Rowan Wick

Rowan Wick

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There are some positive attributes, such as a 9.9 K/9 and 0.7 HR/9 for his career, but Wick's days of getting a decent chunk of save chances for the Cubs are probably over after he managed a 1.69 WHIP that was the 2nd-worst among qualified relievers last season. His 1.47 career WHIP doesn't exactly scream "put me in coach, I'm ready to pitch the 9th inning," either. That's not to say Wick won't get the occasional save chance moving forward, but double digit saves are highly unlikely, even after finishing second on the team in the saves category in each of the past three seasons. After finding success with his cutter in the past, Wick gave up a .568 BA and .811 SLG on the pitch last year. His mid-90's fastball can only take him so far, so a tweak of his secondary offerings could potentially yield better results. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#590
ADP
$Agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Cubs in November of 2022, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration
PChicago Cubs
November 18, 2022
Wick agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
He finished second on the team in saves last season with nine behind David Robertson (14), who was dealt away at the trade deadline, but Wick didn't exactly secure the closer job heading into 2023. The right-hander struggled to a 5.06 ERA and squandered three of his final five save chances after Aug. 11. The role will be up for grabs again in spring training.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Rowan Wick generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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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
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .298 232 57 29 59 10 1 3
Since 2020vs Right .259 236 61 20 55 10 1 8
2022vs Left .341 142 35 17 42 8 1 3
2022vs Right .272 152 34 12 37 5 1 6
2021vs Left .182 54 15 7 8 0 0 0
2021vs Right .231 46 14 7 9 1 0 1
2020vs Left .290 36 7 5 9 2 0 0
2020vs Right .243 38 13 1 9 4 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-56%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.53 1.40 58.2 3 4 8 10.1 3.5 0.9
Since 2020Away 4.73 1.77 45.2 1 5 10 10.2 5.1 1.0
2022Home 4.41 1.68 32.2 3 4 2 10.5 4.1 1.1
2022Away 4.02 1.69 31.1 1 3 7 8.9 4.0 1.4
2021Home 2.57 0.86 14.0 0 0 2 9.6 2.6 0.6
2021Away 7.00 2.11 9.0 0 1 3 14.0 10.0 0.0
2020Home 2.25 1.25 12.0 0 0 4 9.8 3.0 0.8
2020Away 5.06 1.69 5.1 0 1 0 11.8 3.4 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Rowan Wick 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
2.38
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
4.1
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
94.9 mph
 
ERA
4.22
 
WHIP
1.69
 
BABIP
.386
 
GB/FB
1.55
 
Left On Base
74.4%
 
Exit Velocity
82.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.6%
 
Spin Rate
2307 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.3%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
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Wick was in the Cubs' mix for saves for the third consecutive season, finishing 2021 with a career-high five saves despite not making his season debut until mid-August after dealing with a lengthy oblique strain. The 29-year-old struck out 29 in 23 innings for Chicago, which represented a two percent increase in his strikeout rate (29%). He also kept the ball inside the park, which continues to be a strength since he's allowed just three home runs over 82 career innings. Wick was especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .182 BAA after a .290 split in 2020. However, one blemish on his season was a career-worst 14% walk rate. If his command issues persist, it may prevent Wick from emerging as a full-time closer in the future. While there's a chance he's the Cubs primary closer to open 2022, he's probably a safer bet to earn single-digit saves in a complimentary role.
Wick was having a nice season and was in the mix for saves before an oblique injury in September brought his 2020 campaign to an abrupt halt. Prior to the injury, the righty amassed 20 strikeouts and four saves in 19 appearances (17.1 innings), and he posted a 3.12 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. That came on the heels of a strong 2019 in which he fanned 35 batters in 33.1 innings while recording a 2.43 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Wick has found success with a fastball that consistently sits above 95 mph and a hard-breaking curveball. The strong two-year run puts the 28-year-old squarely in the Chicago closer conversation heading into 2021, and he could end up as the top option. Jeremy Jeffress led the Cubs with eight saves in 2020, but he's a free agent, and Craig Kimbrel has been up and down since coming to Chicago. Wick has been a decent fantasy asset, but he could reach new heights if he takes on more save chances.
Wick struck out 79 batters in 68.1 innings of work between Triple-A Iowa and Chicago last season, allowing 47 hits, only three of which left the yard. The converted catcher continues to transition to the other side of the battery, and took a step forward by retooling his curveball with the help of pitching coach Tommy Hottovy. It was Hottovy who suggested Wick start throwing a spike-curve to get more spin on the pitch, and tunneling that with his high-and-hard fastball made him very tough on righties, who had a .212 wOBA against him last year (.285 vs LHB). The walk rate would need to come down for him to have a safer spot in the late innings, but his current stuff at least earns him the chance to hang around in case something happens with Craig Kimbrel. He has the stuff to close, but the Cubs have an expensive roadblock in front of him.
Once a 20-homer hitter in the minor leagues, Wick switched to pitching in 2016 and had some success. He finished the season with a 2.64 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 44.1 innings pitched between High-A and Double-A. His numbers with High-A Peoria were dominant, as he struck out 13.5 batters per nine and walked just 2.2 batters per nine en route to a 1.09 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. However, with his promotion to Double-A Springfield, where he pitched 19.2 innings, his walk rate ballooned to 6.4 BB/9 and his strikeout rate dropped to 9.2 K/9. He finished his time in Springfield with a 4.12 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. His loss of control with the move up is concerning, but Wick's first season as a pitcher can be regarded as a relative success. The Cardinals apparently thought so too, as they moved to protect him from the Rule 5 draft and added him to the 40-man roster in November. The 24-year-old will presumably begin the 2017 season back in Springfield.
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Earns save Wednesday
PChicago Cubs
August 31, 2022
Wick worked around a walk to toss a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays. He struck out one.
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Gets hit hard in loss
PChicago Cubs
August 28, 2022
Wick (4-7) allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits while retiring only one batter to take the loss Saturday against the Brewers. He walked one and struck out one.
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Earns win Wednesday
PChicago Cubs
August 24, 2022
Wick (4-6) tossed 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and earned the win Wednesday against the Cardinals. He allowed two hits and also struck out two.
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Takes loss Sunday
PChicago Cubs
August 21, 2022
Wick (3-6) allowed one run on a hit and a walk in an inning of work to take the loss Sunday against the Brewers.
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Earns save Wednesday
PChicago Cubs
August 17, 2022
Wick pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Nationals.
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