David Phelps

David Phelps

36-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for David Phelps in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Blue Jays in November of 2021. Contract worth $1.75 million at MLB level.
Opening second game of twin bill
PToronto Blue Jays  
October 5, 2022
Phelps is scheduled to serve as the Blue Jays' opening pitcher for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Orioles, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Phelps is unlikely to work more than one or two innings before exiting the contest. Casey Lawrence and Yusei Kikuchi are the primary candidates to cover the bulk of the innings out of the bullpen once Phelps' day is done.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does David Phelps generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does David Phelps generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .210 173 45 11 33 6 1 3
Since 2020vs Right .236 226 65 29 46 5 1 6
2022vs Left .225 114 19 8 23 6 1 0
2022vs Right .216 158 45 23 29 3 1 2
2021vs Left .154 14 5 1 2 0 0 0
2021vs Right .250 28 10 3 6 1 0 0
2020vs Left .190 45 21 2 8 0 0 3
2020vs Right .297 40 10 3 11 1 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-32%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.76 1.14 45.2 0 3 0 9.9 3.9 0.8
Since 2020Away 4.04 1.37 49.0 2 3 1 11.0 3.7 0.9
2022Home 2.18 1.15 33.0 0 1 0 7.1 4.4 0.3
2022Away 3.52 1.47 30.2 0 1 1 11.2 4.4 0.3
2021Home 2.08 0.92 4.1 0 0 0 16.6 2.1 0.0
2021Away 0.00 1.33 6.0 0 0 0 10.5 4.5 0.0
2020Home 5.40 1.20 8.1 0 2 0 17.3 3.2 3.2
2020Away 7.30 1.14 12.1 2 2 0 10.9 1.5 2.9
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Stat Review
How does David Phelps 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
2.06
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
2.83
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
76.1%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.9%
 
