David Robertson

David Robertson

39-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The Mets leaned on Robertson's experience in the ninth inning after closer Edwin Diaz went down during the World Baseball Classic. The veteran reliever was outstanding for New York, compiling a 2.05 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 44 innings, with 14 saves, seven holds and four wins. His strong first-half was attractive to playoff-contending clubs and he landed in Miami via mid-season trade. However, Robertson's performance fell off with his new team and he was removed from closing duties after blowing three of seven save opportunities with the Marlins. The veteran still finished the year with 18 saves, 10 holds and solid ratios, so it's clear he can still be effective with his arsenal. That said, with Robertson's age-39 season upcoming, the free-agent's market may be somewhat limited. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Rangers in January of 2024. The deal includes a $7 million mutual option (or $1.5 million buyout) for 2025 and $1 million per year in deferred payments from 2027-31.
Escapes jam for hold
PTexas Rangers
June 14, 2024
Robertson allowed one hit, hit a batter and struck out three over a scoreless eighth inning Thursday, earning a hold in a 3-1 win over the Dodgers.
ANALYSIS
Robertson put the first two batters he faced aboard, setting up a rematch with the top of the Dodgers' lineup after he had struck out Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman on Wednesday to preserve a Texas lead. Robertson proceeded to do the same exact thing Thursday. The veteran reliever has 14 holds this season to go with a 3.19 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 36.2 percent strikeout rate, his highest mark since 2017.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does David Robertson generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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41-50
 
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121+
What part of the game does David Robertson generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-49%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .184 323 105 36 52 10 0 7
Since 2022vs Right .208 337 100 35 61 10 1 9
2024vs Left .127 60 25 4 7 0 0 2
2024vs Right .250 67 21 7 14 1 0 1
2023vs Left .226 130 36 14 26 3 0 4
2023vs Right .216 139 42 11 27 6 1 3
2022vs Left .168 133 44 18 19 7 0 1
2022vs Right .179 131 37 17 20 3 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-62%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.76 1.16 84.2 6 8 17 11.4 3.9 1.0
Since 2022Away 2.87 1.14 75.1 6 4 22 11.7 4.1 0.8
2024Home 1.76 0.72 15.1 1 1 0 14.1 2.3 1.2
2024Away 4.60 1.34 15.2 1 2 1 12.6 4.0 0.6
2023Home 3.82 1.27 35.1 4 5 7 9.7 2.8 1.0
2023Away 2.10 1.10 30.0 2 1 11 12.0 4.2 0.9
2022Home 2.12 1.24 34.0 1 2 10 11.9 5.8 0.8
2022Away 2.73 1.08 29.2 3 1 10 10.9 3.9 0.9
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Stat Review
How does David Robertson 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
4.18
 
