Emmanuel Clase

Emmanuel Clase

24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Guardians
2023 Fantasy Outlook
His breakout 2021 season would be difficult to top, but Clase exceeded his already high expectations, leading the league with 42 saves while earning his first All-Star nomination and AL Reliever of the Month honors three times. Clase led all qualified relievers with a 0.73 WHIP, while also setting career best marks with 72.2 innings, 77 strikeouts, a 28.4% K% and an impressive 3.7% BB% that was among the best in the majors. His 82.4% team save share also led the league, as he had no competition to his role as the Guardians closer and maintained extremely high stability in that role all season. Clase's velocity was down a tick, averaging "only" 99.6 mph on his cutter after the pitch averaged triple digits last year. He still threw 196 pitches 100 mph or greater, but this was far less than the 471 he threw at that speed in 2021. Clase will be the first closer off the board in many 2023 drafts and is likely to be drafted among the top 3 closers at minimum. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension with the Guardians in April of 2022.
Earns 42nd save
PCleveland Guardians
October 4, 2022
Clase picked up the save Tuesday against Kansas City, striking out two while allowing an unearned run on a hit in the ninth inning of a 5-3 win.
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Clase got into a bit of a jam to begin the ninth as a single and an error gave the Royals runners on first and third with no outs. After a run scored on a fielder's choice, the closer struck out the final two batters to end the game. It was his 42nd save on the season and third in the last five days. He's allowed just two baserunners in his last five innings while striking out nine.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
12
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Emmanuel Clase 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 Emmanuel Clase generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .179 248 68 12 42 1 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .182 302 83 14 52 9 1 2
2022vs Left .179 117 35 4 20 0 0 2
2022vs Right .158 154 42 6 23 6 0 1
2021vs Left .179 131 33 8 22 1 0 1
2021vs Right .209 148 41 8 29 3 1 1
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
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-80%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 0.84 0.61 75.1 5 2 30 10.4 1.0 0.1
Since 2020Away 1.88 1.10 67.0 2 7 36 8.6 2.4 0.5
2022Home 0.47 0.45 38.0 1 0 17 10.4 0.7 0.0
2022Away 2.34 1.04 34.2 2 4 25 8.6 1.8 0.8
2021Home 1.21 0.78 37.1 4 2 13 10.4 1.2 0.2
2021Away 1.39 1.18 32.1 0 3 11 8.6 3.1 0.3
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 Emmanuel Clase 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
7.70
 
K/9
9.5
 
BB/9
1.2
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
99.6 mph
 
ERA
1.36
 
WHIP
0.73
 
BABIP
.238
 
GB/FB
4.11
 
Left On Base
71.7%
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.5%
 
Spin Rate
2650 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.8%
 
Swinging Strike
17.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Imagine you're in the batter's box and the pitcher standing across from you casually fires 100-mph cutters in your direction. Now that you've woken up from that nightmare, take a moment to appreciate Clase's 2021 success. Nearly 45% of Clase's total pitches reached triple digits - 471 to be exact, while no other pitcher threw more than 215. Clase opened the year as Cleveland's primary closer and finished with 24 saves, a 61.5% share of his team's total saves. While he ceded 11 saves to James Karinchak, most were early in the season when Karinchak was in dominant form. Clase's 9.6 K/9 was not elite, but his 0.3 HR/9 was, ranking fourth among qualified relievers. He was lights-out in the second half with a 0.82 ERA, 0.61 WHIP and 33:2 K:BB over 33 innings after the All-Star break. Clase is likely to be drafted among the top 10 closers, but his upside fresh off of a breakout season could land him in the top five.
Clase had quite a bit of hype last offseason for a reliever with just 21 games and one save to his name. Those who hoped to see him surpass Brad Hand as closer wound up rather disappointed, as he tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug, leading to a year-long suspension. It was already shaping up to be a rocky season for the young righty, as a strained lat in late February would have seen him miss the first few months of the season under ordinary circumstances. We're now left with a player who has plenty of potential but who hasn't pitched in over a year and has recently battled an arm injury. That's a risky proposition, but the upside is still there and Hand is now out the door, opening up save chances. That keeps Clase firmly in lottery-ticket territory, though his 22.3 K% as a rookie and 23.7 K% in the minors mean he may not provide much value if he doesn't get saves.
Clase emerged early last season as one of the best relief-pitching prospects in baseball and got the call in August at the age of 21. He led the majors by a sizable margin in average cutter velocity at 99.2 mph. The 6-foot-2 righty also throws a high-spin, 99.5-mph four-seamer and a 90.5-mph slider, though he leaned on his 80-grade cutter 73.3% of the time. His 22.3 K% was underwhelming, given his stuff, but his 6.4 BB%, 60.6 GB% and 1.11 WHIP were very impressive marks for a high-velocity 21-year-old reliever. Clase has ninth-inning stuff -- he gave up just three homers in 68 innings last year -- so it's likely just a matter of when he gets the chance to move from setup man to closer. Clase headlined the December trade for Corey Kluber and his path to saves is a little more difficult in Cleveland, but the cream usually rises to the top in these situations.
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Notches 41st save
PCleveland Guardians
October 2, 2022
Clase earned the save Sunday against Kansas City, striking out two batters in a perfect ninth inning in a 7-5 win.
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Locks down 40th save
PCleveland Guardians
September 30, 2022
Clase struck out two batters in a perfect inning to earn a save over the Royals on Friday.
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Picks up 39th save
PCleveland Guardians
September 24, 2022
Clase picked up the save in Saturday's 4-2 win over Texas. He allowed one run on one hit over one inning.
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Extends saves lead
PCleveland Guardians
September 23, 2022
Clase secured his 38th save of the season Friday against the Rangers, striking out one batting in a scoreless inning but allowing two hits and a hit by pitch.
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Tallies 37th save
PCleveland Guardians
September 22, 2022
Clase earned a save against the White Sox on Thursday, striking out one batter in a perfect inning.
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