Luke Gregerson
Luke Gregerson
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Cardinals in December of 2017. Released by the Cardinals in May of 2019.
Granted release
PFree Agent  
May 20, 2019
The Cardinals placed Gregerson on unconditional release waivers Monday.
Gregerson's tenure with the organization officially comes to an end after the Cardinals couldn't find another club willing to take on the money remaining on his contract. After inking a two-year, $12 million deal with the Cardinals in the winter of 2017, Gregerson logged just 18.1 innings at the big-league level and surrendered 15 runs on 25 hits and seven walks.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .244 141 28 14 31 6 0 7
Since 2017vs Right .293 206 56 13 56 15 0 8
2019vs Left .364 12 1 1 4 0 0 0
2019vs Right .467 15 1 0 7 2 0 0
2018vs Left .190 25 3 4 4 0 0 1
2018vs Right .333 32 9 2 10 5 0 1
2017vs Left .242 104 24 9 23 6 0 6
2017vs Right .267 159 46 11 39 8 0 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 5.19 1.41 43.1 1 2 1 8.9 3.3 1.9
Since 2017Away 5.25 1.47 36.0 1 1 0 10.3 2.8 1.5
2019Home 5.40 1.80 3.1 0 0 0 2.7 2.7 0.0
2019Away 11.57 2.57 2.1 0 0 0 3.9 0.0 0.0
2018Home 2.84 1.11 6.1 0 0 0 8.5 4.3 0.0
2018Away 11.37 2.05 6.1 0 0 0 8.5 4.3 2.8
2017Home 5.61 1.43 33.2 1 2 1 9.6 3.2 2.4
2017Away 3.29 1.24 27.1 1 1 0 11.2 2.6 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Luke Gregerson 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.
86.7 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
Spin Rate
2327 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Luke Gregerson
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Gregerson signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason. The Astros used him as a closer in both 2015 and 2016, but did not do so in 2017 and were not interested in keeping him around to compete for what could be an open job after the way Ken Giles closed the season out. Gregerson still gets plenty of strikeouts with that incredible slider but suffered through a horrendous bout of gopheritis last year out of nowhere. Same ballpark as the previous two seasons, but his home run rate nearly tripled. If we calculate in some regression to the mean for his home-run rate and look at the current Cardinal bullpen, it does not take too much effort to put together a clear path for Gregerson to be back into the closer role in 2017. If you are drafting very early in 2018, this could be a very profitable endgame grab.
Gregerson's slider was absolutely devastating last season, and his whiff-per-swing rate of 60.4 percent on the pitch was the second-best rate in all of baseball among pitchers who threw at least 200 sliders in 2016. His strikeout rate of 29.3 percent was more than four percentage points higher than anything he had posted since 2010, and an astounding 53 of his 67 strikeouts last season (79 percent) were finished off by his slider. Gregerson's 3.28 ERA was actually the highest single-season mark of his eight-year career, as the right-hander has established himself as one of the most consistent relief pitchers in baseball. He has proven that he can handle the closer role but is just as comfortable earlier in the bucket line putting out fires. Ken Giles figures to close games for the Astros in 2017, with Gregerson among those who will notch holds in the seventh and eighth.
Signed by the Astros to a three-year deal prior to last season, Gregerson beat out Pat Neshek and Chad Qualls to win the closer role out of spring training. As one of the most dependable relievers in baseball over the past few seasons, the 31-year-old continued to perform at a high level, earning 31 saves in 36 chances for Houston. Gregerson endured a few rough patches during the season, but he never relinquished the closer role and finished the year with a 3.10 ERA, 0.95 WHIP with a 59:10 K:BB over 61 innings. However, the Astros went out and acquired Ken Giles from Philadelphia in the offseason to shore up the back of the bullpen, meaning Gregerson will be relegated to setup duty to start the 2016 campaign.
Gregerson just keeps throwing up exceptional relief seasons and 2014 was no different. He's also been very durable, appearing in 60 or more games in the last six seasons, and leading all of MLB with 435 games pitched over that period. Gregerson's strikeout rate has dropped the last three years (from 9.0 K/9 to 8.7, and again to 7.3 last season), but his walk rate has also dropped at the same time (2.6 BB/9 to 2.4, and again to 1.9 last season). Gregerson relies heavily on his nasty slider, but he actually threw it less in 2014 than he had at any other point in his career (47.1% in 2014 as compared to 68.6% in 2012). Signed to a three-year deal by the Astros in December, Gregerson appears to be the top candidate to handle the closer role in Houston to begin the season.
In each of the last two seasons, Gregerson has slotted into the setup role in front of Huston Street in San Diego, posting a combined 8.9 K/9 across 138 innings in 150 appearances. Gregerson's arm isn't about to fall off following the ample usage, but his offseason trade to Oakland places him in an accomplished bullpen, with Jim Johnson, Ryan Cook, and Sean Doolittle all present at the back end. Thus, Gregerson may not pile up as many holds, let alone saves, but he should be able to uphold his terrific strikeout rate.
In 2012, Gregerson got back to doing what he does best: missing bats at an elite level with his slider, while forcing those that do make contact to put the ball on the ground. What followed was a 2.39 ERA and another season among the top relief pitchers in the major leagues. He was able to pick up some saves, while closer Huston Street was out due to injury and will likely be called upon to do so again in 2013 as Street has never been a model of consistency when it comes to his health. No matter what role he finds himself in, expect Gregerson to excel and bring with him outstanding peripheral numbers.
Although his strikeout rate took a serious nosedive last season (5.50 K/9IP down from 10.23 in 2010), he still has a career 3.18 K/BB ratio and that includes a slight increase in his walk rate last season. Perhaps the oblique injury he suffered in late June was a contributing factor. The team's confidence in Gregerson is high, so he should easily entrench himself as a top dog in the bullpen again this year with a solid spring. He should prove to be a valuable fantasy asset even if Huston Street stays healthy as the Padres' closer.
Only two seasons into his major league career, Gregerson has established himself as one of the best setup men in the game. In 2010, he had an amazing 4.9 K/BB ratio with a 3.22 ERA, and 0.830 WHIP. A large reason for his success is a slider that batters simply can not hit. Should Heath Bell be traded, Gregerson is someone that would excel in the closer role. Toss in his fantastic skill set and he's one of a handful of middle relievers that fantasy owners should target on draft day.
What's strange about Kevin Towers' firing is that his last year in San Diego was among his most productive. Take Gregerson, picked up in exchange for Khalil Greene from the Cardinals. Gregerson pounded the strike zone with his slider and fastball, walking just 22 men unintentionally. There's little reason to believe he can't do this again, and he's first in line for saves should Heath Bell be ineffective, injured or elsewhere. Good value bet for 2010.
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Booted off 40-man roster
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
May 17, 2019
Gregerson was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Friday, Rob Rains of reports.
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Evening out performances
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
May 13, 2019
Gregerson fired a scoreless ninth inning in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday, allowing no hits and issuing a walk.
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Struggles in '19 debut
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
May 6, 2019
Gregerson allowed an earned run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday, his first major-league action of 2019.
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Activated from IL
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
May 4, 2019
Gregerson (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Saturday's game against the Cubs.
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Likely activation date announced
PSt. Louis Cardinals  
May 3, 2019
Updating a previous report, the Cardinals are expected to activate Gregerson (shoulder) before Saturday's game against the Cubs, Jenifer Langosch of reports.
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