Anthony DeSclafani
Anthony DeSclafani
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
DeSclafani added 50-plus innings to his 2018 total and shaved a full run off his ERA, providing stability at the back end of the Reds' rotation. His strikeout and walk rates were very close to his 2018 marks at 24% and 7%, respectively, but DeSclafani trimmed his home-run rate which was no small feat in 2019. The long ball had been a major problem in 2018 (1.88 HR/9). Part of his improvement can be chalked up to an increase in velocity, as DeSclafani added a tick to his fastball and close to three ticks to his breaking pitches. New pitching coach Derek Johnson is probably to thank for that, as he did wonders for the entire staff. If this is the new baseline, DeSclafani will be a quality fourth or fifth starter for years to come as he enters his 30s, though the injury concerns still loom. Disco missed all of 2017 with an elbow issue and significant time in 2018 with an oblique strain. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a one-year, $5.975 million deal with the Reds in January of 2020.
Two strong outings this spring
PCincinnati Reds
March 27, 2020
DeSclafani pitched in two official spring training games (with his other work coming in simulated games), allowing just one earned run on three hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four.
ANALYSIS
Just making it to the Opening Day bell has been a challenge some years for DeSclafani, but he made it through 2019 unscathed. The Reds are hoping for continued health and progress against left-handed hitters from the 29-year-old.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
86
Last 10 Games
91
Last 5 Games
89
How many pitches does Anthony DeSclafani 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 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .263 596 131 56 139 30 2 32
Since 2017vs Right .237 584 144 23 130 18 0 21
2019vs Left .246 363 81 39 78 16 1 17
2019vs Right .230 333 86 10 73 12 0 12
2018vs Left .288 233 50 17 61 14 1 15
2018vs Right .247 251 58 13 57 6 0 9
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
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-18%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.21 1.24 154.0 10 8 0 9.2 2.7 1.7
Since 2017Away 4.44 1.23 127.2 6 9 0 8.2 2.3 1.7
2019Home 3.50 1.20 82.1 6 4 0 9.4 3.1 1.6
2019Away 4.27 1.20 84.1 3 5 0 8.6 2.2 1.5
2018Home 5.02 1.28 71.2 4 4 0 9.0 2.4 1.8
2018Away 4.78 1.29 43.1 3 4 0 7.5 2.3 2.1
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Anthony DeSclafani 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
3.41
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
3.89
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.287
 
GB/FB
1.25
 
Left On Base
77.2%
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.1%
 
Spin Rate
2175 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.3%
 
Swinging Strike
10.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Disco Fever was not a hit in Cincinnati in 2018, though if you squint you can still see reasons for optimism for DeSclafani. After missing 2017 with an elbow injury, he then missed the first two months of 2018 with an oblique injury, the second time in three years that injury occurred. After finally returning in June, he posted a 4.93 ERA and allowed a whopping 24 homers in 115 innings. It looked like he was turning a corner after the All-Star break, but then he got crushed again in September, posting a 6.75 ERA in 28 innings. DeSclafani's struggles against left-handers were particularly troubling; they hit .284/.342/.575 with 15 homers in 233 plate appearances against him. Of his five pitches, only his slider was a plus pitch against lefties -- look for him to increase the 29% usage of that pitch against lefties in 2019. The other note of hope for DeSclafani was that he added tick of velocity to his offerings over the last two months of the season.
Coming off an encouraging 2016 campaign, DeSclafani was a favorite of those looking to build a fantasy staff on the cheap. Unfortunately, things did not pan out for DeSclafani or his owners. The right-hander was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in spring training and toed the rubber for only two rehab starts all season, the second of which he left with elbow tendinitis. DeSclafani pitched in the fall instructional league, throwing all of his pitches without pain. The impressive showing has the Reds optimistic for a triumphant return to the rotation in 2018, though considering he's coming off a season with sporadic bullpen sessions and 6.2 frames of rehab, fantasy owners should temper expectations. Even if DeSclafani can stay healthy and maintain the excellent control exhibited over his pro career, he still needs to figure out how to keep lefty swingers in the yard, having allowed 23 of his 33 homers surrendered to left-handers. A low strikeout rate further limits his fantasy potential.
DeSclafani's 2016 season was delayed by an oblique injury suffered at the end of spring training, and then by attempting to return too quickly. He still ultimately made 20 starts, improving marginally in most metrics except for his home run rate. Unfortunately, there's one big hurdle preventing DeSclafani from reaching his potential as a No. 2 starter -- his inability to retire left-handers with consistency. Despite using his curveball instead of his changeup to attack lefties, the results have been disappointing, as they hit .300/.337/.500 collectively against him, good for a .353 wOBA. If he ever finds a good out-pitch against lefties, look out -- right-handers hit just .199/.274/.311 against him.
For everything that went wrong for the Reds in 2015, getting DeSclafani for Mat Latos turned out to be a big win for them, and not just because Latos cratered with the Marlins. DeSclafani's last three starts were awful and his ERA topped 4.00 following his final start, but he struck out nearly 20 percent of the batters he faced while walking just seven percent. The best part of his repertoire is his slider, which is one of the best in the game, and his curveball has improved. He still needs to improve against left-handers, who had a .338 wOBA against him. Refining his changeup, which is his worst pitch right now, would go a long way towards providing a remedy.
DeSclafani was given his first taste of major league action in 2014, first as a starter in May and later as a bullpen arm in August/September. All told, he registered a 6.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched. A converted reliever since his college days, DeSclafani has successfully transitioned into a starting role over the past several seasons, compiling a 3.23 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 354.1 innings pitched across three levels. In the majors, following his early struggles, DeSclafani appeared to find a comfort zone in the bullpen, reeling off seven scoreless appearances in eight trips to the mound to close the season. Working with a five-pitch arsenal that includes a pair of fastballs, a slider, a curveball and a changeup, DeSclafani has shown solid strikeout ability and good control with a 3.93 K/BB over his professional career. The Reds acquired DeSclafani from Miami as part of the Mat Latos deal in December, and it's likely that the Reds will use him as part of a rebuilt rotation to begin 2015.
Initially drafted as a reliever, DeSclafani has successfully transitioned to a starting role over the past couple of seasons in the minors. In 25 starts split between the Marlins' High-A and Double-A affiliates, he piled up a 9-6 record with a 2.65 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 129 innings pitched. He's shown solid strikeout ability (8.0 K/9 last season) and has also put together a nice 1.7 BB/9 in the minors. DeSclafani may soon find himself somewhat blocked in what has become a very pitching-rich organization over the past several years, but if he continues to perform on the farm, the organization will find a way to let the 23-year-old contribute.
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Fine-tuning mechanics
PCincinnati Reds
February 23, 2020
After overhauling his delivery last season, DeSclafani spent this offseason fine-tuning that more efficient delivery, with a specific emphasis on his curveball, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Gets close to $6 million
PCincinnati Reds
January 10, 2020
DeSclafani agreed to a one-year, $5.975 million deal with the Reds, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
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Allows four runs in no-decision
PCincinnati Reds
September 27, 2019
DeSclafani allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts across five innings of relief during a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday.
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Yields two runs in no-decision
PCincinnati Reds
September 22, 2019
DeSclafani allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts across six innings during a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday.
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Unfortunate loss Saturday
PCincinnati Reds
September 14, 2019
DeSclafani (9-9) shined Saturday, allowing just one run on one hit and striking out five over seven innings, but he took the loss versus the Diamondbacks.
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