Clay Holmes

Clay Holmes

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Holmes ditched his curveball that wasn't effective in 2021 and relied solely on his 97 mph sinker (80% pitch usage) and slider (20%) last season. This led to phenomenal results, as the right-hander had a dominant first half for the Yankees and quickly took over as closer in the Bronx before being named to his first All Star team. Holmes had a 29-game scoreless streak early in the season and led qualified relievers with a ridiculous 75.8% groundball rate. On the flip side, he hit a rough patch a few weeks after the All Star Game and subsequently went on the IL with a back injury. He was not as sharp upon his return, which forced Aaron Boone to shift to a closer committee a few weeks before the playoffs. Holmes also dealt with a shoulder strain at the end of the season. Weighing the upside he showed in the first half of 2022 against his far worse second half makes Holmes a wild card for 2023 drafts, especially with Yankees bullpen roles currently in flux. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Yankees in March of 2022.
Officially available for Game 1
PNew York Yankees
October 11, 2022
Manager Aaron Boone said Holmes (shoulder) is available to close Game 1 of the ALDS against the Guardians on Tuesday, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Holmes has been held out of action since the end of September with a strained right shoulder. After his recent throwing sessions went "really well," according to Boone, Holmes is now cleared for postseason action. The 2022 campaign marked a career year for the 29-year-old righty, as he recorded a 2.54 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 63.2 innings during the regular season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Clay Holmes generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Clay Holmes generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-36%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
2020
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .261 208 39 25 46 8 0 4
Since 2020vs Right .170 350 105 24 54 6 0 3
2022vs Left .250 107 20 12 23 5 0 1
2022vs Right .159 153 45 8 22 4 0 1
2021vs Left .272 98 18 13 22 3 0 3
2021vs Right .176 194 60 16 31 2 0 2
2020vs Left .333 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .333 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-54%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-77%
ERA at Home
2020
No Stats
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 1.95 0.92 69.1 9 3 10 10.1 2.6 0.5
Since 2020Away 4.25 1.29 65.2 6 5 10 9.0 4.0 0.4
2022Home 2.56 1.01 31.2 5 2 10 9.7 2.8 0.6
2022Away 2.53 1.03 32.0 2 2 10 8.7 2.8 0.0
2021Home 1.43 0.85 37.2 4 1 0 10.5 2.4 0.5
2021Away 6.12 1.55 32.1 4 3 0 9.5 5.3 0.8
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0.00 1.50 1.1 0 0 0 6.8 0.0 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Clay Holmes 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
3.25
 
K/9
9.2
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
97.1 mph
 
ERA
2.54
 
WHIP
1.02
 
BABIP
.273
 
GB/FB
9.77
 
Left On Base
70.7%
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.0%
 
Spin Rate
2273 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.4%
 
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Holmes entered the 2021 season in jeopardy of washing entirely out of the league. However, he turned in a strong campaign, throwing particularly well after being dealt to New York where he posted a 1.61 ERA and logged five holds across 25 appearances and 28 innings to close the season. It was a season full of bests, as he generated career marks in both groundball rate (68.7 GB%) and strikeouts (26.7%) with his ERA (3.60) also unsurprisingly following suit. There should be some optimism that Holmes will be able to replicate his success in 2022 because a change in pitch mix seemed to dictate his change of fortune. He jumped his sinker usage from 32 percent to 58.9 percent and also introduced a slider as a primary part of his arsenal - an offering that limited opposing hitters to a .201 wOBA. There's a lengthy list of closer candidates ahead of Holmes in New York, so strong ratios and punchouts will be Holmes' primary path to fantasy value.
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Expects to be on ALDS roster
PNew York Yankees
Shoulder
October 9, 2022
Holmes (shoulder) is scheduled to face a few batters Monday and expects to be named to the ALDS roster, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
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Won't be placed on injured list
PNew York Yankees
Shoulder
October 1, 2022
Holmes (shoulder) won't be placed on the injured list since he would then be out for the ALDS, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Out with shoulder strain
PNew York Yankees
Shoulder
September 30, 2022
Holmes is out with a right shoulder strain and the Yankees hope to have him ready for the ALDS, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Nabs win Thursday
PNew York Yankees
September 23, 2022
Holmes (7-4) earned the win over Boston on Thursday, allowing one hit and striking out one batter over two innings.
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Boone taking committee approach
PNew York Yankees
September 21, 2022
Holmes has given up runs in five of his past six outings, and manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday the Yankees will take a committee approach "on a matchup basis" going forward for the bullpen, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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