Zach Plesac
Zach Plesac
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Indians
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
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#70
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$Signed a contract with the Indians in June of 2016.
Allows four runs in no-decision
PCleveland Indians
September 24, 2020
Plesac gave up four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over 6.2 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Yolmer Sanchez got to Plesac for a homer, but Plesac was otherwise sharp until he ran out of gas in the seventh, when he gave up a three spot. Plesac broke team protocols earlier this season and was subsequently optioned to the alternate site, but on the field he's been marvelous (2.28 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 57:6 K:BB in 55.1 innings). The 25-year-old righty lines up to slot in directly behind ace Shane Bieber in the postseason rotation for Cleveland.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
97
Last 10 Games
97
Last 5 Games
96
How many pitches does Zach Plesac generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .212 299 61 23 58 10 2 11
Since 2018vs Right .230 382 84 23 82 20 1 16
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
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.56 1.12 81.0 6 2 0 7.3 2.4 1.3
Since 2018Away 3.10 1.06 90.0 6 6 0 7.9 2.4 1.5
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
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
9.50
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
1.0
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
2.28
 
WHIP
0.80
 
BABIP
.232
 
GB/FB
1.06
 
Left On Base
91.5%
 
Exit Velocity
81.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
1974 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.7%
 
Swinging Strike
14.4%
 
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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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Dominant effort against Tigers
PCleveland Indians
September 19, 2020
Plesac (4-2) earned the win over the Tigers on Friday, allowing five hits and one walk over 7.2 scoreless innings. He struck out 11.
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Burned by long ball
PCleveland Indians
September 12, 2020
Plesac (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five across seven innings to take the loss Saturday against the Twins.
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Stifles Royals for third win
PCleveland Indians
September 7, 2020
Plesac (3-1) picked up the win in Monday's 5-2 victory over the Royals, allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out four without walking a batter.
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Earns win in return
PCleveland Indians
September 1, 2020
Plesac (2-1) allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks while striking out six across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Royals.
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Called up ahead of start
PCleveland Indians
September 1, 2020
Plesac was recalled as expected ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday against the Royals.
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