Nick Wittgren

Nick Wittgren

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Nick Wittgren in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKS
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Royals in January of 2023.
Latches on in Kansas City
PKansas City Royals  NRI
January 5, 2023
Wittgren signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Monday.
ANALYSIS
He should be in major-league camp as a non-roster invitee. Wittgren has had some usefulness in the past, but he's now 31 years old and coming off back-to-back seasons with a plus-5.00 ERA.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
23
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Nick Wittgren generally throw?
 
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
 
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
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Nick Wittgren generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .277 210 41 18 51 14 1 7
Since 2020vs Right .243 273 63 14 60 8 2 11
2022vs Left .311 53 7 4 14 2 1 0
2022vs Right .292 81 10 6 21 5 1 1
2021vs Left .320 111 21 11 31 10 0 6
2021vs Right .219 147 40 6 30 2 1 7
2020vs Left .143 46 13 3 6 2 0 1
2020vs Right .237 45 13 2 9 1 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-31%
ERA on Road
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
-60%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 4.88 1.20 59.0 1 5 2 7.6 2.4 1.5
Since 2020Away 4.75 1.31 55.0 4 4 0 8.8 2.6 1.3
2022Home 6.75 1.56 17.1 1 0 1 5.2 3.1 0.5
2022Away 4.63 1.54 11.2 0 0 0 5.4 3.1 0.0
2021Home 5.04 1.19 30.1 0 5 1 8.0 2.7 2.4
2021Away 5.06 1.31 32.0 2 4 0 9.6 2.3 1.4
2020Home 1.59 0.71 11.1 0 0 0 10.3 0.8 0.8
2020Away 3.97 1.06 11.1 2 0 0 10.3 3.2 2.4
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Stat Review
How does Nick Wittgren 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
1.70
 
K/9
5.3
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
91.3 mph
 
ERA
5.90
 
WHIP
1.55
 
BABIP
.344
 
GB/FB
1.31
 
Left On Base
59.6%
 
Exit Velocity
82.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.5%
 
Spin Rate
2025 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.5%
 
Swinging Strike
7.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wittgren led Cleveland in holds with 10 in 2020, two more than James Karinchak. His K-BB% increased to 22.4, a top-40 mark among qualified relievers. So, is Wittgren perhaps a sneaky candidate to close over Karinchak? It's not completely out of the question, but it's not likely. For as solid as Wittgren has been since joining Cleveland, he has also been prone to the long ball with a HR/9 over 1.50 each of the past two seasons. He has respectable strikeout rates but nothing close to the same level of dominance as Karinchak. It's also telling that Wittgren did not get a save last year. He's a nice reliever, but the homer problems make it tough to envision him closing consistently. Manager Terry Francona would be playing with fire.
Wittgren was traded to the Indians prior to the season after he was surprisingly designated for assignment by the Marlins despite posting a strong 2.94 ERA in 33.2 innings for the team in 2018. The righty established himself as one of Cleveland's more reliable relievers following his promotion to the majors in mid-April, finishing with a 2.81 ERA, 12 holds and four saves -- second most on the team -- in 57.2 innings. Wittgren did well to limit free passes, which led to a career-best 1.08 WHIP, and he posted a respectable 26.0 K% despite his lackluster 9.0 SwStr%. He doesn't check out quite as well under the hood as he allowed a lot of loud contact (1.6 HR/9) and benefitted from a high left-on-base rate (83.3%), which helps explain his 4.17 FIP. Wittgren will return to a setup role in 2020, forming a strong bridge to the ninth alongside the likes of James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase.
Wittgren carved out a nice role for himself in the Marlins' pen last season after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans in late May. He finished the season with a strong 3.14 ERA. The right hander succeeded in large part due to his marginal walk rate of just 1.74 BB/9, which negated his rather low 7.32 K/9 strikeout rate. He has the track record to back up his 2016 performance as well, with his walk rate never topping 2.00 BB/9 prior to 2016. Barring an injury or significant regression, Wittgren will begin the 2017 season in Miami, where he could see more high leverage situations if he starts off strong. He had six holds and two blown saves with the Marlins in 2016. He has closed out games in the past, with seasons of 25, 20 and 19 saves in the three seasons prior to 2016.
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Becomes free agent
PFree Agent  NRI
July 11, 2022
The Cardinals granted Wittgren his release Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Designated for assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
July 2, 2022
Wittgren was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Covers two scoreless innings
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
June 24, 2022
Wittgren allowed a hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings during Friday's 3-0 loss to the Cubs.
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Snags win Saturday
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
June 12, 2022
Wittgren (1-0) allowed a hit in a scoreless inning to earn the win Saturday over the Reds.
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Picks up first save
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
June 1, 2022
Wittgren recorded the last out of Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Padres, earning a save.
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