Nestor Cortes

Nestor Cortes

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
New York Yankees
Out
Injury Groin
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
If you go back and look at Cortes's 2022 outlook, you can see he teased at what was possible, but without a large body of work, everyone was right to be skeptical of what Cortes would be as a starter. Those who took the chance in the late rounds were greatly rewarded by one of the best late round steals in 2022 as the lefty picked up where he left off in 2021 for most of the 2022 season. Cortes uses varying arm angles, deliveries, and pitches to frustrate hitters all season. 75% of what he threw were four-seamer and cutters, and those two pitches were paired so well that the league hit below .200 against both pitches while all five of his offerings had whiff rates above 20%. In 330 innings of work, he has a career 80% LOB rate and a .266 BABIP, so his 2022 numbers ( 79%, .243) are not terribly out of line and a continuation of what he did in 2021. The stuff is not paritcularly special, but his ability to spin and sequence it is certainly special and being a lefty in Yankee Stadium doesn't hurt either. The big question is if he can put up consecutive seasons of workload as he has never done so. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Yankees in December of 2020.
Exits with left groin injury
PNew York Yankees
Groin
October 23, 2022
Cortes was removed from Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Sunday due to a left groin injury.
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Cortes was visited by a trainer early in Sunday's matchup and remained in the game, but he was removed after allowing a three-run homer with no outs in the top of the third inning. Prior to his departure, he allowed three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two in two innings. The severity of the issue isn't clear, and whether he's available later in the postseason if the Yankees advance remains to be seen.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
84
Last 10 Games
81
Last 5 Games
80
How many pitches does Nestor Cortes generally throw?
 
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+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Nestor Cortes generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-46%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .182 187 60 14 31 8 1 4
Since 2020vs Right .210 846 214 55 164 31 0 32
2022vs Left .110 89 33 7 9 1 0 1
2022vs Right .202 526 130 31 99 22 0 15
2021vs Left .228 85 25 4 18 6 1 2
2021vs Right .214 289 78 21 57 8 0 12
2020vs Left .444 13 2 3 4 1 0 1
2020vs Right .308 31 6 3 8 1 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-73%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.28 0.91 138.0 7 2 0 9.6 2.5 0.8
Since 2020Away 3.79 1.15 121.0 7 6 0 9.4 2.3 1.7
2022Home 1.95 0.82 87.2 6 1 0 9.1 2.4 0.5
2022Away 3.06 1.05 70.2 6 3 0 9.4 1.9 1.4
2021Home 2.53 1.01 46.1 1 1 0 10.3 2.3 1.4
2021Away 3.28 1.14 46.2 1 2 0 9.6 2.5 1.4
2020Home 6.75 1.50 4.0 0 0 0 11.3 6.8 2.3
2020Away 24.55 3.27 3.2 0 1 0 7.4 7.4 12.3
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Stat Review
How does Nestor Cortes compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
4.29
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
91.8 mph
 
ERA
2.44
 
WHIP
0.92
 
BABIP
.245
 
GB/FB
0.79
 
Left On Base
82.5%
 
Exit Velocity
79.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.5%
 
Spin Rate
2298 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.4%
 
Swinging Strike
11.8%
 
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Cortes, when not running around Mushroom Kingdom attempting to avoid Bowser, enjoyed a surprising season for the Yankees. It was his second stint with the club, but this time he worked as a bandaid in the rotation rather than in low-leverage situations. He used a variety of arm angles, timing mechanisms and pitches making the most of his below-average stuff to effectively disrupt the timing of the opposing hitters. He is a throwback to the pitching of 30 years ago when guys relied on location and guile rather than velocity; somehow the league hit .196 off his fastball (.189 xBA!) when the pitch averaged 90.7 mph. Pitching where he does, and in the division he does, leaves Cortes with a thin margin for error, and he's been susceptible to the long ball throughout his career (2.0 HR/9 career rate). Cortes is really only rosterable if he were to secure a starting rotation spot in spring training.
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Starting Game 5 of ALDS
PNew York Yankees
October 17, 2022
Cortes will start Tuesday's Game 5 of the ALDS against Cleveland, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Available out of bullpen for Game 5
PNew York Yankees
October 16, 2022
Cortes will be available out of the bullpen for Game 5 of the ALDS against the Guardians on Monday, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Dominates again in win
PNew York Yankees
October 1, 2022
Cortes (12-4) earned the win Saturday, allowing one hit and two walks over 7.1 scoreless innings against the Orioles while striking out 12.
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Shuts down Boston
PNew York Yankees
September 25, 2022
Cortes (11-4) earned the win during Sunday's 2-0 victory over Boston, allowing one hit while walking two and striking out five in six scoreless innings.
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Allows one run over five innings
PNew York Yankees
September 20, 2022
Cortes did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing one run on five hits and two walks over five innings against Pittsburgh. He struck out four.
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