Derek Law

Derek Law

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Derek Law in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in February of 2024.
Records win Sunday
PWashington Nationals
April 29, 2024
Law (2-1) picked up the win in Sunday's comeback victory over the Marlins, pitching two scoreless innings and allowing two hits. He struck out three without walking a batter.
ANALYSIS
Patrick Corbin got chased after coughing up seven runs (four earned) in four innings, but Law steadied the ship in the fifth and sixth and watched the Nationals offense come to life, erasing a 7-0 deficit. The 33-year-old right-hander remains in a low-leverage role, but he's pitched reasonable well to begin the season with a 3.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 19:6 K:BB through 18 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Derek Law 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
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
What part of the game does Derek Law generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .250 199 46 25 43 7 1 4
Since 2022vs Right .266 258 44 18 61 8 0 7
2024vs Left .227 49 18 5 10 1 0 1
2024vs Right .304 76 10 4 21 3 0 1
2023vs Left .245 113 21 14 24 4 1 2
2023vs Right .234 127 24 12 26 2 0 4
2022vs Left .300 37 7 6 9 2 0 1
2022vs Right .286 55 10 2 14 3 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-58%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.07 1.26 55.2 4 1 1 6.3 2.7 1.0
Since 2022Away 3.91 1.59 48.1 5 9 1 9.5 4.8 0.9
2024Home 3.29 1.46 13.2 0 0 0 4.6 2.6 1.3
2024Away 2.30 1.28 15.2 3 1 0 12.1 2.9 0.0
2023Home 3.16 1.09 31.1 2 1 1 6.6 2.9 0.9
2023Away 4.18 1.77 23.2 2 5 1 8.4 6.1 1.1
2022Home 2.53 1.50 10.2 2 0 0 7.6 2.5 0.8
2022Away 6.00 1.67 9.0 0 3 0 8.0 5.0 2.0
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Stat Review
How does Derek Law 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
3.11
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
2.76
 
WHIP
1.36
 
BABIP
.346
 
GB/FB
1.70
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.7%
 
Spin Rate
2159 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.5%
 
Swinging Strike
13.4%
 
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Law's outstanding 2016 rookie campaign continues to look like a mirage as the right-hander has failed to come close to that season's production in the three years that have followed. While his 4.90 ERA in his first season with Toronto was an improvement over the marks he posted the previous two campaigns, it was hardly reason to celebrate and was accompanied by a career-worst 14.0 BB% that ranked ninth-worst in the majors among qualified relievers. Law did do some things well -- he induced a 23.1 Soft%, 10th-best among relievers, and notched a career-high 23.5 K% -- but was stung by one of the highest WHIPs in the league (1.66). Law earned five saves and eight holds for the Blue Jays last season, but he was non-tendered by the club in December. His strikeout ability alone makes him likely to latch on with another team in 2020, but he has a lot to prove before he can be trusted in high-leverage situations.
After regressing during the 2017 season, Law failed to make the Opening Day roster. In the end, he only managed to log 13.1 innings in the majors all season. When he did pitch, he was less than effective, allowing 11 runs on 16 hits and eight walks. He struck out nearly a batter per inning (12 strikeouts), but another high home-run rate (1.4 HR/9) hurt him. A whopping 88.9% of the batted balls against him were of the medium- or hard-hit variety. His numbers in the minors were considerably better -- 2.45 FIP, 9.6 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9 -- but it's not as impressive given it was his third tour of the Pacific Coast League. He's not a lock to make the Giants' bullpen out of spring training, though the fact that he's out of minor-league options helps his cause. Either way, Law isn't much of a fantasy commodity.
After a breakout rookie season that saw him finish near the top of the Giants' closer depth chart, Law took a major step backwards, putting up a 5.06 ERA in 37.1 innings and earning a demotion to Triple-A for most of the second half of the season. Law's walk rate ballooned from 4.2 percent in 2016 to 8.3 percent last year. He also suffered a significant drop in groundball percentage, falling from an above-average 50.3 percent in 2016 to a below-average 38.3 percent in 2017. Law projects to return to the Giants' bullpen in 2018, but the results will need to improve if he's to climb back up the hierarchy.
While Hunter Strickland had all the preseason buzz as a potential breakout reliever, Law was the true San Francisco surprise, posting stellar numbers during his rookie campaign, including 14 holds and a 5.56 K/BB. He was consistently the Giants' best reliever while he was healthy and even served as the team's closer for a brief period after Santiago Casilla was demoted from the position. Law has four reliable pitches, headlined by his mid- to high-90s fastball. San Francisco added Mark Melancon this offseason to shore up that mediocre bullpen, so Law does not project to get many saves in the foreseeable future. However, he would be in that mix if Melancon were to suffer an injury. For now, Law will serve as a source of solid ratios and strikeouts for owners in deep leagues.
While his 4.56 ERA with Double-A Richmond may not say it, Law had a very successful return from Tommy John surgery in 2015. His ability to strikeout batters at a high clip returned (11.2 K/9) and he corrected the control issues that popped up before his elbow gave out (2.8 BB/9). He continued to limit the long ball (0.35 HR/9) and his 2.22 FIP shows that he suffered some poor luck, likely a result of his 61.2 LOB% with Richmond. With another offseason of rest under his belt, Law will look to make his case for the 2016 Opening Day roster after being one of the final cuts in 2015.
Law's walk rate nearly tripled with the move up to Double-A Richmond in 2014 (from 1.6 BB/9 to 4.5 BB/9), but the right-hander still finished with a 2.57 ERA, marking the fourth time he has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in as many professional seasons. A ninth-round pick out of Miami-Dade College in 2011, he also saw his strikeout rate dip by more than four per nine innings in 2014 (from 13.8 K/9 to 9.3 K/9), but Law has been able to sustain success as he has moved up the organizational ladder, making the decision to protect him from the Rule 5 draft with a spot on the 40-man roster a relatively easy one for San Francisco. Law, who complements a heavy, sinking fastball with a potential plus curveball and a slider, has also proven plenty capable in high-leverage situations, saving 27 games in the minors the last two seasons. It's well within the realm of possibility that he could work himself into the setup mix late in 2015.
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Added to roster
PWashington Nationals
March 26, 2024
The Nationals selected Law's contract from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
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Invited to Nationals' camp
PWashington Nationals
February 21, 2024
Law signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Wednesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
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Cut loose by Reds
PFree Agent
November 17, 2023
Law was non-tendered by Cincinnati on Friday.
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Notches second save
PCincinnati Reds
September 17, 2023
Law gave up two hits in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his second save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Mets.
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Opening Thursday's contest
PCincinnati Reds
September 13, 2023
Law will serve as the Reds' opening pitcher for Thursday's game against the Tigers, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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