Paul Sewald

Paul Sewald

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Sewald finally got the opportunity to be a primary closer in 2023 thanks to his consistent performance in high leverage over the past few seasons. He racked up a career-high 34 saves -- 21 with Seattle, plus another 13 after his trade to Arizona -- good for seventh in the majors. His team save share with both the Mariners and D'Backs was above 80%, which combined would have ranked fourth overall among closers. Combine this with perennially solid ratios and strikeout rate near 30% and Sewald is right on the brink of being a top-10 closer. Realistically, he'll settle in the 11-15 range among closers for 2024 drafts, but there's comfort in knowing what to expect from Sewald. The 33-year-old gave up more contact last season, but his hard-hit rate and average exit velocity were both in the 94th percentile or better. Sewald shouldn't have much competition for saves for the defending National League champions as along as he puts his World Series struggles behind him. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#95
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $7.35 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2024.
Nets $7.35 from Diamondbacks
PArizona Diamondbacks
January 11, 2024
The Diamondbacks and Sewald avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.35 million contract Thursday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's Sewald's final year of arbitration eligibility, as he's currently slated to hit the free-agent market next offseason. The 33-year-old held a 3.12 ERA and 80:24 K:BB over 60.2 frames while notching 34 saves between the Mariners and Diamondbacks in 2023. With an unquestioned closer gig heading into 2024, Sewald's fantasy arrow is pointing up.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2023 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2022 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2021 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2020 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2019 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2018 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2017 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
Loading Pitching Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Pitching Game Log...
Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Paul Sewald 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 Paul Sewald generally pitch?
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .178 341 118 42 53 4 1 16
Since 2021vs Right .175 414 138 23 67 15 0 12
2023vs Left .202 120 39 15 21 0 0 6
2023vs Right .214 129 41 9 25 8 0 2
2022vs Left .167 107 37 10 16 2 0 5
2022vs Right .130 135 35 7 16 2 0 5
2021vs Left .165 114 42 17 16 2 1 5
2021vs Right .183 150 62 7 26 5 0 5
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-40%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-94%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 3.65 0.95 98.2 11 5 33 12.8 2.9 1.5
Since 2021Away 2.18 1.00 90.2 7 4 32 11.5 3.3 1.2
2023Home 2.80 0.93 35.1 2 0 18 12.7 3.1 0.8
2023Away 3.55 1.46 25.1 1 2 16 10.7 4.3 1.8
2022Home 4.81 0.95 33.2 3 4 12 12.0 2.7 2.4
2022Away 0.30 0.56 30.1 2 0 8 8.0 2.1 0.3
2021Home 3.34 0.98 29.2 6 1 3 13.7 3.0 1.2
2021Away 2.83 1.06 35.0 4 2 8 15.2 3.6 1.5
More Splits View More Split Stats
Stat Review
How does Paul Sewald 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
11.9
 
