Chris Stratton
Chris Stratton
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Some saw Stratton’s 2017 performance and considered him a sleeper for 2018. In the end, his numbers regressed almost across the board. His home-run rate jumped up to 1.2 per nine innings, he struck out fewer batters (7.0 K/9) and he gave up much more hard contact than in 2017 (41.8% hard-hit rate in 2018 versus 28.4% in 2017). The 28-year-old did improve his control and showed some flashes of excellence, including a five-start stretch from late August to mid-September in which he compiled a 2.10 ERA with a complete-game shutout. His awful outings offset the strong ones, though, keeping his end-of-season ERA at 5.09. His 4.48 FIP suggests he suffered from some bad luck, but not a ton. Fortunately, he will likely maintain his spot in the rotation since he’s out of options, so he should get a chance to improve, but he’s risky given all the hard contact and the lack of strikeouts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in March of 2019. Traded to the Angels in March of 2019. Traded to the Pirates in May of 2019.
Activated from IL
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 17, 2019
Stratton (side) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Stratton was placed on the IL at the end of August with right side inflammation, but he's been given the green light to return to the team for the final few weeks of the regular season. He owns a 5.55 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with a 65:30 K:BB over 71.1 innings this season with the Pirates.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
39
Last 10 Games
31
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Chris Stratton generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Chris Stratton generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .293 618 103 70 158 29 5 19
Since 2017vs Right .266 607 129 45 147 32 6 18
2019vs Left .300 152 29 22 39 7 1 5
2019vs Right .300 192 40 11 54 14 1 8
2018vs Left .289 339 53 31 88 15 4 12
2018vs Right .255 286 59 23 65 14 4 7
2017vs Left .295 127 21 17 31 7 0 2
2017vs Right .239 129 30 11 28 4 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.94 1.54 145.2 9 6 1 6.7 3.6 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.90 1.46 134.0 6 11 0 8.3 3.8 1.3
2019Home 6.23 1.62 43.1 0 2 0 7.5 3.9 2.1
2019Away 4.68 1.71 32.2 1 1 0 9.1 3.9 0.8
2018Home 4.74 1.51 74.0 6 3 0 6.3 3.5 0.9
2018Away 5.45 1.34 71.0 4 7 0 7.6 3.2 1.5
2017Home 3.49 1.48 28.1 3 1 1 6.7 3.5 0.3
2017Away 3.86 1.48 30.1 1 3 0 8.9 5.0 1.2
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Stat Review
How does Chris Stratton 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
2.09
 
K/9
8.2
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
5.57
 
WHIP
1.66
 
BABIP
.355
 
GB/FB
1.27
 
Left On Base
70.5%
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2641 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.0%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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There is nothing flashy about Stratton's skill set, but he showed enough in 13 appearances (10 starts) with the Giants last year to warrant another look at the back end of the rotation in 2018. He averages under 92 mph with his fastball, but Stratton throws two quality breaking pitches (curveball and slider) which help him keep the ball on the ground. The right-hander endured some struggles against lefties last year (.355 wOBA), and they may remain tough on him until the changeup develops more, but Stratton's splits against righties (.291 wOBA) and on the road (3.86 ERA) point to some level of sustainability. Don't expect a sub-4.00 ERA over a full season, but something in the mid-4.00s range is within the realm of possibility. The WHIP is a different story; he had a sub-1.30 WHIP just once on the farm, and will continue to struggle in that category if he can't do a better job of limiting the free passes (4.3 BB/9).
Stratton got his first taste of big league action in 2016, serving as the team's long relief man when injuries struck the back end of the Giants rotation. He only logged 10 innings in the bigs, so his numbers with Triple-A Sacramento give a better idea of what kind of pitcher he is. In 20 starts with the River Cats, Stratton posted a 3.87 ERA with a 2.6 K/BB ratio. His biggest strength is his ability to keep the ball in the yard, as evidenced by his 0.4 HR/9 while pitching in the hitter-friendly PCL. With five veteran starters under contract to begin the 2017 season, Stratton will likely begin the year with Triple-A Sacramento again.
Stratton started the 2014 season as a 23-year-old at High-A San Jose, where he was hit around quite a bit. The 6-foot-3 righty posted a 5.07 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 99.1 innings at Low-A, featuring a low-90s fastball that occasionally dips to 89 mph. He concluded the season with 23 innings in a better pitching environment in the Eastern League with Double-A Richmond, where his ERA dipped to a middling 3.52, but his strikeout rate also dropped from 23.9% to 16.8% against more advanced hitting. The lack of strikeouts against Double-A hitters creates more concerns than the ERA stabilization alleviated. Stratton’s ceiling appears to be that of a No. 5 starter, and perhaps a more likely role would be that of a middle reliever or swing man.
After suffering a scary head injury that cut his 2012 season short, Stratton came back strong in 2013, posting a 3.27 ERA in 132 innings for Low-A Augusta. The former first-round pick exhibited excellent strikeout numbers (8.4 K/9) while keeping his control in check (3.2 BB/9). Despite not pitching above the Low-A level, the 23-year-old Stratton will likely be on a fast track to the majors as his arsenal (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup) appears ready for the big leagues.
Stratton, the Giants' first-round pick in 2012 (20th overall), appeared in eight games while throwing 16.1 innings in Low-A until his season was cut short after a line drive to the head in late August. It is likely that he will begin 2013 in High-A, and there is a chance he could make it to San Francisco by 2014. Scouts have said Stratton does not have one dominant pitch, but he features a fastball between 91-95 mph along with a very good slider, improving curveball and fringe changeup.
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Lands on IL
PPittsburgh Pirates
Side
August 29, 2019
Stratton was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to right side inflammation, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Returns from injury
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 18, 2019
Stratton (side) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
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Needs another rehab appearance
PPittsburgh Pirates
Side
June 13, 2019
Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Stratton (side) will make another minor-league rehab appearance in the upcoming days, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Rehab assignment on tap
PPittsburgh Pirates
Side
June 10, 2019
General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Stratton (side) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis this week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Throws simulated game
PPittsburgh Pirates
Side
June 8, 2019
Stratton (side) threw a simulated game Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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