Robert Gsellman
Robert Gsellman
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Deeming Gsellman's conversion to the bullpen successful is a matter of perspective. Posting 16 holds and 13 saves wasn't bad, but he also blew six saves. Gsellman's surface stats and peripherals were suspect, especially for a reliever. As is usually the case when a former starter comes out of the bullpen, Gsellman added velocity, fueling the expected boost in strikeouts, albeit to a still-pedestrian 20.3%. Not only did he fail to improve his walk rate, it rose to 8.1%, a level too high for someone lacking better strikeout skills. Gsellman stuck with his four-pitch mix instead of paring down and focusing on just a couple, headed by a 95-mph four-seamer. Sometimes it takes a converted starter a couple years to figure things out as a reliever. Maybe this is the case with Gsellman. Unfortunately for his 2019 fantasy utility, Gsellman no longer has a real shot at saves after the Mets acquired Edwin Diaz from Seattle. Read Past Outlooks
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Extends scoreless streak
PNew York Mets
May 23, 2019
Gsellman struck out one in a perfect seventh inning during Wednesday's win over the Nationals.
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With his team in a 1-0 hole, Gsellman breezed through the bottom of the Nats' order on seven pitches (five strikes). The right-hander has turned in eight straight scoreless appearances, posting a 12:5 K:BB over 12 innings during that stretch, and he now sports a 2.48 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. Gsellman isn't seeing the highest-leverage work -- he has zero wins or saves and only three holds through 21 appearances -- but his current form could move him into the setup crew for the Mets in the near future.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .250 468 84 49 102 23 2 16
Since 2017vs Right .277 555 99 31 140 30 4 11
2019vs Left .216 44 11 6 8 2 0 1
2019vs Right .250 85 20 4 20 6 1 1
2018vs Left .216 164 34 19 30 9 0 6
2018vs Right .279 181 36 9 46 5 1 2
2017vs Left .276 260 39 24 64 12 2 9
2017vs Right .284 289 43 18 74 19 2 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-80%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.68 1.36 130.2 8 4 6 7.8 2.8 1.0
Since 2017Away 4.55 1.45 99.0 7 6 7 6.4 3.6 1.1
2019Home 6.97 1.84 10.1 1 0 0 9.6 3.5 0.9
2019Away 1.37 0.97 19.2 0 0 0 9.2 2.7 0.5
2018Home 4.47 1.20 44.1 2 1 6 9.5 2.8 0.8
2018Away 4.04 1.43 35.2 4 2 7 5.8 3.5 1.0
2017Home 4.50 1.39 76.0 5 3 0 6.5 2.6 1.2
2017Away 6.39 1.69 43.2 3 4 0 5.6 4.1 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Robert Gsellman 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 this season's data (min 20 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
3.10
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
3.30
 
WHIP
1.27
 
BABIP
.327
 
GB/FB
1.60
 
Left On Base
68.2%
 
Exit Velocity
85.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.7%
 
Spin Rate
2214 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A popular sleeper candidate heading into last season, Gsellman flopped in a major way, but it's too early to write the 24-year-old off. His strikeout rate fell by more than two per nine from his stellar debut sample in 2016, as he was far too hittable even when he put the ball out of the strike zone (76.0 percent O-Contact%). Although he maintained an above-average groundball rate, Gsellman gave something back in that department, with more balls being elevated and put over the fences. The velocity at which he throws his slider is a bit troubling given the torque on the arm, and he did lose some fastball velocity year-over-year, but as long as Gsellman is healthy, he should be in the mix for starts in New York. Gsellman deserves some consideration as an endgame flier in deep formats, but don't be stubborn and hold onto him if he gets off to a similarly poor start.
Gsellman began 2016 at Double-A Binghamton where a 2.71 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 11 starts earned a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. The young righty was sporting a 5.73 ERA and 1.49 WHIP when he was summoned by the Mets on Aug. 23, but much of those struggles can be explained away by the harsh pitching conditions of the PCL. After an impressive appearance out of the bullpen the day of his callup, Gsellman was inserted into the rotation, posting a tidy 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, starting seven games. Even more impressive was a 22.7 percent strikeout rate, surpassing anything he'd done on the farm. This is not the first time an unsung Mets pitching prospect has shown up in the majors with added fastball velocity (93.6 mph) and a plus-plus slider (think Jacob deGrom). Given the injury concerns surrounding the Mets' rotation, Gsellman could find his way to close to a full season's workload, and the draft day price tag offers room to profit.
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Notches second hold
PNew York Mets
April 20, 2019
Gsellman recorded the final two outs in the eighth inning to record his second hold of the season in Friday's win over the Cardinals.
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Erratic start to 2019
PNew York Mets
April 8, 2019
Gsellman gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief during Sunday's loss to the Nationals.
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Not getting whiffs
PNew York Mets
March 16, 2019
Gsellman tossed a perfect inning of relief in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
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Not in rotation mix
PNew York Mets
February 13, 2019
Gsellman is not in contention for a rotation spot this spring, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Viewed as rotation option
PNew York Mets
February 4, 2019
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Gsellman will be a rotation option for the Mets in 2019, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
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