Jerry Blevins
Jerry Blevins
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Blevins is the poster boy for parents hoping their newborn son is left-handed. Armed with a fastball rarely touching 90 mph, Blevins has carved out a tidy career primarily due to his ability to frustrate lefty swingers. His lifetime wOBA facing LHB is .260, compared to a .320 mark versus RHB. However, in recent seasons, he's displayed a reverse split, diminishing his overall effectiveness. Curiously, from April 21 through Sept.14, the southpaw posted a 2.60 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 34.1 innings. However, a 13.50 ERA to begin the season and a 19.64 mark to close it resulted in one of the worst campaigns of his career, spurred by a big drop in strikeout rate. Now a 35-year-old free agent, Blevins could latch on with a team looking for bullpen depth. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Athletics in February of 2019. Traded to the Braves in April of 2019.
Gets first save
PAtlanta Braves
August 14, 2019
Blevins struck out the only batter he faced to record his first save in a 6-4 win over the Mets on Wednesday.
After using Shane Greene in the eighth inning, the Braves turned to Blevins to relieve Mark Melancon with two outs in the ninth frame and the bases loaded. Blevins struck out Michael Conforto to nail down his first save. Lefties continue to struggle with Blevins, hitting .150 against him. The 35-year-old has a 3.33 ERA in 33 appearances this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .210 266 78 19 50 6 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .239 254 61 43 49 12 0 11
2019vs Left .159 52 14 7 7 1 0 0
2019vs Right .255 63 15 9 13 2 0 4
2018vs Left .264 82 16 6 19 4 0 3
2018vs Right .193 106 25 16 17 5 0 3
2017vs Left .197 132 48 6 24 1 0 0
2017vs Right .288 85 21 18 19 5 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 2.29 1.22 59.0 5 0 3 12.1 4.3 0.9
Since 2017Away 5.43 1.53 58.0 5 2 0 9.3 5.3 1.2
2019Home 3.29 1.39 13.2 1 0 1 10.5 5.3 1.3
2019Away 4.63 1.46 11.2 0 0 0 10.0 6.2 1.5
2018Home 3.43 1.14 21.0 2 0 1 9.9 4.3 1.7
2018Away 6.23 1.57 21.2 1 2 0 7.5 5.0 0.8
2017Home 0.74 1.19 24.1 2 0 1 14.8 3.7 0.0
2017Away 5.11 1.54 24.2 4 0 0 10.6 5.1 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Jerry Blevins 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 this season's data (min 20 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.
    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.
88.6 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
88.3 mph
Spin Rate
2228 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Referring to Blevins as a lefty specialist isn’t fair since he faces his share of right-handed hitters, but his primary job is to get lefty swingers out. Still, Blevins threw at least a full inning in 23 of his 75 appearances, accounting for 25 of the 49 frames he threw on the season. That left just 24 innings for the other 50 outings, most of which were focusing on left-handers. The southpaw’s strikeout rate versus righties was an impressive 25 percent, but it was tempered by a high 21 percent walk rate, the main contributor to a high 1.37 WHIP. The Mets exercised Blevins' option, so he’ll be back in a setup role, where he accrued 19 holds last season. His double-digit K/9 is mixed-league worthy, except he won’t get the desired volume of strikeouts since he isn’t apt to throw much more than 50 stanzas. As such, Blevins is relegated to NL-only, unless your league scores holds.
Following a 2015 season that was wiped out almost entirely by injury, Blevins rebounded in impressive fashion in 2016. The 33-year-old posted a 2.79 ERA, and though he was used primarily as a lefty specialist, he was effective against righties as well when given the chance, as he worked to a .182 average against by right-handed batters. Appearing in a career-high 73 games, Blevins also honed in on his command, with an impressive 11.1 K/9 and 3.5 K/BB. His frequent usage may have had an adverse effect though, as Blevins seemed to wear down a bit toward the end of the season with a 7.20 ERA over 10 appearances in September. At 33, Blevins is unlikely to find a new level to his game, but he should at least get steady work after re-signing with the Mets.
