Tanner Houck

Tanner Houck

25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Boston Red Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Few prospects covered more developmental ground at their team's alternate training site than Houck, who cleaned up his crossfire delivery to the point that he may be able to stick in the rotation. His gains were rewarded with a three-start run to close the year, during which he dominated the Braves, Yankees and Marlins. He utilizes a four-seamer and a sinking two-seamer, both of which sit in the low-90s and touch 95 mph. Houck threw his wipeout mid-80s slider 94 times (35% usage), recording 10 strikeouts with the pitch while surrendering zero hits. Houck's fastball/slider combo is effective enough that he might be able to get by without a viable third pitch, but the development of his splitter would go a long way toward him sticking in Boston's rotation for years to come. He should get a pretty long leash in 2021, given the Red Sox's lack of rotation depth. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#499
ADP
$Signed a $2.61 million contract with the Red Sox in June of 2017.
Earns win as long reliever
PBoston Red Sox
October 9, 2021
Houck (1-0) allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out five in five innings to earn the win against the Rays on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
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Houck entered Friday's contest after the Rays scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, and the right-hander held Tampa Bay in check while helping to preserve the rest of Boston's bullpen. The right-hander has lasted at least five innings in two of his last three appearances, and he was rewarded with the first postseason win of his career in Game 2 on Friday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
57
Last 10 Games
42
Last 5 Games
32
How many pitches does Tanner Houck generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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51-60
 
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121+
What part of the game does Tanner Houck generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .216 159 38 15 30 5 1 2
Since 2019vs Right .194 189 70 15 33 5 0 3
2021vs Left .231 137 33 11 28 4 1 2
2021vs Right .215 148 54 10 29 5 0 2
2020vs Left .111 22 5 4 2 1 0 0
2020vs Right .114 41 16 5 4 0 0 1
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.86 1.11 44.0 2 4 0 11.9 2.5 0.4
Since 2019Away 3.25 1.06 36.0 1 1 1 10.0 3.8 0.5
2021Home 3.32 1.18 38.0 1 4 0 12.8 2.1 0.5
2021Away 3.77 1.06 31.0 0 1 1 9.6 3.5 0.6
2020Home 0.00 0.67 6.0 1 0 0 6.0 4.5 0.0
2020Away 0.00 1.00 5.0 1 0 0 12.6 5.4 0.0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Tanner Houck 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
4.14
 
K/9
11.3
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
3.52
 
WHIP
1.13
 
BABIP
.330
 
GB/FB
1.69
 
Left On Base
63.5%
 
Exit Velocity
80.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2197 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.9%
 
Swinging Strike
13.6%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Red Sox tried to teach Houck a four-seam fastball in 2018, but it was flat, straight and ineffective, so they had him go back to using the two-seamer primarily last season. It was that pitch -- regarded as one of the best two-seam fastballs in the 2017 draft class -- that led Boston to take Houck 24th overall that year. With the change back to a more familiar approach, Houck was able to advance to Triple-A, and he enjoyed a good deal of success out of the bullpen with Pawtucket, holding opponents to a .202 average in his 25 innings with the top affiliate. He allowed just a 12.5% line-drive rate at Triple-A. His walk rate spiked with the jump in levels and the strikeout rates have been modest so far in his professional career, but Houck is now a step away and could theoretically rise fast up the ranks in Boston's largely unsettled bullpen.
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Starting Saturday
PBoston Red Sox
October 2, 2021
Houck will start Saturday's game against the Nationals, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Shifting to bullpen
PBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2021
Houck will be available out of the bullpen as early as Saturday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Falls to 0-4
PBoston Red Sox
September 10, 2021
Houck (0-4) allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks over 3.2 innings Friday, striking out one batter and taking a loss against the White Sox.
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Stellar through five
PBoston Red Sox
September 4, 2021
Houck allowed three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts through five scoreless innings, taking a no-decision in Saturday's 4-3 win over Cleveland.
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Wild in no-decision
PBoston Red Sox
August 29, 2021
Houck took a no-decision versus Cleveland on Sunday. He allowed three runs on one hit, four walks and three hit batters while striking out three over 5.1 innings.
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