Erik Swanson

Erik Swanson

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Swanson emerged as one of the league's best setup men, compiling a 1.68 ERA (2.15 SIERA), 0.91 WHIP and 70:10 K:BB ratio over 53.2 innings. The right-hander improved his strikeout rate by nearly 10 percent and he finished fifth among qualfied relievers with a 29.5% K-BB%. Swanson's fastball-splitter combination was devastating to opposing hitters, as his 73.6% in-zone contact percentage was 4th-best among relief pitchers despite losing 1.1 mph on his 4-seamer (93.6 mph). The contact he did give up wasn't hard, as his 85 mph average exit velocity was a 98th percentile ranking. Swanson's high-leverage role is secure in Toronto, who thought enough of the reliever to trade Teoscar Hernandez for his services. While his path to saves is just as cloudy as it was in Seattle, he's still worth drafting in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues for ratio stability. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2023.
Blows save, gets fourth win
PToronto Blue Jays
September 18, 2023
Swanson (4-2) blew the save but was credited with the win in Sunday's victory over the Red Sox, giving up a solo home run to Rafael Devers and striking out two in the ninth inning.
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With Jordan Romano having pitched the prior two days, Swanson got a chance to protect a 2-1 lead in the ninth but instead watched Devers slash a two-out, two-strike fastball over the fence in the left-field corner. An RBI triple by Matt Chapman in the bottom of the ninth then bailed Swanson out and gave him the win. It's the first run the right-hander had allowed since Aug. 5, snapping a 12-appearance scoreless streak, and the first homer he'd served up since July 1. On the season, Swanson has a 3.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 70:19 K:BB through 61.2 innings while adding a career-high 28 holds, four wins and four saves.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Erik Swanson generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .205 294 91 20 56 14 0 7
Since 2021vs Right .214 310 88 20 61 6 4 9
2023vs Left .192 116 32 12 20 5 0 3
2023vs Right .233 138 42 8 30 3 1 5
2022vs Left .200 109 43 3 21 7 0 1
2022vs Right .205 97 27 7 18 1 0 2
2021vs Left .234 69 16 5 15 2 0 3
2021vs Right .191 75 19 5 13 2 3 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 2.41 0.88 82.0 5 3 5 11.0 2.1 0.9
Since 2021Away 2.89 1.19 71.2 2 4 3 9.9 2.6 1.0
2023Home 3.27 1.00 33.0 3 1 2 10.4 3.3 1.1
2023Away 2.84 1.17 31.2 1 1 2 10.2 2.3 1.1
2022Home 1.13 0.69 32.0 2 0 2 12.4 0.8 0.8
2022Away 2.49 1.25 21.2 1 2 1 10.8 2.9 0.0
2021Home 3.18 1.00 17.0 0 2 1 9.5 2.1 0.5
2021Away 3.44 1.15 18.1 0 1 0 8.3 2.9 2.0
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Stat Review
How does Erik Swanson 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
3.70
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
3.06
 
WHIP
1.08
 
BABIP
.279
 
GB/FB
0.88
 
Left On Base
81.6%
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
1680 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.8%
 
Swinging Strike
16.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
Swanson made his big-league debut in 2019 and has since appeared in 36 games, including eight starts. The results have been poor, as he's surrendered a 6.58 ERA due in large part to a 2.7 HR/9. As implied by each of those numbers, hitters have not had a difficult time squaring up Swanson's offerings as he's surrendered a 12.8% barrel late, which has led to a .539 xSLG. In order for things to improve, Swanson will need to diversify his arsenal and trust more in his secondary pitches. In 2020, he threw his fastball 74.5% of the time, and a similar 67.7% rate in 2019. Despite working through the Yankees' and Mariners' minor-league systems primarily as a starter, it's difficult to foresee him getting another extended chance in the rotation until he expands his arsenal and his results improve. Heading into his age-27 season, those things appear unlikely to occur.
Among the three prospects acquired from the Yankees for James Paxton, Swanson played the largest role for Seattle in 2019, tossing 58 innings over 27 appearances. The right-hander scuffled in eight starts, compiling a 7.56 ERA and .277 BAA, but fared much better as a reliever, posting a .191 BAA and a respectable 3.28 ERA in 19 outings. Armed with a three-pitch arsenal centered around a 93-mph fastball, Swanson demonstrated solid strikeout ability throughout his minor-league career and translated that to a decent 21.2 K% in the majors. He also excelled at limiting walks, posting a 4.9 BB% that ranked in the top 10% among pitchers who threw 50-plus innings. Swanson's primary struggle was keeping the ball in the park; he gave up a 2.6 HR/9, fifth-worst in the league. Spring training will be important for Swanson in 2020 as he could conceivably emerge as a starter or reliever or head back to the minors.
Acquired from New York in the James Paxton trade, Swanson will likely use a lot of his bullets at the big-league level this upcoming season. He split his 2018 between the Yankees' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, throwing 42.2 innings with Trenton and 72.1 frames with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander fared well at the highest level of the minor leagues, posting a 22.0 K-BB% and just a 17.9% line-drive rate. The numbers are less impressive when considering he was 24 years old, but the point is that he passed that last test and appears ready to graduate. Swanson is mostly a two-pitch guy (fastball/slider) and long term he may be better off as a multi-inning reliever, but it would make sense for the rebuilding Mariners to give him a chance to start in 2019. They will need rotation reinforcements when injuries inevitably hit.
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Returns from IL
PToronto Blue Jays
September 11, 2023
The Blue Jays activated Swanson (back) from the 15-day injured list Monday.
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Set for IL return Monday
PToronto Blue Jays
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September 11, 2023
Swanson (back) is expected to be activated from the 15-day injured list Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Making rehab appearance Saturday
PToronto Blue Jays
Back
September 8, 2023
Swanson (back) will pitch in a game for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Slated for mound work
PToronto Blue Jays
Back
September 4, 2023
Swanson (back) will throw off a mound Tuesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Could be in line for brief IL stint
PToronto Blue Jays
Back
August 28, 2023
The Blue Jays are optimistic that Swanson (spine) will be in store for an abbreviated stay on the 15-day injured list, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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