Brad Hand
Brad Hand
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
Injury Arm
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hand began the season as the Padres' closer, posting a tidy 3.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 24 saves before the All-Star break. He was then traded to Cleveland where he shared ninth-inning duties until mid-September when he became the Tribe's primary option. After posting a 2.33 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with eight saves and six holds for the Indians, Hand is ticketed to enter 2019 as the club's closer. The southpaw handles RHB better than most right-handed closers while dominating LHB as evidenced by a .661 OPS facing RHB and a .505 OPS versus LHB since 2016. If Hand has a flaw, it's his 9.3% walk rate along with a high 15.0% HR/FB the past two seasons. However, when you fan over 30% of batters faced, you can get away with a couple more walks and homers. The Indians profile as a team that should afford an above-average number of chances and Hand has no real competition for the job. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $19.75 million contract extension with the Padres in January of 2018. Traded to the Indians in July of 2018. Contract includes $10 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2021.
To test arm Sunday
PCleveland Indians
September 13, 2019
Hand will test out his tired arm Sunday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
Hand has been ineffective over his last 10 appearances, recording a 9.00 ERA. He hasn't pitched since Sunday, but an MRI taken Tuesday revealed no serious issues. Whether or not Hand will be able to fill his closer role over the final two weeks of the season may not become clear until after Sunday's session.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .165 265 101 22 39 10 1 7
Since 2017vs Right .229 586 190 44 120 26 1 16
2019vs Left .204 62 19 6 11 1 0 0
2019vs Right .259 177 62 12 42 12 0 6
2018vs Left .155 112 48 7 16 6 1 3
2018vs Right .226 189 58 21 36 10 0 5
2017vs Left .150 91 34 9 12 3 0 4
2017vs Right .208 220 70 11 42 4 1 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
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ERA on Road
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 3.04 1.03 103.2 7 5 46 13.8 1.9 1.3
Since 2017Away 2.34 1.13 104.0 4 8 41 11.4 3.8 0.7
2019Home 3.45 1.12 31.1 5 1 18 14.6 1.7 1.1
2019Away 3.24 1.44 25.0 1 3 16 10.8 4.3 0.7
2018Home 3.18 1.12 34.0 0 2 16 14.8 3.2 1.3
2018Away 2.37 1.11 38.0 2 3 16 11.8 3.8 0.7
2017Home 2.58 0.89 38.1 2 2 12 12.2 0.9 1.4
2017Away 1.76 0.98 41.0 1 2 9 11.4 3.5 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Brad Hand 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 this season's data (min 20 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.
    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.
92.7 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
87.8 mph
Spin Rate
2426 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hand grabbed control of the Padres’ closer role in July, culminating his journey from failed starter in the Marlins' organization to certified relief ace. He's enjoyed a velocity bump while working in shorter spurts, and the strikeouts have ticked up as well; the left-hander ranked 14th among relievers with an 11.5 K/9. Hand’s walk rate improved from 3.6 BB/9 to 2.3 last season as well, as he learned to use his packed arsenal from his starting days to taunt hitters in smaller sample sizes. Unfortunately, the fact he’s enjoyed this success for the perpetually rebuilding Padres leaves him vulnerable to a sell-high trade that could demote him back to a setup gig. The skills are worth a lofty investment, but don’t pay for a full season of save opportunities.
Claimed off waivers from the Marlins in early April, Hand racked up a career-high 111 strikeouts over 82 relief appearances despite previous forays in Miami as a member of the starting rotation. It was somewhat surprising the Marlins decided he didn't fit in their own stable of relievers, especially since he had demonstrated excellent splits against lefties in 2015 while spitting time between the rotation and bullpen. Nevertheless, Hand emerged as one of the top relievers in the San Diego bullpen, fanning 30.5 percent of the batters he faced and holding the opposition to a .193 batting average. In terms of his arsenal, Hand moved further away from his curveball and changeup, and instead leaned on a fastball-slider combo, throwing the latter offering 30.3 percent of the time. The slider was particularly effective for Hand, and it's fair to suggest that he's become one of the top left-handed relievers in the game over the course of the past year.
