Hayden Wesneski

Hayden Wesneski

26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Wesneski turned a strong spring training into the No. 5 spot in Chicago's rotation to begin the 2023 campaign, though he failed to do a ton with the opportunity. The righty finished with a 4.63 ERA and 83 strikeouts across 89.1 innings, making 11 starts and appearing in 34 games overall. His 5.48 FIP and .258 BABIP suggest that Wesneski's middling ERA could have been worse, and if he regresses closer to a 5.00 ERA in 2024, fantasy managers will want to look elsewhere. However, there are still a few encouraging signs here. Wesneski struck out 28 batters in only 20 innings while with Triple-A Omaha last year, and he had good strikeout numbers earlier in his minor-league career as well. If the 26-year-old can miss a few more bats at the MLB level, he may be poised to take a step forward and post better overall numbers. A complicating factor is where Wesneski will slot in for the Cubs. Justin Steele, Jameson Taillon and Kyle Hendricks are all locked into starting jobs, and Javier Assad, Caleb Kilian and Jordan Wicks are in the mix behind the aforementioned trio. Wesneski may then end up serving as a long reliever, which would cap his fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#580
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2024.
Loses again Thursday
PChicago Cubs
May 23, 2024
Wesneski (2-3) allowed a run on one hit across 1.2 innings of relief to take the loss Thursday against Atlanta. He had no walks and struck out two.
ANALYSIS
Chicago starter Ben Brown tossed four scoreless innings but left with the game tied 0-0. Wesneski took over and promptly allowed a solo home run to Jarred Kelenic, which was enough to get saddled with the loss in what ended up as a 3-0 Atlanta victory. The righty started the season by earning wins in each of his first two appearances, but he's 0-3 across eight outings since then, though he does have a solid 2.55 ERA during that stretch.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
44
Last 10 Games
44
Last 5 Games
27
How many pitches does Hayden Wesneski generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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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 2022
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .249 262 46 20 59 10 1 13
Since 2022vs Right .209 373 96 25 71 12 0 11
2024vs Left .192 56 9 3 10 1 0 1
2024vs Right .215 68 17 3 14 3 0 0
2023vs Left .298 159 26 16 42 7 1 12
2023vs Right .202 220 57 16 40 5 0 8
2022vs Left .159 47 11 1 7 2 0 0
2022vs Right .221 85 22 6 17 4 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2022
Even Split
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.91 1.08 80.1 4 4 0 7.4 2.5 1.2
Since 2022Away 4.32 1.21 73.0 4 6 0 9.4 2.8 1.6
2024Home 1.80 0.95 20.0 1 2 0 8.6 1.8 0.5
2024Away 2.45 1.00 11.0 1 1 0 5.7 1.6 0.0
2023Home 3.86 1.24 39.2 1 1 0 5.9 3.2 1.8
2023Away 5.26 1.31 49.2 2 4 0 10.3 3.3 2.2
2022Home 2.18 0.92 20.2 2 1 0 9.1 1.7 0.9
2022Away 2.19 0.97 12.1 1 1 0 8.8 2.2 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Hayden Wesneski 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
4.33
 
K/9
7.5
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
2.03
 
WHIP
0.97
 
BABIP
.272
 
GB/FB
1.72
 
Left On Base
76.9%
 
Exit Velocity
83.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.9%
 
Spin Rate
2272 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.5%
 
Swinging Strike
10.4%
 
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Time in rotation could be limited
PChicago Cubs
May 3, 2024
Manager Craig Counsell said Monday that Justin Steele may be able to return from his hamstring injury next week, per Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune, which could bring an end to Wesneski's time in the rotation.
ANALYSIS
Wesneski is penciled in to start Friday against the Brewers, but that may be his final turn through the rotation for a while. The right-hander has pitched well this season with a 0.87 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 6:1 K:BB across 10.1 innings, and another strong outing Friday could help him retain a spot in the bullpen even after Steele is activated from the injured list.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
A combination of impressive minor-league numbers and a strong first 33 innings in the big leagues has pushed Wesneski from dynasty-league sleeper to in-demand late-round redraft target. The former Yankee (shipped to the Cubs at the deadline for Scott Effross) is best known for his low-80s frisbee slider that averages 18.1 inches of horizontal break, which is 7.1 inches more than the average MLB pitcher's slider. He throws four other pitches, including a pair of low-90s fastballs. His small-sample xStats are off the charts (.231 xwOBA and 2.18 xERA) and the drafting public already thinks he is worth a top-300 pick (in NFBC). His 19.7 K-BB% in the majors would have been a top-30 mark among pitchers who threw 100 innings last season, but projection systems are expecting significant regression for Wesneski over a full season. At the very least, he seems locked into the Cubs rotation and is poised for a full season of work after logging 143.1 innings in 2022.
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Takes loss in relief Monday
PChicago Cubs
May 13, 2024
Wesneski (2-2) allowed two runs on three hits across three innings of relief to take the loss Monday against Atlanta. He walked one and struck out two.
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Heads to bullpen
PChicago Cubs
May 12, 2024
Cubs manager Craig Counsell said Sunday that Wesneski has been moved to the bullpen, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Suffers first loss Wednesday
PChicago Cubs
May 8, 2024
Wesneski (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits across six innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Padres. He walked one and struck out three.
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Earns another start
PChicago Cubs
May 5, 2024
Wesneski will start Wednesday against the Padres.
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Excellent against Milwaukee
PChicago Cubs
May 3, 2024
Wesneski didn't factor into the decision Friday against the Brewers, allowing three hits and two walks over 6.1 scoreless innings. He struck out eight.
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