Robert Gsellman

Robert Gsellman

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  Foreign
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Robert Gsellman in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2022. Released by the Cubs in July of 2022.
Continuing career in Japan
PFree Agent  F
November 28, 2022
Gsellman signed a one-year contract Sunday with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.
ANALYSIS
After spending the last 12 years in affiliated ball, the 29-year-old Gsellman will head overseas to continue his career. Gsellman was most recently a member of the Cubs organization, making eight relief appearances for the big club and 10 appearances (nine starts) for Triple-A Iowa before he was released in July. Gsellman owns a 4.60 ERA and 10.1 K-BB% across 366 innings over parts of seven seasons in the big leagues.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
26
Last 10 Games
26
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Robert Gsellman generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .313 105 14 8 30 9 0 4
Since 2020vs Right .267 149 21 10 36 8 1 5
2022vs Left .333 25 3 1 8 5 0 1
2022vs Right .243 39 6 2 9 1 0 1
2021vs Left .261 51 7 4 12 2 0 1
2021vs Right .238 68 10 3 15 4 0 2
2020vs Left .385 29 4 3 10 2 0 2
2020vs Right .343 42 5 5 12 3 1 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-51%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-40%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-77%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 7.83 1.70 23.0 0 0 0 4.7 4.7 1.6
Since 2020Away 3.86 1.29 35.0 0 3 1 5.9 1.5 1.3
2022Home 5.87 1.17 7.2 0 0 0 5.9 2.3 1.2
2022Away 3.52 1.43 7.2 0 2 1 4.7 1.2 1.2
2021Home 2.57 1.29 7.0 0 0 0 3.9 5.1 0.0
2021Away 4.15 1.15 21.2 0 1 0 5.8 1.2 1.2
2020Home 14.04 2.52 8.1 0 0 0 4.3 6.5 3.2
2020Away 3.18 1.59 5.2 0 0 0 7.9 3.2 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Robert Gsellman 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
3.00
 
K/9
5.3
 
BB/9
1.8
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
92.6 mph
 
ERA
4.70
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.305
 
GB/FB
1.40
 
Left On Base
58.1%
 
Exit Velocity
85.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.8%
 
Spin Rate
1994 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.6%
 
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It was a frustrating season for Gsellman across the board, as he began working out of the bullpen only to be shifted to the starting rotation after one appearance and was then moved back to the bullpen after four starts in which he was never fully stretched out. He threw a season-high 74 pitches in his final outing in long relief Sept. 8 before exiting with a broken rib. The right-hander didn't have success in any role with a 9.64 ERA, 2.14 WHIP and measly 12.7% strikeout rate. His fastball was two ticks slower at 93.6 mph compared to 2019, and his walk rate also jumped three percentage points to 11.3%. He seems likely to work out of the bullpen again next season, though the new Mets ownership and front office could have different plans. Gsellman did have 13 saves, 16 holds and a 3.89 FIP in 2018, but he's regressed the past two seasons and enters 2021 without a defined role on the club.
The full-time move to the bullpen has served Gsellman's strikeout rate well as he has improved his rate each of the past two seasons from what he did as a starter. The issue is that Gsellman's fantasy value has suffered because his workload offers him few decisions and no saves, so we're left with a reliever with a good strikeout rate and absolutely nothing else. The ratios are subpar, which offsets any strikeout gains. Relievers with 60-70 strikeouts and bad ratios who work in middle relief are plentiful in free-agent piles for a reason. That said, the expected stats give us some hope here. Gsellman is tough to square up and limits hard contact, so he is at least worth a thought in the reserve rounds in NL-only leagues to see if his role changes. His season ended with a lat injury in mid-August, so the overall numbers are held down a bit enough for him to fly under the radar on draft day outside the NYC market.
Deeming Gsellman's conversion to the bullpen successful is a matter of perspective. Posting 16 holds and 13 saves wasn't bad, but he also blew six saves. Gsellman's surface stats and peripherals were suspect, especially for a reliever. As is usually the case when a former starter comes out of the bullpen, Gsellman added velocity, fueling the expected boost in strikeouts, albeit to a still-pedestrian 20.3%. Not only did he fail to improve his walk rate, it rose to 8.1%, a level too high for someone lacking better strikeout skills. Gsellman stuck with his four-pitch mix instead of paring down and focusing on just a couple, headed by a 95-mph four-seamer. Sometimes it takes a converted starter a couple years to figure things out as a reliever. Maybe this is the case with Gsellman. Unfortunately for his 2019 fantasy utility, Gsellman no longer has a real shot at saves after the Mets acquired Edwin Diaz from Seattle.
A popular sleeper candidate heading into last season, Gsellman flopped in a major way, but it's too early to write the 24-year-old off. His strikeout rate fell by more than two per nine from his stellar debut sample in 2016, as he was far too hittable even when he put the ball out of the strike zone (76.0 percent O-Contact%). Although he maintained an above-average groundball rate, Gsellman gave something back in that department, with more balls being elevated and put over the fences. The velocity at which he throws his slider is a bit troubling given the torque on the arm, and he did lose some fastball velocity year-over-year, but as long as Gsellman is healthy, he should be in the mix for starts in New York. Gsellman deserves some consideration as an endgame flier in deep formats, but don't be stubborn and hold onto him if he gets off to a similarly poor start.
Gsellman began 2016 at Double-A Binghamton where a 2.71 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 11 starts earned a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. The young righty was sporting a 5.73 ERA and 1.49 WHIP when he was summoned by the Mets on Aug. 23, but much of those struggles can be explained away by the harsh pitching conditions of the PCL. After an impressive appearance out of the bullpen the day of his callup, Gsellman was inserted into the rotation, posting a tidy 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, starting seven games. Even more impressive was a 22.7 percent strikeout rate, surpassing anything he'd done on the farm. This is not the first time an unsung Mets pitching prospect has shown up in the majors with added fastball velocity (93.6 mph) and a plus-plus slider (think Jacob deGrom). Given the injury concerns surrounding the Mets' rotation, Gsellman could find his way to close to a full season's workload, and the draft day price tag offers room to profit.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PChicago Cubs  F
June 3, 2022
Gsellman cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Designated for assignment
PChicago Cubs  F
May 30, 2022
Gsellman was designated for assignment Monday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Secures three-inning save
PChicago Cubs  F
May 24, 2022
Gsellman earned a save during Tuesday's 11-4 win over the Reds after giving up two runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk over three innings.
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Contract selected by Cubs
PChicago Cubs  F
May 3, 2022
Gsellman's contract was selected by the Cubs on Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
PChicago Cubs  F
April 4, 2022
The Cubs reassigned Gsellman to Triple-A Iowa on Monday.
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