Trent Thornton
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thornton unexpectedly emerged as Toronto's most reliable starter in his rookie campaign, tying for the team lead with six wins while pacing the squad in starts (29), innings (154.1) and strikeouts (149). Although his 4.59 FIP was far from spectacular, he finished the season on a positive note, registering a 2.19 ERA over 24.2 innings in September. Thornton doesn't throw exceptionally hard and registered a modest 22.0 K% last season, but he ranks as one of the baseball's top pitchers at generating a high spin rate, particularly on his slider and curveball. The right-hander probably won't evolve into a true staff ace, but he could grow into a solid middle-of-the-rotation pitcher if he can improve his walk rate (8.9%) and do a better job of limiting home runs (1.4 HR/9). Thornton is likely to open 2020 in Toronto's starting rotation, but he hasn't yet earned a roster spot in most fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $581,900 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Undergoes elbow surgery
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
September 1, 2020
Thornton underwent surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow Tuesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Tommy John surgery appeared to be potentially on the table when it was reported Monday that Thornton was meeting with Dr. James Andrews, but the procedure he wound up undergoing was a different one. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2021 campaign.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
44
Last 10 Games
44
Last 5 Games
44
How many pitches does Trent Thornton generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Trent Thornton generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .254 363 82 33 82 21 3 13
Since 2018vs Right .288 347 73 31 89 11 1 11
2020vs Left .385 16 4 2 5 2 0 0
2020vs Right .625 17 2 1 10 1 0 0
2019vs Left .248 347 78 31 77 19 3 13
2019vs Right .270 330 71 30 79 10 1 11
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
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-98%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.61 1.41 67.1 3 6 0 10.0 3.6 1.6
Since 2018Away 4.66 1.51 92.2 3 3 0 7.8 3.6 1.2
2020Home 81.00 9.00 .666666 0 0 0 13.5 13.5 0.0
2020Away 1.80 2.40 5.0 0 0 0 9.0 3.6 0.0
2019Home 4.86 1.34 66.2 3 6 0 10.0 3.5 1.6
2019Away 4.83 1.46 87.2 3 3 0 7.7 3.6 1.2
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 Trent Thornton 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
2.00
 
K/9
9.5
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
11.12
 
WHIP
3.18
 
BABIP
.600
 
GB/FB
0.78
 
Left On Base
61.1%
 
Exit Velocity
84.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.8%
 
Spin Rate
2482 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.6%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Visiting Dr. James Andrews
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
August 31, 2020
Thornton (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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Done for season
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
August 27, 2020
The Blue Jays transferred Thornton (elbow) to the 45-day injured list Thursday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Goes on IL
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
August 24, 2020
The Blue Jays placed Thornton (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Monday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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Exits start with elbow injury
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
August 23, 2020
Thornton was removed early in his start Sunday against the Rays with right elbow inflammation. He worked around two hits and struck out two over a scoreless first inning before departing.
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Starting Sunday
PToronto Blue Jays
August 22, 2020
Thornton will start Sunday against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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