Ross Stripling

Ross Stripling

33-Year-Old PitcherSP
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Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Stripling began 2022 in a relief role for Toronto, but he moved into the rotation full time as the team's rotation injuries mounted, and he finished with a 3.01 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 111:20 K:BB across 134.1 innings. The right-hander has moved between the rotation and bullpen throughout his big-league career and has often pitched well in both roles, though he's never quite been consistent enough to maintain a long-term spot as a starter. Now entering his age-33 campaign, Stripling is a free agent and likely looking to sign with a team that will give him a look as a starter, and his underlying numbers in 2022 (3.11 FIP, 17 percent K-BB rate) support him receiving that opportunity. Still, his value from a fantasy perspective comes with some risks given he's never operated as a starter for a full season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $3.79 million contract with Toronto in March of 2022.
In line for potential Game 3
PToronto Blue Jays  
October 8, 2022
Stripling appears to be set to start Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Mariners on Sunday, if the Blue Jays win Saturday to extend the series, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Stripling's teammate Alek Manoah indicated that Stripling was the scheduled starter in his post-game comments after Toronto's Game 1 loss Friday, though interim manager John Schneider said the team was still deciding between Stripling and Jose Berrios. Stripling can't match Berrios' reputation or salary, but the former far outplayed the latter by ERA this season, beating him 3.01 to 5.23.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
64
Last 10 Games
78
Last 5 Games
78
How many pitches does Ross Stripling 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
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Ross Stripling generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .217 515 121 34 103 23 2 17
Since 2020vs Right .268 672 124 34 169 36 1 31
2022vs Left .215 240 54 9 49 11 0 4
2022vs Right .240 296 57 11 68 17 0 8
2021vs Left .218 165 42 16 32 7 2 7
2021vs Right .270 266 52 14 67 14 0 16
2020vs Left .220 110 25 9 22 5 0 6
2020vs Right .343 110 15 9 34 5 1 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.50 1.11 154.1 9 8 1 7.4 1.9 1.6
Since 2020Away 4.78 1.27 130.0 9 6 1 8.2 2.5 1.5
2022Home 2.47 0.98 69.1 4 3 0 7.5 1.3 1.0
2022Away 3.60 1.06 65.0 6 1 1 7.3 1.4 0.6
2021Home 4.12 1.17 59.0 4 3 0 7.5 2.4 1.7
2021Away 5.74 1.42 42.1 1 4 0 9.6 3.0 2.6
2020Home 4.85 1.35 26.0 1 2 1 6.9 2.1 2.8
2020Away 6.35 1.59 22.2 2 1 0 7.9 4.8 2.0
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Stat Review
How does Ross Stripling 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
5.55
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
1.3
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
3.01
 
