Tanner Houck

Tanner Houck

26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Boston Red Sox
Out
Injury Back
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Houck was a stabilizing presence for a Red Sox bullpen that desperately needed one in 2022, as his already flexible role expanded even further to include shorter high-leverage outings and save opportunities. With Boston struggling to hold leads in the late innings, the 26-year-old received his first save chance in June and recorded six within a two-week span. Houck tied for the team lead with eight saves, but his season ended prematurely due to a disc issue in his back that required surgery. He finished with 60 innings across 32 appearances (four starts) with similar outputs to 2021, though his K-rate dipped nearly eight percentage points, from 30.5% to 22.7%. Houck expects to be cleared for the start of spring training and will spend this offseason building up to be a starter, but the Red Sox informed him he may end up back in the bullpen once the 2023 season starts. Kenley Jansen's arrival in free agency renders Houck much less relevant unless he actually makes the rotation or Jansen gets injured. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#376
ADP
$Signed a $2.61 million contract with the Red Sox in June of 2017.
On track for start of season
PBoston Red Sox
Back
January 20, 2023
Houck (back) is throwing off the mound, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Houck is working his way back from a lumbar discectomy that sidelined the right-hander at the end of last season. He's been the subject of trade rumors, but for now is being prepped to compete for a spot in the Red Sox rotation.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
29
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Tanner Houck generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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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+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Tanner Houck generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .232 260 59 29 52 8 1 5
Since 2020vs Right .199 335 105 23 60 8 0 3
2022vs Left .259 101 21 14 22 3 0 3
2022vs Right .205 146 35 8 27 3 0 0
2021vs Left .231 137 33 11 28 4 1 2
2021vs Right .215 148 54 10 29 5 0 2
2020vs Left .111 22 5 4 2 1 0 0
2020vs Right .114 41 16 5 4 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.51 1.10 74.1 4 8 3 10.4 2.4 0.5
Since 2020Away 2.60 1.16 65.2 4 1 6 9.3 4.0 0.4
2022Home 4.45 1.09 30.1 2 4 3 8.3 2.4 0.6
2022Away 1.82 1.28 29.2 3 0 5 8.5 4.2 0.3
2021Home 3.32 1.18 38.0 1 4 0 12.8 2.1 0.5
2021Away 3.77 1.06 31.0 0 1 1 9.6 3.5 0.6
2020Home 0.00 0.67 6.0 1 0 0 6.0 4.5 0.0
2020Away 0.00 1.00 5.0 1 0 0 12.6 5.4 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Tanner Houck 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
2.55
 
K/9
8.4
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
94.9 mph
 
ERA
3.15
 
WHIP
1.18
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
2.31
 
Left On Base
73.4%
 
Exit Velocity
83.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2230 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
With Eduardo Rodriguez dealing with a sore arm to open the season, Houck broke camp with the Red Sox but was sent to the alternate site once Rodriguez was ready in mid-April. After dealing with a sore flexor muscle until mid-June, he spent the second half shuttling between Triple-A Worcester and the big club. While with the Red Sox, Houck made 18 appearances, starting five contests. Featuring an arsenal compared to a right-handed Chris Sale, Houck posted an impressive 3.52 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, buoyed by a 23.2% K-BB% which would have placed eighth among qualified starters, but he only tallied 69 frames, about 100 fewer than needed to make the leaderboard. If Houck can develop another secondary to complement his 94-mph fastball, wipeout slider and occasional splitter, he has ace potential. He should get a chance to prove himself as a member of Boston's starting rotation to begin the regular season.
Few prospects covered more developmental ground at their team's alternate training site than Houck, who cleaned up his crossfire delivery to the point that he may be able to stick in the rotation. His gains were rewarded with a three-start run to close the year, during which he dominated the Braves, Yankees and Marlins. He utilizes a four-seamer and a sinking two-seamer, both of which sit in the low-90s and touch 95 mph. Houck threw his wipeout mid-80s slider 94 times (35% usage), recording 10 strikeouts with the pitch while surrendering zero hits. Houck's fastball/slider combo is effective enough that he might be able to get by without a viable third pitch, but the development of his splitter would go a long way toward him sticking in Boston's rotation for years to come. He should get a pretty long leash in 2021, given the Red Sox's lack of rotation depth.
The Red Sox tried to teach Houck a four-seam fastball in 2018, but it was flat, straight and ineffective, so they had him go back to using the two-seamer primarily last season. It was that pitch -- regarded as one of the best two-seam fastballs in the 2017 draft class -- that led Boston to take Houck 24th overall that year. With the change back to a more familiar approach, Houck was able to advance to Triple-A, and he enjoyed a good deal of success out of the bullpen with Pawtucket, holding opponents to a .202 average in his 25 innings with the top affiliate. He allowed just a 12.5% line-drive rate at Triple-A. His walk rate spiked with the jump in levels and the strikeout rates have been modest so far in his professional career, but Houck is now a step away and could theoretically rise fast up the ranks in Boston's largely unsettled bullpen.
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To be ready for spring training
PBoston Red Sox
Back
September 6, 2022
Houck underwent a successful lumbar discectomy Tuesday and is expected to be fully cleared for the start of spring training.
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Moves to 60-day IL
PBoston Red Sox
Back
September 4, 2022
The Red Sox transferred Houck (back) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Sunday.
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Undergoing surgery next week
PBoston Red Sox
Back
September 3, 2022
Houck will undergo back surgery next week, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Expected to undergo back surgery
PBoston Red Sox
Back
September 2, 2022
Houck is expected to undergo back surgery, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Shut down, may not return in 2022
PBoston Red Sox
Back
September 1, 2022
Houck (back) was shut down from throwing Thursday, and manager Alex Cora isn't sure if the right-hander will return by the end of the season, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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