Graham Ashcraft

Graham Ashcraft

26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Ashcraft showed up to last spring training with a new slider and proceeded to post a 25:2 K:BB over 17.1 Cactus League innings. However, while he held a 2.00 ERA over his first six starts of the regular season, a 27:16 K:BB in 36 frames pointed to looming trouble and, sure enough, the wheels came off to the tune of a 12.82 ERA in his next eight outings. Ashcraft was better the rest of the way before needing toe surgery in September, but he never upped the strikeouts to an acceptable level. At this point, we probably can't count on that ever being part of his skill set, although it can't be totally ruled out for a guy who is one of the hardest-throwing starters in baseball. Ashcraft is expected to be physically ready for Opening Day and should remain a great source for groundballs and weak contact, but unless he can start missing more bats he'll always be walking a tightrope at Great American Ball Park. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#481
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2023.
Picks up ugly win
PCincinnati Reds
April 8, 2024
Ashcraft (1-1) earned the win Monday, allowing five earned runs, nine hits and one walk over 5.2 innings against the Brewers. He struck out six.
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Ashcraft labored through 5.2 innings and 99 pitches, leaving a high-scoring game in Cincinnati with the lead. Although he was roughed up for five earned runs and nine hits, the 26-year-old right-hander managed to generate 16 whiffs on his three-pitch mix. Ashcraft draws a much easier opponent in his next start, slated to be on the road against the White Sox.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
92
Last 10 Games
92
Last 5 Games
92
How many pitches does Graham Ashcraft generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Graham Ashcraft generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-45%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .243 534 100 37 119 15 2 15
Since 2022vs Right .298 604 93 47 161 28 2 22
2024vs Left .348 25 4 2 8 1 0 3
2024vs Right .192 26 7 0 5 0 0 0
2023vs Left .243 297 60 21 66 11 2 11
2023vs Right .287 326 51 31 82 12 2 12
2022vs Left .232 212 36 14 45 3 0 1
2022vs Right .323 252 35 16 74 16 0 10
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-62%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-34%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 5.34 1.39 145.0 7 12 0 6.4 3.0 1.4
Since 2022Away 4.22 1.38 117.1 6 4 0 6.9 2.8 1.1
2024Home 7.94 1.76 5.2 1 0 0 9.5 1.6 1.6
2024Away 3.00 0.83 6.0 0 1 0 7.5 1.5 3.0
2023Home 5.60 1.37 82.0 3 8 0 6.4 3.2 1.6
2023Away 3.68 1.38 63.2 4 1 0 7.5 3.3 1.1
2022Home 4.71 1.40 57.1 3 4 0 6.1 2.8 1.1
2022Away 5.10 1.45 47.2 2 2 0 6.0 2.3 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Graham Ashcraft compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
5.50
 
K/9
8.5
 
BB/9
1.5
 
HR/9
2.3
 
Fastball
94.9 mph
 
ERA
5.40
 
WHIP
1.29
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
2.11
 
Left On Base
55.6%
 
Swinging Strike
14.1%
 
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Abandons new pitches
PCincinnati Reds
February 14, 2023
Ashcraft scrapped the idea of incorporating a new changeup and splitter, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
ANALYSIS
Ashcraft abandoned that pursuit on the advice of Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson, who suggested that the 25-year-old right-hander should focus more on refining his slider. Largely relying on a three-pitch mix, Ashcraft registered a 4.89 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 71:30 K:BB over his first 105 major-league innings -- 19 starts -- last season. He currently projects to open the 2023 campaign as the Reds' third starter.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Ashcraft's name sounds like it belongs more to a financial advisor than it does a major league pitcher, but financial advisors don't throw upper 90's fastballs like he does. Ashcraft has a reliever-like repertoire of sinker/slider/cutter that is far from a finished product. The slider was his primary putaway pitch generating swings and misses one-third of the time, but the league had little trouble with the cutters and sinkers as the two pitches had identical velocity and not much difference in their shape toward home. Ashcraft has a changeup, in theory, as he threw it 12 times in total last season, and yet did better against lefties (.232 average) than righties (.323 average.) It really is unusual to see a righty with his type of repertoire struggle so badly against righties as they also hit 10 of the 11 homers he allowed. It is tough to recommend such an incomplete product like Ashcraft no matter how hard he throws as he could quickly find himself out of the rotation if 2023 picks up where 2022 left off.
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Allows two homers in loss
PCincinnati Reds
April 2, 2024
Ashcraft (0-1) took the loss versus the Phillies on Tuesday after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five.
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Makes final spring start
PCincinnati Reds
March 23, 2024
Ashcraft allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings in Friday's spring start against Oakland.
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Struggles to place slider in start
PCincinnati Reds
March 13, 2024
Ashcraft allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the White Sox.
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Strong spring debut
PCincinnati Reds
March 2, 2024
Ashcraft walked one and struck out two over two hitless and scoreless innings in Thursday's spring start against the Dodgers.
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Starting Thursday
PCincinnati Reds
February 28, 2024
Ashcraft (toe) will start Thursday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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