Zach McAllister
Zach McAllister
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McAllister couldn't cut in the Tigers' bullpen last season, which is quite the indictment. He signed a major-league contract with Detroit in August after being DFA'd and released by Cleveland, only to be released by the Tigers after three miserable outings (eight earned runs in 3.1 innings). During his time with the Indians, McAllister posted a 4.97 ERA, up from 2.61 in 2017. His fastball velocity held firm at 95.2 mph on average, but nonetheless the quality of the offering declined dramatically according to FanGraphs' Pitch Values. For the season, McAllister's strikeout rate plummeted from 26.5% to 19.6%, and he allowed hard contact at a high rate (14th-worst Hard% among 191 relievers with at least 40 innings). All that said, it's still too early to close the book completely on McAllister given his velo and track record of success as a reliever from 2015-2017. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Dodgers in April of 2019.
Catches on with Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
April 2, 2019
McAllister agreed to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Monday, the Peoria Journal Star reports.
ANALYSIS
McAllister was released by the Rangers prior to Opening Day after the team informed him he wouldn't break camp with the big club. After three stellar years in relief for the Indians from 2015 through 2017, McAllister fell on hard times last season, posting a 6.20 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 44 appearances between Cleveland and Detroit. The Dodgers don't have an immediate opening in their bullpen, so he'll likely have to prove himself at Triple-A Oklahoma City before receiving a look with the big club.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-26%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .324 194 36 14 58 11 0 9
Since 2017vs Right .225 254 69 17 52 6 3 7
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .363 84 13 4 29 7 0 4
2018vs Right .269 115 26 6 28 6 2 4
2017vs Left .293 110 23 10 29 4 0 5
2017vs Right .189 139 43 11 24 0 1 3
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Since 2017
 
 
-1%
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2018
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.11 1.28 57.0 0 3 0 9.0 1.9 0.9
Since 2017Away 4.14 1.36 50.0 3 1 0 8.6 3.4 1.8
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 6.18 1.48 27.2 0 1 0 7.8 2.0 0.7
2018Away 6.23 1.50 17.1 1 1 0 7.8 2.1 3.1
2017Home 2.15 1.09 29.1 0 2 0 10.1 1.8 1.2
2017Away 3.03 1.29 32.2 2 0 0 9.1 4.1 1.1
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McAllister has enjoyed a good deal of success since transitioning to a relief role a few years ago, but he remains confined to the middle innings due to the high volume of quality arms in the Cleveland bullpen. The right-hander racked up just two holds in 50 appearances last season despite a 9.6 K/9 and stellar ratios, as Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith, Tyler Olson and Nick Goody were more trusted pieces in the bridge to closer Cody Allen. While the peripherals suggest McAllister did overachieve last season -- he had an 89.3 percent left-on-base rate and allowed home runs at a greater rate as his opponents' hard-contact rate jumped to 39.1 percent -- he'd probably be a top setup option in weaker bullpens. Shaw and Smith are gone, so perhaps this is the year McAllister sees more high-leverage work, but he has no real shot at save chances on this team.
After landing on the 15-day DL in early July, McAllister turned his season around with an impressive post All-Star break performance. The reliever dropped his pre All-Star break ERA from 5.40 down to 1.40 after the break, helping the Indians reach the playoffs for the first time since he joined the Tribe six years ago. However, this improvement came simultaneous with the Indians' acquisition of reliever Andrew Miller, who effectively pushed McAllister into lower-leverage situations. The 28-year-old reliever ended up posting a modest 3.44 ERA to go along with a 1.45 WHIP and 9.3 K/9, similar to the numbers he put up the year before with the Indians. McAllister has proven to be a reliable backend reliever over the past couple seasons, however, it is unclear if he will retain that position in the talented Cleveland bullpen in 2017.
McAllister opened the season as a member of the starting rotation after locking down one of the two open spots in the Cleveland rotation on the heels of a strong spring, but the veteran was quickly transitioned to a relief in favor of Danny Salazar after making his lone start of the season. The Indians never turned back to McAllister despite a couple of injury-related vacancies in their rotation at various points in the season and it appears the team views him as filling a relief role going forward. McAllister pitched two innings or more in just five of his 60 relief appearances as the Indians seem content letting him face just a handful of batters per appearance. He was effective in a relief role (2.49 ERA, 3.0 BB/9, 11.0 K/9 in 69 innings) so he should get plenty of high-leverage opportunities this season, and could be in the mix for saves if anything happens to Cody Allen.
