Dylan Cease
Dylan Cease
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There's hope that Cease's command will come along, but right now, it's lacking. STATS LLC's new Command+ metric, which attempts to judge a pitcher's intent on each throw, had Cease's command at 88 in his debut season (100 is average). His Zone% was 39.4, per FanGraphs, and Cease battled walk (10.7%) and home run (1.85 HR/9) issues during his time in the majors. The free passes were nothing new, as Cease hasn't had a BB rate below 10% at any stop. The good news is that his raw stuff is excellent. With a fastball that averages north of 96 mph, a plus breaking ball and a potential plus changeup, Cease is able to miss bats at a well-above-average clip (24.9 K%, 11.0 SwStr%). There's upside here if he ever figures out how to put the ball where he wants it. In the meantime, Cease should be viewed as a streamer, one with more favorable matchups than most given the weakness of his division. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cubs in 2014 that includes a $1.5 million signing bonus. Traded to the White Sox in July of 2017.
Bounceback second outing
PChicago White Sox
August 2, 2020
Cease (1-1) earned the win over the Royals on Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings.
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Cease, who was chased after 2.1 innings in his first start, did two things better Sunday. He threw more strikes -- 54 of 83 pitches -- and he hit his spots more often. Cease will try to build on this quality start when he next takes the ball Friday at home against Cleveland.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
74
Last 10 Games
74
Last 5 Games
74
How many pitches does Dylan Cease generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Dylan Cease generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-48%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .301 187 36 18 50 11 0 12
Since 2018vs Right .253 177 50 18 40 4 2 6
2020vs Left .409 23 1 0 9 1 0 3
2020vs Right .214 15 4 1 3 1 0 0
2019vs Left .285 164 35 18 41 10 0 9
2019vs Right .257 162 46 17 37 3 2 6
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-28%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 6.82 1.81 34.1 2 4 0 8.9 5.5 2.1
Since 2018Away 5.17 1.36 47.0 3 4 0 10.0 2.9 1.9
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 6.48 1.56 8.1 1 1 0 5.4 1.1 3.2
2019Home 6.82 1.81 34.1 2 4 0 8.9 5.5 2.1
2019Away 4.89 1.32 38.2 2 3 0 10.9 3.3 1.6
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Dylan Cease 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
5.00
 
K/9
5.4
 
BB/9
1.1
 
HR/9
3.2
 
Fastball
96.7 mph
 
ERA
6.48
 
WHIP
1.56
 
BABIP
.327
 
GB/FB
0.75
 
Left On Base
79.5%
 
Exit Velocity
79.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.5%
 
Spin Rate
2416 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
10.5%
 
Swinging Strike
6.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Blessed with special arm speed, Cease has had a high-leverage reliever floor (with reasonable health) since entering pro ball, but in 2018 he made massive strides to show that his future may be atop a rotation. He tallied over 100 innings (124) for the first time, notched a career-best 3.6 BB/9 and improved his secondary pitches. His mid-90s fastball touches 98 mph and was more of a worm killer last year (1.14 GO/AO) than in 2017 (0.88 GO/AO). Cease's curveball is his second-best pitch -- a potentially plus offering -- and his changeup emerged as a viable third pitch, thanks largely to the strength of his fastball. His command may never be better than fringe average, but with his stuff, it doesn't need to be. The most impressive aspect of Cease's season was that he improved after his promotion to Double-A, posting career bests in FIP (1.72), WHIP (0.99) and K-BB% (27.7). He should open at Triple-A and could make his big-league debut this summer.
Cease is entering his age-22 season, has never pitched above Low-A and has never logged more than 93.1 innings in a season. Yet, his stuff is some of the filthiest in the minors. The 6-foot-2 righty sits in the mid-90s and can touch triple digits with his fastball. He also throws a curveball that can look like a monster putaway pitch when it's on. His changeup is a distant third pitch, but that's hardly the biggest knock on his chances of making it as a starter. He has been coddled ever since the Cubs drafted him in the sixth round in 2014. Cease was the secondary piece the White Sox received when they sent Jose Quintana across town, and he had to be shut down at the end of the season with shoulder fatigue. While he made significant strides with his command and control last season, that area of his game is still a weakness. His fragility and command issues point to a future as an impactful late-inning arm, but even that outcome requires patience.
The minor leagues are lighter on high probability impact talent than they have been in recent years, so this may be a good time to gamble on a player with extreme upside and extreme risk. Cease fits the bill. He has the potential for two monster pitches, yet his fringe-average changeup, below-average control and significant durability concerns should scare off most risk-averse owners. Prospect aficionados are aware of his fastball that sits in the upper-90s and can touch 101 mph with some armside run. He also features a potentially plus curveball that can be devastating when hitters sit on his heater. However, his to-do list for 2017 is long and arduous. Atop that list is improving his command and control after walking 13.7 percent of short-season batters. Cease, who underwent Tommy John surgery after the Cubs drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, also needs to build up his workload and show more feel for his changeup. His potential outcomes range from frontline starter to high-leverage reliever. This is a very exciting young arm.
A sixth-round pick in 2014, Cease made his pro debut last year for the rookie-level Cubs after missing 2014 following Tommy John surgery. With 25 strikeouts and a .145 BAA in 24 innings, he holds some promise. However, he walked 16 and hit two more, so he has a long way to go. He's still just 20 though, so he has time and the Cubs will be patient with him. Cease has a very high ceiling (he can touch 100 mph), but he's a risk given his prior elbow problems and control issues. However, that frontline upside makes him someone worth gambling on in dynasty leagues that roster 200 prospects. He may not make it to a full-season league in 2016, but the training wheels should come off in 2017, at which point he could start cruising up the organizational ladder.
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Serves up two homers in matinee
PChicago White Sox
July 28, 2020
Cease (0-1) took the loss against Cleveland in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader after allowing four runs on seven hits and zero walks while recording one strikeout over 2.1 innings.
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Scheduled start postponed
PChicago White Sox
July 27, 2020
Cease won't start Monday in Cleveland as the game has been postponed due to rain, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Throws Monday
PChicago White Sox
July 6, 2020
Cease threw live batting practice Monday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Learns from first season
PChicago White Sox
May 8, 2020
Cease is looking to build off his first season in the majors and will introduce a tweak to his mechanics, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.
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Third time no charm
PChicago White Sox
March 10, 2020
Cease allowed three runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out three over three-plus innings in Monday's spring game against the Reds.
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