Brooks Raley

Brooks Raley

35-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Raley doesn't throw hard - he averages only 90.7 mph on his sinker - but continues to be one of the best in the league at limiting hard contact. The southpaw was one of Tampa Bay's most trusted relievers last season, tallying six saves and 22 holds while posting a 2.68 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 61:15 K:BB over a career-high 53.2 innings (60 appearances). He threw more sliders, sinkers and changeups with great success, relying less on his cutter that hasn't been effective in recent seasons. The 34-year-old only allowed three home runs all season for a career-best 0.5 HR/9, but that rate may be due for some regression since he's posted a 1.1 HR/9 or higher in every other season. Raley was traded to the Mets in December, where he immediately slots in as the top lefty in front of Edwin Diaz. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#594
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $8.75 million contract with the Rays in November of 2021. Traded to the Mets in December of 2022. Contract includes $6.5 million team option ($1.25 million buyout) for 2024.
Blows save, takes loss
PNew York Mets
August 1, 2023
Raley (0-2) blew the save and took the loss in Tuesday's 7-6 loss against the Royals. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and didn't record a strikeout over one-third of an inning.
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After handling ninth-inning duties in the Mets' last three contests, Raley took over in the 10th after Drew Smith was handed the ball for the ninth frame and turned in a scoreless inning. Entering the contest with a two-run lead, Raley was unable to secure the win, allowing back-to-back hits to tie the game before being pulled. With the Mets' closing job seemingly wide open following the departure of David Robertson, Tuesday's outing definitely won't help Raley's chances at earning more save chances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Brooks Raley generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Brooks Raley generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .204 266 90 16 49 10 0 5
Since 2021vs Right .218 394 96 40 75 13 1 8
2023vs Left .250 105 30 9 23 5 0 3
2023vs Right .189 131 30 16 21 6 0 1
2022vs Left .155 76 25 3 11 3 0 2
2022vs Right .208 143 36 12 26 3 1 1
2021vs Left .195 85 35 4 15 2 0 0
2021vs Right .259 120 30 12 28 4 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-27%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 2.66 1.09 81.1 2 2 7 10.3 3.2 0.4
Since 2021Away 4.14 1.20 76.0 2 5 4 11.1 3.2 1.1
2023Home 2.20 1.16 32.2 0 0 3 8.5 3.6 0.6
2023Away 3.68 1.41 22.0 1 2 0 12.3 4.9 0.8
2022Home 3.12 1.08 26.0 0 1 4 10.0 3.8 0.7
2022Away 2.28 0.87 27.2 1 1 2 10.4 1.3 0.3
2021Home 2.78 1.01 22.2 2 1 0 13.1 2.0 0.0
2021Away 6.49 1.37 26.1 0 2 2 10.9 3.8 2.1
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Stat Review
How does Brooks Raley 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
2.44
 
K/9
10.0
 
BB/9
4.1
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
89.9 mph
 
ERA
2.80
 
WHIP
1.26
 
BABIP
.300
 
GB/FB
1.22
 
Left On Base
78.9%
 
Exit Velocity
79.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.3%
 
Spin Rate
2590 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.0%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2014
2013
Raley has had a winding career path, as he struggled mightily in an initial stint in the majors, which came all the way back in 2012. In an increasingly familiar story, he signed in the KBO and resurrected his career across five seasons with the Lotte Giants. Now entering his third season of his second stint in the majors, Raley joined the Rays in the offseason and figures to serve a meaningful role in the team's bullpen. That possibility became even greater after Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks - both high-leverage arms - were placed on the 60-day injured list on Opening Day. Originally a starter, Raley's stuff has played up out of the bullpen since his return to the league, as he's posted a strikeout rate above 30 percent - and that mark spiked to 37 percent in 2021 - in each of the last three seasons. Home runs are the primary remaining blemish on his profile, as he's surrendered nine home runs in only 69 innings of work (1.2 HR/9) across his last two seasons. If he can keep the ball in the yard effectively, he could factor into the saves picture in Tampa Bay, though he'd likely fall behind at least Andrew Kittredge in terms of securing a high-leverage role.
Raley first reached the majors in 2012 with the Cubs, got injured the following year, was back in the minors the following season and then was in Korea from 2015-2019 working as a starting pitcher with a fair amount of success in the KBO. He came back to the majors in 2020, initially as a reliever for Cincinnati before being traded to Houston at the trade deadline. As a former starter, Raley can throw five different pitches, making him a bit unusual for a middle-relief lefty as his repertoire is not exactly situational. He certainly does not throw hard (around 90 mph on average), but throws a high-spin-rate fastball and curveballs and in the small sample size of 2020, did an outstanding job suppressing contact. In fact, his average exit velocity was in the 99th percentile. His fantasy value will come mostly in the form of vultured wins in the middle innings.
Raley spent most of the year as a mediocre starter for Triple-A Iowa, but all nine of his appearances for the Cubs saw him as a long reliever. While he has above-average control, Raley is too hittable to achieve sustained success at the high levels. He'll likely spend most of the year with Iowa again.
Raley made five starts for the Cubs last year and got shelled (8.14 ERA, 16:11 K:BB in 24.1 innings). His work at Double-A was passable before that, but at Triple-A not so much. He's left-handed, but throws his fastball in the high-80s, and at 24 he probably doesn't have a high major league ceiling assuming he even gets back there in 2013. Most likely, Raley will serve as organizational depth while trying to figure out hitters at Iowa again.
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Collects save No. 2
PNew York Mets
July 31, 2023
Raley picked up the save Sunday against the Nationals. He allowed one walk and struck out three over a scoreless inning.
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Steps in to notch save
PNew York Mets
July 28, 2023
Raley earned a save against the Nationals on Thursday, issuing one walk and striking out one batter in a scoreless inning.
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Collects 15th hold
PNew York Mets
July 1, 2023
Raley struck out the only two batters he faced Friday to record his 15th hold of the season in a loss to the Giants.
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Notches first save
PNew York Mets
May 21, 2023
Raley threw a perfect inning to earn a save over Cleveland during the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. He recorded a hold with a scoreless frame during the first game.
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Back from injured list
PNew York Mets
May 14, 2023
Raley (elbow) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list Sunday.
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