Zach Davies
Zach Davies
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries limited Davies to just 13 starts in 2018, but he bounced back in 2019, leading the Brewers with 31 starts and 159.2 innings pitched. Davies became the first pitcher in Brewers history to begin a season 7-0, compiling a 2.41 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in his first 74.2 frames. The right-hander labored through his next 10 starts before briefly landing on the IL with a back injury. Davies righted the ship upon his return, posting a 2.92 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over his final eight appearances (37 innings). He finished the season with a career-best 3.55 ERA, though the estimators say he was pitching over his skis (4.56 FIP, 5.20 xFIP). Davies should enter spring training with the inside track on a rotation spot for San Diego following a November trade. While he doesn't miss many bats (career 6.6 K/9), Davies has tallied 10 or more wins while posting a sub-4.00 ERA in three of the past four seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the Padres in January of 2020.
Dealt loss in Game 2
PSan Diego Padres
October 7, 2020
Davies took the loss in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers after allowing four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and zero walks over five innings.
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The right-hander kept Los Angeles off the board over the first two frames, but he surrendered four runs on seven hits between the third and fourth innings. Davies didn't give up four earned runs in any of his 12 starts during the regular season, but he's allowed four earned runs in both of his playoff starts while covering only seven combined innings. The Friars will need to overcome a 2-0 series deficit for him to receive another start this postseason.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
85
Last 10 Games
86
Last 5 Games
74
How many pitches does Zach Davies generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-31%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .238 593 90 49 127 25 6 16
Since 2018vs Right .258 628 123 42 147 22 3 21
2020vs Left .168 120 20 7 19 3 1 2
2020vs Right .244 149 42 12 33 5 0 7
2019vs Left .254 340 45 26 78 14 3 12
2019vs Right .258 332 57 25 77 13 2 8
2018vs Left .263 133 25 16 30 8 2 2
2018vs Right .274 147 24 5 37 4 1 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-31%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.15 1.25 151.2 10 10 0 6.8 2.7 1.4
Since 2018Away 3.08 1.25 143.1 9 8 0 6.2 2.8 0.8
2020Home 3.13 1.11 31.2 3 2 0 8.8 2.3 1.7
2020Away 2.39 1.04 37.2 4 2 0 7.6 2.6 0.7
2019Home 4.26 1.27 74.0 6 4 0 5.7 3.0 1.6
2019Away 2.94 1.31 85.2 4 3 0 5.8 2.7 0.7
2018Home 4.70 1.30 46.0 1 4 0 7.2 2.5 1.0
2018Away 4.95 1.40 20.0 1 3 0 5.4 3.6 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Zach Davies 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 2019 data (min 120 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
3.32
 
K/9
8.2
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
88.6 mph
 
ERA
2.73
 
WHIP
1.07
 
BABIP
.258
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Left On Base
78.2%
 
Exit Velocity
80.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.6%
 
Spin Rate
1905 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Davies started 61 games for the Brewers across the 2016 and 2017 seasons, so it was thought that he would be a regular in the Brewers' rotation all last year. However, thanks to injuries and managerial decisions, he made just 13 starts, and only saw action in one postseason game. Davies' underlying numbers in 2018 weren't all that different than the year before -- he averaged 89 mph on his fastball, and his 4.43 FIP was just a tick higher than the 4.27 FIP he posted in 2017 -- so not much has changed with his profile. Davies will head into spring training as a favorite to come away with a spot in the team's rotation to open the regular season. He accumulated 28 wins across 2016 and 2017 for teams not as talented as the current Brewers' version, so he could be a sneaky producer in that category should he stay healthy in 2019.
Davies struggled throughout the first half of 2017, as he gave up a surprisingly high number of homers (1.39 HR/9) and also missed bats at a significantly lower clip than he did in 2016, with his strikeout rate falling from 7.4 K/9 to 5.8. Fortunately for the Brewers, he was much more effective in the second half, lowering his ERA by more than two full runs (2.87) despite similar strikeout and walk rates thanks to a big step forward with the long ball. For the season, Davies improved his groundball rate (50.2 percent), and managed to reduce his home-run rate from 2016 in a year where the league-wide surge in homers pushed most pitchers in the other direction. The lack of overpowering stuff and a low swinging-strike rate (7.2 percent) make a spike in strikeouts unlikely, and widen the range of outcomes for him as he's very dependent on the defense behind him. Davies commands his arsenal well, and he should remain a fixture in the Milwaukee rotation throughout 2018.
For the second straight season, the rail-thin righty turned in an above-average performance out of Milwaukee's rotation. Davies may not have big velocity (89.3 mph average fastball), but he can change speeds and use his offspeed pitches to close out counts when he gets ahead. It was also impressive to see Davies respond positively after an utterly atrocious start. He allowed five runs over just 2.1 innings in his first start April 17 and finished April with an 8.78 ERA in three starts. He went on to allow more than three runs just four times in his final 25 starts, going 11-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 150 innings over that span. His lack of dominant stuff limits his ceiling, but Davies is already looking like a solid mid-rotation pitcher -- at just 24 years old no less.
Davies earned six starts after rosters expanded in September and steadily improved throughout his stint, as he posted three consecutive quality starts to finish off the season, including two starts of at least six shutout innings. Davies is rail-thin, listed at 6-feet and 160 pounds, and his fastball averaged just under 90 mph. But he induced an extreme amount of groundballs (57.6%) and was just crafty enough to keep the ball in the yard, as he surrendered just two home runs. His changeup looked particularly nasty, as hitters swung and missed at more than one in every four he threw, and he picked up 13 of his 25 strikeouts with the pitch. Davies will have to remain crafty without a big fastball, but he has the diverse repertoire necessary to succeed in the majors, even if he lacks a top-end ceiling.
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Knocked out early
PSan Diego Padres
October 2, 2020
Davies lasted just two innings in his start Thursday against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Round, giving up four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. He did not factor into the decision.
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Tosses three scoreless frames
PSan Diego Padres
September 27, 2020
Davies didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's game between the Padres and the Giants. He tossed three scoreless innings, giving up three hits while fanning three.
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Could pitch Saturday
PSan Diego Padres
September 25, 2020
Davies could be pushed up to start Saturday's game against the Giants on three days rest, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Takes loss Tuesday
PSan Diego Padres
September 22, 2020
Davies (7-4) suffered the loss against the Angels on Tuesday, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five.
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Falls to Dodgers
PSan Diego Padres
September 15, 2020
Davies (7-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk and struck out five over six innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
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