Zach Plesac

Zach Plesac

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cleveland Guardians
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Another year, another fluke injury -- Plesac missed time in 2022 after breaking his hand while punching the mound after yielding three home runs in Seattle. Opposing hitters continue to feast on his fastball, tagging him for a .306 batting average and eight home runs on the pitch he threw 42.7 percent of the time last year. His slider and curveball were his two best pitches, but he's still struggled to make up for mediocre velocity with effective swing-and-miss stuff, posting a 6.8 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 over 131.2 innings. He finished last year in the 21st percentile for whiff percentage. While his passion is evident from frustration-related injuries, the end results put him as the No. 4 or 5 starter in the Guardians' rotation and a low-upside, late-round pick in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a contract with the Indians in June of 2016.
Takes loss in return
PCleveland Guardians
October 2, 2022
Plesac (3-12) gave up one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out one over 3.2 innings to take the loss in a 7-1 defeat to the Royals on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Plesac allowed three straight two-out doubles in the top of the fourth, which gave the Royals all the run production they needed to hand Plesac his 12th loss of the season. Only one of the four runs that Plesac allowed were earned due to a throwing error by third baseman Gabriel Arias. It was Plesac's first start since August 28th when he fractured his pitching hand after punching the mound in frustration. The appearance is best viewed as a tune-up start before the Guardians finalize their postseason rotation. The 27-year-old right-hander finishes the regular season with an ERA of 4.34.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
83
Last 10 Games
74
Last 5 Games
57
How many pitches does Zach Plesac generally throw?
 
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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
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .253 662 112 54 152 29 2 22
Since 2020vs Right .236 710 145 24 159 39 0 28
2022vs Left .288 289 44 25 75 14 0 11
2022vs Right .231 279 56 13 61 16 0 8
2021vs Left .234 281 44 25 59 14 1 7
2021vs Right .260 317 56 9 78 19 0 16
2020vs Left .205 92 24 4 18 1 1 4
2020vs Right .180 114 33 2 20 4 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.63 1.23 148.2 5 7 0 6.7 2.2 1.2
Since 2020Away 4.52 1.14 181.0 12 13 0 7.3 2.1 1.5
2022Home 3.66 1.53 59.0 1 5 0 5.9 3.1 1.1
2022Away 4.83 1.16 72.2 2 7 0 7.6 2.2 1.5
2021Home 4.10 1.13 68.0 3 2 0 6.6 1.9 1.3
2021Away 5.18 1.26 74.2 7 4 0 6.0 2.4 1.6
2020Home 2.08 0.74 21.2 1 0 0 9.1 0.8 0.8
2020Away 2.41 0.83 33.2 3 2 0 9.4 1.1 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Zach Plesac 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
2.63
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
92.0 mph
 
ERA
4.31
 
WHIP
1.32
 
BABIP
.301
 
GB/FB
1.18
 
Left On Base
67.8%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.7%
 
Spin Rate
2007 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.3%
 
Swinging Strike
10.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
This needs to be said right out of the gate: Plesac was forced to miss five weeks of the 2021 season after injuring his pitching thumb while aggressively ripping off his jersey after a rough outing. Pleasac did run into 10 wins and still pitched to a 1.20 WHIP, but that was offset by a 4.67 ERA and a ghastly drop in his strikeout rate that fell 11 full percentage points. The 24.8 K-BB% from 2020 fell down to 11.0% in 2021 and took him from fantasy sleeper to fantasy headache. His Statcast page has more blue ink than a Bic pen exploding in your shirt pocket, and most of that comes from how poorly his fastball performed (the league hit .326 off the pitch with a .626 SLG). He threw it 42% of the time and the expected stats validate the pitch's poor outcomes. These same warning signs were there heading into 2021, especially with his fastball.
Fantasy players are excited about Plesac. He looked like one of the top up-and-coming starters in the game in 2020, going 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 55.1 innings. He paired a 27.7 K% with a minuscule 2.9 BB% while holding opposing hitters below the Mendoza Line combined. It was not all good, however, as Plesac violated COVID-19 protocols, got sent home and subsequently spent time at Cleveland's alternate training site. Plesac's fastball is rather hittable, but he has a great swing-and-miss slider and enjoyed great results with his changeup as well last season. Perspective is important; Plesac was mostly an afterthought at this time last year, his FIP was a run worse than his ERA -- he had a 91.7 LOB% -- and the question is how much, not if, his walk rate will regress. The early market has him just outside the top 15 starting pitchers. It's quite the leap of faith based on eight starts.
Plesac opened the season at Double-A, but injuries to Cleveland's rotation allowed him to make his big-league debut at the end of May. While the right-hander finished his rookie campaign with respectable numbers -- going 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 21 starts -- he provided plenty of reasons to be skeptical about his ability to repeat that success, most of which are reflected in his 4.94 FIP and 5.13 SIERA. Plesac didn't miss many bats, evidenced by his 9.9% swinging-strike rate and 6.8 K/9, while the contact he allowed was often problematic. His 7.6 Barrel% coupled with his 39.1 GB% resulted in a 1.5 HR/9. He also benefitted from a 78.6% strand rate -- which is tough for a starting pitcher to sustain -- and a .258 BABIP, which isn't supported by his batted-ball profile. Plesac will compete for a spot in the Indians' rotation in 2020, though his upside is limited regardless of his role.
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Activated prior to start
PCleveland Guardians
October 1, 2022
Plesac (hand) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list ahead of Saturday's game against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Start pushed back to Saturday
PCleveland Guardians
Hand
September 29, 2022
Plesac (hand) will now start Saturday's game against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Confirmed for Friday's start
PCleveland Guardians
Hand
September 27, 2022
Plesac (hand) will be activated from the 15-day injured list to start Friday against the Royals, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Lines up to start Friday
PCleveland Guardians
Hand
September 25, 2022
Plesac (hand) is tentatively scheduled to return from the 15-day injured list to start Friday against the Royals, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Throws sim game
PCleveland Guardians
Hand
September 20, 2022
Plesac (hand) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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