Pete Fairbanks

Pete Fairbanks

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Tampa Bay Rays
2024 Fantasy Outlook
No stranger to the injury bug, Fairbanks hit the IL twice (forearm inflammation, hip inflammation) during the first half of 2023. However, once he returned in mid-June, he surprisingly stayed healthy for the rest of the season, establishing career-best marks in games played (49), innings (45.1) and strikeouts (68). He also converted a career-high 25 saves, as Rays manager Kevin Cash altered his late-inning approach. Quite simply, when Fairbanks was healthy, he was the Rays primary closer. The role was well deserved too, as the 29-year-old closed out 2023 in dominant fashion. He struck out 51 batters in 28 innings after the All-Star break and finished the year with a 2.58 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. He did so throwing more sliders (49.9% pitch usage) than ever, as he used to lean on his upper-90's 4-seamer as his primary offering. Fairbanks remains a solid mid-tier closer as long as you plan for some likely time missed due to injury. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension with the Rays in January of 2023. Contract includes $7 million team option for 2026.
Secures fourth save
PTampa Bay Rays
May 18, 2024
Fairbanks struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his fourth save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander needed only six pitches (five strikes) to dispatch the heart of Toronto's order, setting down Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero and Justin Turner. Fairbanks still isn't quite flashing his usual velocity -- he topped out at 97.3 mph with his fastball Friday after averaging 98.9 mph in 2023 -- but he hasn't seemed to miss the extra gear since coming off the IL, firing four straight hitless, scoreless appearances with a 6:0 K:BB.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
9
How many pitches does Pete Fairbanks generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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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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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Pete Fairbanks generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-63%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .215 148 54 12 29 2 0 1
Since 2022vs Right .122 174 69 19 18 1 0 3
2024vs Left .273 24 7 2 6 0 0 0
2024vs Right .100 27 10 6 2 0 0 0
2023vs Left .211 86 35 9 16 1 0 1
2023vs Right .120 98 33 11 10 1 0 2
2022vs Left .189 38 12 1 7 1 0 0
2022vs Right .133 49 26 2 6 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-46%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.30 1.00 43.0 1 3 21 14.0 3.8 0.4
Since 2022Away 2.82 0.91 38.1 1 3 16 13.1 3.1 0.5
2024Home 3.86 1.29 7.0 0 1 1 9.0 5.1 0.0
2024Away 7.20 1.40 5.0 0 1 3 18.0 7.2 0.0
2023Home 2.63 1.04 24.0 1 2 14 14.6 4.5 0.4
2023Away 2.53 0.98 21.1 1 2 11 12.2 3.4 0.8
2022Home 0.75 0.75 12.0 0 0 6 15.8 1.5 0.8
2022Away 1.50 0.58 12.0 0 0 2 12.8 0.8 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Pete Fairbanks 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
12.8
 
BB/9
6.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
97.1 mph
 
ERA
5.25
 
WHIP
1.33
 
BABIP
.322
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
50.0%
 
Exit Velocity
80.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2439 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
12.5%
 
Swinging Strike
8.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
Fairbanks got off to a late start in 2022 due to a torn lat muscle that he suffered during spring training. The injury required multiple months of rest and rehab, plus a PRP injection, thus delaying his season debut until mid-July. While his first two appearances did not go smoothly, he ripped off 22 consecutive scoreless outings to close out the season. During the streak, he had a remarkable 36:3 K:BB ratio over 22 innings, 0.55 WHIP and a career-high eight saves. Fairbanks has always been among the league leaders in average fastball velocity, but he surprisingly added even more zip on his 4-seamer. He averaged a career-best 99 mph on the pitch, a nearly 2 mph increase from prior seasons. If targeting saves within Tampa Bay's closer committee, Fairbanks clearly has the most upside, but keep in mind he has averaged just 28.5 innings per season for his career. Injuries have been a constant, but the sky is the limit if he can remain healthy throughout 2023.
Fairbanks experienced some early stumbles last year following a month-plus stay on the injured list in late summer due to a shoulder injury. However, he finished the season strong with seven consecutive scoreless appearances spanning 6.1 innings during which he allowed six hits and generated a 7:3 K:BB. The 28-year-old had five saves and 14 holds with a 3.59 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 56:21 K:BB over 42.2 innings last season and was in the mix for save opportunities in 2022. However, he suffered a torn lat muscle in spring training and will miss at least the first two months of the regular season.
Twelve different Tampa Bay relievers earned saves in the abbreviated 2020 season, yet Fairbanks was not one of them. Had he done so in the final weekend, the club would have broken the all-time record for most pitchers with a save in a single season. Fairbanks went on to earn three saves in the playoffs, tying with Diego Castillo for most on the team in the postseason (ahead of Nick Anderson's 1). Fairbanks and his twice-repaired elbow have struck out 31% of hitters over the past two seasons, and a cleaned-up delivery gave him a bit more consistency. There are still times when the command goes AWOL, leading to some sketchy outings involving free passes. Manager Kevin Cash sometimes uses him as the first stopper out of the bullpen to shut down rallies. When Fairbanks is on, he does it with the best of them. He is fastball command away from being an elite reliever, so investing now in a keeper league is wise.
Fairbanks missed all of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John surgery but sprinted through three minor-league levels last season and ended up pitching in 21 games between Texas and Tampa Bay, who traded for him in mid-July. Despite never advancing beyond high-A ball coming into the season, Fairbanks caught the attention of both clubs due to his elite strikeout potential. The right-hander's height (6-foot-6) and ability to broach triple-digits with his fastball make him an imposing presence on the mound. He pairs the fastball with an above-average slider, using the combination to post a 14.6 K/9 in the minors and 12.0 K/9 in the majors in 2019. Fairbanks struggled with his command in the big leagues (4.29 BB/9) but registered a more digestible 2.50 BB/9 in the minors. If he can harness that command and continue refining his game, Fairbanks could emerge as a late-inning option in the not-too-distant future.
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Used in high-leverage spot
PTampa Bay Rays
May 16, 2024
Fairbanks struck out two and didn't allow a baserunner in a scoreless eighth inning to pick up a hold in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Red Sox.
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Pitches well in return
PTampa Bay Rays
May 15, 2024
Fairbanks struck out two and didn't allow a baserunner across a scoreless inning Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Available Tuesday
PTampa Bay Rays
May 14, 2024
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Fairbanks (finger) is available for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Dealing with cut on throwing hand
PTampa Bay Rays
Finger
May 13, 2024
Fairbanks was unavailable to pitch Monday night against the Red Sox due to a cut on his right index finger, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Scoreless frame in return from IL
PTampa Bay Rays
May 11, 2024
Fairbanks (arm) struck out one in a perfect inning in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Yankees.
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