Chris Rusin
Chris Rusin
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Rusin in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Braves in January of 2020. Released by the Braves in September of 2020.
Cut loose by Atlanta
PFree Agent  
September 6, 2020
The Braves released Rusin on Saturday.
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Atlanta let Rusin go to pursue opportunities with other organizations just over a month after he was designated for assignment and outrighted to the Braves' alternate training site. The 33-year-old lefty has made 189 career big-league appearances, posting a 4.65 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 9.3 K-BB% in 468.2 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
59
Last 10 Games
59
Last 5 Games
59
How many pitches does Chris Rusin generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Chris Rusin generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-67%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .240 114 30 10 24 4 1 2
Since 2018vs Right .331 153 20 20 43 5 3 7
2020vs Left .375 10 2 2 3 1 0 0
2020vs Right .500 7 1 1 3 0 0 1
2019vs Left .333 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right 1.000 6 0 1 4 2 0 1
2018vs Left .225 101 28 8 20 3 1 2
2018vs Right .300 140 19 18 36 3 3 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 6.55 1.67 33.0 2 2 0 7.9 5.2 1.4
Since 2018Away 6.92 1.62 26.0 0 1 0 7.3 3.8 1.4
2020Home 8.10 2.70 3.1 0 0 0 8.1 8.1 2.7
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 108.00 15.00 .333333 0 0 0 0.0 27.0 27.0
2019Away 0.00 1.50 .666666 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018Home 5.22 1.40 29.1 2 2 0 8.0 4.6 0.9
2018Away 7.11 1.62 25.1 0 1 0 7.5 3.9 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Chris Rusin 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
1.00
 
K/9
8.1
 
BB/9
8.1
 
HR/9
2.7
 
Fastball
86.8 mph
 
ERA
8.10
 
WHIP
2.70
 
BABIP
.439
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Left On Base
78.9%
 
Exit Velocity
83.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
12.5%
 
Spin Rate
2355 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.3%
 
Swinging Strike
5.1%
 
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March 16, 2017
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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If your league has scoring that favors groundball specialists that work in low- and medium-leverage roles, this is your guy. Rusin has made a career of soaking up work, although he did less of that in 2018 thanks to an early-season intercostal strain. Rusin has a decent strikeout rate and a heavy groundball rate, but last season struggled with walks and a high home-rate led to an over-inflated ERA that was a 1.5 runs higher than his FIP. Rusin's value comes in his willingness and ability to pitch multiple innings, but he does not get many wins, holds or saves to show for his work. He should safely remain on the free-agent pile as the Colorado bullpen is too deep for him to make a leap forward on the depth chart.
The Rockies gave Rusin a full-time role in the team's bullpen last season, and the transition was a smooth one as he logged 85 innings in 60 appearances while pitching to a 2.65 ERA. The overall workload was nearly identical to his 2016 season, and the skills appear to be pretty stable at this point. Rusin's ability to get groundballs makes him a useful multi-inning reliever in Colorado (58.5 percent GB%), and while he's not overpowering (7.5 K/9), he doesn't give up much in the way of walks (2.0 BB/9) or homers (0.95 HR/9) when you consider that he pitches half of his games at Coors Field. It's interesting to note that Rusin was missing more bats during the second half (8.5 K/9), and a slight bump in strikeout rate over a full season would go a long way toward helping him keep his ERA in the low-3.00 range in 2018. He'll likely to return to the same role, making most of his appearances in the seventh inning and earlier.
Although Rusin stated that he prefers being a starter rather than a reliever, his 2016 stats suggested that he should stick to being a long reliever in the Rockies bullpen. The left-hander was afforded the opportunity to start eight games early on in the season, and the results were unspectacular: 4.53 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 6.6 K/9. Unfortunately, he headed to the disabled list with a shoulder injury just as he had carved out a full-time role in the rotation. Upon his return, there was no room for him in the rotation, so the 29-year-old went back to the bullpen and posted a 3.03 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a career-best 9.1 K/9 over the last two months of the season. Rusin doesn't overwhelm anyone with his repertoire, but he has proven to be a serviceable member of the Rockies pitching staff. That being said, he'll likely only garner occasional spot starts considering the wealth of young starting pitchers the Rockies have and the success the lefty had out of the bullpen.
As a result of simply staying healthy, Rusin was able to maintain a spot in the Rockies' starting rotation for most of the year. His stats were largely unimpressive, as Rusin could not find success at home or on the road, and he struggled equally against left- and right-handed hitters. To his credit, Rusin did turn in two complete-game gems during the campaign, and finished second on the team with 13 quality starts. The left-hander posted a 2.31 GB/FB, which would seem to bode well for a pitcher at Coors Field, but a .346 BABIP for a non-strikeout pitcher is very troubling. While he should be in the conversation for a spot in the Rockies' rotation this spring, Rusin may have trouble finding consistent starts in the majors.
The second-half productivity of rotation additions Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada prevented Rusin from getting any starts with the Cubs last season, as the left-hander instead stuck with Triple-A Iowa for nearly all of 2014. While there, he compiled a 4.31 ERA and a weak 6.0 K/9 rate over 146.1 innings, numbers that ultimately resulted in the Cubs dumping him from the 40-man roster. Though he’s never been more than adequate at any level above Double-A, the Rockies saw enough in Rusin to scoop him up off the waiver wire. His inability to make batters whiff isn’t as serious of a flaw at Coors Field, where generating groundballs is the more vital key to success, but it seems likely that the Rockies would prefer to keep him on hand as organizational starting depth in the minors. He’ll likely receive the call to the Rockies when injuries dictate a need for a spot starter or long reliever, roles in which the 28-year-old will offer minimal fantasy utility.
Though a combined 3.56 ERA between Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs may indicate that Rusin has some potential in the majors, look at that strikeout rate. Five strikeouts per nine innings isn't going to get it done, and his low BABIP and high strand rate have more to do with his ERA than any special Rusinesque powers. He started 13 games for the Cubs last year, and if he manages to make it into the rotation in 2014, it's doubtful he'll have a sub-4.00 ERA again.
After an undistinguished stint in the high minors, Rusin, like several other Cubs pitchers who were nowhere near ready, got seven starts in the majors and predictably got shelled. The lefty was able to induce groundballs, but his 88 mph fastball and solid but unspectacular command likely ticket him for Triple-A in 2013.
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Outrighted to alternate camp
PAtlanta Braves  
August 6, 2020
Rusin cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Braves' alternate training site Thursday.
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Designated for assignment
PAtlanta Braves  
August 4, 2020
Rusin was designated for assignment by the Braves on Tuesday.
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Contract selected by Braves
PAtlanta Braves  
August 1, 2020
Rusin's contract was selected by the Braves on Saturday.
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Tabbed for 60-man roster
PAtlanta Braves  
June 29, 2020
Rusin will be a part of the Braves' 60-man roster, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Lands with Braves
PAtlanta Braves  
January 18, 2020
Rusin signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Saturday as a non-roster invitee, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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