T.J. McFarland

T.J. McFarland

34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for T.J. McFarland in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in January of 2024. Traded to the Athletics in March of 2024.
Secures first win Sunday
POakland Athletics
April 29, 2024
McFarland (1-0) got the win against the Orioles on Sunday, firing a perfect eighth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts.
ANALYSIS
McFarland's dominant eighth frame saw him locate eight of 10 pitches for strikes, a particularly impressive display of efficiency. The veteran southpaw has had a couple of stumbles overall, but McFarland has mostly been a reliable bullpen workhorse for manager Mark Kotsay. Factoring in Sunday's appearance, he's already logged 11.1 innings across 16 appearances, posting a 3.97 ERA and recording four holds in addition to his one victory.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
12
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does T.J. McFarland generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
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121+
What part of the game does T.J. McFarland generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-58%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .309 104 16 4 30 3 1 2
Since 2022vs Right .315 144 16 13 40 6 0 3
2024vs Left .267 48 7 2 12 2 0 0
2024vs Right .300 44 7 3 12 1 0 0
2023vs Left .250 5 1 1 1 0 0 0
2023vs Right .600 6 1 0 3 1 0 0
2022vs Left .354 51 8 1 17 1 1 2
2022vs Right .305 94 8 10 25 4 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-89%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 5.96 1.52 25.2 0 1 0 5.6 2.1 1.1
Since 2022Away 4.88 1.53 31.1 1 0 0 4.6 3.2 0.6
2024Home 6.75 1.97 10.2 0 0 0 5.1 2.5 0.0
2024Away 0.75 0.67 12.0 1 0 0 6.0 1.5 0.0
2023Home 6.75 0.75 1.1 0 1 0 6.8 0.0 0.0
2023Away 0.00 12.00 .333333 0 0 0 27.0 27.0 0.0
2022Home 5.27 1.24 13.2 0 0 0 5.9 2.0 2.0
2022Away 7.58 1.89 19.0 0 0 0 3.3 3.8 0.9
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Stat Review
How does T.J. McFarland 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
2.80
 
K/9
5.6
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
87.7 mph
 
ERA
3.57
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
3.83
 
Left On Base
69.0%
 
Exit Velocity
79.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2054 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.8%
 
Swinging Strike
8.3%
 
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Nearing rehab assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 5, 2022
McFarland will throw a bullpen Wednesday and could start a rehab assignment soon, reports John Denton of MLB.com.
ANALYSIS
McFarland will likely begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis and should be able to return to St. Louis relatively soon. The lefty reliever was placed on the COVID-19 injured list June 22 and cleared protocols last week. A return next week seems most likely at this point.
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In an era where most relief appearances are one inning, McFarland is an anomaly, serving as both a lefty specialist and long reliever. In 10 of his 47 appearances, McFarland secured fewer than three outs while in 21 he got at least four. In total, he threw 72 innings, which would have been more had he not missed time in July with a neck strain along with being shut down in mid-September with bone spurs in his throwing elbow. The soft-throwing lefty worked mostly in low-leverage and mop-up duty, logging just a single hold and save all season. He's earmarked for a similar role this season. In the days of 4x4 play, McFarland would be a stud, but a 13.8 K% limits his fantasy value in formats scoring strikeouts. The exception is simulation games caring more about surface stats than underlying skills.
Lefty specialists are like fourth-string wide receivers in fantasy football; not usable in the vast majority of settings. McFarland is an especially boring lefty too, as he posted a 4.8 K/9 last year (5.5 K/9 for career). He does a good job of limiting the free passes (2.8 BB/9), and he induces a lot of groundballs (67 percent groundball rate last year), but that's a blessing and a curse in McFarland case. While the grounders help McFarland keep the ball in the park, they also keep him opponents' hit rate high and that's problematic when you allow so many balls in play. He was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks in November, but was quickly brought back on a cheaper big-league deal. McFarland will likely be the No. 2 lefty behind Andrew Chafin to open the season.
In the time since the Orioles kept McFarland on the roster for the entire 2013 season to fulfill his Rule 5 status, McFarland has shuttled back and forth between Triple-A and the MLB club. Despite pitching pretty well in the minors, McFarland struggled with the Orioles, though an xFIP of 4.06 shows it may not have been as bad as it looked. McFarland was pretty good against left-handers as hitters slashed just .232/.267/.317 against him, but right-handers teed off at a .375/.461/.557 clip. McFarland could become a left-handed specialist if Brian Matusz leaves Baltimore. McFarland added three mph to his fastball over the last two seasons to top out in the low-90s. McFarland should continue to start in the minors for the short term, but it remains to be seen if the Orioles have the confidence to start him with the big league club. He seems likely to pitch at both Triple-A and with the Orioles this year unless Matusz is moved.
The Orioles acquired McFarland in the Rule 5 Draft in 2012, keeping him on the roster for all of 2013 and using him again as a reliever for most of last season. McFarland didn't generate many swings and misses (7.8% swinging-strike rate) even in a relief role, but he's an extreme groundballer (61.9% GB%) capable of overcoming the hitter-friendly nature of Camden Yards. He ditched his curveball for a slider last season, and occasionally worked in a change, but McFarland largely pounds the zone with his fastball. With Zach Britton occupying the ninth inning, the Orioles may opt to keep McFarland in the fold as the team's second lefty out of the bullpen to add depth behind Brian Matusz.
The Orioles plucked McFarland from Cleveland via the Rule 5 draft and used him as a mop-up reliever. He had topped out at Triple-A in 2012 as a starter with the Indians and the results were mixed. McFarland held his own in April and May before a couple of implosions, though he seldom pitched in high-pressure situations. McFarland only has three pitches and he is not a hard thrower, so his ceiling seems limited, but he will be converted back to a starting role entering spring training. The Orioles are no longer required to keep McFarland on the MLB roster and his most likely destination is Triple-A for the start of the season.
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Acquired by Oakland
POakland Athletics
March 26, 2024
The Athletics acquired McFarland from the Dodgers on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations and selected his contract from Triple-A Las Vegas.
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Receives NRI from Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers
January 26, 2024
McFarland signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Joins Orioles on minors deal
PBaltimore Orioles
July 22, 2023
McFarland signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PNew York Mets
July 18, 2023
McFarland cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.
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Designated for assignment
PNew York Mets
July 14, 2023
The Mets designated McFarland for assignment Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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