Jerad Eickhoff
Jerad Eickhoff
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It was a lost season Eickhoff. He missed five months while recovering from a lat strain, returning in September to pitch just 5.1 innings. The fact that he returned at all gives at least some hope that he can be a member of the Phillies' rotation in 2019, though that's far from a guarantee. Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta and Zach Eflin all took steps forward last year, so Eickhoff may be the Phillies' sixth or seventh starter on Opening Day, and there's always a chance the team decides a full-time bullpen role is best for him as he's now battled injuries for two straight years. The risk is high and the reward is moderate at best, as Eickhoff's one good full season (back in 2016) contained a below-average strikeout rate and a good-not-great 3.65 ERA. Owners in all but the deepest leagues can safely watch from afar and make Eickhoff prove himself before investing. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with the Phillies in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Activated, optioned to Triple-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
August 20, 2019
Eickhoff (biceps) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
He gave up 11 earned runs in 12.1 innings (five appearances) on his rehab assignment, so the Phillies aren't quite ready to give him another look in the majors. Eickhoff should join the big-league bullpen in September.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-53%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .320 416 78 38 117 30 1 22
Since 2017vs Right .240 431 102 33 93 20 0 13
2019vs Left .308 88 15 7 24 5 1 10
2019vs Right .236 157 36 11 34 6 0 8
2018vs Left .471 17 5 0 8 2 0 1
2018vs Right .222 9 6 0 2 2 0 0
2017vs Left .314 311 58 31 85 23 0 11
2017vs Right .243 265 60 22 57 12 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.86 1.45 96.1 4 7 1 8.8 3.5 1.9
Since 2017Away 5.29 1.48 95.1 3 6 0 8.1 3.2 1.4
2019Home 5.50 1.22 34.1 1 3 1 8.4 2.4 3.4
2019Away 6.00 1.42 24.0 2 1 0 7.1 3.4 1.9
2018Home 5.40 1.50 3.1 0 1 0 21.6 0.0 2.7
2018Away 9.00 2.50 2.0 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 0.0
2017Home 4.45 1.59 58.2 3 3 0 8.3 4.3 0.9
2017Away 4.93 1.47 69.1 1 5 0 8.3 3.2 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Jerad Eickhoff 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 70 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
2.83
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
2.8
 
Fastball
89.5 mph
 
ERA
5.71
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.261
 
GB/FB
0.82
 
Left On Base
76.8%
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
11.2%
 
Spin Rate
2553 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.2%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2016
Eickhoff took a step back in 2017, failing to build on the promise he showed the year before when he looked like a solid mid-rotation arm. His walk rate almost doubled, going from 1.9 BB/9 to 3.7 BB/9, and his ERA jumped from 3.65 to 4.71. It's possible that some of Eickhoff's poor performance can be attributed in part to injury -- he made two trips to the disabled list and was limited to just 24 starts -- and bad luck (.328 BABIP, .278 in 2016). Eickhoff added to his strikeout rate (8.3 K/9), and his 4.30 FIP gives reason to believe he could be a bounceback candidate, as that mark was slightly better than league average and just a shade worse than his 4.19 FIP from 2016. A pitcher who puts up a 4.30 ERA is not a great asset in most fantasy formats, but it's enough to keep him in a major-league rotation.
Eickhoff established himself as a reliable, mid-rotation starter last season. He made 33 starts and fell just short of 200 innings in his first full season in the majors. Eickhoff works in the low-90s with his fastball to set up an excellent curveball that averages 75 mph and which limited batters to a .158 average against in 2016. He also added a slider last season to help keep hitters off balance, as he had become too predictable with a fastball-curveball combination. Eickhoff doesn't strike out a ton of batters, but he is able to generate enough strikeouts to be effective. He doesn't walk many batters and he gets groundballs at a solid clip. He does have a tendency to give up home runs, but if he continues to limit free passes he can mitigate some of the damage from the homers. A 4.24 FIP last season indicates Eickhoff might have been a little lucky, but there is still some room for growth, especially if he can discover a pitch to more effectively deal with left-handed batters.
Eickhoff surprised by delivering early returns on the Cole Hamels trade for the Phillies. He improved both his strikeout and walk rates upon reaching the majors, capping the season with a 33:7 K:BB in his final 28 innings. It’s a small eight-start sample, but his 13 percent swinging-strike rate in those final four starts backed the strikeout surge. Even still, a fourth/fifth starter profile doesn't transform into a frontline profile overnight. The fact that he was so dominant against righties obscured the fact that he was pretty bad against lefties. He had one of the worst right-handed fastballs against lefties and it overshadowed the fact that his changeup isn't ready, either. Meanwhile, he was unsustainably good against righties so without improvement against lefties, he's going to be that back-end starter everyone expected initially. He raised the ceiling of what he can be, but he shouldn't yet be valued as a mid-rotation option.
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Shifts to 60-day IL
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Biceps
August 14, 2019
Eickhoff (biceps) was shifted to the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
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Beginning minor-league stint
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Biceps
July 30, 2019
Eickhoff (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Nearing rehab stint
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Biceps
July 27, 2019
Eickhoff (biceps) is expected to begin a rehab assignment next week, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Won't throw for three weeks
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Biceps
June 22, 2019
Eickhoff (biceps) will be shut down for at least three weeks, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Out with biceps tendinitis
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Biceps
June 17, 2019
Eickhoff was placed on the 10-day injured list with right biceps tendinitis Monday.
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