Chris Flexen

Chris Flexen

29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago White Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Flexen in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKS
$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the White Sox in December of 2023.
Will be used as full-time starter
PChicago White Sox
January 9, 2024
White Sox general manager Chris Getz said Tuesday that the club plans to use Flexen as a full-time starting pitcher in 2024, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Flexen -- who inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract last month -- has split his time between starting and relieving over the last two seasons, but the White Sox plan to give him a full starter's workload in 2024. The right-hander posted a rough 6.86 ERA and 74:38 K:BB through 102.1 innings in 2023 between the Mariners and Rockies, including a 7.18 ERA in 16 starts. However, Flexen generated a 3.66 ERA from 2021-22 with Seattle while being used mostly as a starter, and the White Sox will be hoping he returns to that form.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
61
Last 10 Games
88
Last 5 Games
86
How many pitches does Chris Flexen generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Chris Flexen generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .242 832 152 61 183 35 4 21
Since 2021vs Right .302 965 142 68 267 45 5 40
2023vs Left .282 210 42 17 53 10 0 7
2023vs Right .345 256 32 21 80 9 1 18
2022vs Left .221 283 51 31 55 11 2 4
2022vs Right .275 307 44 20 77 16 1 13
2021vs Left .235 339 59 13 75 14 2 10
2021vs Right .296 402 66 27 110 20 3 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 4.20 1.30 223.0 13 14 0 6.5 2.4 1.2
Since 2021Away 4.71 1.47 196.2 11 9 2 6.1 3.2 1.4
2023Home 5.77 1.48 64.0 1 5 0 6.8 3.4 2.0
2023Away 8.69 1.98 38.1 1 3 0 6.1 3.3 2.6
2022Home 4.11 1.30 61.1 5 4 0 6.9 2.3 1.3
2022Away 3.42 1.35 76.1 3 5 2 5.7 4.1 0.9
2021Home 3.23 1.18 97.2 7 5 0 6.0 1.8 0.6
2021Away 4.06 1.34 82.0 7 1 0 6.6 2.3 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Chris Flexen 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 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
1.95
 
K/9
6.5
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
2.2
 
Fastball
91.9 mph
 
ERA
6.86
 
WHIP
1.67
 
BABIP
.335
 
GB/FB
1.23
 
Left On Base
66.2%
 
Exit Velocity
83.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.4%
 
Spin Rate
2117 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.6%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
Flexen was a fun story in 2021 returning from pitching in the KBO and becoming a tremendous fantasy value for those who threw a late dart on him with 14 wins and solid ratios. The expected stats let us know that Flexen would have a very tough time repeating his success in 2022, and they were right. His ERA did not balloon much, but he did lose his spot in the rotation as he struggled with walks and allowed too many baserunners. He did have nine quality starts and allowed multiple homers in 4 of his outings, but he was out of the rotation by early August while ending the season on a rather solid run in relief. He has the repertoire of a swing man whose changeup and slider work best when he gets ahead in the count as his fastball was too hittable last season. He should resume a spot in the back end of the rotation for Seattle while once again serving as a streaming fantasy option depending on the matchup as he is far from a set-it-and-forget-it fantasy pitcher.
After struggling as a starter in the Mets organization, Flexen pitched for the Doosan Bears in the KBO where he sported a 3.01 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He returned stateside last season, settling in the Pacific Northwest. Flexen unveiled a new pitch mix with Seattle, ditching his slider and sinker for a cutter and more curves. While his 3.61 ERA suggests the adjustments worked, the various xERAs were around a run higher. Even so, that's an improvement over Flexen's stint with the Mets. His strength was a 5.6 BB% and keeping the ball in the yard. It's the latter fueling the higher ERA estimators as his xHR is a few knocks over the 19 he allowed. Trusting a hurler with a 16.9 K% is precarious, but Flexen is a viable streamer, best utilized at home in power-suppressing T-Mobile Park and favorable road matchups.
Flexen struggled over his first three years in the majors from 2017 to 2019, so he headed to Korea to right the ship in 2020. The right-hander pitched well in the KBO, starting 21 games while posting a 3.01 ERA during that time with an impressive 2.74 FIP. He jumped to a 28.0 K% last season, and he'll now attempt to translate his production to major-league success. Flexen worked as a reliever during his first three years in the majors, issuing more walks (54) than strikeouts (49) over that span while posting a 31.9 GB% and 42.6% hard-hit rate in 2019. However, he should compete for a spot in the back end of Seattle's rotation given his success as a starter last year. He improved his command and posted a 132:30 K:BB over 116.2 innings and lasted at least five innings in 17 of his 21 starts. Flexen doesn't have a strong MLB resume, but his KBO success makes him a potential late-round option in deeper leagues.
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Signs with CWS
PChicago White Sox
December 29, 2023
Flexen signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Closes campaign with quality start
PColorado Rockies
September 28, 2023
Flexen (2-8) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings to earn the win over the Dodgers on Thursday.
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Solid outing in Chicago
PColorado Rockies
September 23, 2023
Flexen did not factor into the decision Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings against the Cubs. He struck out one.
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Hit with eighth loss
PColorado Rockies
September 18, 2023
Flexen (1-8) took the loss Sunday against the Giants after giving up four runs on five hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings.
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Decent enough in no-decision
PColorado Rockies
September 12, 2023
Flexen did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks over 5.1 innings against the Cubs. He struck out five.
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