Drew VerHagen

Drew VerHagen

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2022 Fantasy Outlook
VerHagen was the first major-league signing after the end of the lockout, and he's back in affiliated ball after a two-year stint in Japan. The 32-year-old made 22 appearances for the Tigers in 2019 before heading overseas and had a 5.90 ERA over 58 innings while working mostly as a reliever. VerHagen posted a 3.49 ERA and and 216:62 K:BB across 208.2 frames during his two years in Japan to help pave his way back to MLB, and he could take a spot in the back of the Cardinals' starting rotation in 2022. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Cardinals in March of 2022.
Reinstated from 10-day IL
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 14, 2022
VerHagen (hip) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
ANALYSIS
VerHagen spent just over three weeks on the injured list, but he recently made a pair of rehab appearances and allowed a run on a hit and a walk while striking out five in 3.2 innings. The right-hander should pitch mainly in lower-leverage situations for the Cardinals now that he's back to full health.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
28
Last 10 Games
28
Last 5 Games
28
How many pitches does Drew VerHagen generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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121+
What part of the game does Drew VerHagen generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2021
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2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .214 17 3 3 3 0 0 0
Since 2020vs Right .200 17 3 2 3 1 0 0
2022vs Left .214 17 3 3 3 0 0 0
2022vs Right .200 17 3 2 3 1 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2021
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 0.00 1.00 1.0 0 0 0 0.0 9.0 0.0
Since 2020Away 4.05 1.50 6.2 0 0 0 8.1 5.4 0.0
2022Home 0.00 1.00 1.0 0 0 0 0.0 9.0 0.0
2022Away 4.05 1.50 6.2 0 0 0 8.1 5.4 0.0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Drew VerHagen 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
1.20
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
5.9
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
94.5 mph
 
ERA
3.52
 
WHIP
1.43
 
BABIP
.278
 
GB/FB
1.25
 
Left On Base
63.6%
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.6%
 
Spin Rate
2241 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
15.8%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2016
2015
VerHagen was perhaps one of the few somewhat bright spots to come out of what can only be described as a meltdown in Motown in 2014. He struggled early, but the converted starter started to get things under control in September. VerHagen's overall K:BB rate (13:14) won't draw any eyes, but only six of those walks came in September. He saw an almost 3 mph uptick in his fastball velocity as a reliever and delivered a power arsenal that finally started to dominate hitters. Verhagen's 2.05 ERA (26.1 IP), 1.22 WHIP and three September holds speak to his late-inning potential. He's 6-foot-6, so his fastball plays up even more because it's on hitters before they know it. Could he be a closer some day? Perhaps, but not in 2016. He'll be in the mix for late-inning work, though.
Selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, VerHagen has quickly worked his way through the Tigers' system. The big 6-foot-6, 230-pound right-hander spent the majority of 2014 with Triple-A Toledo, finishing 6-7 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 19 starts. He also made one spot start for the Tigers, allowing three earned runs over five innings. Despite his imposing figure and low-90s fastball, VerHagen doesn’t ring up many strikeouts, picking up just 63 whiffs in 110.2 innings with the Mud Hens. Instead of strikeouts, VerHagen relies on his sinker, which hitters rarely make hard contact on. His long-term upside is that of a low-strikeout innings eater at the back of a major league rotation, and VerHagen does not have a clear path to fantasy value in the short term with Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon brought in during the offseason to round out the starting staff.
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Another rehab outing on tap
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Hip
May 10, 2022
VerHagen (hip) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield on Thursday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Second rehab appearance coming up
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Hip
May 8, 2022
VerHagen (hip) is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance at Double-A Springfield during the upcoming week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Set for rehab assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Hip
May 2, 2022
VerHagen (hip) has been sent to Triple-A Memphis to begin a rehab assignment, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Nearing return
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Hip
April 29, 2022
VerHagen (hip) could return from the 10-day injured list as early as Monday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Placed on 10-day injured list
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Hip
April 22, 2022
VerHagen was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hip impingement Friday.
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