Spin Rate
2385 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.9%
 
Swinging Strike
6.9%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring David Phelps
MLB: Postseason Cheat Sheet and Strategy
62 days ago
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132 days ago
Ryan Rufe breaks down the relievers who could be on the move in the next few days as well as their potential destinations.
Closer Encounters: Leveraging WPA & gmLI to Identify Potential Closers
224 days ago
Ryan Rufe analyzes applies a couple of advanced stats to analyze bullpens across the league. Is it time to give up on Jake McGee in San Francisco?
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
March 28, 2021
Erik Siegrist looks at the free-agent pool in the American League with Opening Day looming, including an exciting young closing option in Toronto.
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL East
March 25, 2021
Brad Johnson wraps up his bullpen series with a look at the American League East, where in Tampa, Tyler Glasnow leads the Rays pitching.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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An elbow injury ended Phelps' 2017 campaign prematurely, and the issue went on to cost him his entire 2018 campaign as well. He was able to throw some innings in the Cactus League before tearing his UCL and undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The timing of his injury means his availability for the start of the 2019 season is in doubt. In the two seasons prior to his injury, he recorded ERAs of 2.28 and 3.40, striking out 32.4% and 26.1% of batters faced, proving more than capable as a multi-inning middle reliever while flashing the potential to be a high-leverage option. He can safely be ignored in nearly all formats at draft time, as he'll be a 32-year-old with just five career saves coming off a serious injury.
After serving as a swingman type for several years, Phelps worked primarily as a one-inning reliever last season between Miami and Seattle before going down with an elbow injury. He left his seventh appearance with the Mariners with elbow soreness and eventually had surgery to remove a bone spur. The right-hander performed at a high level when healthy, striking batters out at a 26.1 percent clip while limiting opposing hitters to a 29.5 percent flyball rate. Walks have held him back some in recent years (4.0 BB/9 last year), but he's been able to mask that flaw for the most part with the whiffs, and with another uptick in velocity, Phelps is looking like a setup weapon capable of getting more than three outs. Of course, everything will depend on his health in 2018. Phelps resumed a throwing program in mid-December.
Phelps had established himself as a solid but unspectacular swingman through his first four years. However, more work out of the pen (only five of 64 appearances were starts, compared to 59 of 110 before 2016) yielded career bests in strikeout and groundball rates, which fueled his best ERA and WHIP to date. He found 3.3 mph on his four-seam fastball, which spurred his surge. In fact, his .166 opponents' average and 33 percent strikeout rate off the fastball were tied for the best in the majors (minimum 900 heaters thrown). He stood alone at the top with a .521 OPS. The fastball was even better in his five starts (.130 AVG, .463 OPS, 32 percent strikeout rate), so it wasn't just pitching out the pen that helped him. Despite a rotation influx, the early plan is to keep Phelps in the bullpen. Still, Jeff Locke is hardly an immovable object, and Phelps could be the first replacement option if someone in the rotation suffers an injury. He is an interesting low-dollar gamble, especially in NL-only leagues.
Phelps was in Miami's starting rotation from the beginning of the 2015 season until a stress fracture of the radius bone in his right forearm ended his season in early August. In his first year with the Marlins, Phelps saw a significant improvement in his control (2.6 BB/9 from 3.6 BB/9), but it was offset by a declining strikeout rate (6.2 K/9 from 7.3 K/9). While he doesn't have great velocity (90.2 mph average fastball), he keeps the ball in the park and has a decent strikeout rate. If he can maintain his improved control and stay healthy, he could be productive if he wins a spot in the Miami rotation this spring.
The injury-ravaged rotation of the Yankees left Phelps with more innings than he or they expected him to receive in 2014. He wound up with 17 starts and 113 innings, both career highs, and he did a decent enough job answering the bell. He could’ve been a real fantasy asset in leagues with specific pitcher designations because he was a reliever-eligible arm logging starts every fifth day, but he managed just a 4.28 ERA in that time. Phelps remains a solid-but-unspectacular swingman capable of short bursts of usefulness, but his fantasy value is extremely limited and often confined to league types that pay the biggest dividends for those relievers who start (usually H2H leagues). He could start the 2015 season with a role in the Marlins' rotation following a December trade, but there is no guarantee he holds onto one all season.
After a fine 2012 season as a swingman, Phelps missed a big chunk of 2013 with forearm trouble, and it's unclear how much the injury contributed to his relative ineffectiveness even before he went on the disabled list. Phelps had a .324 BABIP against him in 2013, after putting up a .262 mark in 2012. His overall baseline is likely somewhere in between his 2012 and 2013 performances. Depending on how the Yankees' offseason goes, Phelps could get a shot at the rotation for 2014. While he could have some value with wins and strikeouts if he does get to start, don't expect a ton of growth from him.
Phelps was an unsung hero for the Yankees last season, putting up excellent numbers in 11 starts and 22 relief appearances. Phelps doesn't have dominant stuff, but he can get his four-seamer up to 95 mph when he needs to, and he mixes in a good curve and a decent changeup. He may have tried to be a little too fine in his starts last season, walking nearly 3.5 BB/9 after keeping that rate around 2.0 BB/9 in the minors, but he balanced that out by being harder to hit than he had shown previously. Phelps has definitely earned a spot on the Yankees' roster for 2013, but it's unclear if he'll be in the rotation or the bullpen. Whatever role he finds, he's an interesting sleeper for 2013.
Phelps doesn't have the upside of fellow Yankees prospects Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, but his command and control may allow him to beat them to the majors should the Yankees need rotation help.  The 25-year-old has just average velocity on his fastball, but he put up good numbers in Triple-A in 2011, going 6-6 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.317 WHIP last season.  He's far too hittable to achieve much success in the AL East without additional progress with his secondary pitches, but Phelps would become more intriguing if he landed in a situation with a more pitcher-friendly home park.
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Collects sixth hold
PToronto Blue Jays  
July 1, 2022
Phelps walked one and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning Thursday to record his sixth hold of the season in a win over the Rays.
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Grabs rare save
PToronto Blue Jays  
May 29, 2022
Phelps allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 11-10 win over the Angels.
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Picks up second hold
PToronto Blue Jays  
May 5, 2022
Phelps walked two batters and recorded only one out but still recorded his second hold of the season in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.
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Makes roster
PToronto Blue Jays  
April 1, 2022
Phelps' contract was selected by the Blue Jays on Friday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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Gets fully cleared for spring
PToronto Blue Jays  
March 15, 2022
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo confirmed Tuesday that Phelps (lat) is a "full go" for spring training after the right-hander recently completed a bullpen session, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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