Jerad Eickhoff
Jerad Eickhoff
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It was a lost season Eickhoff. He missed five months while recovering from a lat strain, returning in September to pitch just 5.1 innings. The fact that he returned at all gives at least some hope that he can be a member of the Phillies' rotation in 2019, though that's far from a guarantee. Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta and Zach Eflin all took steps forward last year, so Eickhoff may be the Phillies' sixth or seventh starter on Opening Day, and there's always a chance the team decides a full-time bullpen role is best for him as he's now battled injuries for two straight years. The risk is high and the reward is moderate at best, as Eickhoff's one good full season (back in 2016) contained a below-average strikeout rate and a good-not-great 3.65 ERA. Owners in all but the deepest leagues can safely watch from afar and make Eickhoff prove himself before investing. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with the Phillies in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Joins rotation
PPhiladelphia Phillies
April 17, 2019
Eickhoff is expected to move into the Phillies' rotation Sunday against the Rockies after Philadelphia optioned Nick Pivetta to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Though it was Nick Pivetta who came away with the victory in Tuesday's 14-3 win over the Mets, Eickhoff was the far more impressive of the two pitchers while working in long relief. In what marked his 2019 debut for the Phillies after he opened the season in the minors, Eickhoff struck out six and gave up three hits and no walks over four scoreless frames to notch the save. Pivetta, meanwhile, failed to record a quality start for the fourth time in as many turns and recorded more walks than strikeouts in what was somehow his best outing of the season, prompting the Phillies to go in another direction at the back end of the rotation. After the lengthy relief appearance, Eickhoff should be reasonably stretched out heading into his start this weekend, though he could struggle to find success while pitching at Coors Field.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-28%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-82%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-53%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .325 332 64 31 95 25 0 12
Since 2017vs Right .235 285 71 22 60 14 0 5
2019vs Left .500 4 1 0 2 0 0 0
2019vs Right .091 11 5 0 1 0 0 0
2018vs Left .471 17 5 0 8 2 0 1
2018vs Right .222 9 6 0 2 2 0 0
2017vs Left .314 311 58 31 85 23 0 11
2017vs Right .243 265 60 22 57 12 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.23 1.53 66.0 3 4 1 9.3 3.8 1.0
Since 2017Away 5.05 1.50 71.1 1 5 0 8.5 3.2 1.3
2019Home 0.00 0.75 4.0 0 0 1 13.5 0.0 0.0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 5.40 1.50 3.1 0 1 0 21.6 0.0 2.7
2018Away 9.00 2.50 2.0 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 0.0
2017Home 4.45 1.59 58.2 3 3 0 8.3 4.3 0.9
2017Away 4.93 1.47 69.1 1 5 0 8.3 3.2 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Jerad Eickhoff 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.
K/BB
0.00
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
0.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
90.5 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.75
 
BABIP
.362
 
GB/FB
2.00
 
Strand %
100.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Eickhoff took a step back in 2017, failing to build on the promise he showed the year before when he looked like a solid mid-rotation arm. His walk rate almost doubled, going from 1.9 BB/9 to 3.7 BB/9, and his ERA jumped from 3.65 to 4.71. It's possible that some of Eickhoff's poor performance can be attributed in part to injury -- he made two trips to the disabled list and was limited to just 24 starts -- and bad luck (.328 BABIP, .278 in 2016). Eickhoff added to his strikeout rate (8.3 K/9), and his 4.30 FIP gives reason to believe he could be a bounceback candidate, as that mark was slightly better than league average and just a shade worse than his 4.19 FIP from 2016. A pitcher who puts up a 4.30 ERA is not a great asset in most fantasy formats, but it's enough to keep him in a major-league rotation.
Eickhoff established himself as a reliable, mid-rotation starter last season. He made 33 starts and fell just short of 200 innings in his first full season in the majors. Eickhoff works in the low-90s with his fastball to set up an excellent curveball that averages 75 mph and which limited batters to a .158 average against in 2016. He also added a slider last season to help keep hitters off balance, as he had become too predictable with a fastball-curveball combination. Eickhoff doesn't strike out a ton of batters, but he is able to generate enough strikeouts to be effective. He doesn't walk many batters and he gets groundballs at a solid clip. He does have a tendency to give up home runs, but if he continues to limit free passes he can mitigate some of the damage from the homers. A 4.24 FIP last season indicates Eickhoff might have been a little lucky, but there is still some room for growth, especially if he can discover a pitch to more effectively deal with left-handed batters.
Eickhoff surprised by delivering early returns on the Cole Hamels trade for the Phillies. He improved both his strikeout and walk rates upon reaching the majors, capping the season with a 33:7 K:BB in his final 28 innings. It’s a small eight-start sample, but his 13 percent swinging-strike rate in those final four starts backed the strikeout surge. Even still, a fourth/fifth starter profile doesn't transform into a frontline profile overnight. The fact that he was so dominant against righties obscured the fact that he was pretty bad against lefties. He had one of the worst right-handed fastballs against lefties and it overshadowed the fact that his changeup isn't ready, either. Meanwhile, he was unsustainably good against righties so without improvement against lefties, he's going to be that back-end starter everyone expected initially. He raised the ceiling of what he can be, but he shouldn't yet be valued as a mid-rotation option.
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Picks up save in long relief
PPhiladelphia Phillies
April 16, 2019
Eickhoff tossed four scoreless innings of relief Tuesday, allowing three hits and striking out six, to record his first career save in a 14-3 rout of the Mets.
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Back in big leagues
PPhiladelphia Phillies
April 16, 2019
Eickhoff was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
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Opening season in minors
PPhiladelphia Phillies
March 23, 2019
The Phillies optioned Eickhoff to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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To debut Monday
PPhiladelphia Phillies
March 11, 2019
Eickhoff (wrist) will make his spring debut Monday against the Rays, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Set for sim game
PPhiladelphia Phillies
Wrist
March 5, 2019
Eickhoff (wrist) will throw a simulated game Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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