Ben Brown

Ben Brown

24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired from the Phillies for David Robertson in a 2022 deadline deal, Brown has dealt with a fair share of arm injuries in his career, but he was able to break through and make his MLB debut early in his age-24 season. He has a powerful arsenal and stands an intimidating 6-foot-6, but a 15.8 percent walk rate last year at Triple-A raised concerns about his control, even while accounting for the automated balls and strikes system that led to inflated walk rates for Triple-A pitchers last season. Brown leans heavily on his 97 mph four-seamer and upper-80s power curveball, with his changeup serving as a below-average, seldom-used third pitch. He's also capable of throwing an above-average slider, although he has shelved that pitch early in his big-league career. Brown has a high strikeout ceiling on a per-start basis, but he carries significant long-term durability risk and still needs to prove he has the command to start long term in the majors. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2024.
Fares well in start
PChicago Cubs
May 23, 2024
Brown allowed one hit and two walks while striking out six over four scoreless innings in a no-decision versus Atlanta on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Brown did a fine job, throwing 42 of 66 pitches for strikes while working on three days' rest. He's started five of his 12 appearances this season and now has a 3.20 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 45:15 K:BB over 39.1 innings. Kyle Hendricks' struggles opened up this chance for Brown to start, but he could find himself back in the bullpen once Jordan Wicks (forearm) is cleared to return. In any case, Brown appears to be near the top of the list for the Cubs whenever they have an opening in the rotation to fill.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
51
Last 10 Games
52
Last 5 Games
53
How many pitches does Ben Brown generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Ben Brown generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2023
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2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .250 79 19 11 17 3 0 0
Since 2022vs Right .200 82 26 4 15 5 0 2
2024vs Left .250 79 19 11 17 3 0 0
2024vs Right .200 82 26 4 15 5 0 2
2023vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-84%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-84%
ERA at Home
2023
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 0.69 0.85 13.0 0 0 0 11.8 2.8 0.0
Since 2022Away 4.44 1.37 26.1 1 1 0 9.6 3.8 0.7
2024Home 0.69 0.85 13.0 0 0 0 11.8 2.8 0.0
2024Away 4.44 1.37 26.1 1 1 0 9.6 3.8 0.7
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Ben Brown 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
3.00
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
96.5 mph
 
ERA
3.20
 
WHIP
1.19
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
0.90
 
Left On Base
74.7%
 
Exit Velocity
85.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
2225 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.5%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Opening for MLB debut?
PChicago Cubs
March 28, 2024
Justin Steele is headed for the injured list after suffering a strained hamstring Thursday, per Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune, and Brown could be in the mix to fill the vacant rotation spot.
ANALYSIS
The 24-year-old righty was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in early March and never seemed to have much of a chance to make the Cubs' Opening Day roster, but he pitched well during spring training with just one run allowed and a 12:5 K:BB across 14 innings. Brown struggled upon being promoted to Triple-A Iowa last season with a 5.33 ERA in 22 outings, but his spring success and standing as a top prospect could put him on the radar for early-season starts with Chicago's rotation depth being tested.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
The Phillies sent Brown to the Cubs at the trade deadline in exchange for a couple months of David Robertson. It was a strong return for Chicago, as Brown has impactful stuff that should play well in relief at the very least. The 6-foot-6 righty has a plus curveball, above-average slider and mid-90s fastball, but his command and control were shaky at times, especially early last season. Over his final 19 outings, split across High-A and Double-A, Brown logged a 2.99 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 141:25 K:BB in 93.1 innings. With his power arsenal, Brown seems destined to either be a high-strikeout, mediocre-WHIP starting pitcher or a late-inning weapon. He is now on the 40-man roster, so it would make sense for him to reach the majors this summer in some role if he is pitching well in the upper minors.
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Drawing start Thursday
PChicago Cubs
May 23, 2024
Cubs manager Craig Counsell said that Brown will start Thursday's game against Atlanta at Wrigley Field, Tim Stebbins of MLB.com reports.
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Earns first MLB win in relief
PChicago Cubs
May 11, 2024
Brown (1-1) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in Friday's 7-2 victory over the Pirates. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six.
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Move to bullpen confirmed
PChicago Cubs
May 6, 2024
Cubs manager Craig Counsell said Monday that Brown will be available out of the bullpen for the team's three-game series against the Padres, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Headed to bullpen or Triple-A
PChicago Cubs
May 5, 2024
Brown isn't slated to start for the Cubs in their three-game series against the Padres that begins Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Better in no-decision
PChicago Cubs
May 2, 2024
Brown did not factor into the decision Thursday against the Mets, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out five.
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