Eric Lauer
Eric Lauer
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After spending four years in the Padres' organization, Lauer was traded to the Brewers in November of 2019. Lauer started 52 games for the Padres over the two prior years, and Milwaukee was expecting him to bolster the back end of their rotation. That plan did not immediately come to fruition, as Lauer wound up appearing in only four games and was hit hard in both his starts. Lauer's fastball, while sitting in the low-90s, carried him in 2019, but was ineffective a year ago. He does bring four other pitches to the table, and the Brewers will be hoping to find the right mix moving forward. Despite last year's struggles, Lauer will have a chance to secure a spot in the Brewers' rotation. His 8.3 K/9 for his career isn't too shabby, but his ratios aren't too appealing to fantasy players. Read Past Outlooks
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#599
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$Traded to the Brewers in November of 2019.
Yields three runs in no-decision
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 20, 2021
Lauer allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over five innings in Sunday's win over the Rockies. He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.
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Lauer actually cruised through five shutout innings before a disastrous start to the sixth. He gave up three straight hits, including back-to-back homers by Yonathan Daza and Trevor Story, before he was lifted from the contest. The 26-year-old southpaw maintained his 1-3 record while his ERA bumped up to 5.21. He's given up 16 runs in as many innings over his last four outings. If he gets another turn in the rotation, Lauer could face Colorado again, this time at home, next weekend.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
73
Last 10 Games
73
Last 5 Games
83
How many pitches does Eric Lauer generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Eric Lauer generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-31%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .305 225 36 19 62 13 0 7
Since 2019vs Right .262 654 155 55 153 31 0 25
2021vs Left .200 46 9 6 8 0 0 1
2021vs Right .291 121 32 8 32 4 0 9
2020vs Left .333 14 3 1 4 1 0 0
2020vs Right .351 47 9 8 13 4 0 2
2019vs Left .331 165 24 12 50 12 0 6
2019vs Right .247 486 114 39 108 23 0 14
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-42%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-65%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-49%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.64 1.46 106.2 5 8 0 7.5 3.3 1.3
Since 2019Away 5.58 1.45 92.0 4 7 0 10.0 3.4 1.7
2021Home 6.43 1.57 21.0 1 2 0 9.0 3.9 2.1
2021Away 3.71 1.24 17.0 0 1 0 10.6 2.6 2.6
2020Home 17.55 2.85 6.2 0 2 0 5.4 6.8 2.7
2020Away 6.23 1.62 4.1 0 0 0 16.6 8.3 0.0
2019Home 3.08 1.32 79.0 4 4 0 7.3 2.8 0.9
2019Away 5.99 1.49 70.2 4 6 0 9.4 3.3 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Eric Lauer 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
2.93
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
2.4
 
Fastball
92.6 mph
 
ERA
5.21
 
WHIP
1.42
 
BABIP
.312
 
GB/FB
1.44
 
Left On Base
70.0%
 
Exit Velocity
80.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2256 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.5%
 
Swinging Strike
11.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Lauer saw an increased workload in 2019, logging 149.2 innings over 30 appearances (29 starts). He had a 4.45 ERA on the season and was much better at home (3.08) than on the road (5.99). The lefty will not have the luxury of pitching half his games at Petco Park in 2020 and will instead pitch in a much more hitter-friendly environment in Milwaukee following a trade to the Brewers. Regardless of home venue, Lauer's ceiling was always that of a back-end starter. He has a middling 91.9 mph average fastball, and while his slider has received good grades in the past, it has not translated to high swing-and-miss rates. The 24-year-old improved his walk rate last season, but it still sat at a mediocre 7.8% after a rough 9.1 BB% the year before. Lauer currently projects for a spot in the Opening Day rotation, but this skill set is fringe at best for a mixed league.
Lauer opened the eyes of the Padres brass in the spring but was still sent to Triple-A El Paso to open the 2018 campaign. A 3.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 18 innings prompted a callup after just three starts. Lauer was immediately inserted into the Padres' rotation where he toiled until late July when he was shelved with a forearm strain. Lauer returned a month later and finished the season strong, posting a 1.07 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 25 punchouts in 25.1 stanzas down the stretch. Lauer hopes to carry that momentum over to the spring where he'll be in a battle for a spot as a back-end starter for San Diego. To secure it, he'll need to improve his 8.6% swinging-strike rate, especially if he continues to walk batters at an above-average pace. The Padres' system is loaded with starting pitching prospects, ticketing Lauer for a long-term role as a swingman.
The Padres signed the Kent State lefty to a slightly under slot $2 million contract after selecting him with the No. 25 overall pick. He was dominant after entering pro ball, albeit in just 31 innings, primarily in the Northwest League. However, Lauer does not have a plus pitch, and his excellent numbers may oversell his long-term upside. He features a low-90s fastball, an above-average slider, and a changeup and curveball that could top out as average offerings. Additionally, he does not have the type of elite command needed to allow that arsenal to play up. Any organization would be happy to have a high-probability 6-foot-3 southpaw who should be able to pitch near the back of a big league rotation, but for fantasy dynasty leagues, that profile is a lot less exciting, especially when it comes with a lead time of two or three years.
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Awarded another start
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 18, 2021
Lauer will start Sunday's game against the Rockies in Colorado, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Walks four in loss
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 14, 2021
Lauer (1-3) was tagged with the loss Monday against the Reds after allowing four runs on five hits and four walks while fanning three across five innings.
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Serving as sixth starter
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 11, 2021
Lauer will serve at least temporarily as the Brewers' sixth starter and will get the ball Monday against the Reds, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Shifts to bullpen
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 10, 2021
Lauer tossed four innings of long relief Wednesday in the Brewers' 7-3 loss to the Reds, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out six.
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Mauled by Tigers
PMilwaukee Brewers
June 2, 2021
Lauer (1-2) took the loss Tuesday, surrendering seven runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over two-plus innings as the Brewers were downed 10-7 by the Tigers. He struck out five.
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