Pedro Baez
Pedro Baez
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Pedro Baez in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a two-year contact with the Astros in January of 2021. Contract includes team option for 2023.
Heading to Houston
PHouston Astros
January 13, 2021
Baez signed a two-year deal with the Astros on Wednesday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander has been a staple in the Dodgers bullpen since making his big-league debut in 2014, but he'll now be continuing his career with the Astros. Baez had a 3.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 13:7 K:BB over 17 innings during 2020, which is in line with his career 3.03 ERA and 1.10 WHIP figures. The 32-year-old had 100 holds during his time with Los Angeles, and he could serve as a bridge to closer Ryan Pressly for Houston.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Pedro Baez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Pedro Baez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-54%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .163 245 52 26 35 8 3 3
Since 2018vs Right .213 334 92 26 64 12 1 9
2020vs Left .103 32 6 3 3 0 0 0
2020vs Right .226 34 7 3 7 2 0 2
2019vs Left .176 129 29 8 21 6 1 2
2019vs Right .172 147 40 15 22 2 0 4
2018vs Left .164 84 17 15 11 2 2 1
2018vs Right .246 153 45 8 35 8 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-54%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-65%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.81 0.96 74.2 5 3 0 9.9 3.0 0.5
Since 2018Away 4.41 1.17 67.1 6 2 3 8.3 3.6 1.1
2020Home 2.16 0.84 8.1 0 0 0 10.8 4.3 1.1
2020Away 4.70 1.17 7.2 0 0 2 3.5 2.3 1.2
2019Home 1.96 0.93 36.2 3 1 0 9.1 2.7 0.7
2019Away 4.36 0.97 33.0 4 1 1 8.7 3.3 0.8
2018Home 1.52 1.04 29.2 2 2 0 10.6 3.0 0.0
2018Away 4.39 1.43 26.2 2 1 0 9.1 4.4 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Pedro Baez 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
1.86
 
