Eric Lauer
Eric Lauer
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Padres in June of 2018 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Effective in no-decision
PSan Diego Padres
May 16, 2019
Lauer limited the Pirates to two runs (one earned) on seven hits in 5.2 innings Thursday but did not factor in the decision. He struck out three and did not issue a walk.
It was a nice bounce-back game for Lauer after getting shelled in Colorado in his previous start, though it bears mentioning that he was facing a Pirates club ranked 28th in the league in scoring. Still, he was pulled one out away from a quality start and gave up fewer than two earned runs for the first time since his first outing of the season. He'll face Arizona on Tuesday in his next scheduled start.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .281 169 23 13 43 8 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .283 538 115 47 136 22 2 17
2019vs Left .259 57 8 3 14 2 0 1
2019vs Right .284 146 30 11 38 7 0 6
2018vs Left .293 112 15 10 29 6 0 4
2018vs Right .282 392 85 36 98 15 2 11
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2017Home 3.69 1.37 85.1 4 6 0 7.0 2.4 1.3
Since 2017Away 5.67 1.67 73.0 4 5 0 8.9 4.6 1.2
2019Home 3.04 1.35 26.2 1 2 0 6.1 2.0 1.0
2019Away 8.24 1.53 19.2 1 2 0 9.2 3.7 1.8
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Crushed in Coors
PSan Diego Padres
May 11, 2019
Lauer (2-4) took the loss Friday as the Padres got routed 12-2 by the Rockies, coughing up eight runs on eight hits and two walks over three-plus innings while striking out one.
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Pitches five innings in no-decision
PSan Diego Padres
May 3, 2019
Lauer allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Friday.
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Likely to make next start Friday
PSan Diego Padres
April 30, 2019
Lauer is expected to make his next start Friday against the Dodgers in San Diego, AJ Cassavell of reports.
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Can't escape sixth
PSan Diego Padres
April 27, 2019
Lauer struck out six and allowed two runs on two hits and three walks across 5.2 innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Saturday.
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Takes loss against Reds
PSan Diego Padres
April 20, 2019
Lauer (2-3) struck out five and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks across five innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.
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