BB/9
3.6
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
3.12
 
WHIP
1.15
 
BABIP
.294
 
GB/FB
0.72
 
Left On Base
79.9%
 
Exit Velocity
79.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.4%
 
Spin Rate
2493 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
14.7%
 
Swinging Strike
14.0%
 
Advanced Pitching Stats
Loading Advanced Pitching Stats...
Defensive Stats
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Today's Lineup
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Paul Sewald See More
RotoWire Roundtable: Updated Fantasy Baseball Top-300 Rankings
15 days ago
It's still all Ronald Acuna at the top, but Julio Rodriguez has now claimed the second spot in the latest edition of the RotoWire Roundtable rankings.
Closer Encounters: 2024 Closer Rankings 2.0
21 days ago
Several key reliever signings have shaken up Ryan Rufe's closer rankings, allowing Jhoan Duran to move into the top three.
RotoWire Roundtable: Fantasy Baseball Top 300 January Update
38 days ago
The RotoWire Roundtable crew shares their latest rankings, with changes as high as the early first round.
The Z Files: Projecting Pitcher's BABIP
40 days ago
Todd Zola considers a new approach to regressing a pitcher's BABIP, which suggests better days should be ahead for Hunter Greene.
Collette Calls: 2024 AL West Bold Predictions
49 days ago
Jason Collette's latest set of Bold Predictions features both an MVP and a Cy Young Prediction.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2020
2019
2018
Sewald built on his 2021 breakout season to lead Seattle with a career high 20 saves last year. This represented 50% of the team's overall save total (40), which is unusually high for a club that deploys a closer committee. The 32-year-old boasted a career-best 0.77 WHIP that was fifth-best among qualified relievers. However, Sewald's home run problem (1.4 HR/9) persisted thanks to an extreme flyball rate. This also resulted in an unsustainably low .158 BABIP. While Sewald averaged a career-best 92.5 mph on his 4-seamer, he threw his slider at the highest rate of his career, nearly 50% of the time. Both pitches were effective, but his strikeout rate plummeted to 29.8%, a nearly 10 percent difference from 2021. It will be interesting to see how the Mariners manage the back-end of their bullpen moving forward. As a team on the rise, it's possible they give more save chances to Andres Munoz, who recently signed a long-term deal and was the league's breakout reliever last year.
After four uninspiring seasons with the Mets, Sewald had a breakout year with the Mariners. He failed to make Seattle's Opening Day roster, but the right-hander impressed after his mid-May promotion to become part of Scott Servais' three-headed closer committee. Home runs were a concern (1.4 HR/9), but Sewald was extremely valuable in high-leverage, going 10-3 with 11 saves, 16 holds and excellent ratios. Both his 39.4% strikeout rate and 30.3% K-BB% ranked fifth among qualified relievers. Prior to 2021, Sewald hadn't posted a strikeout rate above 27.5%. So what changed? He began throwing from a lower arm slot, which affected the location of his fastball and angle at which it crossed home plate. This resulted in a 33% whiff percentage on the pitch after previously topping out at 21.1%. Seattle's bullpen is stacked, but Sewald should continue to receive a decent share of save chances in the committee.
Sewald uses a cross-fire delivery and lower arm slot to throw a fastball that can't stay straight along with a tight slider to generate more strikeouts than one would expect from a pitcher with pedestrian fastball velocity. He struck out 74 batters in 70.2 innings of work between Triple-A and the majors last year, most of which came while pitching in the minors. He has struck out 24.5% of the hitters he has faced in a major-league career that spans 141.1 innings, and his 16.8 K-BB% is good for a middle reliever. The issue here is he doesn't have enough stuff to close, but he does have a spot in a major-league bullpen as long as he can command his stuff. He is an extreme flyball pitcher, so homers are always going to be part of the package.
Sewald's ERA jumped from 4.55 all the way up to an ugly 6.07. He was demoted on two separate occasions, but the struggling Mets nevertheless needed to call on him for 56.1 innings over the course of the season. His performance dipped across the board, with his strikeout rate (22.9%) and walk rate (9.1%) both went in the wrong direction from his rookie season. Those numbers definitely aren't impressive, though they're more in line with a below-average reliever than a terrible one, so his ballooning ERA can be attributed in part to a .331 BABIP and a 62.8% strand rate, both of which are likely to regress this season. Even with that regression, however, Sewald is unlikely to have much value, as a non-closing reliever with a mediocre strikeout rate doesn't offer much to excite fantasy owners.
Selected in the 10th round of the 2012 draft, Sewald successfully hurled his way through the lower levels of the minor leagues over the past several years, posting sub-2.00 ERAs in both Single-A and Double-A ball. The 6-foot-3 righty -- whose fastball sits in the low 90s -- opened the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Las Vegas but quickly received a big-league promotion one week into the season. The 27-year-old went on to log 65.1 innings of bullpen work, the most among any Mets reliever. He closed the year with a 4.55 ERA and 69:21 K:BB while being primarily utilized in a middle-relief role. He’ll be a key component in the Mets’ bullpen again in 2018 but doesn’t figure to move the needle much in the fantasy realm, as he’s unlikely to see many as many hold opportunities following the team’s offseason acquisition of Anthony Swarzak.
More Fantasy News
Secures sixth save of postseason
PArizona Diamondbacks
October 24, 2023
Sewald pitched a perfect inning to close out the game in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Phillies in Game 7 of the NLCS.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Secures first postseason win
PArizona Diamondbacks
October 19, 2023
Sewald allowed one walk in a scoreless inning to earn the win in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS. He struck out one.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Secures 32nd save
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 10, 2023
Sewald picked up the save in Saturday's win over the Cubs, allowing one unearned run on one hit over one inning. He did not record any strikeouts or walks.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Records one-out save
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 8, 2023
Sewald retired the only batter he faced to register a save against the Cubs on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Escapes with save
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 4, 2023
Sewald allowed a run on one hit and a walk in one inning but still earned a save over the Rockies on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.