Justin Steele

26-Year-Old PitcherSP
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Steele and Brad Wieck are projected as the lefties in the Cubs' bullpen, and the former finally made his major-league debut in 2021 with some bumps and bruises. The 23.8 K% was promising for a rookie, but the 10.9 BB% along with a 1.9 HR/9 offset the gains from his strikeouts. He somehow managed a respectable ERA given the recipe for disaster with the walks and allowing a homer for every four flyballs allowed. Steele can work as a swingman as he has the repertoire of a starting pitcher and worked almost exclusively as a starter throughout his minor-league career. What he lacks in velocity he makes up for with movement, and should he find better command as a sophomore, he could take a step forward and gain relevance in NL-only formats. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#595
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2022.
Whiffs 10 in no-decision
PChicago Cubs
May 15, 2022
Steele didn't factor into the decision during Sunday's 3-2 win over Arizona, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts in six innings.
ANALYSIS
Steele submitted his best game by far, encountering trouble only when a two-out hit and error plated two runs in the fourth inning. The outing was the 26-year-old's first going more than five innings, and the 10 whiffs equaled his total from the last four games combined. Steele is slated for a rematch with Arizona next weekend.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
74
Last 10 Games
74
Last 5 Games
72
How many pitches does Justin Steele generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Justin Steele generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-63%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .208 87 28 14 15 1 0 1
Since 2020vs Right .252 289 60 28 64 10 1 12
2022vs Left .355 36 10 4 11 0 0 0
2022vs Right .225 92 19 11 18 3 1 1
2021vs Left .098 51 18 10 4 1 0 1
2021vs Right .264 197 41 17 46 7 0 11
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
 
 
-55%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-62%
ERA on Road
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 5.89 1.51 44.1 3 6 0 7.7 4.5 1.6
Since 2020Away 2.66 1.33 40.2 2 2 0 11.1 4.4 1.1
2022Home 5.52 1.64 14.2 1 3 0 6.8 6.1 0.6
2022Away 3.38 1.50 13.1 0 1 0 12.2 3.4 0.0
2021Home 6.07 1.45 29.2 2 3 0 8.2 3.6 2.1
2021Away 2.30 1.24 27.1 2 1 0 10.5 4.9 1.6
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 Justin Steele 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
1.93
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
92.3 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.57
 
BABIP
.359
 
GB/FB
1.82
 
Left On Base
63.4%
 
Exit Velocity
79.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.7%
 
Spin Rate
2418 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.7%
 
Swinging Strike
8.5%
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Steele, a fifth-round draft pick out of high school in 2014, was limited to just 40.2 innings for short-season Eugene, partially because of a minor "tweak" in his arm. Issues in the arm of young pitchers are always a concern, but the Cubs can afford to be cautious with Steele, as there is no hurry to advance him to the big-league level. Steele has a 2.73 ERA in his first two professional seasons, and they haven't been flukes, as his FIPs have been even better. The skinny 20-year-old southpaw has a decent future if he can stay healthy, but his ceiling is probably as a mid-rotation starter.
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Starting Sunday
PChicago Cubs
May 14, 2022
Steele (thumb) will start Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Feels good after bullpen session
PChicago Cubs
Thumb
May 13, 2022
Steele (thumb) felt good after throwing a bullpen session Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Managing left thumb soreness
PChicago Cubs
Thumb
May 8, 2022
Steele exited Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to left thumb soreness, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Removed from Sunday's game
PChicago Cubs
Hand
May 8, 2022
Steele was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers prior to the top of the fifth inning due to an apparent left hand issue, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Now starting Sunday
PChicago Cubs
May 8, 2022
Steele will start Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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