Jerad Eickhoff
Jerad Eickhoff
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Eickhoff's season was ruined by injuries for the second straight year. He did at least blow past the 5.1 innings he managed in 2018, but he'll still be disappointed that he threw just 58.1 last season. After a lat strain and carpal tunnel syndrome held him back in 2018, biceps tendinitis and a finger laceration were the primary culprits in 2019. When he was available, he wasn't good, posting a 5.71 ERA. His 20.8% strikeout rate was low but not terrible, leaving his 2.78 HR/9 (the product of a 35.5% groundball rate combined with an unlucky 23.1% HR/FB rate) as the main issue. The Phillies are unlikely to be counting on the 29-year-old for much, as he's had just one healthy and effective season back in 2016. Even his 3.65 ERA that year came with a mediocre 4.19 FIP, so Eickhoff has a rather low ceiling to pair with his unplayable floor. Fantasy owners can safely ignore the righty during draft season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Padres in December of 2019.
Optioned to alternate training site
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
August 3, 2020
Eickhoff was optioned to the Padres' alternate training site Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Just one day after his contract was selected by San Diego, Eickhoff will return to alternate camp after failing to make an appearance out of the bullpen. Outfielder Abraham Almonte was added to the active roster to take Eickhoff's place.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-30%
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-23%
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-53%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .337 105 20 7 32 7 1 11
Since 2018vs Right .235 166 42 11 36 8 0 8
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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-8%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.50 1.25 37.2 1 4 1 9.6 2.2 3.3
Since 2018Away 6.23 1.50 26.0 2 1 0 7.6 3.1 1.7
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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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.
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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Moves up to big club
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
August 2, 2020
The Padres selected Eickhoff's contract from their alternate training site prior to Sunday's game against the Rockies.
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Part of taxi squad
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
July 28, 2020
Eickhoff is part of the Padres' three-man taxi squad on their current road trip, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Enjoys solid spring
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
March 28, 2020
Eickhoff allowed two runs on four hits in four Cactus League innings while posting a 7:0 K:BB.
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Signs with San Diego
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
January 15, 2020
Eickhoff signed with the Padres as a non-roster invitee in late December, Aaron Hancock of 14 News reports.
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Elects free agency
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Finger
November 4, 2019
Eickhoff (finger) became a free agent after refusing an outright assignment to the minors on Monday.
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