Consistency has eluded McAllister throughout his career despite a relatively solid skillset at the foundation. He has a 2.5 K:BB ratio for his career, but hasn’t been able to turn it into steady results. His fastball velocity jumped two ticks to a career-best 94 mph average, which helped him regain his strikeout losses from 2013, but he remains too hittable and especially so with runners on base. As he piles up more work, it is harder to suggest he has simply been unlucky with the .313 BABIP and 66 percent LOB rates for his career, but all of his ERA indicators are well below the 5.23 ERA he was saddled with in 2014. Part of the higher BABIP is a poor Cleveland defense and that extends to the LOB, but two seasons of sub-65 percent LOB rates suggest he is definitely part of the problem, too. There is some intrigue here, but nothing you need to pay for at the draft table. For one, he doesn’t have a rotation spot locked down just yet, but also because his history won’t have many betting on a surge in performance.
McAllister missed time last season with a finger injury, but was fairly effective in 24 starts when healthy. He doesn't have great control (3.3 BB/9) or miss a ton of bats (6.8 K/9) which figures to keep him from taking much of a step forward as a 26-year-old. Further, McAllister has experienced a declining amount of success getting opposing hitters to chase his offerings outside the strike zone, which led to a modest 7.1% swinging-strike rate in 2013. Without a standout offering in his arsenal, McAllister will likely serve as a back-end starter for the Indians in 2014 with a very limited ceiling as he moves ahead in his career.
McAllister had moderate success after joining the Indians rotation for good in late June, but had some ugly efforts late in the season that tainted his overall numbers. His strikeout rate took an uptick after joining the Indians and he'll need to hold onto those gains if he is going to have prolonged success. The Indians are counting on him to make the starting rotation out of spring training, so he'll have to pitch himself off the roster in March unless they're able to upgrade their starting rotation drastically over the winter.
McAllister made a few spot starts for the Indians, but spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A Columbus, going 12-3 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.203 WHIP and a 128:31 K:BB ratio in 25 starts. In addition to increasing his strikeout rate at Triple-A (7.47 K/9IP), McAllister's walk rate (1.81 BB/9IP) was the lowest he's turned in since making the leap to Double-A with the Yankees in 2009. Just 24, he'll be among the candidates considered for the Cleveland rotation if injuries create an opportunity at some point this season.
The 22-year-old McAllister continued his rapid rise through the Yankees’ system last season, leading the Eastern League with a 2.23 ERA in 22 Double-A starts. Despite a lack of dominating stuff, McAllister has good control of his sinking fastball (2.9 K/BB ratio) and keeps the ball in the park by inducing plenty of ground balls (just four homers allowed). He needs more time in the minors to develop his secondary pitches – curveball, slider, changeup – but projects as a mid-rotation grinder in the bigs, possibly as soon as 2011.
McAllister displayed excellent command between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa last season, vaulting his way up the team's organizational ranks. While he's not overpowering, McAllister commands his four-pitch arsenal -- low-90s fastball, curveball, slider and changeup -- very well (1.25 BB/9IP) and generates a healthy number of strikeouts. He could begin Double-A as a 21-year-old in 2009, but given the way the Yankees are rebuilding their rotation through free agency, he may end up as a valuable trade chip if his development continues to progress this well.
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Released by Rangers
PFree Agent  AAA
March 25, 2019
McAllister was released by the Rangers on Monday.
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Seeks multi-inning role
PTexas Rangers  AAA
March 12, 2019
McAllister struck out two over two hitless and scoreless innings Monday against the Angels.
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Signs with Rangers
PTexas Rangers  AAA
January 22, 2019
McAllister signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Joins Dodgers on minor-league deal
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
August 27, 2018
McAllister signed with the Dodgers on a minor-league deal Monday.
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Elects free agency
PFree Agent  AAA
August 21, 2018
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