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
No-decision Monday
POakland Athletics
September 24, 2018
Mengden allowed three earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five across 5.1 innings Monday against the Mariners. He did not factor into the decision.
ANALYSIS
He has pitched primarily as the long-man in bullpen games for the Athletics of late, though he earned the start on Monday. It remains to be seen how he'll be used in the final series of the season, but could start Sunday against the Angels in the final game of the regular season. He now carries a 4.05 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 115.2 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .251 453 80 26 105 24 2 15
Since 2016vs Right .248 524 92 42 117 25 2 18
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
2016vs Left .283 158 34 18 39 11 2 3
2016vs Right .286 174 37 15 44 6 1 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-68%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.81 1.30 130.0 3 12 0 6.8 3.0 1.2
Since 2016Away 4.42 1.20 99.2 9 5 0 6.6 2.3 1.4
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
2016Home 6.86 1.73 39.1 0 7 0 9.8 4.6 1.1
2016Away 6.06 1.47 32.2 2 2 0 7.7 3.6 1.1
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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.
K/BB
2.77
 
K/9
5.6
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
4.05
 
WHIP
1.12
 
BABIP
.251
 
GB/FB
1.20
 
Strand %
69.4%
 
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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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Will start Monday
POakland Athletics
September 23, 2018
Mengden is slated to start Monday's game against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Fires four solid innings
POakland Athletics
September 19, 2018
Mengden pitched four innings Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three against the Athletics. He did not factor in the decision.
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Slated to work as primary pitcher Tuesday
POakland Athletics
September 17, 2018
Mengden is scheduled to work as the primary pitcher behind opener Liam Hendriks in Tuesday's game against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Gets win with brilliant long-relief outing
POakland Athletics
September 12, 2018
Mengden (7-6) picked up the win in Wednesday's 10-0 rout of the Orioles, allowing only one walk over five no-hit, scoreless innings while striking out three.
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Set to follow opener Tuesday
POakland Athletics
September 12, 2018
Mengden will follow opener Liam Hendriks against the Orioles on Wednesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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