Brooks Raley

Brooks Raley

34-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Raley doesn't throw hard - he averages only 90.7 mph on his sinker - but continues to be one of the best in the league at limiting hard contact. The southpaw was one of Tampa Bay's most trusted relievers last season, tallying six saves and 22 holds while posting a 2.68 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 61:15 K:BB over a career-high 53.2 innings (60 appearances). He threw more sliders, sinkers and changeups with great success, relying less on his cutter that hasn't been effective in recent seasons. The 34-year-old only allowed three home runs all season for a career-best 0.5 HR/9, but that rate may be due for some regression since he's posted a 1.1 HR/9 or higher in every other season. Raley was traded to the Mets in December, where he immediately slots in as the top lefty in front of Edwin Diaz. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8.75 million contract with the Rays in November of 2021. Traded to the Mets in December of 2022. Contract includes $6.5 million team option ($1.25 million buyout) for 2024.
Shipped to Mets
PNew York Mets
December 7, 2022
The Mets acquired Raley from the Rays on Wednesday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Keyshawn Askew, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Aside from All-Star closer Edwin Diaz, the Mets were lacking in reliable setup options last season, and the team's relief depth became further tested earlier this winter when all of Seth Lugo, Trevor May, Joely Rodriguez and Adam Ottavino became free agents. The addition of Raley thus addresses a major need, as he'll give the Mets a proven left-handed arm to slot in front of Diaz in the late innings. Raley covered 53.2 frames for Tampa Bay in 2022, collecting one win, six saves and 22 holds while pitching to a 2.68 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
11
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Brooks Raley generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Brooks Raley generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-41%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .169 194 73 9 30 5 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .231 311 79 28 63 11 1 9
2022vs Left .155 76 25 3 11 3 0 2
2022vs Right .208 143 36 12 26 3 1 1
2021vs Left .195 85 35 4 15 2 0 0
2021vs Right .259 120 30 12 28 4 0 6
2020vs Left .133 33 13 2 4 0 0 1
2020vs Right .225 48 13 4 9 4 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-27%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.30 1.03 60.0 2 2 5 11.7 3.0 0.6
Since 2020Away 4.45 1.09 62.2 1 4 4 10.8 2.4 1.1
2022Home 3.12 1.08 26.0 0 1 4 10.0 3.8 0.7
2022Away 2.28 0.87 27.2 1 1 2 10.4 1.3 0.3
2021Home 2.78 1.01 22.2 2 1 0 13.1 2.0 0.0
2021Away 6.49 1.37 26.1 0 2 2 10.9 3.8 2.1
2020Home 4.76 0.97 11.1 0 0 1 12.7 3.2 1.6
2020Away 5.19 0.92 8.2 0 1 0 11.4 2.1 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Brooks Raley 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
4.07
 
K/9
10.2
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
90.7 mph
 
ERA
2.68
 
WHIP
0.97
 
BABIP
.273
 
GB/FB
1.18
 
Left On Base
69.0%
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.1%
 
Spin Rate
2534 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.1%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Raley has had a winding career path, as he struggled mightily in an initial stint in the majors, which came all the way back in 2012. In an increasingly familiar story, he signed in the KBO and resurrected his career across five seasons with the Lotte Giants. Now entering his third season of his second stint in the majors, Raley joined the Rays in the offseason and figures to serve a meaningful role in the team's bullpen. That possibility became even greater after Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks - both high-leverage arms - were placed on the 60-day injured list on Opening Day. Originally a starter, Raley's stuff has played up out of the bullpen since his return to the league, as he's posted a strikeout rate above 30 percent - and that mark spiked to 37 percent in 2021 - in each of the last three seasons. Home runs are the primary remaining blemish on his profile, as he's surrendered nine home runs in only 69 innings of work (1.2 HR/9) across his last two seasons. If he can keep the ball in the yard effectively, he could factor into the saves picture in Tampa Bay, though he'd likely fall behind at least Andrew Kittredge in terms of securing a high-leverage role.
Raley first reached the majors in 2012 with the Cubs, got injured the following year, was back in the minors the following season and then was in Korea from 2015-2019 working as a starting pitcher with a fair amount of success in the KBO. He came back to the majors in 2020, initially as a reliever for Cincinnati before being traded to Houston at the trade deadline. As a former starter, Raley can throw five different pitches, making him a bit unusual for a middle-relief lefty as his repertoire is not exactly situational. He certainly does not throw hard (around 90 mph on average), but throws a high-spin-rate fastball and curveballs and in the small sample size of 2020, did an outstanding job suppressing contact. In fact, his average exit velocity was in the 99th percentile. His fantasy value will come mostly in the form of vultured wins in the middle innings.
Raley spent most of the year as a mediocre starter for Triple-A Iowa, but all nine of his appearances for the Cubs saw him as a long reliever. While he has above-average control, Raley is too hittable to achieve sustained success at the high levels. He'll likely spend most of the year with Iowa again.
Raley made five starts for the Cubs last year and got shelled (8.14 ERA, 16:11 K:BB in 24.1 innings). His work at Double-A was passable before that, but at Triple-A not so much. He's left-handed, but throws his fastball in the high-80s, and at 24 he probably doesn't have a high major league ceiling assuming he even gets back there in 2013. Most likely, Raley will serve as organizational depth while trying to figure out hitters at Iowa again.
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Rare stumble in loss
PTampa Bay Rays
September 22, 2022
Raley (1-2) allowed three earned runs on three hits across one inning to take the loss Wednesday against the Astros.
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Reinstated from restricted list
PTampa Bay Rays
September 16, 2022
Raley was reinstated from the restricted list Friday.
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Goes on restricted list
PTampa Bay Rays
Personal
September 12, 2022
The Rays placed Raley on the restricted list prior to their series in Toronto, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
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Secures sixth save
PTampa Bay Rays
July 15, 2022
Raley threw a perfect inning and earned a save against Baltimore on Friday.
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Earns fifth save
PTampa Bay Rays
July 12, 2022
Raley picked up the save Tuesday, striking out two and walking a batter in the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory over Boston.
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