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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Sloppy in four innings
POakland Athletics
May 24, 2019
Mengden took a no-decision Friday, allowing only one run over four innings while allowing five hits and five walks in a 6-2 win over the Mariners.
Mengden struck out four batters in the outing, but needed 99 pitches to complete the four innings. The right-hander has a 3.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP through 16.1 innings over three starts. Mengden is projected to start versus the Angels on Wednesday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .239 329 52 17 73 14 0 12
Since 2017vs Right .224 388 62 29 79 20 1 12
2019vs Left .280 34 6 9 7 1 0 0
2019vs Right .171 38 7 2 6 1 0 0
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
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 4.01 1.20 101.0 3 6 0 5.7 2.9 1.1
Since 2017Away 3.41 1.04 74.0 8 3 0 6.1 1.7 1.5
2019Home 4.82 2.04 9.1 0 1 0 7.7 8.7 0.0
2019Away 1.29 0.71 7.0 1 0 0 6.4 2.6 0.0
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 this season's data (min 40 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.
    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.
92.2 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
92.2 mph
Spin Rate
2170 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Yields one run in win
POakland Athletics
May 18, 2019
Mengden allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks across seven innings to earn a victory against the Tigers on Saturday.
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Getting another start
POakland Athletics
May 17, 2019
Mengden is listed as the Athletics' starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Tigers.
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Saddled with loss
POakland Athletics
May 12, 2019
Mengden took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four over 5.1 innings Sunday against Cleveland.
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Called up for Sunday's start
POakland Athletics
May 12, 2019
Mengden was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Sunday's game against the Indians.
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Confirmed as Sunday's starter
POakland Athletics
May 10, 2019
Mengden will start Sunday's game against the Indians, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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