Cole Sands

Cole Sands

26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Sands shuffled between Triple-A and the majors multiple times last season, working in a long-relief role with the Twins. He posted a respectable 3.74 ERA, but it was accompanied by an 8.7 K/9 and 5.5 BB/9. If he begins the season in the majors, he may end up splitting time between Triple-A and the big-league club again. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Twins in March of 2024.
Earns second win in relief
PMinnesota Twins
May 25, 2024
Sands (2-0) earned the win in Saturday's 5-3 win over Texas. He allowed no hits or walks while striking out two over two perfect innings.
ANALYSIS
It was a nice bounce-back outing from Sands after he allowed five earned runs on five hits and two walks over 2.1 innings over his prior three appearances. He was used in some high-leverage spots while Jhoan Duran was out for a month with a back injury, but Sands may be used earlier in games with Duran healthy.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
26
How many pitches does Cole Sands generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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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
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Cole Sands generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .250 175 42 19 37 7 0 6
Since 2022vs Right .255 212 48 14 49 12 0 6
2024vs Left .277 56 15 3 13 1 0 2
2024vs Right .222 88 26 4 18 4 0 2
2023vs Left .261 54 11 8 12 4 0 3
2023vs Right .205 44 10 5 8 1 0 1
2022vs Left .218 65 16 8 12 2 0 1
2022vs Right .319 80 12 5 23 7 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-60%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-27%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 5.18 1.40 48.2 2 2 1 9.2 4.1 1.1
Since 2022Away 4.30 1.35 37.2 0 1 2 9.6 2.6 1.4
2024Home 3.80 1.08 21.1 2 0 1 11.0 2.5 0.4
2024Away 5.68 1.18 12.2 0 0 1 10.7 0.7 2.1
2023Home 5.59 1.86 9.2 0 0 0 7.4 7.4 1.9
2023Away 2.25 1.25 12.0 0 0 0 9.8 3.8 1.5
2022Home 6.62 1.53 17.2 0 2 0 8.2 4.1 1.5
2022Away 4.85 1.62 13.0 0 1 1 8.3 3.5 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Cole Sands 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
5.86
 
K/9
10.9
 
BB/9
1.9
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.12
 
BABIP
.330
 
GB/FB
0.79
 
Left On Base
64.8%
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.6%
 
Spin Rate
2243 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.8%
 
Swinging Strike
11.6%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Will be developed as starter
PMinnesota Twins
February 14, 2023
Sands will be developed as a starter during spring training, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Twins executive vice president Derek Falvey was asked if any starters will make the conversion to relief, and while he did mention Sands is the closest to an arm that would make that move, Sands will build up as a starter in the Grapefruit League. The 25-year-old appeared in 11 games for the Twins in 2022 -- three as a starter -- and struggled to a 5.87 ERA with a 1.57 WHIP in 30.2 innings. Sands may be worked as a starter, but he faces an uphill battle to make the Minnesota pitching staff out of spring training.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
After a strong season at Double-A in 2021 (2.46 ERA and 10.7 K/9), Sands looked like a top rotation prospect. Despite a 5.55 ERA at Triple-A, Sands was called up to the majors several times last season thanks to a strong strikeout rate (10.5 K/9). What Sands lacks in velocity (91.7 average mph fastball) he makes up for with a sharp curve ball as his spin rate ranked in the 88th percentile per Statcast. Sands fared better as a reliever (3.44 ERA compared to a 9.49 ERA in three starts), so he may be a better candidate to compete for a middle relief role this spring.
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Nabs second save
PMinnesota Twins
May 4, 2024
Sands struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his second save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox.
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Picks up first save
PMinnesota Twins
April 14, 2024
Sands earned the save in game two of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, pitching 2.1 perfect innings while striking out three.
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Gives up homer in season debut
PMinnesota Twins
March 31, 2024
Sands gave up a run over two innings with two strikeouts, no walks and a home run allowed in Sunday's blowout loss at Kansas City.
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Could make Opening Day roster
PMinnesota Twins
March 12, 2024
Sands could make Minnesota's major-league roster in a long-relief role to begin the season, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Sent down to minors
PMinnesota Twins
September 4, 2023
Sands was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on Monday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
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