Blaine Hardy
Blaine Hardy
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hardy's season can be divided into two parts: the 67.2 innings as a starter and the 18.1 as a reliever. He was usable in AL-only leagues as a starter, but it's the numbers in relief across a small sample size that are intriguing. Hardy held the 72 batters he faced as a reliever to a .197 average and allowed one home run along with an 18.1 K-BB%. Even though Hardy is a lefty, he is more effective against righties because of his excellent vulcan changeup, and velocity charts show his stuff plays up better out of the bullpen than when he is working as a starter. Hardy could end up in a high-leverage role with Detroit and even grab some saves should the club cash in their chips with Shane Greene. He's worth a late flier in AL leagues if the club commits to him as a reliever in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Tigers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Struggles continue
PDetroit Tigers
May 16, 2019
Hardy allowed three runs on four hits and a walk across two innings in Thursday's 17-3 loss to the Athletics.
Hardy has now been scored upon in four of his last five appearances, and his season ERA sits at 6.75 through 16 innings. The lefty posted a respectable 3.56 ERA in 2018, but he really hasn't gotten going yet this year after dealing with a forearm injury that sidelined him for a few weeks.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .250 173 24 8 40 6 2 12
Since 2017vs Right .264 439 82 33 105 19 3 12
2019vs Left .269 27 3 1 7 1 1 5
2019vs Right .183 78 9 5 13 0 1 2
2018vs Left .232 90 14 5 19 2 1 3
2018vs Right .250 261 52 17 60 13 2 7
2017vs Left .269 56 7 2 14 3 0 4
2017vs Right .368 100 21 11 32 6 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 4.68 1.33 82.2 4 2 0 6.4 2.7 1.6
Since 2017Away 3.84 1.20 63.1 2 3 1 6.7 2.3 1.3
2019Home 5.40 1.04 18.1 1 0 0 3.4 2.0 2.9
2019Away 3.24 0.84 8.1 0 0 0 5.4 2.2 1.1
2018Home 3.92 1.21 43.2 3 2 0 7.0 2.7 0.8
2018Away 3.19 1.13 42.1 1 3 1 6.8 1.9 1.3
2017Home 5.66 1.84 20.2 0 0 0 7.8 3.5 2.2
2017Away 6.39 1.66 12.2 1 0 0 7.1 3.6 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Blaine Hardy 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.
88.3 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
85.2 mph
Spin Rate
2116 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hardy put together a solid 2016 season that he split between Triple-A and the majors. The 29-year-old began the season in the minors, where he had tremendous success, posting a dominant 1.72 ERA in 31.1 innings of work for Triple-A Toledo. Hardy frequently fluctuated between the majors and Triple-A, but was pretty decent during his time in the big leagues this season, earning a 3.51 ERA and a 7.01 K/9. He was also a late-bloomer for the Tigers. As of Aug. 4, Hardy's 2016 major league ERA was 5.84, but a strong finish to his season allowed it to eventually come down to 3.51. One thing he has excelled at has been keeping the ball in the ballpark. After giving up an incredibly low 0.29 HR/9 for Detroit in 2015, the veteran left-hander followed it up with another strong mark of 0.70 HR/9 in 2016.
Hardy had a solid 2015 that looked downright remarkable relative to his bullpen peers. His stuff is average at best, but he somehow managed to deliver a 3.08 ERA in 61.1 innings on the back of a mid-80s fastball. And he allowed just two home runs while ringing up fewer than a strikeout per inning. Hardy's smoke and mirrors approach is working, perhaps because of a remarkably long stride to the plate -- it makes that fastball seem a whole lot faster. He delivered 13 holds in 2015 and should continue to offer the same, if not more, to owners in 2016, but he's a long shot to record more than the occasional vultured save.
The 28-year-old lefty reliever made his major league debut last season, appearing in 38 games out of the Tigers' bullpen. He finished the season 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 31 strikeouts and four holds in 39 innings. On the surface, Hardy was one of the more successful bullpen options for the Tigers in 2014, but there are some chinks in his armor. Hardy walked batters at a high clip (4.6 BB/9) and posted a 3.49 FIP. While he is considered a moderate groundball pitcher, his 0.2 HR/9 and 3.1% HR/FB are both unsustainable. Hardy doesn’t overpower on the mound, but unlike many relievers, he has a four-pitch arsenal (fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup). His fastball sits around 90 mph, and proved to be his most productive pitch last season, but his curveball induces plenty of swings and misses and could be his primary out-pitch going forward. While Hardy was more effective against left-handed hitters, he also managed to hold his own against righties, limiting 93 right-handed batters to a .263/.366/.291 slash line. The Tigers haven’t been shopping around for left-handed bullpen help this offseason, which means Hardy will most likely be one of the team’s top relief southpaws to begin the season. Some regression should be expected, but Hardy could be a sneaky source of holds if his role increases in 2015.
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Activated from injured list
PDetroit Tigers
May 11, 2019
Hardy (forearm) was activated from the injured list Saturday.
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Could rejoin team this weekend
PDetroit Tigers
May 9, 2019
Hardy (forearm) tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab appearance with High-A Lakeland Thursday and is on track to rejoin the Tigers on Friday in Minnesota, Jason Beck of reports.
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Set to begin rehab assignment
PDetroit Tigers
May 5, 2019
Hardy (forearm) is expected to head out on a minor-league rehab assignment Monday at High-A Lakeland, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Won't return as starter
PDetroit Tigers
May 1, 2019
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Hardy (forearm) will be utilized as a reliever upon his return from the 10-day injured list, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Placed on IL
PDetroit Tigers
April 23, 2019
Hardy was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a forearm strain.
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