Sean Poppen
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins AAA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Poppen was an unheralded prospect at the start of last season, yet he rose from Double-A to the majors based on a strong strikeout rate (10.6 K/9 at Triple-A and 12.4 K/9 at Double-A). He'll need to improve his control to stick in the majors as he walked 49 batters in 98 innings across three levels last season. He'll likely begin the season in the Triple-A rotation, but has an outside shot to win a long-relief role in the big league bullpen this spring. Read Past Outlooks
Optioned to minors
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 26, 2020
Poppen was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Prior to the suspension of spring training, Poppen compiled a 3.00 ERA and 10:3 K:BB across nine innings. It remains to be seen whether Poppen will work as a starter or reliever in the minors.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
34
Last 10 Games
34
Last 5 Games
34
How many pitches does Sean Poppen generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
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121+
What part of the game does Sean Poppen generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-73%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-73%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .111 13 3 4 1 1 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .409 23 6 1 9 2 1 1
2019vs Left .111 13 3 4 1 1 0 0
2019vs Right .409 23 6 1 9 2 1 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.75 2.25 4.0 0 0 0 4.5 9.0 0.0
Since 2017Away 8.31 1.38 4.1 0 0 0 14.5 2.1 2.1
2019Home 6.75 2.25 4.0 0 0 0 4.5 9.0 0.0
2019Away 8.31 1.38 4.1 0 0 0 14.5 2.1 2.1
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Sean Poppen compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
1.80
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
7.56
 
WHIP
1.80
 
BABIP
.383
 
GB/FB
3.67
 
Left On Base
58.8%
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.1%
 
Spin Rate
2050 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
54.5%
 
Swinging Strike
10.5%
 
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More Fantasy News
Sharp in spring debut
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 22, 2020
Poppen threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and reached 94 mph on the radar gun in Saturday's spring training win over Pittsburgh.
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Could contend for bullpen role
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Elbow
February 16, 2020
Poppen may begin the spring a little behind the other starters as he comes back from an elbow injury, but he could compete for a long-relief role, MLB.com reports.
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Transferred to 60-day IL
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Elbow
September 1, 2019
Poppen (elbow) was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday and transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right elbow contusion.
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Heads to MiLB IL
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Elbow
August 13, 2019
Poppen was placed on the 7-day injured list Tuesday with a right elbow contusion, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Bumped off active roster
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
August 1, 2019
The Twins optioned Poppen to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.
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