Sean Hjelle

Sean Hjelle

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Francisco Giants
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Hjelle was jettisoned back-and-forth between Triple-A Sacramento and the Giants multiple times last season. He was unsuccessful in both spots, collecting a 6.52 ERA in 15 relief appearances with the big club and a 6.00 ERA in 22 outings (19 starts) with Sacramento. All 23 of the 6-foot-11 right-hander's appearances in the majors have come in relief, and while the run prevention hasn't been there, he has struck out 59 in 54 innings. At this point, if Hjelle is going to have a prominent gig with San Francisco it seems likely to be in relief, perhaps in a multi-inning role. It's not a job that figures to bear fantasy fruit. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in March of 2024.
Snags third win
PSan Francisco Giants
June 5, 2024
Hjelle (3-1) allowed one run on one hit and struck out one over 1.1 innings to earn the win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Hjelle gave up a solo home run to Pavin Smith in the fifth inning, but Arizona never made a serious threat at a comeback. Hjelle ended up with the win because Jordan Hicks needed 92 pitches to get through 3.2 innings despite the Giants' strong offensive showing in support of their pitchers. All three of Hjelle's wins have come since May 17, and he's allowed three runs over 12 innings in that span. The right-hander is at a 2.77 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 25:4 K:BB through 26 innings this season, mainly serving as a long-relief option.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Sean Hjelle generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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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+
What part of the game does Sean Hjelle generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-31%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-45%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .217 153 33 9 30 3 0 7
Since 2022vs Right .307 223 54 17 62 7 1 4
2024vs Left .146 54 9 4 7 0 0 4
2024vs Right .212 68 19 1 14 1 0 1
2023vs Left .294 60 12 5 15 1 0 3
2023vs Right .333 79 19 8 23 5 1 0
2022vs Left .205 39 12 0 8 2 0 0
2022vs Right .373 76 16 8 25 1 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-6%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-79%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.60 1.24 45.0 5 3 0 7.0 2.2 1.0
Since 2022Away 4.87 1.52 40.2 1 1 0 11.5 3.3 1.3
2024Home 1.74 0.68 20.2 2 1 0 4.4 1.3 0.9
2024Away 3.27 1.09 11.0 1 0 0 14.7 1.6 2.5
2023Home 4.41 1.29 16.1 2 0 0 10.5 2.8 0.6
2023Away 9.24 2.37 12.2 0 1 0 8.5 5.7 1.4
2022Home 12.38 2.63 8.0 1 2 0 6.8 3.4 2.3
2022Away 2.65 1.18 17.0 0 0 0 11.6 2.6 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Sean Hjelle 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
5.60
 
K/9
8.0
 
BB/9
1.4
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
2.27
 
WHIP
0.82
 
BABIP
.207
 
GB/FB
3.17
 
Left On Base
94.7%
 
Exit Velocity
81.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2151 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.7%
 
Swinging Strike
9.2%
 
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Gunning for roster spot
PSan Francisco Giants
March 19, 2023
Hjelle's offseason work is translating to a strong spring thus far, writes Susan Slusser of the San Fransisco Chronicle.
ANALYSIS
Hjelle, standing at a hulking 6-foot-11, added 15 pounds of muscle heading into the season. He's looked sharp across four spring-training appearances, logging a win in his only start and allowing just two runs over 12 total innings. He could profile as an intriguing hybrid arm for the Giants.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2021
2020
The first topic of conversation regarding Hjelle is always going to be his height. Standing a towering 6-foot-11, Hjelle tied Jon Rauch as the tallest-ever major leaguer when he debuted in 2022. Usually operating as a bulk reliever, Hjelle posted a 5.76 ERA but also a 28:8 K:BB over 25 innings during his first taste of the big leagues. He also had a 59 percent ground ball rate, which backed up his tendencies from the minors. Hjelle could be a solid back-end starter if given the opportunity, but he looks to be pretty far down the Giants' rotation depth chart and is more floor than ceiling.
Hjelle likely would have been on track to make his major-league debut during a normal season, but he didn't appear in the big leagues during the abbreviated 2020 campaign. However, the 23-year-old could make his first appearance in the majors in 2021, especially if the full 162-game season is played. Hjelle doesn't have the velocity that one might expect from a pitcher with his 6-11 frame, but his downward motion limits meaningful contact. The right-hander struggled slightly over a limited sample with Double-A Richmond in 2019, posting a 6.04 ERA over 25.1 innings. However, he was much more effective over the full season, totaling a 3.32 ERA and 139:37 K:BB over 143.2 innings in 28 starts. Hjelle has displayed solid command while relying heavily on his knuckle-curve, and he he could find success in a variety of big-league roles, especially if he can improve his fastball velocity and movement on his slider.
Standing 6-feet-11, Hjelle has a good chance to join Jon Rauch as the tallest pitchers to appear in the majors. Hjelle spent last season at three levels, finishing at Double-A Richmond where he's likely to begin the 2020 campaign. Unlike most lanky hurlers, Hjelle possesses an uncanny ability to repeat his delivery. However, he doesn't generate the same velocity as most with his height, sitting low-90s. Most of Hjelle's effectiveness comes from the extreme downward plane he generates, helping the righty keep the ball in the yard. Most feel Hjelle projects as a back-end starter, but with his unusual frame, he's a wild card. Currently, his top pitch is a knuckle-curve, but if he can add a few ticks to his heater or more sweep to his slider, Hjelle could be a front-end guy. With pitching such a crapshoot, you could do worse than to throw a dart at Hjelle in dynasty formats.
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Finishes off shutout of Phillies
PSan Francisco Giants
May 29, 2024
Hjelle (2-1) earned the win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night after tossing two scoreless innings and intentionally walking a batter.
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Snags win in relief
PSan Francisco Giants
May 17, 2024
Hjelle (1-1) allowed three hits and struck out one without walking a batter over two scoreless innings to earn the win Friday over the Rockies.
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Takes loss Wednesday
PSan Francisco Giants
April 25, 2024
Hjelle (0-1) took the loss versus the Mets on Wednesday, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk while striking out two over 2.2 innings.
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Taken off injured list
PSan Francisco Giants
April 20, 2024
The Giants activated Hjelle (elbow) from the 15-day injured list Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Excelling on rehab assignment
PSan Francisco Giants
Elbow
April 18, 2024
Hjelle made the fifth appearance of his rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Sacramento, striking out two while allowing one hit over a scoreless inning.
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