Eric Lauer
Eric Lauer
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Entering rotation Friday
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 5, 2020
Lauer will start Friday's game against the Reds, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The 25-year-old entered summer camp in competition for a spot in the starting rotation, but a trip the injured list interrupted that opportunity and put him in the bullpen once he was activated. Lauer excelled in his lone relief appearance, delivering 2.2 scoreless frames while allowing only one hit and walk and recording six strikeouts. The left-hander threw 46 pitches in that outing and is unlikely to be fully stretched out, but he could still cover about four innings if he builds on that workload. Lauer's status in the rotation beyond Friday remains to be seen, as Brett Anderson's return from the injured list earlier this week brought the group back to full health.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
46
Last 10 Games
46
Last 5 Games
46
How many pitches does Eric Lauer generally throw?
 
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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 2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .311 281 42 22 79 18 0 10
Since 2018vs Right .262 884 202 76 207 38 2 25
2020vs Left .000 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .200 6 3 1 1 0 0 0
2019vs Left .331 165 24 12 50 12 0 6
2019vs Right .247 486 114 39 108 23 0 14
2018vs Left .293 112 15 10 29 6 0 4
2018vs Right .282 392 85 36 98 15 2 11
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2020
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2019
 
 
-49%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.46 1.34 137.2 7 8 0 7.3 2.7 1.1
Since 2018Away 5.33 1.57 126.2 7 9 0 9.4 4.0 1.3
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0.00 0.75 2.2 0 0 0 20.3 3.4 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
2018Home 3.99 1.38 58.2 3 4 0 7.4 2.6 1.4
2018Away 4.73 1.73 53.1 3 3 0 8.8 4.9 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Eric Lauer 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
6.00
 
K/9
20.3
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
92.7 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.75
 
BABIP
.397
 
GB/FB
0.00
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2338 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
12.5%
 
Swinging Strike
21.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
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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.
More Fantasy News
Shines in long relief
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 27, 2020
Lauer (COVID-19) worked 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Cubs, striking out six while permitting a base hit and a walk.
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Available out of bullpen Sunday
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 26, 2020
Lauer (COVID-19) was activated from the injured list and is available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Cubs, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Unlikely for Opening Day
PMilwaukee Brewers
Not Injury Related
July 20, 2020
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Lauer (not injury related) will report to the club's alternate training site in Appleton on Wednesday to pitch in an intrasquad game, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Set for intrasquad debut
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 19, 2020
Lauer will pitch one inning in Sunday's intrasquad game, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
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Confirms placement on COVID IL
PMilwaukee Brewers
Not Injury Related
July 12, 2020
Lauer confirmed Sunday that the Brewers placed him on the COVID-19 injured list, though the left-hander said he is healthy and expects to be ready to go for the start of the 2020 season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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