Joey Wentz

Joey Wentz

26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
It was a rough go of it for Wentz in 2023. The lefty appeared in 25 games for the Tigers, making 19 starts, and posted a 6.90 ERA. He didn't log enough innings to qualify for the ERA leaderboard, but by comparison, the worst ERA among qualified pitchers was the 6.28 mark posted by Jordan Lyles. Not surprisingly, Wentz's struggles coincided with a 3-13 record, and he served up 25 home runs across his 105.2 innings of work. Detroit had a number of pitching injuries to contend with last year, which opened the door for Wentz, but Casey Mize (elbow) should be back and Kenta Maeda also joined the mix in free agency. As a result, Wentz figures to get squeezed from the rotation. Perhaps the 26-year-old could have more success in a long-relief role, but for fantasy purposes, it's not the most exciting outlook. The best-case scenario for Wentz is that he picks up some spot starts and looks more like the pitcher who recorded a 3.03 ERA across seven starts as a rookie in 2022. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#601
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Tigers in March of 2023.
Fans four in relief appearance
PDetroit Tigers
April 14, 2024
Wentz logged 2.1 scoreless innings of relief in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four.
ANALYSIS
So far so good for Wentz as a long reliever, as the lefty now has a 1.17 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 7.2 innings. His stuff has played up a bit in relief, with his average fastball velocity this year sitting at 94.3 mph, up from 93.4 mph in 2023, and his K/9 has increased from 8.3 to 11.7. Wentz looks like a useful bullpen option for the Tigers, and he could parlay that into more high-leverage work at some point.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
36
Last 10 Games
36
Last 5 Games
36
How many pitches does Joey Wentz generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
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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111-120
 
121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .248 170 28 18 37 7 1 4
Since 2022vs Right .278 491 107 45 123 26 3 23
2024vs Left .182 13 4 1 2 0 0 0
2024vs Right .222 21 6 2 4 0 0 0
2023vs Left .278 122 19 14 30 6 1 3
2023vs Right .301 370 79 33 101 20 1 22
2022vs Left .167 35 5 3 5 1 0 1
2022vs Right .205 100 22 10 18 6 2 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 7.04 1.77 76.2 0 7 0 8.3 4.6 1.9
Since 2022Away 4.28 1.25 69.1 5 8 0 8.3 3.1 1.4
2024Home 2.25 1.50 4.0 0 0 0 15.8 4.5 0.0
2024Away 0.00 0.82 3.2 0 0 0 7.4 2.5 0.0
2023Home 8.25 1.93 52.1 0 5 0 7.9 4.6 2.4
2023Away 5.57 1.44 53.1 3 8 0 8.8 3.4 1.9
2022Home 4.87 1.43 20.1 0 2 0 8.0 4.4 0.9
2022Away 0.00 0.57 12.1 2 0 0 6.6 2.2 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Joey Wentz 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
3.33
 
K/9
11.7
 
BB/9
3.5
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
1.17
 
WHIP
1.17
 
BABIP
.341
 
GB/FB
1.40
 
Left On Base
88.9%
 
Exit Velocity
77.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.0%
 
Spin Rate
2317 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
14.0%
 
Swinging Strike
11.3%
 
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Revamped pitching motion
PDetroit Tigers
May 2, 2023
Wentz's arm angle has increased by 17.1 degrees, the second-largest jump in MLB this season.
ANALYSIS
Wentz is pitching to middling results with an ugly 6.45 ERA but a palatable 4.38 expected ERA. His more sidearm-oriented approach has generated a noticeable uptick in average velocity, with his oft-utilized fastball climbing from 92.4 mph to 93.6 mph. The 25-year-old could continue experiencing growing pains, but there is peripheral data that hints at potentially improved performance in the future.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wentz received his first taste of the big leagues in 2022 and delivered impressive results for Detroit with a 3.03 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 27:13 K:BB across 32.2 innings. He was promoted in May and made only two starts before he went down with a shoulder injury, and he didn't return to the majors until September. The young lefty had a 20 percent strikeout rate and 9.6 percent walk rate but limited opposing batters to a .190 average, and he surrendered only two homers. The small sample size is obviously a major asterisk on these numbers, but Wentz flashed his potential and should have a chance to earn a rotation spot during spring training to open 2023.
Statistically, Wentz was the best pitcher at Low-A last year. He finished at or near the top of most leaderboards, and was the second-youngest qualified pitcher in the South Atlantic League. If Wentz's fastball sat in the 93-95 mph range, he would have more upside than any pitcher in the Braves' system, which would be saying something. Unfortunately it sat at 91-92 mph last season, which isn't bad, but one of the main selling points when the Braves gave him a $3.05 million bonus in 2016 was that he was athletic, projectable and a good bet to add velocity. His bender projects as a plus putaway pitch, and on the right day his changeup will also flash plus. He projects to have at least above-average command. Wentz's fastball is still good enough for him to get by as a mid-rotation starter -- the 6-foot-5 southpaw generates good downhill plane -- but if the dream of him adding some velocity comes true, he could be a No. 2 starter. The Braves may give him a challenge and send him to Double-A this season.
One of the most athletic prep pitchers selected in last year's draft, Wentz could have been an early-round pick as a hitter, but as a projectable 6-foot-5 lefty with a plus fastball, he was more attractive on the mound. The Braves selected him with the 40th overall pick, but only 16 players topped his $3.05 million signing bonus, so it's fair to view Wentz as a top-20 talent in the class. In addition to a mid-90s heater, Wentz's curveball and changeup could both be plus offerings down the road, giving him legitimate frontline upside. He allowed zero runs and nine baserunners (five coming on walks) while notching a 42.9 percent strikeout rate over 12 innings in the Gulf Coast League before he was quickly promoted to the Appalachian League. Wentz finally started to show some flaws against more advanced hitters, posting a 14 percent walk rate while the opposition hit .265 against him. His command/control will be worth monitoring this year with Low-A Rome, but he has age and athleticism on his side, and the stuff to post gaudy strikeout totals in his first full season.
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Continues to pitch well
PDetroit Tigers
April 8, 2024
Wentz logged two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts in Monday's loss to the Pirates, and he now has a 1.69 ERA across three appearances this season.
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Successfully secures roster spot
PDetroit Tigers
March 26, 2024
Wentz will make the Tigers' Opening Day roster in a bullpen role, Julie Kreuz of MLB.com reports.
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Looks good in relief
PDetroit Tigers
March 10, 2024
After logging two scoreless innings with a strikeout in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates, Wentz now has a 1.29 ERA across four spring appearances.
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Effective in spring debut
PDetroit Tigers
February 26, 2024
Wentz tossed two scoreless innings in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He allowed a hit and two walks, while striking out five.
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Will be used as reliever
PDetroit Tigers
February 15, 2024
Wentz will focus on competing for a bullpen job with the Tigers this spring, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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