Hunter Brown

Hunter Brown

25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Houston Astros
2024 Fantasy Outlook
After receiving an encouraging cup of coffee to end the 2022 season, Brown broke camp in the Astros rotation where he stayed all season. He made 31 appearances, with 29 starts. His 5.09 ERA is misleading as his 3.52 xFIP and 3.74 SIERA suggest Brown experienced some misfortune. The main culprits were a bloated .330 BABIP, a low 68.8 percent left on base mark and an extremely high 21.0 percent home run per fly ball clip. It's never all bad luck, but these metrics all scream impending regression. Brown's 18.5 percent K-BB percent ranked an impressive 21st among pitchers with a minimum of 150 innings pitched. The 25-year-old right-hander threw his 96-mph four seamer 46 percent of the time, but his 26.8 percent strikeout rate was driven by his curveball utilized at a 24 percent clip. Brown also toyed with a splitter with encouraging results. The Houston organization is adept at fine tuning their pitcher's repertoire, boding well for Brown to take the next step, beyond what natural regression will provide. Top-30 starting potential from a pitcher coming off a season with a 5.09 ERA is a great target. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#175
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in March of 2024.
Wins with shaky outing
PHouston Astros
May 18, 2024
Brown (1-4) yielded four runs on four hits and three walks over five innings Friday, striking out five and earning a win over the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
Brown moved back into Houston's rotation for his first start since May 5 and notched his first win of 2024. He coughed up a solo homer to Jake Bauers in the second inning before Joey Ortiz slugged a three-run shot in the fourth. Brown has walked at least three batters in four of his eight starts and now owns a 41:21 K:BB through 37.1 innings. He'll carry a 7.71 ERA into his next appearance, which is currently lined up to be at home against the Angels. Brown could be pushed back to a bullpen role once Jose Urquidy (forearm) is healthy and Ronel Blanco returns from his suspension.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
83
Last 10 Games
83
Last 5 Games
90
How many pitches does Hunter Brown generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Hunter Brown generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-56%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .245 459 125 47 100 23 3 13
Since 2022vs Right .292 465 116 36 123 22 2 21
2024vs Left .295 100 26 12 26 5 2 4
2024vs Right .362 79 15 9 25 2 0 4
2023vs Left .246 310 85 30 68 17 0 9
2023vs Right .276 355 93 25 89 17 2 17
2022vs Left .136 49 14 5 6 1 1 0
2022vs Right .310 31 8 2 9 3 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-60%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-42%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 5.60 1.49 107.2 6 10 0 10.2 4.3 1.4
Since 2022Away 4.68 1.38 105.2 8 7 0 10.1 2.6 1.4
2024Home 5.11 1.50 24.2 1 1 0 9.1 5.1 1.8
2024Away 12.79 2.76 12.2 0 3 0 11.4 5.0 2.1
2023Home 6.56 1.57 72.2 4 9 0 10.5 4.2 1.5
2023Away 3.80 1.18 83.0 7 4 0 10.1 2.3 1.5
2022Home 0.00 0.87 10.1 1 0 0 10.5 3.5 0.0
2022Away 1.80 1.30 10.0 1 0 0 9.0 2.7 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Hunter Brown 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
1.95
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
7.71
 
WHIP
1.93
 
BABIP
.401
 
GB/FB
1.80
 
Left On Base
64.1%
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.2%
 
Spin Rate
2229 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.2%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Trajectory skyrocketing?
PHouston Astros
April 17, 2023
Brown has thrown 14.0 scoreless innings across his last two starts, striking out 12 while walking three over that span.
ANALYSIS
Brown entered the season among the highest regarded pitching prospects in baseball. After a mixed trio of appearances to start the season, Brown has been dialed in of late. His 1.02 WHIP ranks in the top-15 among all American League arms, and he's trending upward. He's worth a look in nearly all formats.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Armed with an upper-90s fastball, low-80s curveball with above-average drop and a 93-mph slider, Brown has the type of modern pitch mix that passes the eye test and excites data analysts. For years, prospect analysts knew of Brown's impressive repertoire, but it wasn't until late in 2021 that he started to throw strikes at a rate that suggested he could make it as a starter. His walk rate at Triple-A and the majors has been between 8.8% and 10.6%, which is still on the high end for a starter, but it's workable and at 24 years old, there's still room for improvement. In addition to missing bats at an above-average clip, Brown has typically logged elite groundball rates north of 50%. There would be much more redraft buzz if the Astros didn't have perhaps the deepest rotation in the game. As such, it's unclear how many starts he will make in 2023, but there is a very high long-term ceiling.
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Rejoining rotation this weekend
PHouston Astros
May 13, 2024
Astros manager Joe Espada said that Brown will make a start during the team's three-game home series versus the Brewers this weekend, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
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Excels in long relief
PHouston Astros
May 12, 2024
Brown covered five innings out of the bullpen in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Tigers, giving up one earned run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven.
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Could be available in relief
PHouston Astros
May 9, 2024
Astros manager Joe Espada said Thursday that Brown could be available out of the bullpen for the next few days, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Limits damage against Mariners
PHouston Astros
May 5, 2024
Brown didn't factor into the decision Sunday against Seattle, allowing two runs on five hits with four walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out five.
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Issues persist against Guardians
PHouston Astros
April 30, 2024
Brown didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks across 5.1 innings against Cleveland. He struck out seven.
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