Sam Hentges

Sam Hentges

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Guardians
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Hentges missed the first five weeks of the 2023 campaign due to shoulder inflammation. The southpaw racked up seven holds over his first 12 appearances, but saw his ratios balloon with a rough July (14.63 ERA, 2.50 WHIP over eight innings). The 27-year-old had one of the worst hard-hit rates in baseball at 49 percent, but he made up for it with an above-average strikeout rate while inducing plenty of ground balls at a near 60 percent clip. Similar to the 2022 season, Hentges finished the season in dominant fashion, allowing just one earned run over his final 27 appearances while striking out 31 over 25.2 innings. He'll enter 2024 as the Guardians top left-handed reliever. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.16 million contract with the Guardians in January of 2024.
Back from paternity leave
PCleveland Guardians
May 17, 2024
The Guardians activated Hentges from the paternity list Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Hentges missed a series against the Rangers while spending time with his growing family. He'll be back in the Guardians' bullpen for their weekend set versus the Twins.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
11
Last 10 Games
11
Last 5 Games
11
How many pitches does Sam Hentges 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 Sam Hentges generally pitch?
 
 
 
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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
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .205 191 57 8 36 5 1 3
Since 2022vs Right .231 306 79 30 64 13 0 3
2024vs Left .200 11 4 0 2 1 0 1
2024vs Right .222 19 4 1 4 2 0 0
2023vs Left .280 81 19 5 21 1 1 2
2023vs Right .248 141 37 13 32 7 0 0
2022vs Left .143 99 34 3 13 3 0 0
2022vs Right .215 146 38 16 28 4 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.54 1.01 67.1 4 1 1 11.1 2.5 0.7
Since 2022Away 3.62 1.28 54.2 2 3 0 8.7 3.1 0.2
2024Home 3.60 0.80 5.0 0 0 0 7.2 1.8 1.8
2024Away 6.75 1.13 2.2 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 0.0
2023Home 2.73 1.28 29.2 2 0 0 10.9 2.7 0.3
2023Away 4.76 1.46 22.2 1 2 0 7.9 3.6 0.4
2022Home 2.20 0.80 32.2 2 1 1 11.8 2.5 0.8
2022Away 2.45 1.16 29.1 1 1 0 8.9 3.1 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Sam Hentges 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
8.00
 
K/9
9.4
 
BB/9
1.2
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
4.70
 
WHIP
0.91
 
BABIP
.269
 
GB/FB
1.43
 
Left On Base
53.6%
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.1%
 
Spin Rate
2278 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
13.3%
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
After struggling during his rookie campaign, Hentges bounced back in a big way. The southpaw became a reliable bullpen arm for Cleveland, adding velocity on all four of his pitches while throwing more sinkers (26% pitch usage compared to 9% in 2021). This led to a 61.5% groundball rate that was one of the highest among relievers. Hentges' strikeout rate (29.4%) also spiked by eight percentage points, while also improving his walk and home run rates. He was especially dominant in the second half, producing a 36:5 K:BB ratio, 0.30 ERA and 0.57 WHIP over his final 29.2 innings. He didn't rack up a ton of holds (eight), but more can be expected in 2023 as Hentges is very clearly the top lefty in the Guardians bullpen. Don't completely dismiss the possibility of a return to the starting rotation, though, as the lefty was brought up as a starter in the minors.
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Goes on paternity leave
PCleveland Guardians
Personal
May 13, 2024
The Guardians placed Hentges on the paternity list Monday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Rejoins big-league bullpen
PCleveland Guardians
May 6, 2024
The Guardians activated Hentges (finger) from the 15-day injured list Monday.
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Beginning rehab at Double-A
PCleveland Guardians
Finger
April 19, 2024
Hentges (finger) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Friday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Set to face hitters
PCleveland Guardians
Finger
April 13, 2024
Hentges (finger) is scheduled to resume throwing live batting practice sessions early next week, MLB.com reports.
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Placed on IL
PCleveland Guardians
Finger
March 29, 2024
The Guardians placed Hentges (finger) on the 15-day injured list Thursday.
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