Jonny Venters
Jonny Venters
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Venters' 3.67 ERA in 34.1 innings with the Rays and Braves last season isn't particularly impressive in a vacuum, but the fact that it came after the lefty's recovery from his third Tommy John surgery and his five-year absence from the league made it truly remarkable. His 18.6% strikeout rate was a full eight points below his pre-injury numbers, making his 11.0% walk rate less tenable, but he remained excellent at keeping the ball on the ground, recording a 69.1% groundball rate and allowing just one home run. The performance was enough for the Braves to bring him back on a one-year deal. He'll likely fill a lefty specialist role, having held lefties to a .400 OPS last season while giving up a .739 OPS to righties. His story is inspiring, but the veteran's role limits his fantasy value, and it would be a surprise to see him involved in the closer conversation should the job open up. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Braves in November of 2018. Released by the Braves in May of 2019.
Cut loose by Braves
PFree Agent  
May 18, 2019
Venters was released by the Braves on Saturday, Mark Bowman of reports.
Venters made nine appearances for the Braves this season, allowing 13 runs (nine earned) in 4.2 innings of work while posting a 7:8 K:BB. Jerry Blevins will take his place on the roster.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .167 84 20 10 12 2 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .303 92 14 14 23 5 0 2
2019vs Left .333 18 4 6 4 1 0 1
2019vs Right .455 13 3 2 5 0 0 2
2018vs Left .133 66 16 4 8 1 0 1
2018vs Right .277 79 11 12 18 5 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2017Home 6.75 2.02 17.1 4 0 0 7.8 8.3 1.6
Since 2017Away 4.15 1.11 21.2 1 2 4 7.9 3.3 0.4
2019Home 24.30 4.80 3.1 0 0 0 18.9 21.6 8.1
2019Away 0.00 0.75 1.1 0 0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018Home 2.57 1.36 14.0 4 0 0 5.1 5.1 0.0
2018Away 4.43 1.13 20.1 1 2 3 8.4 3.5 0.4
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jonny Venters 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.
93.3 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
97.8 mph
Spin Rate
2104 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Shortly after Venters began incorporating breaking pitches into his bullpen sessions in early May, he started feeling discomfort in his surgically-repaired left elbow. After several failed attempts to ramp his throwing program back up, Venters eventually opted for Tommy John surgery, his third such procedure and second in less than 16 months. The former All-Star's future in professional baseball is uncertain, though there were reports that he was planning to attempt a comeback after the Braves cut ties in November. It's hard to imagine he'll receive any serious offers until next winter.
Venters suffered an elbow injury late in spring training, and when it did not get better with rest, the left-hander eventually opted for his second career Tommy John surgery in mid-May. He figures to miss most, if not all, of the first half of this season while recovering. While Venters has never had great command (4.3 career BB/9), he has overwhelming stuff (10.1 K/9), and should be able to contribute at some point in 2014 as long as he avoids a setback in his recovery.
Venters has been a workhorse for the Braves, pitching 229.2 innings in the last three years as the primary setup man for Craig Kimbrel. The heavy inning count may have caught up to him a bit last year as his ERA jumped to 3.22 in 2012 after two consecutive seasons below 2.00. Though he tends to walk a good number of batters, a career K/9 of over 10.0 has helped him get out of jams and strand 80 percent of runners on base. After early struggles, he finished the year with a 1.71 ERA in 26 games after coming off the disabled list on July 21. Be wary, the heavy workload and previous arm issues do make him a candidate for future injuries. Venters does come with the added value of likely being next in line for save opportunities if anything happens to Kimbrel.
Venters had another outstanding season in a setup role, proving his rookie season was no fluke. He slightly improved his strikeout rate to 10.4 K/9IP and saved five games when closer Craig Kimbrel wasn't available. Venters had a 94 mpg average fastball and keeps the ball in the park as he's allowed just three home runs in the past two seasons. About the only worry is his workload as he led the NL in relief appearances last season with 83 after 79 the season before. He'll enter the season as Atlanta's primary setup man and will get the occasional save when Kimbrel needs a day off.
Venters looked like an odd addition to the 40-man roster last winter as he's had mediocre strikeout rates in his minor league career despite a mid-90s fastball. A strong spring training saw him get called up early in the season and he suddenly became a dominate reliever by averaging just over 10.0 K/9IP with good control. By the stretch run, Venters was being used in high-leverage situations late in games. Entering 2011, he's potentially a part of the Braves' ninth-inning solution following the retirement of Billy Wagner.
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Notches first save
PAtlanta Braves  
May 12, 2019
Venters retired the only batter he faced to record his first save of the season in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
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Back from IL
PAtlanta Braves  
May 10, 2019
Venters (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
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Could be nearing return
PAtlanta Braves  
May 7, 2019
Venters (calf) has looked sharp during his rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett, throwing six scoreless innings with a 5:1 K:BB over six appearances, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Set for one more rehab appearance
PAtlanta Braves  
April 25, 2019
Manager Brian Snitker said Venters (calf) will probably make one more minor-league rehab appearance before being activated from the 10-day injured list, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Close to rehab stint
PAtlanta Braves  
April 24, 2019
Venters (calf) is close to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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