Zach Plesac

Zach Plesac

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Guardians
2022 Fantasy Outlook
This needs to be said right out of the gate: Plesac was forced to miss five weeks of the 2021 season after injuring his pitching thumb while aggressively ripping off his jersey after a rough outing. Pleasac did run into 10 wins and still pitched to a 1.20 WHIP, but that was offset by a 4.67 ERA and a ghastly drop in his strikeout rate that fell 11 full percentage points. The 24.8 K-BB% from 2020 fell down to 11.0% in 2021 and took him from fantasy sleeper to fantasy headache. His Statcast page has more blue ink than a Bic pen exploding in your shirt pocket, and most of that comes from how poorly his fastball performed (the league hit .326 off the pitch with a .626 SLG). He threw it 42% of the time and the expected stats validate the pitch's poor outcomes. These same warning signs were there heading into 2021, especially with his fastball. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#351
ADP
$Signed a contract with the Indians in June of 2016.
Quality start in no-decision
PCleveland Guardians
May 17, 2022
Plesac did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Reds, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings.
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The quality start was Plesac's second of the year. While the results were strong, Plesac was far from dominant, inducing only six swinging strikes on 95 pitches. He still has not topped four strikeouts in a game this season and his stellar 2020 short-season run is a distant memory at this point. With the amount of contact he allows, Plesac should be considered a high-risk option.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
85
Last 10 Games
85
Last 5 Games
89
How many pitches does Zach Plesac generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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91-100
 
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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 Zach Plesac generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .235 456 78 36 97 16 2 15
Since 2020vs Right .241 515 102 16 118 30 0 22
2022vs Left .274 83 10 7 20 1 0 4
2022vs Right .253 84 13 5 20 7 0 2
2021vs Left .234 281 44 25 59 14 1 7
2021vs Right .260 317 56 9 78 19 0 16
2020vs Left .205 92 24 4 18 1 1 4
2020vs Right .180 114 33 2 20 4 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.59 1.12 112.2 5 4 0 6.9 1.9 1.3
Since 2020Away 4.50 1.14 124.0 10 7 0 6.8 2.0 1.5
2022Home 3.52 1.43 23.0 1 2 0 5.5 3.1 1.6
2022Away 5.74 1.21 15.2 0 1 0 5.2 2.3 1.1
2021Home 4.10 1.13 68.0 3 2 0 6.6 1.9 1.3
2021Away 5.18 1.26 74.2 7 4 0 6.0 2.4 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
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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
1.92
 
K/9
5.4
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
91.3 mph
 
ERA
4.42
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.283
 
GB/FB
1.09
 
Left On Base
66.5%
 
Exit Velocity
83.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.3%
 
Spin Rate
1937 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.3%
 
Swinging Strike
8.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
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.
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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Coughs up five runs
PCleveland Guardians
May 9, 2022
Plesac yielded five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks over 6.1 frames in Monday's victory over the White Sox. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision.
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Handed loss Wednesday
PCleveland Guardians
May 5, 2022
Plesac dropped to 1-3 after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out four across five innings in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Padres in the first game of a doubleheader.
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Guardians-Padres rained out
PCleveland Guardians
May 3, 2022
Plesac and the Guardians won't face the Padres on Tuesday after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Cleveland, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Roughed up by Angels
PCleveland Guardians
April 28, 2022
Plesac (1-2) took the loss against the Angels on Wednesday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out two.
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Earns first win
PCleveland Guardians
April 21, 2022
Plesac (1-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out three across 6.2 innings to earn the win Thursday against the White Sox.
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