Dylan Cease
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Out
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 10/21/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Diagnosed with mild strain
PChicago White Sox
Hamstring
September 28, 2019
Cease was diagnosed with a Grade 1 (mild) hamstring strain.
ANALYSIS
He did not make his scheduled start Thursday due to the injury, and clearly won't be able to pitch again this season. His recovery timeline is 2-to-4 weeks, so he should have a normal offseason.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
97
Last 10 Games
96
Last 5 Games
93
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 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .285 164 35 18 41 10 0 9
Since 2017vs Right .257 162 46 17 37 3 2 6
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
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-28%
ERA on Road
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-28%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.82 1.81 34.1 2 4 0 8.9 5.5 2.1
Since 2017Away 4.89 1.32 38.2 2 3 0 10.9 3.3 1.6
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 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 this season's data (min 70 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
2.31
 
K/9
10.0
 
BB/9
4.3
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
96.5 mph
 
ERA
5.79
 
WHIP
1.55
 
BABIP
.335
 
GB/FB
1.60
 
Left On Base
67.4%
 
Exit Velocity
87.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.7%
 
Spin Rate
2399 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.3%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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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Done for season
PChicago White Sox
Hamstring
September 26, 2019
Cease (hamstring) won't pitch again this season, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Diagnosed with hamstring strain
PChicago White Sox
Hamstring
September 26, 2019
Cease was scratched from Thursday's start against the Indians due to a left hamstring strain.
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Scratched from Thursday's start
PChicago White Sox
Undisclosed
September 26, 2019
Cease has been scratched from Thursday's start against the Indians for unknown reasons.
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Fans eight in win
PChicago White Sox
September 21, 2019
Cease (4-7) struck out eight and picked up the win in Friday's 10-1 rout of the Tigers, allowing one run on five hits and two walks over six innings.
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Strong effort in no-decision
PChicago White Sox
September 15, 2019
Cease didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Mariners, giving up one run on three hits and three walks over five innings while striking out five.
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