Eric Lauer
Eric Lauer
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lauer opened the eyes of the Padres brass in the spring but was still sent to Triple-A El Paso to open the 2018 campaign. A 3.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 18 innings prompted a callup after just three starts. Lauer was immediately inserted into the Padres' rotation where he toiled until late July when he was shelved with a forearm strain. Lauer returned a month later and finished the season strong, posting a 1.07 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 25 punchouts in 25.1 stanzas down the stretch. Lauer hopes to carry that momentum over to the spring where he'll be in a battle for a spot as a back-end starter for San Diego. To secure it, he'll need to improve his 8.6% swinging-strike rate, especially if he continues to walk batters at an above-average pace. The Padres' system is loaded with starting pitching prospects, ticketing Lauer for a long-term role as a swingman. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Padres in June of 2018 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Takes loss against Reds
PSan Diego Padres
April 20, 2019
Lauer (2-3) struck out five and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks across five innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.
The 23-year-old kept the ball in the yard, which has been an issue for him this year, but the Reds scratched out three runs on their six hits. Lauer has displayed great control this season (23:7 K:BB), but opposing hitters are batting .290 against him, which has led to a 1.41 WHIP and 4.67 ERA in 27 innings. His next start should be against the Nationals on the road next Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .287 136 20 11 35 7 0 4
Since 2017vs Right .285 483 103 42 123 20 2 15
2019vs Left .261 24 5 1 6 1 0 0
2019vs Right .298 91 18 6 25 5 0 4
2018vs Left .293 112 15 10 29 6 0 4
2018vs Right .282 392 85 36 98 15 2 11
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2017Home 3.86 1.39 74.2 4 6 0 7.0 2.5 1.3
Since 2017Away 5.04 1.66 64.1 4 4 0 9.1 4.5 1.1
2019Home 3.38 1.44 16.0 1 2 0 5.6 2.3 1.1
2019Away 6.55 1.36 11.0 1 1 0 10.6 2.5 1.6
2018Home 3.99 1.38 58.2 3 4 0 7.4 2.6 1.4
2018Away 4.73 1.73 53.1 3 3 0 8.8 4.9 1.0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Eric Lauer compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Padres signed the Kent State lefty to a slightly under slot $2 million contract after selecting him with the No. 25 overall pick. He was dominant after entering pro ball, albeit in just 31 innings, primarily in the Northwest League. However, Lauer does not have a plus pitch, and his excellent numbers may oversell his long-term upside. He features a low-90s fastball, an above-average slider, and a changeup and curveball that could top out as average offerings. Additionally, he does not have the type of elite command needed to allow that arsenal to play up. Any organization would be happy to have a high-probability 6-foot-3 southpaw who should be able to pitch near the back of a big league rotation, but for fantasy dynasty leagues, that profile is a lot less exciting, especially when it comes with a lead time of two or three years.
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Allows eight hits in loss
PSan Diego Padres
April 14, 2019
Lauer (2-2) yielded three runs on eight hits in five innings, taking the loss against Arizona on Sunday. He struck out five batters.
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Fans eight in win
PSan Diego Padres
April 8, 2019
Lauer (2-1) picked up the win Monday, giving up five runs on four hits and three walks over six innings while striking out eight in a 6-5 victory over the Giants.
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Loses to D-backs
PSan Diego Padres
April 2, 2019
Lauer suffered his first loss of 2019, allowing four runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking one across five innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
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Pitches six scoreless innings
PSan Diego Padres
March 28, 2019
Lauer threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out three, in a 2-0 victory against the Giants on Opening Day.
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Gets Opening Day nod
PSan Diego Padres
March 24, 2019
Lauer will start for the Padres on Opening Day.
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