Zach Plesac

Zach Plesac

29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Angels
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Zach Plesac in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Angels in December of 2023.
Optioned to Triple-A
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 29, 2024
The Angels optioned Plesac to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Plesac has struggled in three starts with the Angels this season, giving up 11 runs in 12 innings while striking out five batters and walking seven. He'll return to Salt Lake in an effort to get back on track, but he hasn't been much better in the minors with a 5.42 ERA through 13 starts with the Bees. Andrew Wantz will come up from Triple-A to fill the vacancy in Los Angeles' pitching staff.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
69
Last 10 Games
69
Last 5 Games
69
How many pitches does Zach Plesac generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Zach Plesac generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .308 369 54 31 103 21 0 18
Since 2022vs Right .244 358 65 19 82 23 0 8
2024vs Left .320 28 1 3 8 1 0 4
2024vs Right .182 26 4 4 4 2 0 0
2023vs Left .408 52 9 3 20 6 0 3
2023vs Right .340 53 5 2 17 5 0 0
2022vs Left .288 289 44 25 75 14 0 11
2022vs Right .231 279 56 13 61 16 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-68%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-70%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.84 1.49 79.2 2 6 0 6.1 3.3 1.1
Since 2022Away 6.12 1.36 85.1 3 8 0 6.9 2.2 1.7
2024Home 5.19 1.27 8.2 1 0 0 4.2 6.2 2.1
2024Away 16.20 2.40 3.1 0 1 0 2.7 2.7 5.4
2023Home 3.75 1.50 12.0 0 1 0 8.3 2.3 0.8
2023Away 12.54 2.57 9.1 1 0 0 2.9 1.9 1.9
2022Home 3.66 1.53 59.0 1 5 0 5.9 3.1 1.1
2022Away 4.83 1.16 72.2 2 7 0 7.6 2.2 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Zach Plesac compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
0.71
 
K/9
3.8
 
BB/9
5.3
 
HR/9
3.0
 
Fastball
90.3 mph
 
ERA
8.25
 
WHIP
1.58
 
BABIP
.217
 
GB/FB
0.27
 
Left On Base
59.7%
 
Exit Velocity
82.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
14.7%
 
Spin Rate
1915 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.0%
 
Swinging Strike
7.2%
 
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Another year, another fluke injury -- Plesac missed time in 2022 after breaking his hand while punching the mound after yielding three home runs in Seattle. Opposing hitters continue to feast on his fastball, tagging him for a .306 batting average and eight home runs on the pitch he threw 42.7 percent of the time last year. His slider and curveball were his two best pitches, but he's still struggled to make up for mediocre velocity with effective swing-and-miss stuff, posting a 6.8 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 over 131.2 innings. He finished last year in the 21st percentile for whiff percentage. While his passion is evident from frustration-related injuries, the end results put him as the No. 4 or 5 starter in the Guardians' rotation and a low-upside, late-round pick in fantasy.
This needs to be said right out of the gate: Plesac was forced to miss five weeks of the 2021 season after injuring his pitching thumb while aggressively ripping off his jersey after a rough outing. Pleasac did run into 10 wins and still pitched to a 1.20 WHIP, but that was offset by a 4.67 ERA and a ghastly drop in his strikeout rate that fell 11 full percentage points. The 24.8 K-BB% from 2020 fell down to 11.0% in 2021 and took him from fantasy sleeper to fantasy headache. His Statcast page has more blue ink than a Bic pen exploding in your shirt pocket, and most of that comes from how poorly his fastball performed (the league hit .326 off the pitch with a .626 SLG). He threw it 42% of the time and the expected stats validate the pitch's poor outcomes. These same warning signs were there heading into 2021, especially with his fastball.
Fantasy players are excited about Plesac. He looked like one of the top up-and-coming starters in the game in 2020, going 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 55.1 innings. He paired a 27.7 K% with a minuscule 2.9 BB% while holding opposing hitters below the Mendoza Line combined. It was not all good, however, as Plesac violated COVID-19 protocols, got sent home and subsequently spent time at Cleveland's alternate training site. Plesac's fastball is rather hittable, but he has a great swing-and-miss slider and enjoyed great results with his changeup as well last season. Perspective is important; Plesac was mostly an afterthought at this time last year, his FIP was a run worse than his ERA -- he had a 91.7 LOB% -- and the question is how much, not if, his walk rate will regress. The early market has him just outside the top 15 starting pitchers. It's quite the leap of faith based on eight starts.
Plesac opened the season at Double-A, but injuries to Cleveland's rotation allowed him to make his big-league debut at the end of May. While the right-hander finished his rookie campaign with respectable numbers -- going 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 21 starts -- he provided plenty of reasons to be skeptical about his ability to repeat that success, most of which are reflected in his 4.94 FIP and 5.13 SIERA. Plesac didn't miss many bats, evidenced by his 9.9% swinging-strike rate and 6.8 K/9, while the contact he allowed was often problematic. His 7.6 Barrel% coupled with his 39.1 GB% resulted in a 1.5 HR/9. He also benefitted from a 78.6% strand rate -- which is tough for a starting pitcher to sustain -- and a .258 BABIP, which isn't supported by his batted-ball profile. Plesac will compete for a spot in the Indians' rotation in 2020, though his upside is limited regardless of his role.
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Struggles with command
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 28, 2024
Plesac yielded two runs on a hit and four walks over 2.2 innings in a no-decision Friday. He struck out three during the win over Detroit.
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Hammered for six runs
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 23, 2024
Plesac (1-1) was tagged with the loss against the Dodgers on Saturday, allowing six runs on seven hits and one walk over 3.1 innings. He struck out one.
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Confirmed to start Saturday
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 21, 2024
Plesac will start Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
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Earns win in team debut
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 18, 2024
Plesac (1-0) earned the win in Monday's 5-3 victory over Milwaukee, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one batter over six innings.
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Set to start Monday
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 17, 2024
Plesac will draw the start Monday versus the Brewers.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Close to deal with Angels
PFree Agent  AAA
December 30, 2023
Plesac is close to reaching an agreement with the Angels, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The details of the contract are not known at this time. Plesac battled through a dreadful 2023 campaign, posting a 7.59 ERA in five starts with the Guardians and a 6.08 ERA at Triple-A Columbus. The 28-year-old did hold a solid 4.04 ERA and 1.19 WHIP from 2019-22, so the Angels are hoping he could bounce back to serve as some respectable rotation depth.
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