Matt Sauer

Matt Sauer

25-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Sauer had been tracking like a swing man, No. 5 starter or long reliever with the Yankees, but since they already have an abundance of prospects who fit that mold, he was left unprotected from the Rule 5 draft. The Royals swooped in and snagged Sauer for now, and if they like what they see in spring training, he should be able to handle a low-leverage long-relief role this year. Sauer, who turned 25 in January, is a 6-foot-4 righty with a decent fastball and shaky command. He most recently posted a 3.42 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 83 strikeouts in 68.1 innings as an old-for-the-level Double-A starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Royals in March of 2024. Returned to the Yankees in May of 2024.
Returned to Yankees
PNew York Yankees  AAA
May 26, 2024
The Yankees received Sauer as a Rule 5 Draft return from the Royals on Sunday.
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Sauer was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Monday. Since the 25-year-old wasn't claimed off waivers, his rights were offered back to the Yankees, who have assigned Sauer to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sauer appeared in 14 games for the Royals this season, posting a 7.71 ERA and 2.08 WHIP over 16.1 frames.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
23
Last 10 Games
24
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Matt Sauer generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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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
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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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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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Matt Sauer generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2023
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2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .333 37 4 6 10 3 1 0
Since 2022vs Right .317 47 5 5 13 1 0 3
2024vs Left .333 37 4 6 10 3 1 0
2024vs Right .317 47 5 5 13 1 0 3
2023vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2023
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 7.94 2.03 11.1 0 0 0 4.8 4.0 1.6
Since 2022Away 7.20 2.20 5.0 0 0 0 5.4 10.8 1.8
2024Home 7.94 2.03 11.1 0 0 0 4.8 4.0 1.6
2024Away 7.20 2.20 5.0 0 0 0 5.4 10.8 1.8
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Matt Sauer 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
0.82
 
K/9
5.0
 
BB/9
6.1
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
95.1 mph
 
ERA
7.71
 
WHIP
2.08
 
BABIP
.351
 
GB/FB
0.63
 
Left On Base
67.1%
 
Exit Velocity
82.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.5%
 
Spin Rate
2231 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.8%
 
Swinging Strike
7.3%
 
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Jettisoned from 40-man roster
PKansas City Royals  AAA
May 20, 2024
The Royals designated Sauer for assignment Monday.
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Makes major-league bullpen
PKansas City Royals  AAA
March 23, 2024
Manager Matt Quatraro informed Sauer he made the Royals' Opening Day roster, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports Saturday.
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Solid in spring
PKansas City Royals  AAA
March 11, 2024
Sauer has allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out eight over six innings across four Cactus League games.
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Nabbed by Royals in Rule 5
PKansas City Royals  AAA
December 6, 2023
Sauer was selected by the Royals in the Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Reinstated at Double-A
PNew York Yankees  AAA
June 21, 2023
Double-A Somerset reinstated Sauer (forearm) from its 7-day injured list Wednesday.
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