Hand shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen all season for Miami in 2015. His inconsistency prevented him from seizing the opportunities to stick as a starter. The Marlins seem to believe in Hand despite his 9-25 overall record with the team since 2011, as he's been with the organization since they drafted him in 2008. If nothing else, he should be a useful left-handed option in relief, as his splits in that role (19.2-percent K rate, 6.6-percent walk rate, 2.80 FIP) are encouraging enough to continue earning him big league paychecks. As a LOOGY, Hand may be even better, as he's held left-handed hitters to a .227/.285/.329 line over his career with the Marlins.
Hand was impressive during spring training in 2014 and parlayed that performance into a long look as a starter during the season. Ultimately, however, Hand proved to be far too inconsistent to take the ball every fifth day for the Marlins and is likely headed towards a more permanent role in the Miami bullpen. While shuffling between roles --  16 starts and 16 relief appearances -- he posted a decent 4.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 111 innings pitched. Hand offers little in terms of strikeout upside and though he was more successful last season as a start than as a reliever, his ability to bear down on left-handed batters (3.21 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and .224 BAA) could find him deployed more frequently as a situational lefty during the coming season.
Hand earned a September call-up, after sporting a 3.21 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 17 minor league starts. He saved his best work for last, spinning 6.1 innings of two-run ball for the Marlins in his final outing of the season. Without a dominating arsenal of pitches, Hand simply must improve his control (47 walks in 89.2 minor league innings) to have success at the major league level. Though the Marlins will likely keep Hand stretched out as a starter to begin the year in 2014, his best path to time in Miami this season will likely be in the bullpen.
Hand spent the majority of his season at the Triple-A level, making just one start in the big leagues. Though he typically works in the low-90s with his fastball, Hand possesses solid strikeout ability (8.5 K/9 over 148.1 minor league innings). Still, the 23-year-old has failed to harness his control, posting a brutal 4.6 BB/9 in the minors in 2012 after he had similar control issues during a 12-start stint with the big club in 2011. Hand appears to have some work to do refining his control before Miami will give the former second-round pick another crack at the rotation.
Injuries to the big-league rotation, and a woeful lack of pitching depth in the Marlins system, forced the club to bring Hand up ahead of schedule and he posted predictably shaky numbers. His Double-A numbers don't really look like those of a top prospect either, as his strikeout rate took a steep drop, while his walk and home-run rates both rose. While he might enter spring training with a theoretical shot at a 25-man roster spot, expect Miami to keep him in the minors all of 2012.
Hand improved his control while maintaining his K/9IP rate as a 20-year-old at High-A, and as a result put himself firmly in the Marlins' future plans. He projects to have three solid pitches although none of them are exceptional, which makes him a mid-rotation starter at best in the majors, but given the way the organization's starting pitching depth has been gutted the last couple of seasons they'll take what they can get. Assuming he doesn't stumble against Double-A competition this year, Hand could get his first taste of the big leagues in 2012.
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MRI clean
PCleveland Indians
September 12, 2019
The MRI on Hand's arm was clean, according to manager Terry Francona, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Away from team to undergo MRI
PCleveland Indians
September 11, 2019
Hand underwent an MRI for an apparent arm injury and returned to Cleveland after Tuesday's game against the Angels, Anthony Alford of WTAM 11 Cleveland reports.
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Earns 34th save
PCleveland Indians
September 8, 2019
Hand struck out one batter and walked one in a scoreless inning Sunday, earning the save over Minnesota in Cleveland's 5-2 win.
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Nearly coughs up lead
PCleveland Indians
September 4, 2019
Hand allowed two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out a batter to record his only out in a win against the White Sox on Wednesday.
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Posts 33rd save
PCleveland Indians
August 30, 2019
Hand retired the Tigers in order with one strikeout during the ninth inning while recording his 33rd save in a 2-0 victory Thursday.
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