K/9
6.9
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
3.18
 
WHIP
1.00
 
BABIP
.186
 
GB/FB
0.83
 
Left On Base
63.4%
 
Exit Velocity
81.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.5%
 
Spin Rate
2012 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.6%
 
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Baez has been a staple in the Dodgers' bullpen since his debut in 2015, and nothing changed in 2019 as the right-hander paced the team with 71 appearances and 25 holds while posting a 3.10 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 69.2 innings. He didn't whiff more than a batter per inning (8.9 K/9) for the first time since his rookie season, though he posted the second-best swinging strike rate of his career (15.5%). Most of Baez's success can be attributed to his ability to limit hard contact, as his 2.8 Barrel% and 26.6 Hard Hit% led to a .213 BABIP and 0.8 HR/9. He also didn't hurt himself with free passes, evidenced by his unremarkable 3.0 BB/9. While Baez finally picked up his first career save in 2019, he was also charged with six blown opportunities while five other Dodgers recorded at least one save. As such, he seems unlikely to see more than the occasional save chance even if an opening in the ninth inning arises.
Even as Kenley Jansen battled health issues, Baez still didn't get the chance to record his first big-league save in 2018, though he did manage a 2.88 ERA in 56.1 innings, his lowest mark since his rookie season. After a poor second half in 2017, Baez finished strong this time around, allowing just a single run over his last 18 appearances and giving up just two in 11.1 postseason innings. He's been very consistent over the course of his career, posting an ERA between 2.88 and 3.35 in each of his four full seasons. That consistency is quite valuable for the Dodgers, though it makes his chances of suddenly improving his value quite low. His strikeout rate and ERA aren't at the elite level required to give non-closing relievers much fantasy value, and there's little reason to believe he's about to get an uptick in save chances, even if Jansen continues to miss time. Six other Dodgers recorded saves in 2018, offering little hope that Baez is next in line.
2017 was a tale of two halves for Baez, as he turned in a shiny 1.43 ERA across 37.2 innings in the first half of the season before getting knocked around to the tune of a 5.13 ERA in 26.1 second-half frames. While he still finished the season with a 2.95 ERA, all indicators suggest there was quite a bit of luck at play (4.44 FIP, 4.83 xFIP, 4.25 SIERA). Baez saw his strikeout rate drop from 28.4 percent over the prior two seasons to 22.1 percent last year, while his walk rate jumped from 6.6 percent to 10.4 percent over that same stretch. The right-hander did allow just two of his 20 inherited runners to cross home plate, while opponents slashed just .099/.220/.127 against him with runners in scoring position, but Baez will likely be confined to the seventh inning to open 2018.
Baez remained one of the most frustrating players in baseball with his 2016 campaign, especially for believers in his ability to hold down a late-inning role and Dodger fans hoping to get home before midnight. On the surface, a season of 74 innings, a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 83 strikeouts is excellent. He had stretches where he was nearly unhittable, easily breezing high-90s fastballs past hitters. But then, the wheels would come off. His game slowed down to the point of registering the slowest pitching pace in baseball (min. 50 innings) and he seemed incapable of throwing quality strikes at times. Things eventually got bad enough that the Dodgers optioned him to Double-A Tulsa, but he turned it around there and posted a scoreless September after returning to the majors. Baez could be next in line to take over at closer if Kenley Jansen is hurt, but he is an extremely volatile asset.
Baez had an up and down 2015, but ultimately finished with a 3.35 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 51 innings. A fastball that often found its way into the upper-90s allowed Baez to post a 10.6 K/9 to go with excellent control (1.9 BB/9). A 5.79 ERA in September was followed by an outing in the NLDS in which Baez surrendered three runs to the Mets without recording an out. Prior to that, however, Baez had a 2.95 ERA on August 31, so there's something to build on here. He also allowed just one run in his final eight regular-season innings, so it wasn't a complete meltdown. Baez has swing-and-miss stuff as evidenced by a 15 percent swinging-strike rate (league average was 9.9%) and he could develop into a closer in time. Refining his slider and improving his command should top his to-do list this spring, but barring a poor March, he should have a place in the team's bullpen on Opening Day.
Baez started his 2014 season at Double-A, but finished in Los Angeles while serving as a surprising stabilizing presence for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. The recipe in his debut was a heavy volume of fastballs, as Baez fired the pitch at an 81% clip last season. With plenty of velocity (95.3 mph average), it's understandable that he leans on the offering, but Baez needs to more effectively utilize his slider or changeup in order to generate more strikeouts. Fortunately, he kept his walk rate down -- both at Triple-A and in the big leagues -- but something will have to give in terms of skills growth if he's going to sustain a sub-3.00 ERA with those peripherals. Baez carried an 83.3% LOB% (his range was 70.5-77.1% in the minors) and a .197 BABIP, which suggest an ERA much closer to his 2014 xFIP (3.96) than the 2.63 he delivered in his debut.
Signed out of the Dominican Republic for $200,000 in 2007, Baez has quickly emerged as one of the organization's top prospects. He's only 19 and his .274/.341/.408 line in rookie ball is rather modest, but he's already demonstrated excellent defensive skills and power to all fields. Baez is several years from the majors, but if he can improve his plate discipline and grow into his body, he could be another nice find by the Dodgers.
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Picks up second save
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 16, 2020
Baez picked up the save Wednesday against the Padres, allowing no runs on one hit across two-thirds of an inning. He did not record a strikeout or issue a walk.
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Set to be activated
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 12, 2020
Baez (groin) will be reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Likely to return over weekend
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Groin
September 9, 2020
Baez (groin) threw two innings Wednesday and is likely to be activated over the weekend, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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May return this week
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Groin
September 8, 2020
Baez (groin) will face live hitters Wednesday and could subsequently be activated by the Dodgers, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Tests groin Sunday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Groin
September 7, 2020
Baez (groin) threw a simulated game Sunday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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