Yovani Gallardo
Yovani Gallardo
33-Year-Old PitcherSP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite having already pitched in 12 major-league seasons, Gallardo is still just entering his age-33 campaign. His last truly interesting year was 2012 (16 wins, 3.66 ERA, 9.0 K/9). Since then, he hasn't topped 7.2 K/9. In his past three seasons, he hasn't bested a 6.5 K/9, 4.1 BB/9 or a 5.42 ERA, and in 2018, his swinging-strike rate bottomed out at a mere 5.8%. While he uses five pitches frequently, none of them are particularly effective. Perhaps a team will use him to chew up innings, as the Reds and Rangers did in 2018. Maybe some pitching coach will discover the tweak that'll return him to prior glory -- or simply give him better results. We'll go out on a limb and bet against that happening. Gallardo's profile carries few promising signs, and with over 1,800 innings on his right arm, he might be squeezing out the final drops of his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in April of 2018.
Takes fifth straight loss
PTexas Rangers  
September 30, 2018
Gallardo (8-8) pitched 4.1 innings and took the loss Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three in the loss to Seattle.
The 2018 season couldn't have ended soon enough for Gallardo, who registered an abysmal 6.39 ERA and 58:47 K:BB across 94.1 innings this year. The 32-year-old ended the year on a five-start losing streak, allowing 19 runs in 21 innings during that span. Looking to 2019, Gallardo's best chance of securing a regular 25-man roster spot will likely be in a relief role.
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .256 490 78 58 109 28 1 16
Since 2017vs Right .300 510 74 49 136 20 7 22
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .254 203 30 24 45 12 1 6
2018vs Right .321 219 28 23 62 10 5 8
2017vs Left .257 287 48 34 64 16 0 10
2017vs Right .285 291 46 26 74 10 2 14
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Since 2017Home 5.82 1.51 116.0 7 6 1 6.0 3.7 1.8
Since 2017Away 6.19 1.62 109.0 6 12 0 6.2 4.9 1.2
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 5.22 1.52 50.0 5 2 0 5.4 4.0 1.4
2018Away 7.71 1.76 44.1 3 6 0 5.7 5.1 1.2
2017Home 6.27 1.50 66.0 2 4 1 6.4 3.5 2.0
2017Away 5.15 1.53 64.2 3 6 0 6.5 4.7 1.3
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A move from one of the league's best hitter's venues to one of the game's best for pitchers had no affect for Gallardo, as his 5.72 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with the Mariners last season are nearly identical to his number with the Orioles in 2016. Gallardo's velocity and swinging-strike rate ticked up a bit, though this wasn't reflected in his pedestrian 16 percent strikeout rate. The veteran right-hander's biggest issue was surrendering 24 homers in just 130.2 innings. Seattle declined Gallardo's $13 million club option, enabling the Brewers to bring him back to the place he toiled from 2007-2014. While the move back to the Senior Circuit should help, Miller Park won't. Gallardo's role with the Brewers is unclear, but he should be in the bullpen. In 16 innings as a reliever with Seattle, Gallardo sported a 1.69 ERA.
The Orioles featured one of the worst starting rotations in all of baseball in 2016, piecing together a collective 4.72 ERA on the year. And Gallardo was arguably the worst starter in a rotation that included the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley. In 23 starts, the veteran righty posted a 5.42 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 4.6 percent K-BB%, all career-worst marks. Once an effective innings eater, Gallardo was only able to make it through six innings in 10 of his 23 starts. Gallardo appears in line to fill a back-end spot in the Mariners' rotation following a January trade, but he's been trending in the wrong direction for the past several years and his days as a major league starter are probably winding down.
Gallardo had another typical season as a middle-of-the-rotation innings eater, posting 13 wins and a 3.42 ERA over 184.1 innings, though his 1.8 K/BB was the worst of his career by a pretty healthy margin, thanks in large part to his migration to the American League. His BABIP of .303 was just a tick above league average and he's been remarkably consistent in that area the last five seasons (between .296 and .303), so this may just be the form of what an AL Gallardo will look like. He signed with another AL team with an unfavorable home environment for pitchers in Baltimore, so a repeat of his 2015 numbers seems to be the best-case scenario this year.
After seeing his numbers decline two years in a row, Gallardo bounced back in 2014 with the lowest ERA of his career. He limited runs better than he ever had before and also finished with the lowest walk rate of his career, but Gallardo won just eight games and finished with the lowest strikeout rate of his career (6.8 K/9). At this stage of his career, the lack of strikeouts appears to be the byproduct of a new approach, as he's hovered around 7.0 K/9 in each of the past two seasons while inducing more groundballs (career-high 50.8% GB% in 2014) and thereby limiting the damage of home runs in the process. Traded to Texas in January, Gallardo will bring his durable arm to a more challenging home park, but his new approach may largely offset the change.
