Trent Thornton
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
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.
Start vs. Phillies pushed back
PToronto Blue Jays
July 30, 2020
Thornton's scheduled start against the Phillies on Saturday has been postponed, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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The Phillies announced that a pair of staff members tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, prompting the team to shut down its stadium and postpone this weekend's series against the Blue Jays. It's unclear clear when Thornton will start next.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
74
Last 10 Games
74
Last 5 Games
74
How many pitches does Trent Thornton generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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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
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .250 354 79 32 79 19 3 13
Since 2018vs Right .279 343 73 31 85 11 1 11
2020vs Left .333 7 1 1 2 0 0 0
2020vs Right .500 13 2 1 6 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
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.86 1.34 66.2 3 6 0 10.0 3.5 1.6
Since 2018Away 4.71 1.51 91.2 3 3 0 7.7 3.6 1.2
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 2.25 2.50 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 4.5 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
1.50
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
4.5
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
92.4 mph
 
ERA
2.25
 
WHIP
2.50
 
BABIP
.491
 
GB/FB
1.50
 
Left On Base
90.0%
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
2521 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.1%
 
Swinging Strike
8.1%
 
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Early exit Monday
PToronto Blue Jays
July 27, 2020
Thornton didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 4-1 win over the Nationals, giving up one run on eight hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out three.
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Set to start Monday
PToronto Blue Jays
July 26, 2020
Thornton will start Monday's game against the Nationals, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Rotation spot secure
PToronto Blue Jays
July 19, 2020
Thornton is likely to begin the season as the Blue Jays' No. 4 starter with Chase Anderson (oblique) sidelined, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Frontrunner for fifth starter
PToronto Blue Jays
July 11, 2020
Thornton will likely begin the season as the Blue Jays' fifth starter, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Still likely No. 5 starter
PToronto Blue Jays
March 24, 2020
Thornton is still penciled into the No. 5 starter spot when the regular season begins.
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