Eric Lauer

Eric Lauer

26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Milwaukee Brewers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
It would have been easy to miss if he wasn't on any of your fantasy teams, but Lauer was quite valuable over his final 15 appearances. He logged a 2.23 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 80.2 innings -- a far cry from the 5.21 ERA and 1.42 WHIP he posted over his first nine appearances. Part of his success over the final three months can be attributed to easy matchups, including facing the Pirates a whopping four times over that stretch. Lauer threw five pitches (four-seamer, cutter, curveball, slider, changeup) over 10% of the time last season, but his improved results correlate with him significantly increasing his slider and curveball usage (his two best pitches by xwOBA) while dialing back his four-seamer and cutter. This is the pitcher the Brewers hoped they were getting along with Luis Urias in the deal that sent Trent Grisham and Zach Davies to San Diego. While Lauer doesn't have a sky-high ceiling, he is a good late-round target in mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#326
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$Signed a one-year, $2.43 million contract with the Brewers in March of 2022.
Done in by long ball
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 14, 2022
Lauer (3-1) gave up four earned runs on six hits and zero walks while striking out seven in five innings Saturday in Miami. He took the loss.
ANALYSIS
It's encouraging that in what might be his worst start of the season through six starts, Lauer still struck out enough batters to contribute something for fantasy. He has struck out 39 batters in 24.1 innings over his last four starts. This marked the first time all season he gave up more than one home run, as Jesus Aguilar, Jorge Soler and Brian Anderson all took him deep. Lauer lines up to face the Nationals at home next weekend.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
92
Last 10 Games
92
Last 5 Games
92
How many pitches does Eric Lauer generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
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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 2020
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .237 151 31 18 31 5 1 2
Since 2020vs Right .219 537 147 40 106 16 0 23
2022vs Left .222 20 7 2 4 1 0 1
2022vs Right .202 118 42 6 22 3 0 6
2021vs Left .228 117 21 15 23 3 1 1
2021vs Right .211 372 96 26 71 9 0 15
2020vs Left .333 14 3 1 4 1 0 0
2020vs Right .351 47 9 8 13 4 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-58%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-65%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.98 1.23 86.0 7 5 0 8.6 3.2 1.0
Since 2020Away 3.45 1.14 78.1 3 3 0 11.0 3.1 1.7
2022Home 1.38 0.92 13.0 2 0 0 11.1 1.4 1.4
2022Away 3.32 1.02 21.2 1 1 0 13.7 2.5 2.1
2021Home 3.12 1.13 66.1 5 3 0 8.4 3.3 0.8
2021Away 3.27 1.15 52.1 2 2 0 9.5 2.9 1.7
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
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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
6.13
 
K/9
12.7
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
2.60
 
WHIP
0.98
 
BABIP
.280
 
GB/FB
0.78
 
Left On Base
90.9%
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.2%
 
Spin Rate
2354 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.5%
 
Swinging Strike
14.7%
 
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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.
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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Sharp in third win
PMilwaukee Brewers
May 7, 2022
Lauer (3-0) picked up the win Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks over 6.1 innings in a 6-3 victory over Atlanta. He struck out eight.
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Fans 11 more batters
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 30, 2022
Lauer (2-0) got the win during Saturday's 9-1 victory over the Cubs, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts in seven innings.
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Fans 13 in no-decision
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 24, 2022
Lauer didn't factor into the decision during Sunday's 1-0 victory over Philadelphia, allowing five hits and a walk with 13 strikeouts in six scoreless innings.
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Cruises to first win
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 19, 2022
Lauer (1-0) picked up the win in Monday's 6-1 victory over the Pirates, allowing one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five.
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No-decision in season debut
PMilwaukee Brewers
April 13, 2022
Lauer gave up four runs -- three earned -- over 4.1 innings and did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's victory over the Orioles. He allowed three hits and posted a 5:2 K:BB in the contest.
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