Matt Strahm
Matt Strahm
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Strahm ranked among relief leaders over the final two months of 2016 with a 1.23 ERA and 30 strikeouts across 22 innings. After struggling to begin 2017, Strahm rebounded in May (2.08 ERA) before ultimately going down with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. The Padres acquired him soon after the diagnosis, and he's expected to be ready sometime during spring training. A healthy Strahm should receive another look as a starter in another pitcher-friendly atmosphere. Though the 26-year-old's strikeout upside makes him worth a stash in some leagues, poor control (5.2 BB/9 in 56.2 career innings) and possibly limited pitch counts might prevent him from taking a significant step forward as a starter in 2018. He would probably enjoy more immediate success in another high-impact bullpen role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $507,500 contract with the Royals in March of 2016.
Could start next year
PSan Diego Padres
September 19, 2018
Strahm will be given the chance to compete for a rotation spot in spring training, AJ Cassavell of reports. "I'm showing up to camp as a starter," Strahm said. "I'm going to come in, hopefully get an opportunity to compete for one of those five spots. As soon as Oct. 1 hits, I'm preparing myself as a starter."
He was treated with kid gloves this year -- his first season back from Tommy John surgery -- but he has the stuff to start, and it sounds like the Padres will turn him loose in 2019. His catcher, Austin Hedges, says Strahm has four plus pitches. However, he hasn't been able to fully take advantage of that impressive arsenal out of the bullpen, as he typically can get through an inning or two by just relying on his mid-90s fastball and wipeout slider. A 6-foot-3 southpaw who turns 27 this offseason, Strahm has logged a 2.03 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 57.2 innings this season, so the Padres know they have an elite reliever on their hands as a fallback option. If he makes the rotation out of camp, he could surpass 100 innings for the first time since 2016. Strahm flies a little under the radar, but could make for an excellent speculative play at the end of drafts next spring.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .257 135 37 17 29 2 1 4
Since 2016vs Right .173 336 95 34 51 13 0 8
2018vs Left .254 70 18 9 15 1 1 3
2018vs Right .150 159 47 9 22 7 0 3
2017vs Left .233 39 12 7 7 0 0 1
2017vs Right .237 115 25 15 23 5 0 5
2016vs Left .292 26 7 1 7 1 0 0
2016vs Right .118 62 23 10 6 1 0 0
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Since 2016Home 2.41 0.97 52.1 2 4 0 10.1 3.6 0.7
Since 2016Away 3.34 1.29 61.0 5 7 0 10.6 4.4 1.2
2018Home 2.30 0.91 27.1 1 1 0 9.2 3.3 1.0
2018Away 1.78 0.99 30.1 2 3 0 11.0 2.4 0.9
2017Home 3.45 1.15 15.2 1 1 0 9.8 4.0 0.6
2017Away 7.11 1.79 19.0 1 4 0 9.5 7.1 2.4
2016Home 0.96 0.86 9.1 0 2 0 13.5 3.9 0.0
2016Away 1.42 1.26 12.2 2 0 0 11.4 5.0 0.0
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How does Matt Strahm 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.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
It was reasonable to view Strahm as the Royals' top pitching prospect prior to his callup at the end of July, given Kyle Zimmer's recurring shoulder issues. However, Strahm had so much success as a reliever following his promotion that the Royals may simply see an elite late-inning arm who they have under control for six more years and be satisfied. Among relievers that threw 20-plus innings last year, Strahm ranked fifth in ERA (1.23), eighth in FIP (2.06) and 16th in strikeout rate (34.1 percent). The move to the bullpen certainly allowed his stuff to play up, as he was comfortably sitting in the mid-90s and touching 97 mph with his fastball in relief after sitting at 91-92 mph as a starter. Not surprisingly, his changeup and curveball both play quite nicely off 95 from the left side. His floor has been established as a shutdown setup man. Whether the Royals decide to get greedy and attempt to turn Strahm into a mid-rotation arm is to be determined.
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Works in long relief
PSan Diego Padres
July 16, 2018
Strahm tossed three innings in relief Sunday in the Padres' 7-4 loss to the Cubs. He gave up one unearned run on one hit and a walk and didn't strike out a batter.
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Nabs win in relief
PSan Diego Padres
June 27, 2018
Strahm struck out two as part of a scoreless seventh inning Tuesday and was credited with his second win of the season in the Padres' 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
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Starts impromptu bullpen game
PSan Diego Padres
June 24, 2018
Strahm unofficially started Saturday's contest against the Giants after Jordan Lyles (forearm) felt tightness in his arm prior to the start of the game.
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Puts together solid performance
PSan Diego Padres
June 17, 2018
Strahm allowed no runs on one hit while striking out five across 2.2 innings Sunday against the Braves. He didn't factor into the decision.
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Slated to start another bullpen game Sunday
PSan Diego Padres
June 16, 2018
Strahm will start Sunday against the Braves.
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