Derek Law

Derek Law

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Derek Law in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Reds in January of 2023.
Back with Cincinnati
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
January 23, 2023
Law re-signed Monday with the Reds on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training.
ANALYSIS
Law elected free agency in November after the Reds dropped him from their 40-man roster, but he'll be rejoining the organization in 2023 and will get the chance to battle for a spot in the big club's Opening Day bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander made 17 appearances in the majors in 2022 between Cincinnati and Detroit, logging a 4.12 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB across 19.2 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Derek Law generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
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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+
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 2020
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-34%
BAA vs RHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .321 65 12 11 17 5 1 1
Since 2020vs Right .262 94 19 5 22 3 0 4
2022vs Left .300 37 7 6 9 2 0 1
2022vs Right .286 55 10 2 14 3 0 2
2021vs Left .348 28 5 5 8 3 1 0
2021vs Right .229 39 9 3 8 0 0 2
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-58%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-79%
ERA on Road
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 4.26 1.47 19.0 2 0 0 8.1 2.8 1.4
Since 2020Away 4.02 1.72 15.2 0 3 0 8.0 5.7 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
2021Home 6.48 1.44 8.1 0 0 0 8.6 3.2 2.2
2021Away 1.35 1.80 6.2 0 0 0 8.1 6.8 0.0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
2.13
 
K/9
7.8
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
4.12
 
WHIP
1.58
 
BABIP
.342
 
GB/FB
1.82
 
Left On Base
67.2%
 
Exit Velocity
77.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.5%
 
Spin Rate
2215 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
14.7%
 
Swinging Strike
10.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Designated for assignment
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
November 15, 2022
Law was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.
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Hit with third loss
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
October 2, 2022
Law (2-3) took the loss against the Cubs on Saturday, allowing one run on one hit with one walk over 1.2 innings. He struck out two.
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Earns win in Cincinnati debut
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
August 30, 2022
Law (1-1) picked up the victory Tuesday against St. Louis, striking out one in two shutout innings of relief while allowing a hit in a 5-1 win.
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Gets call to majors
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
August 30, 2022
The Reds selected Law's contract from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
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Signs minor-league deal with Reds
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
August 14, 2022
Law signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Sunday.
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