Zack Littell
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Littell was a lightly-regarded 11th-round draft pick on his third organization before finding success at Triple-A with the Twins last season, which resulted in a late-season promotion to the majors. He had a 3.57 ERA and decent 8.3 K/9 at Triple-A. Littell struggled in the majors with a 6.20 ERA and just a 6.2 K/9. He has had command issues in the minors (3.4 BB/9 at Triple-A) and those issues were magnified in the majors (4.9 BB/9). He generates some groundballs (43.7%) and has average velocity (91.9 mph), but isn't outstanding enough in any area to project much upside. He'll likely just add rotation depth at Triple-A or work in low-leverage spots out of the bullpen, where he could add a couple ticks to his fastball. Read Past Outlooks
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Sent to Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
August 19, 2019
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He logged 6.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and one walk in five appearances during this latest stint in the majors. Look for him to rejoin the big-league bullpen when rosters expand in September.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .304 89 19 8 24 9 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .253 113 17 10 25 7 1 4
2019vs Left .256 42 11 3 10 2 0 1
2019vs Right .255 59 11 4 14 4 1 2
2018vs Left .350 47 8 5 14 7 0 1
2018vs Right .250 54 6 6 11 3 0 2
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
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-78%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.01 1.26 24.2 1 1 0 7.3 4.0 1.5
Since 2017Away 5.66 1.74 20.2 1 1 0 7.0 3.0 0.9
2019Home 1.35 0.90 13.1 1 0 0 9.5 2.7 1.4
2019Away 6.17 1.63 11.2 1 0 0 6.2 2.3 0.8
2018Home 7.15 1.68 11.1 0 1 0 4.8 5.6 1.6
2018Away 5.00 1.89 9.0 0 1 0 8.0 4.0 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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Stat Review
How does Zack Littell 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.
  • 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
3.14
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
3.60
 
WHIP
1.24
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.24
 
Left On Base
78.4%
 
Exit Velocity
93.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
11.3%
 
Spin Rate
2069 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
56.3%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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Dispatched to Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 21, 2019
Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's game against the Athletics, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Called up from Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 3, 2019
The Twins recalled Littell from Triple-A Rochester following Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Athletics, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Sent packing
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
June 28, 2019
Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Returns to majors
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
June 14, 2019
Littell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
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Sent to Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
June 2, 2019
The Twins optioned Littell to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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