K/9
13.4
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
3.19
 
WHIP
1.03
 
BABIP
.303
 
GB/FB
1.57
 
Left On Base
71.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.0%
 
Spin Rate
2612 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.8%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Rangers showing interest
PFree Agent
January 25, 2024
Robertson is receiving interest from the Rangers, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Robertson's market has seemingly been quiet, but it should pick up now that some of the marquee free-agent relievers are off the board. The 38-year-old posted a 3.03 ERA and 78:25 K:BB over 65.1 frames for the Mets and Marlins in 2023. He would be in the late-inning mix for the Rangers and could even be a threat to incumbent closer Jose Leclerc.
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After pitching just 18.2 major league innings between 2019-2021, Robertson signed a 1-year pact with the Cubs prior to last season. The veteran was the most experienced option in a shallow pen and quickly re-established himself in high leverage, serving as Chicago's closer for the first four months of 2022. After an excellent first half, Robertson was shipped to Philadelphia, who deployed him within a committee as the second option for saves. He wasn't as sharp with his new team and lost his command to finish with one of the worst walk rates among qualified relievers at 13.3%. On the plus side, Robertson put up 63.2 innings - his most since 2018 - and 20 saves. Robertson is destined for setup duty after signing with the Mets, although he would be the likely next-man up if Edwin Diaz gets injured.
Robertson made just seven MLB appearances from 2019-2020, missing almost the entirety of his two years in the Phillies' organization due to Tommy John surgery. After impressing during his stint with the United States team in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo last year, he joined the Rays for the final month of the 2021 campaign. The right-hander made 12 appearances for the Rays and recorded a 4.50 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 12 innings. The Cubs don't have a particularly deep bullpen heading into 2022, so it's possible that Robertson could factor in the mix to close games given his major league experience (137 career saves).
The Phillies signed Robertson, hoping to assemble a deep and dominant bullpen. He didn't pitch much in the spring and it showed as the righty struggled in his first seven outings, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing four runs with six whiffs and six walks. As it turned out, those would be Robertson's only appearances as he was put on the IL with what was first deemed right elbow soreness, then became a Grade 1 flexor strain. After rest and rehab didn't work, it was determined Robertson needed Tommy John surgery. The procedure didn't occur until August, putting 2020 in doubt. The best-case scenario is a September return, so cross Robertson off your cheat sheet.
The Strandman had a solid year despite the 22-percentage-point drop in his left-on-base rate in 2018. Robertson has an uncanny track record of pitching between 60 and 70 innings each season, mostly in single-inning stints, allowing a few baserunners only to leave them stranded by striking guys out in the clutch. Robertson has a 32.4% strikeout rate for his career, and that rate has not been below 28% since the 2010 season. He has a proven record as a solid closer, and it appears that he will have a chance to return to the ninth inning after signing a two-year deal with the Phillies in the offseason. If he does secure the job, it would easily triple his fantasy value as the saves would once again accompany the solid ratios and strong strikeout rate. He would still be rosterable in mixed-league formats even without a full-time closer role.
In his prime years the first time around in New York, Robertson earned the nickname "Houdini" for his freakish ability to get out of jams. That skill did not follow him to Chicago in free agency, but it was apparently just waiting for him to return to The Bronx. Robertson stranded 95.0 percent of baserunners after coming back home while displaying skills worthy of the closer role (13.1 K/9, 3.1 BB/9). The problem for him is that the club has spent a lot of money on Aroldis Chapman, and Robertson likely needs an injury or suspension to Chapman to take the job. In his current role, he can be a very functional piece in AL-only leagues with his strikeout rate and his exposure to high leverage that allows him the opportunity for vulturing wins. In mixed leagues, he is relegated to a speculative reserve pick that is better served on a starter or a hitter with upside and a clearer path to playing time.
Robertson earned the nickname "Houdini" early in his career for his ability to create bad situations, then escape them by stranding runners. After all, we're talking about a reliever who has stranded 79.1 percent of baserunners throughout 519 career innings. In 2016, he stranded 79.9 percent of baserunners but still posted a 3.47 ERA by falling back into the bad habit of giving up free passes, walking 32 batters last season after walking 36 over the previous two seasons combined. Couple that with a drop in his strikeout rate with a 31-point jump in his opponents' batting average, and you get the high reliever ERA. He had offseason knee surgery to clean up a meniscus tear that may have contributed to his struggles, and is expected to be ready for spring training. Unless the injury lingers or the rebuilding White Sox trade him, pencil him in for another 30 saves while, in some cases, handcuffing him with Nate Jones just in case.
The White Sox signed Robertson to serve as their shutdown closer en route to a playoff run. The playoff run did not materialize, but Robertson remained one of the league’s best closers. He dropped his walk rate to 5.2 percent of batters faced while he continued to strike out more than a third of those he saw. His 3.41 ERA was inflated by a few late-season appearances that did not matter much one way or the other. His curve remains his best pitch, generating a lot of swing-and-miss, but his fastball and cutter are also above average. There should be some caution of skill deterioration and/or health flare-ups as he enters his age-31 season, but he enters the year with an unquestioned hold on the White Sox’s closer role.
