T.J. McFarland

T.J. McFarland

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for T.J. McFarland in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Cardinals in August of 2022.
Re-ups with Cards
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
August 23, 2022
McFarland re-signed Tuesday with the Cardinals on a minor-league contract.
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McFarland and the Cardinals parted ways Aug. 15 when he was booted off the 40-man roster, but after assessing his options in free agency, the veteran southpaw chose to stick around in the organization. He'll report to Triple-A Memphis and could get a late-season call-up if the Cardinals have a need for a lefty reliever down the stretch.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does T.J. McFarland generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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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 2020
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-39%
BAA vs LHP
2020
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .269 141 27 5 36 6 1 7
Since 2020vs Right .290 237 19 20 62 11 1 5
2022vs Left .354 51 8 1 17 1 1 2
2022vs Right .305 94 8 10 25 4 0 3
2021vs Left .167 49 12 1 8 1 0 2
2021vs Right .276 95 9 8 24 6 1 1
2020vs Left .289 41 7 3 11 4 0 3
2020vs Right .289 48 2 2 13 1 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
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-30%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
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-1%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 4.18 1.20 47.1 3 1 0 5.1 1.7 1.3
Since 2020Away 4.63 1.52 44.2 3 0 0 3.8 3.2 1.2
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
2021Home 3.38 1.03 21.1 2 1 0 5.9 2.1 0.8
2021Away 1.56 1.10 17.1 2 0 0 3.6 2.1 0.5
2020Home 4.38 1.46 12.1 1 0 0 2.9 0.7 1.5
2020Away 4.32 1.56 8.1 1 0 0 5.4 4.3 3.2
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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
1.45
 
K/9
4.4
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
88.8 mph
 
ERA
6.61
 
WHIP
1.62
 
BABIP
.327
 
GB/FB
2.56
 
Left On Base
58.7%
 
Exit Velocity
86.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.5%
 
Spin Rate
1949 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.8%
 
Swinging Strike
7.0%
 
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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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Let go by Cardinals
PFree Agent  AAA
August 15, 2022
McFarland was released by the Cardinals on Friday.
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Loses 40-man spot
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
August 10, 2022
The Cardinals designated McFarland for assignment Wednesday.
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Reinstated from IL
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
July 11, 2022
McFarland (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
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Begins rehab assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
Illness
July 8, 2022
McFarland (illness) begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
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Bullpen session set for Wednesday
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
Illness
July 4, 2022
McFarland (illness) is expected to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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