Erik Swanson
Erik Swanson
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired from New York in the James Paxton trade, Swanson will likely use a lot of his bullets at the big-league level this upcoming season. He split his 2018 between the Yankees' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, throwing 42.2 innings with Trenton and 72.1 frames with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander fared well at the highest level of the minor leagues, posting a 22.0 K-BB% and just a 17.9% line-drive rate. The numbers are less impressive when considering he was 24 years old, but the point is that he passed that last test and appears ready to graduate. Swanson is mostly a two-pitch guy (fastball/slider) and long term he may be better off as a multi-inning reliever, but it would make sense for the rebuilding Mariners to give him a chance to start in 2019. They will need rotation reinforcements when injuries inevitably hit. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
Opening Wednesday
PSeattle Mariners
July 17, 2019
Swanson will work as the opener Wednesday against the A's.
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Tommy Milone will pitch the bulk of the innings for Seattle in this contest, per Greg Johns of MLB.com. After failing as a big-league starter earlier in the season, Swanson has pitched three or fewer innings in each of his last nine appearances at Triple-A, but he has not had much success in that role either (6.98 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 20 strikeouts in 19.1 innings).
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .297 80 13 5 22 5 0 6
Since 2017vs Right .286 71 13 1 20 4 0 6
2019vs Left .297 80 13 5 22 5 0 6
2019vs Right .286 71 13 1 20 4 0 6
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-36%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-36%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 10.38 1.69 13.0 0 3 0 6.9 0.0 4.8
Since 2017Away 6.64 1.28 20.1 1 2 0 7.1 2.7 2.2
2019Home 10.38 1.69 13.0 0 3 0 6.9 0.0 4.8
2019Away 6.64 1.28 20.1 1 2 0 7.1 2.7 2.2
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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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Stat Review
How does Erik Swanson 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 this season's data (min 70 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
4.33
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
1.6
 
HR/9
3.2
 
Fastball
92.6 mph
 
ERA
8.10
 
WHIP
1.44
 
BABIP
.306
 
GB/FB
0.84
 
Left On Base
44.9%
 
Exit Velocity
92.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
12.7%
 
Spin Rate
2015 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
44.5%
 
Swinging Strike
9.2%
 
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Returns to majors
PSeattle Mariners
July 16, 2019
Swanson was recalled by the Mariners on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Demoted to minors
PSeattle Mariners
May 17, 2019
Swanson was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.
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Shelled by Twins
PSeattle Mariners
May 16, 2019
Swanson (1-5) gave up eight earned runs on nine hits over just three innings while taking the loss to the Twins on Thursday. He struck out three with no walks.
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Struggles through rough outing
PSeattle Mariners
May 10, 2019
Swanson (1-4) took the loss after giving up seven runs on seven hits while striking out four over 4.2 innings Friday night against the Red Sox.
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Earns first win
PSeattle Mariners
May 5, 2019
Swanson (1-3) tossed six shutout innings Sunday, allowing only one hit with three strikeouts and three walks while earning the win against the Indians.
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