Replacing Mariano Rivera was supposed to be an impossible task and Robertson wasn't exactly a carbon copy of his predecessor, but he took the baton smoothly and had it not been for two disastrous outings, he would've put up a more Rivera-like season. He allowed eight runs (36% of his season total) in the two outings, totaling just an inning, which sent his ERA from 1.99 to the 3.08 mark we saw at season's end. He recaptured the super-elite strikeout rate from 2011 after two years of decline with another 37 percent rate. In the era of every other reliever popping triple digits on the gun, Robertson survives with a 91-93 mph cutter and a low-80s curveball. He only needed one season to establish himself as one of the best closers in baseball and with his ability to pump 95-100 strikeouts in a season, he should remain one of the top closers after signing a four-year, $40 contract with the White Sox.
While the Yankees have been cautious about anointing Robertson the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera, Robertson's performance over the past several seasons certainly justify giving him the job. All of Robertson's peripheral statistics back up his more obvious high strikeout rate and low ERA; his BABIP against in 2013 was .293, and his 6.8% HR/FB was fairly consistent with his career norm. If the fact that the Yankees haven't guaranteed Robertson the closer job knocks a few dollars of his draft day value, jump in and enjoy the numbers of this potential top-10 closer provided that clear-cut veteran option is not obtained before spring training.
Robertson appeared to be next in line to close when Mariano Rivera went down, but some relative struggles and a minor injury opened the door for Rafael Soriano, returning Robertson to his eighth-inning role. While he wasn't quite as dominant as he'd been in 2011, Robertson was still very good with a 12.0 K/9, and dramatically lowering his walk rate from 4.7 to 2.8 BB/9. Robertson has fantasy value even in his setup role, and he appears to be the fallback option behind Rivera as the closer-in-waiting.
Robertson was one of the most valuable setup men in the game in 2011, cementing himself as the next in line should Mariano Rivera ever falter or retire. Robertson's numbers speak for themselves: he struck out an incredible 100 batters in 66.2 innings and his ERA was a sparkling 1.08. He can get himself into trouble with walks occasionally, averaging 4.73 BB/9IP, but Robertson's fantastic power stuff can often get him out of tough spots. Even if he doesn't close many games, Robertson can serve as a valuable staff filler because of the strikeouts (he struck out more hitters than starter Ivan Nova), and he's a particularly great pick if you want to insure an investment in Rivera.
Robertson made his mark as a strikeout machine in 2009 and lived up to those expectations again in 2010, fanning 71 batters in 61.1 innings. Despite a few rough patches, he was one of manager Joe Girardi's favorite bullpen arms and will again be one of the Yankees' most-used relievers in 2011. Command is the biggest area of concern here; Robertson's walk rate has increased every year he's been in the majors.
Robertson solidified his reputation as a young strikeout machine in 2009, fanning 63 in 43.2 innings, resulting in a 12.98 K/9IP ratio that ranked first among AL relievers who pitched more than 40 innings. If Phil Hughes moves into the rotation this season, Robertson should slide into a more vital bullpen role, possibly sharing setup duties with lefty Damaso Marte. After improving in nearly all facets from 2008 to 2009 (ERA, H/9IP, HR/9IP, K:BB), he certainly appears capable of handling such a promotion.
Robertson continued his ascent through the minors in 2008 and eventually had two stints with the Yankees starting in late June. Big league hitters were able to make more contact against him than those at his minor league stops, but Robertson still posted a 10.68 K/9IP rate in 30.1 innings for the Yankees. Featuring a low-90s cutter, curveball and a slider, Robertson appears to have a very bright future in the Yankees bullpen. Despite being undersized at 5-foot-11, Robertson has a closer's stuff, even if he'll be confined to middle relief and eventually a set-up role in New York. There will be plenty of competition for spots during spring training, so he'll head back to Triple-A and be one of the first relievers brought up if he's unable to earn a roster spot during spring training.
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Impressively strikes out side
PTexas Rangers
June 13, 2024
Robertson earned his 13th hold in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. He struck out all three batters faced in the eighth inning.
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Charged with blown save, loss
PTexas Rangers
May 12, 2024
Robertson (2-1) had a blown save and was the losing pitcher in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Rockies. The reliever failed to record an out and was charged with four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter.
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Blows save Wednesday
PTexas Rangers
April 18, 2024
Robertson gave up a run on two hits and a walk over 1.1 innings Wednesday, getting charged with his second blown save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Tigers. He struck out one.
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Throws scoreless late-game inning
PTexas Rangers
April 13, 2024
Robertson worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning in Friday's 12-8 win over the Astros.
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Strong start to season
PTexas Rangers
April 4, 2024
Robertson worked around two hits while striking out one over a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Rays.
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