Drew VerHagen

Drew VerHagen

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
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2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Cardinals in March of 2022.
Headed back to Japan
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January 12, 2024
VerHagen signed a one-year contract with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball on Friday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
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The deal also includes a player option for a second season and could max out at close to $8 million. It will be the second stint with the Fighters for VerHagen, who pitched for them from 2020-21 before spending the last two seasons with the Cardinals.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
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-6%
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-24%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .274 122 18 15 29 3 0 5
Since 2022vs Right .234 252 60 25 50 13 0 9
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .236 82 13 9 17 2 0 4
2023vs Right .222 186 47 17 35 10 0 5
2022vs Left .353 40 5 6 12 1 0 1
2022vs Right .268 66 13 8 15 3 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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-27%
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-13%
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-36%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.00 1.36 45.0 6 1 0 7.8 4.0 1.8
Since 2022Away 5.50 1.54 37.2 2 1 0 9.3 4.8 1.2
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home 3.75 1.22 36.0 4 1 0 8.5 3.8 1.5
2023Away 4.32 1.36 25.0 1 0 0 9.4 4.0 1.1
2022Home 5.00 1.89 9.0 2 0 0 5.0 5.0 3.0
2022Away 7.82 1.89 12.2 1 1 0 9.2 6.4 1.4
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History of thoracic outlet syndrome
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
June 26, 2022
VerHagen stated Friday that he has a history of thoracic outlet syndrome, reports John Denton of MLB.com.
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VerHagen went on the 15-day injured list Friday with a shoulder injury and attributed his history with thoracic outlet syndrome as a possible cause for his stiff shoulder and the numbness in his fingers. He will be out until at least July 9 but could be on the shelf longer if it is serious enough to require surgery. The 31-year-old allowed 10 runs, nine earned, in his last 5.2 innings before going on the IL.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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VerHagen was the first major-league signing after the end of the lockout, and he's back in affiliated ball after a two-year stint in Japan. The 32-year-old made 22 appearances for the Tigers in 2019 before heading overseas and had a 5.90 ERA over 58 innings while working mostly as a reliever. VerHagen posted a 3.49 ERA and and 216:62 K:BB across 208.2 frames during his two years in Japan to help pave his way back to MLB, and he could take a spot in the back of the Cardinals' starting rotation in 2022.
VerHagen was perhaps one of the few somewhat bright spots to come out of what can only be described as a meltdown in Motown in 2014. He struggled early, but the converted starter started to get things under control in September. VerHagen's overall K:BB rate (13:14) won't draw any eyes, but only six of those walks came in September. He saw an almost 3 mph uptick in his fastball velocity as a reliever and delivered a power arsenal that finally started to dominate hitters. Verhagen's 2.05 ERA (26.1 IP), 1.22 WHIP and three September holds speak to his late-inning potential. He's 6-foot-6, so his fastball plays up even more because it's on hitters before they know it. Could he be a closer some day? Perhaps, but not in 2016. He'll be in the mix for late-inning work, though.
Selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, VerHagen has quickly worked his way through the Tigers' system. The big 6-foot-6, 230-pound right-hander spent the majority of 2014 with Triple-A Toledo, finishing 6-7 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 19 starts. He also made one spot start for the Tigers, allowing three earned runs over five innings. Despite his imposing figure and low-90s fastball, VerHagen doesn’t ring up many strikeouts, picking up just 63 whiffs in 110.2 innings with the Mud Hens. Instead of strikeouts, VerHagen relies on his sinker, which hitters rarely make hard contact on. His long-term upside is that of a low-strikeout innings eater at the back of a major league rotation, and VerHagen does not have a clear path to fantasy value in the short term with Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon brought in during the offseason to round out the starting staff.
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Collects win over Reds
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
September 30, 2023
VerHagen (5-1) allowed one run on one hit and struck out one over one inning to earn the win Saturday over the Reds.
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Takes loss Saturday
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
September 2, 2023
VerHagen (4-1) allowed two runs on one hit over one-third of an inning to take the loss and a blown save Saturday versus the Pirates.
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Back from bereavement leave
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
August 28, 2023
The Cardinals reinstated VerHagen (personal) from the bereavement list Monday.
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Goes on bereavement list
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
Personal
August 25, 2023
VerHagen was placed on the bereavement list Friday, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Returns from injured list
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
July 22, 2023
VerHagen (hip) was activated off the 15-day injured list Saturday.
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