Zach Plesac
Zach Plesac
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Indians
10-Day IL
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Est. Return 7/4/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Fantasy players are excited about Plesac. He looked like one of the top up-and-coming starters in the game in 2020, going 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 55.1 innings. He paired a 27.7 K% with a minuscule 2.9 BB% while holding opposing hitters below the Mendoza Line combined. It was not all good, however, as Plesac violated COVID-19 protocols, got sent home and subsequently spent time at Cleveland's alternate training site. Plesac's fastball is rather hittable, but he has a great swing-and-miss slider and enjoyed great results with his changeup as well last season. Perspective is important; Plesac was mostly an afterthought at this time last year, his FIP was a run worse than his ERA -- he had a 91.7 LOB% -- and the question is how much, not if, his walk rate will regress. The early market has him just outside the top 15 starting pitchers. It's quite the leap of faith based on eight starts. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a contract with the Indians in June of 2016.
Bullpen on tap
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June 17, 2021
Plesac (thumb) will throw a bullpen Friday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Plesac resumed throwing last week, and he'll throw off a mound in hopes that he could begin a rehab assignment in the next few weeks. It's not clear how many pitches the right-hander is expected to throw Friday, but it's encouraging to see him resume mound work. A timetable for his return to major-league game action hasn't yet been established.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
88
Last 10 Games
88
Last 5 Games
96
How many pitches does Zach Plesac generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Zach Plesac generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .216 407 80 32 80 14 3 13
Since 2019vs Right .226 509 103 26 108 23 1 23
2021vs Left .224 108 19 9 22 4 1 2
2021vs Right .213 127 19 3 26 3 0 7
2020vs Left .205 92 24 4 18 1 1 4
2020vs Right .180 114 33 2 20 4 0 4
2019vs Left .216 207 37 19 40 9 1 7
2019vs Right .253 268 51 21 62 16 1 12
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.53 1.03 112.1 7 3 0 7.1 1.9 1.3
Since 2019Away 3.53 1.11 117.1 9 8 0 7.3 2.6 1.5
2021Home 3.45 0.80 31.1 1 1 0 6.3 0.6 1.1
2021Away 4.94 1.28 27.1 3 2 0 5.3 3.3 1.6
2020Home 2.08 0.74 21.2 1 0 0 9.1 0.8 0.8
2020Away 2.41 0.83 33.2 3 2 0 9.4 1.1 1.6
2019Home 4.10 1.26 59.1 5 2 0 6.7 3.0 1.5
2019Away 3.51 1.19 56.1 3 4 0 7.0 3.2 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Zach Plesac 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
3.17
 
K/9
5.8
 
BB/9
1.8
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.4 mph
 
ERA
4.14
 
WHIP
1.02
 
BABIP
.234
 
GB/FB
1.73
 
Left On Base
65.4%
 
Exit Velocity
82.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.9%
 
Spin Rate
1925 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.5%
 
Swinging Strike
11.8%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Plesac opened the season at Double-A, but injuries to Cleveland's rotation allowed him to make his big-league debut at the end of May. While the right-hander finished his rookie campaign with respectable numbers -- going 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 21 starts -- he provided plenty of reasons to be skeptical about his ability to repeat that success, most of which are reflected in his 4.94 FIP and 5.13 SIERA. Plesac didn't miss many bats, evidenced by his 9.9% swinging-strike rate and 6.8 K/9, while the contact he allowed was often problematic. His 7.6 Barrel% coupled with his 39.1 GB% resulted in a 1.5 HR/9. He also benefitted from a 78.6% strand rate -- which is tough for a starting pitcher to sustain -- and a .258 BABIP, which isn't supported by his batted-ball profile. Plesac will compete for a spot in the Indians' rotation in 2020, though his upside is limited regardless of his role.
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Will start throwing this week
PCleveland Indians
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June 8, 2021
Plesac (thumb) will begin throwing later this week, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Will avoid surgery
PCleveland Indians
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May 26, 2021
Plesac (thumb) will not need surgery, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Fractured thumb after start
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May 25, 2021
Plesac (thumb) suffered his injury by hitting his thumb on a chair while "aggressively" removing his shirt after Sunday's start, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to injured list
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May 25, 2021
The Indians placed Plesac on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a non-displaced right thumb fracture, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Lasts 3.2 innings
PCleveland Indians
May 24, 2021
Plesac didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Twins after allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk while fanning one across 3.2 innings.
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