Scott Barlow

Scott Barlow

28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Barlow led MLB with 32 appearances in 2020, all in relief. He compiled 30 innings, pitching better than his 4.20 ERA suggests. Barlow's xFIP was 3.30 with a 3.04 SIERA. His 31.2 K% was a career best while a 7.2 BB% was a significant improvement over 2019's 11.9% mark. Despite the solid peripherals, Barlow only logged two saves. He was second on the Royals with seven holds. The righty throws a 95-mph fastball but it's his curveball and slider doing most of the heavy lifting. The only crack in Barlow's armor is a career .330 BABIP, although 115.1 innings isn't nearly enough to establish a baseline. The Royals brought back Greg Holland, leaving Barlow as part of the bridge to the ninth. With an excellent strikeout rate supported by the underlying metrics and a high volume of innings, Barlow is a nice pick in leagues favoring dominant relievers to add punchouts and protect ratios. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Royals in December of 2017.
Allows run but earns save
PKansas City Royals
September 26, 2021
Barlow gave up a run on two hits and two walks while striking out three in one inning to earn the save in Sunday's 2-1 win over Detroit.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander's 16th save of the year wasn't all that sweet, but he was able to strike out Harold Castro with the bases loaded to preserve the lead. Barlow has rarely made mistakes on the mound with a 2.49 ERA across 72.1 innings. He's added a 1.22 WHIP and 89:28 K:BB while logging 16 saves and 14 holds in 69 appearances. He should end the year as the head of Kansas City's closer committee.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Scott Barlow generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Scott Barlow generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .254 321 91 37 70 12 1 9
Since 2019vs Right .219 417 130 37 82 26 3 5
2021vs Left .235 134 38 16 27 3 0 3
2021vs Right .214 172 53 12 34 14 0 1
2020vs Left .228 65 19 6 13 2 0 3
2020vs Right .264 57 19 3 14 3 0 1
2019vs Left .288 122 34 15 30 7 1 3
2019vs Right .209 188 58 22 34 9 3 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.60 1.24 85.0 8 4 8 10.0 3.3 0.6
Since 2019Away 3.35 1.36 88.2 2 3 11 12.9 4.4 0.8
2021Home 2.13 1.18 38.0 4 1 7 9.0 2.6 0.5
2021Away 2.72 1.21 36.1 1 2 9 13.1 4.2 0.5
2020Home 4.91 0.89 14.2 1 1 1 10.4 0.6 1.2
2020Away 3.77 1.60 14.1 1 0 1 13.2 5.0 1.3
2019Home 4.73 1.45 32.1 3 2 0 10.9 5.3 0.6
2019Away 3.79 1.42 38.0 0 1 1 12.6 4.3 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Scott Barlow 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 2019 data (min 30 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
3.25
 
K/9
11.0
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
95.4 mph
 
ERA
2.42
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
1.09
 
Left On Base
82.7%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.8%
 
Spin Rate
2366 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.7%
 
Swinging Strike
15.8%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Pitchers gain and lose velocity all the time, but it's pretty rare for a pitcher to gain three-and-a-half ticks from one season to the next without a role change, as Barlow did. He pitched 15 innings out of the bullpen for the Royals in 2018, averaging 90.6 mph on his four-seam fastball. Last season, Barlow pitched 70.1 relief innings and averaged 94.1 mph. Barlow saw a similar increase on his slider and threw the breaking ball more often. The result was a four-percentage-point jump in swinging-strike rate and a corresponding spike in K-rate to 29.7%. With more breaking balls, Barlow's Zone% fell dramatically and his walk rate spiked, but the tradeoff worked. He finished second on the team in holds with 14 and projects to open 2020 as the Royals' top right-handed setup man in front of closer Ian Kennedy.
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Notches 15th save
PKansas City Royals
September 25, 2021
Barlow recorded his 15th save of the season in Friday's 3-1 win over the Tigers, working a perfect ninth inning without striking out a batter.
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Comes away with 14th save
PKansas City Royals
September 21, 2021
Barlow recorded his 14th save of the season in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against Cleveland, giving up a run on one hit while striking out two in the seventh inning.
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Picks up save, walks two
PKansas City Royals
September 15, 2021
Barlow picked up the save Tuesday against Oakland after tossing a scoreless inning, walking two.
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Secures save No. 12
PKansas City Royals
September 13, 2021
Barlow allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to record his 12th save of the year in a 5-3 win over the Twins on Sunday.
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Nails down 11th save
PKansas City Royals
September 6, 2021
Barlow gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his 11th save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Orioles.
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