Though Gallardo was considered the Brewers’ ace heading into 2013, he hardly pitched like one for most of the year, finishing July with a 4.91 ERA. Pitching for Team Mexico in the WBC may have hurt his stamina and played a role in his struggles, as after landing on the disabled list in early August for two weeks, he averaged nearly an inning more per start and also posted a 2.41 ERA over his final eight games. Gallardo’s sharp drop in strikeout rate last season is concerning, but he should benefit from a normal spring training in 2014, and he has still averaged nearly a punchout per inning for his career.
Gallardo turned in another consistent season in 2012, making 30 starts and striking out at least 200 batters for the fourth consecutive year. He has yet to put together a top-five Cy Young season, but he has also been among the most effective pitchers in the National League since breaking in with the Brewers in 2007. Another productive season from Gallardo should be expected as he enters his age-27 season, but the lingering concern here surrounds his inability to maintain the improved walk rate he showed in 2011.
Gallardo had what was arguably the best season of his career in 2011. He was able to reduce his walk rate while keeping his strikeout rate at one per inning. His home-run rate jumped up from 2010, but keeping guys off base helped alleviate the damage of those long balls. Gallardo will again be one of Milwaukee's top starting pitchers in 2012, and he'll make a run at reaching the 200-strikeout mark for the fourth consecutive season.
Gallardo pitched very well in 2010, but it was still somewhat below expectations. Some of that may be due to a bit of bad luck since his ERA was well above his FIP of 3.14. Gallardo decreased his walk rate, cut his home-run rate in half and increased his GB/FB rate over the 2009 season, but ended with a higher ERA. He also struck out 200 batters and could push 20 wins this season if he gets a few breaks.
Gallardo had a solid season in 2009, striking out 204 batters with a 3.73 ERA. He wore down a little bit in the second half of the season, but that shouldn't have been unexpected for a young pitcher who only threw 24 innings the previous season. He needs to cut down on his walks before he can move up to an elite level, though he's still a very good pitcher on any fantasy team and has a high upside as the ace in Milwaukee.
Gallardo tore the ACL in his right knee at the end of April and didn't return until late September. Overall, he made four starts with a 1.88 ERA while striking out 20 in 24 innings. He'll turn 23 years old this offseason and may be flying under the fantasy radar of more than a few people. He's got top of the rotation potential and you may be able to get him at a discount because of his injury last season.
Gallardo seems to be on the verge of joining the elite pitchers of the National League. After a rough stretch in August, Gallardo went 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA in his last six starts of the season. Overall, he was 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 110.1 innings with 101 strikeouts. He had an outstanding 211:65 K:BB ratio combined between Triple-A and the majors. Gallardo will be a big part of the Milwaukee rotation in 2008 and beyond.
Gallardo had one of the best minor league seasons of any pitcher in 2006, going 11-5 with a 1.86 ERA in 155 innings between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville. The 21 year old actually pitched better at Double-A than at the lower level, striking out 85 and walking just 28 in 88.1 innings. The Brewers likely will start him in Triple-A and take it easy on their top pitching prospect. He might see some time in the majors in 2007 and then be part of the starting rotation to begin 2008.
Gallardo pitched very well in his first full season of pro baseball, posting a 2.75 ERA for low Single-A West Virginia.
Gallardo, the Brewers second round pick in the 2004 draft, breezed through the Arizona Rookie League with a 0.47 ERA in 19 1/3 innings pitched. He was bumped up to low Single-A Beloit for a few games where he struggled a little. He's a power pitcher who tops out in the mid 90s, but has a little bit of a funky delivery. He may get a chance to return to Beloit to start the season, depending on how he does this spring.
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Takes seventh loss
PTexas Rangers  
September 26, 2018
Gallardo (8-7) took the loss Tuesday, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two over 5.1 innings against the Angels.
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Takes loss against Rays
PTexas Rangers  
September 19, 2018
Gallardo (8-6) allowed three runs on eight hits in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday, recording three strikeouts and three walks in five innings.
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Loses second straight Wednesday
PTexas Rangers  
September 13, 2018
Gallardo (8-5) allowed six runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over three innings and was tagged with the loss to the Angels on Wednesday.
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Suffers loss Friday
PTexas Rangers  
September 7, 2018
Gallardo (8-4) took the loss against the Athletics on Friday, allowing five earned runs on six hits and five walks over 4.1 innings. He recorded three strikeouts.
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Records eighth win
PTexas Rangers  
September 1, 2018
Gallardo (8-3) allowed three earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one across five innings to earn the win Saturday against the Twins.
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