Nick Wittgren
Nick Wittgren
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Wittgren led Cleveland in holds with 10 in 2020, two more than James Karinchak. His K-BB% increased to 22.4, a top-40 mark among qualified relievers. So, is Wittgren perhaps a sneaky candidate to close over Karinchak? It's not completely out of the question, but it's not likely. For as solid as Wittgren has been since joining Cleveland, he has also been prone to the long ball with a HR/9 over 1.50 each of the past two seasons. He has respectable strikeout rates but nothing close to the same level of dominance as Karinchak. It's also telling that Wittgren did not get a save last year. He's a nice reliever, but the homer problems make it tough to envision him closing consistently. Manager Terry Francona would be playing with fire. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#448
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$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Indians in December of 2020.
Earns win in relief
PCleveland Indians
May 5, 2021
Wittgren (2-1) earned the win Wednesday against the Royals after pitching a scoreless inning with three strikeouts.
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Wittgren tossed 10 of his 17 pitches for strikes en route to his second win of the campaign, and he struck out the side -- retiring Jorge Soler, Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn in order. The 29-year-old righty has recorded a victory in each of his last two outings while extending his streak of scoreless appearances to four. He owns a 5.79 ERA across 9.1 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Nick Wittgren 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 Nick Wittgren generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .217 156 40 12 31 8 0 7
Since 2019vs Right .206 212 57 12 40 8 0 9
2021vs Left .278 20 4 2 5 2 0 1
2021vs Right .174 26 7 2 4 0 0 1
2020vs Left .143 46 13 3 6 2 0 1
2020vs Right .237 45 13 2 9 1 0 3
2019vs Left .241 90 23 7 20 4 0 5
2019vs Right .203 141 37 8 27 7 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-60%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-38%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.31 1.04 49.0 4 2 4 9.2 2.4 1.8
Since 2019Away 2.95 1.03 42.2 5 0 1 9.9 2.3 1.3
2021Home 6.35 1.06 5.2 0 1 1 7.9 3.2 3.2
2021Away 4.76 1.24 5.2 2 0 0 9.5 3.2 0.0
2020Home 1.59 0.71 11.1 0 0 0 10.3 0.8 0.8
2020Away 3.97 1.06 11.1 2 0 0 10.3 3.2 2.4
2019Home 3.38 1.16 32.0 4 1 3 9.0 2.8 2.0
2019Away 2.10 0.97 25.2 1 0 1 9.8 1.8 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Nick Wittgren 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 2019 data (min 30 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
2.75
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
5.56
 
WHIP
1.15
 
BABIP
.250
 
GB/FB
1.45
 
Left On Base
58.8%
 
Exit Velocity
82.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.8%
 
Spin Rate
2048 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2017
Wittgren was traded to the Indians prior to the season after he was surprisingly designated for assignment by the Marlins despite posting a strong 2.94 ERA in 33.2 innings for the team in 2018. The righty established himself as one of Cleveland's more reliable relievers following his promotion to the majors in mid-April, finishing with a 2.81 ERA, 12 holds and four saves -- second most on the team -- in 57.2 innings. Wittgren did well to limit free passes, which led to a career-best 1.08 WHIP, and he posted a respectable 26.0 K% despite his lackluster 9.0 SwStr%. He doesn't check out quite as well under the hood as he allowed a lot of loud contact (1.6 HR/9) and benefitted from a high left-on-base rate (83.3%), which helps explain his 4.17 FIP. Wittgren will return to a setup role in 2020, forming a strong bridge to the ninth alongside the likes of James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase.
Wittgren carved out a nice role for himself in the Marlins' pen last season after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans in late May. He finished the season with a strong 3.14 ERA. The right hander succeeded in large part due to his marginal walk rate of just 1.74 BB/9, which negated his rather low 7.32 K/9 strikeout rate. He has the track record to back up his 2016 performance as well, with his walk rate never topping 2.00 BB/9 prior to 2016. Barring an injury or significant regression, Wittgren will begin the 2017 season in Miami, where he could see more high leverage situations if he starts off strong. He had six holds and two blown saves with the Marlins in 2016. He has closed out games in the past, with seasons of 25, 20 and 19 saves in the three seasons prior to 2016.
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Notches win Tuesday
PCleveland Indians
May 4, 2021
Wittgren (1-1) pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn the win in Tuesday's 7-3 victory over Kansas City.
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Back from paternity leave
PCleveland Indians
April 28, 2021
Cleveland reinstated Wittgren (personal) from the paternity list Wednesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Heads to paternity list
PCleveland Indians
Personal
April 26, 2021
Cleveland placed Wittgren on the paternity list Monday.
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Takes loss Thursday
PCleveland Indians
April 23, 2021
Wittgren (0-1) was charged with the loss Thursday after giving up two runs on two hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning versus the Yankees.
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Scoreless inning for hold
PCleveland Indians
April 17, 2021
Wittgren pitched a scoreless seventh inning with one hit and one strikeout to earn a hold in Saturday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Reds.
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