WHIP
1.02
 
BABIP
.282
 
GB/FB
1.48
 
Left On Base
73.2%
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.0%
 
Spin Rate
2042 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.3%
 
Swinging Strike
11.5%
 
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Stripling didn't pitch well enough in 2021 to entrench himself as a member of Toronto's rotation this year. His 4.80 ERA was largely backed up by ERA estimators, and his 1.27 WHIP was the second worst mark of his career. Stripling has a starter's pitch mix and good enough command to start, but he struggles to limit hard contact and has a 2.15 HR/9 over the past two seasons. He has also never topped 122 innings in a season. With the Blue Jays signing Yusei Kikuchi after the lockout, Stripling is poised for a swing man/long reliever role.
Stripling failed to find his groove in 2020, spending time with both the Dodgers and Blue Jays. He posted the worst ERA of his big-league career, finishing with a 5.84 ERA and 1.50 WHIP to go along with a 40:18 K:BB across 49.1 frames, resulting in a 3-3 record with one save. Toronto will own the rights to Stipling for the next two seasons, but he'll need to step it up in 2021 to remain part of his team's starting rotation. He's been utilized in the past out of the bullpen, so if his struggles continue, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the 31-year-old shift to a relief role, which would be a hard pill to swallow for most fantasy owners. Stripling's fastball velocity sits around 91 mph, so he relies heavily on his other three pitches along with his command to get batters out. This was a clear issue in 2020, issuing 18 free passes in 49.1 innings in comparison to 20 walks in 2019 over 90.2 innings.
Stripling's ability to shift seamlessly from the bullpen to the rotation was great for the Dodgers but maddening for fantasy. With Julio Urias ready and Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin emerging, Stripling appeared set to continue as a swingman with fewer starts compared last year when only 17 of his 32 appearances came out of the bullpen. Fortunately, it looks like he will finally get a real chance to establish himself as a major-league starting pitcher; while a February trade to the Angels fell through, a move still seems likely. Stripling's four-pitch repertoire plays in any role. He doesn't bring the heat with a 91-mph fastball, but he keeps batters off balance with a slider, change and curve thrown at distinctly different speeds. The result is a fine K-BB% around 20% the past three years. Stripling is great for NL/AL-only, because even if he does move to the bullpen eventually, he will still end up with more innings than the conventional reliever.
Where did that come from? Stripling went from being a long reliever in 2017 to a starter for a large portion of 2018 while improving his strikeout and walk rates. He began the season in the bullpen, but entered the rotation at the end of April and went 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, a 52% groundball rate, and a 27% K-BB through his first 11 starts. He went 2-4 over his final 10 starts with a 4.84 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, a 41% groundball rate, and a 19% K-BB rate. He also did not pitch in the postseason. To be fair, Stripling dealt with lower-body injuries in the second half, so we can understand some of the late struggles. The overall skills are rather attractive even if the ERA will assuredly rise because he cannot strand 86% of his baserunners again. The swingman role may suit him best because he has never thrown more than 125 innings in any season, and is only a year from age 30.
After being primarily used as a starter during his rookie campaign, Stripling transitioned to a relief role in 2017 due to the surplus of quality starters in the Dodgers' rotation entering the season. The 28-year-old pitched well in his new role, compiling a 3.75 ERA and 1.18 WHIP while pitching more innings (74.1) than any other Dodgers reliever. He was more effective in his sophomore season, striking out the same number of batters (74) as he did in 2016 despite tossing 25.2 fewer innings. He also saw his walk rate drop from 7.2 percent in 2016 to 6.3 percent in 2017. While Stripling showed improvements, he's still on the outside looking in at a rotation spot, and it would likely take multiple injuries to the Dodgers' starting rotation for him to get a shot as a starter next season.
Stripling started his major league career off with a bang when he threw 7.1 no-hit innings against the Giants in his Dodgers debut. It was certainly unexpected for a pitcher who had never played above Double-A, never made a top-100 prospect list and only joined the Opening Day rotation due to injuries to other pitchers. After his memorable debut, Stripling bounced between the rotation and bullpen and was occasionally benched due to an innings limit stemming from 2014 Tommy John surgery. The most notable weapon in his arsenal is an above-average curveball that backs up his low-90s heat, a combination that didn't generate many strikeouts (6.7 K/9) but did add up to a roughly league-average ERA of 3.96. He eventually settled in as the Dodgers' long man in the bullpen and occupied that role in the playoffs. That will likely be his planned role again in 2017, though he will also provide starting depth for a team that has desperately needed it the last couple of years.
Stripling, a 2012 fifth-round pick, had a bit of a breakout in 2013, posting a combined 2.82 ERA in 127.2 innings between the High-A and Double-A levels. He finished with an impressive 117:30 K:BB ratio and is already thought to be polished enough to potentially push for a big league job in 2014. Despite the optimism, expect Stripling to open this season at Double-A and await his opportunity, which could take another full season with improving depth ahead of him at the big league level.
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Shuts 'em down for six innings
PToronto Blue Jays  
October 2, 2022
Stripling (10-4) earned the win Saturday without allowing a run on four hits over six innings against Boston. He struck out three.
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Improves to 9-4
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 25, 2022
Stripling (9-4) allowed one run on six hits over five innings Sunday, striking out three and earning a win over Tampa Bay.
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Unable to earn win
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 20, 2022
Stripling allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out three in four innings of an 18-11 win Tuesday in Philadelphia. He did not factor into the decision.
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Quality start in win
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 14, 2022
Stripling (8-4) earned the win Wednesday, allowing one run on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts over 6.1 innings against the Rays.
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Another quality start Friday
PToronto Blue Jays  
September 10, 2022
Striping didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 4-3 win over the Rangers, allowing two runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out four without walking a batter.
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