On the surface, Blevins' first season in Washington was not a good one. The left-hander staggered to a 4.87 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 57.1 innings, but the inflated rates were primarily due to facing too many righties. Versus left-handed batters, he allowed just a 2.51 ERA and 40:6 K:BB ratio in 32.1 innings along with a .153/.202/.217 slash line, numbers more in line with his last two seasons in Oakland. The Nationals don't have anyone else in their bullpen who fits in a standard LOOGY role, so if manager Matt Williams can limit Blevins' plate appearances to mostly same-side matchups, he should put up a much better line in 2015 and might even be marginally useful for fantasy purposes.
Blevins turned in another solid season of relief for the A's in 2013, compiling a 3.15 ERA over 60 innings and even tossing in five wins for good measure. His extreme flyball tendencies seemed to fit very well with a cavernous home park in Oakland, as his ERA has been significantly lower than his xFIP in each of the past three seasons. Blevins has improved his K:BB ratio in each of the last two years (1.86 to 2.16 to 3.06) and should continue to serve as an effective middle reliever, but he'll do so for the Nationals, after being acquired by Washington in December.
In his sixth year of service in Oakland, Blevins had his best season in 2012. After spending a couple of months in Triple-A in 2011, Blevins has been solid and ended 2012 with an ERA under 2.50 and a WHIP around 1.00. Blevins filled a very important role as a left-handed reliever who can also be used against righties. Blevins only gave up one home run to a left-handed hitter all year (Michael Saunders in April) and held lefties to a staggering .235 slugging percentage before pitching well in the postseason. Blevins slots in the A's bullpen in the sixth or seventh inning, or in situations with multiple lefties coming up.
Blevins was designated for assignment three times during the course of last season, which should be a pretty clear indication of how the A's view him. Although he continues to miss bats at an acceptable clip (8.26 K/9IP), Blevins' walk rate jumped for the second straight year (4.45 BB/9IP), and the free passes will prove to be problematic if it's a trend he's unable to reverse. He's been semi-effective at times in the majors, and the trade of Craig Breslow as part of the Trevor Cahill deal could open the door for the lefty specialist role in 2012.
Blevins had success (23.2 IP, 21 hits, 27:4 K:BB) against lefties in 2010 but struggled (25.0 innings, 33 hits, 19:14 K:BB) against righties, which should be enough to convince the A's that his future is as a lefty specialist. Blevins' bullpen mate, Craig Breslow, seems better cast to get the occasional righty out, which should limit Blevins to more middle-inning work and limit his exposure in late innings.
A poor spring and subsequent struggles to start the regular season resulted in Blevins' demotion to the minors after he was all but handed a late- inning lefty specialist role at the start of spring. He returned to the majors in September and pitched well (18 innings, 12 hits, 20:3 K:BB ratio), and he should pair with Craig Breslow to give the A's two effective lefty relievers.
Blevins figures to benefit from the departure of both Alan Embree and Huston Street, and could begin the year as the A's designated lefty option in the late innings. He allowed just 11 hits and three walks in 15 innings against lefties after his recall in early July, though it's hard to envision a scenario where he'll be asked to close out more than a couple of games.
The A's managed to pry Blevins away from the Cubs in the Jason Kendall trade, when unloading the contract was more than enough from the A's perspective. Blevins struggled in six September games for the A's, but he managed a nice season split among two levels in the minors (77.1 innings, 55 hits, 18 walks, 102 K and just three home runs). Being 6-6 and left-handed should allow him to carve out a role in the A's bullpen for 2008.
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Makes rare lengthy appearance
PAtlanta Braves
July 17, 2019
Blevins allowed a run on one hit and two walks over two innings of relief in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.
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Returns to Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
May 18, 2019
Blevins' contract was selected by the Braves on Saturday.
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Booted off 40-man roster
PAtlanta Braves
May 14, 2019
Blevins was designated for assignment by the Braves on Tuesday, Mark Bowman of reports.
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Contract selected by Braves
PAtlanta Braves
April 28, 2019
Blevins' contract was selected by the Braves on Sunday.
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Dealt to Braves
PAtlanta Braves
April 28, 2019
Blevins was acquired by the Braves on Sunday in exchange for cash or a player to be named, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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