits in the low 90's with his fastball with a deceptive delivery, but scouting reports lament the lack of a real out pitch among his off-speed repertoire. He appears to be a guy who could be a back-end rotation guy or maybe a valuable middle reliever out of the pen. Oh, and he has an awesome moustache.
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Joining big club in Houston
POakland Athletics
September 8, 2019
Mengden was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in advance of this upcoming series in Houston, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Sent to minors
POakland Athletics
August 2, 2019
Mengden was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.
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Likely to lose rotation spot
POakland Athletics
August 1, 2019
Mengden is expected to move to the Oakland bullpen or get optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in the coming days after the Athletics acquired starting pitcher Tanner Roark from the Reds on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Charged with loss
POakland Athletics
July 26, 2019
Mengden (5-3) was charged with the loss against the Rangers on Friday after surrendering four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings.
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Yanked early in ugly start
POakland Athletics
July 21, 2019
Mengden allowed four runs on six hits and five walks over 3.1 innings Sunday, striking out two and taking the no-decision in the loss to the Twins.
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