Sam Gaviglio
Sam Gaviglio
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gaviglio was eyeing a spot in the Royals' rotation to start the season, but a horrendous spring training showing got him designated for assignment before the season started. The Blue Jays plucked him from Kansas City and, despite starting the season in Triple-A, he wound up spending nearly the entire year in the big-league rotation. The results were mixed. Gaviglio continued to exhibit decent control in the majors, as evidenced by his 2.8 BB/9. However, his strikeout rate was mediocre (7.6 K/9) and he gave up too many homers. Additionally, for every good start he made, he seemed to follow it up with an equally bad one. This inconsistency led to a 5.31 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. With brighter pitching prospects pushing for spots and established starters returning from injury, Gaviglio will have to put up good spring numbers to avoid a trip to the minors to start the season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in May of 2017. Waived by the Mariners in August of 2017. Claimed off waivers by the Royals in September of 2017.
Gets win in relief
PToronto Blue Jays
May 17, 2019
Gaviglio (3-0) picked up the win in Friday's 10-2 victory over the White Sox, giving up a hit and a walk over three scoreless innings of relief while striking out one.
Aaron Sanchez was forced from the game after three innings due to yet another blister, handing an easy win to Gaviglio after he entered the game with the Jays already up 9-2. The right-hander now has a sparkling 1,76 ERA and 30:4 K:BB through 30.2 innings over 15 appearances, giving him fantasy value in deeper AL-only formats despite his typically lower-leverage role.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .262 452 68 38 106 28 0 17
Since 2017vs Right .261 529 119 31 127 18 4 25
2019vs Left .191 52 9 4 9 2 0 1
2019vs Right .121 68 24 1 8 1 0 4
2018vs Left .279 252 37 20 63 15 0 9
2018vs Right .283 296 68 18 77 10 3 12
2017vs Left .258 148 22 14 34 11 0 7
2017vs Right .282 165 27 12 42 7 1 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 3.44 1.24 131.0 4 5 0 8.1 2.9 1.3
Since 2017Away 5.98 1.41 99.1 6 10 0 6.3 2.4 2.1
2019Home 3.18 0.76 17.0 0 0 0 10.1 1.1 2.1
2019Away 0.59 0.59 15.1 3 0 0 8.2 1.8 0.6
2018Home 3.41 1.22 71.1 2 3 0 8.6 2.6 1.1
2018Away 7.91 1.74 52.1 1 7 0 6.4 2.9 2.1
2017Home 3.59 1.45 42.2 2 2 0 6.5 4.0 1.3
2017Away 5.40 1.26 31.2 2 3 0 5.1 2.0 2.8
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Stat Review
How does Sam Gaviglio 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 this season's data (min 20 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.
    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.
89.0 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
86.8 mph
Spin Rate
2064 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gaviglio made two spot starts and two relief appearances in September for the Royals after he was claimed off waivers from Seattle. His body of work at Triple-A Tacoma (3.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 13 starts) was enough to lead the Mariners to use him for 12 appearances -- 11 starts -- last season, but his strikeout rate plummeted and his excellent Triple-A walk rate didn't carry over to his outings in the big leagues. In addition to the aforementioned good control he's demonstrated in the upper levels of the minors, Gaviglio has always been able to get plenty of outs on the ground. With minor-league options remaining, he can be stretched out and stashed at Triple-A as an extra starter if the Royals see a future for him in that role, but Gaviglio could just as easily end up in the bullpen as a situational reliever summoned to get out of jams with runners on base if that proves to be the immediate organizational need.
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Punches out three
PToronto Blue Jays
May 10, 2019
Gaviglio allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three over 2.2 innings Friday against the White Sox to record his second hold of the season.
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Outstanding relief effort
PToronto Blue Jays
April 20, 2019
Gaviglio (2-0) picked up the win Saturday, tossing four perfect innings of relief while striking out five in a 10-1 victory over the A's.
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Vultures win in Minnesota
PToronto Blue Jays
April 16, 2019
Gaviglio (1-0) gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win Monday over the Twins.
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Wins bullpen spot
PToronto Blue Jays
March 26, 2019
Gaviglio will open the season in the Blue Jays' bullpen, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Fans five against O's
PToronto Blue Jays
March 17, 2019
Gaviglio gave up two runs on two hits and a walk over 3.2 innings while striking out five in Saturday's spit-squad game against the Orioles.
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