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Brian Duensing

35-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

2018 Stats

W-L

2-0

ERA

6.17

WHIP

1.67

K

16

SV

1

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The veteran reliever enjoyed his best season in several years, posting his lowest ERA (2.74) since 2010. The ERA was better than he deserved, although his strikeout and walk percentages (23.7 percent ...

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2018 ADP:  452.33

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 195   DOB: 2/22/1983   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Brian Duensing Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2018.

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Duensing was reinstated from the bereavement list prior to Friday's game, Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune reports.

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Brian Duensing Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2006 23 AA NEW 10 9 0 49.3 51 20 6 30 18 1 2 0 3.65 1.40
2007 24 AA NEW 9 9 0 50.7 47 15 2 38 7 4 1 0 2.66 1.07
2007 24 AAA ROC 19 19 0 116.7 115 42 13 86 30 11 5 0 3.24 1.24
2008 25 AAA ROC 25 24 0 138.7 150 66 16 77 34 5 11 0 4.28 1.33
2009 26 AAA ROC 13 13 0 75.3 87 39 2 44 19 4 6 0 4.66 1.41
2009 26 MAJ MIN 24 9 0 84.0 84 34 7 53 31 5 2 0 3.64 1.37
2010 27 MAJ MIN 53 13 1 130.7 122 38 11 78 35 10 3 0 0 9 2.62 1.20
2011 28 MAJ MIN 32 28 1 161.7 193 94 21 115 52 9 14 0 0 0 5.23 1.52
2012 29 MAJ MIN 55 11 0 109.0 126 62 10 69 27 4 12 0 1 7 5.12 1.40
2013 30 MAJ MIN 73 0 0 61.0 68 27 4 56 22 6 2 1 3 15 3.98 1.48
2014 31 MAJ MIN 62 0 0 54.3 52 20 6 33 20 3 3 0 4 7 3.31 1.33
2015 32 MAJ MIN 55 0 0 48.7 46 23 5 24 21 4 1 1 1 6 4.25 1.38
2016 33 R GUL 3 0 0 2.0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2016 33 AA BOW 3 0 0 7.0 5 1 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.29 0.86
2016 33 AAA OMA 3 0 0 20.1 16 7 0 19 5 1 0 2 0 0 3.10 1.04
2016 33 AAA NOR 3 0 0 3.0 4 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.33
2016 33 MAJ BAL 14 0 0 13.3 13 6 2 10 3 1 0 0 0 0 4.05 1.20
2017 34 AAA IOW 2 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.33
2017 34 MAJ CHC 68 0 0 62.3 58 19 6 61 18 1 1 0 1 13 2.74 1.22
2018 35 MAJ CHC 32 0 0 23.3 24 16 3 16 15 2 0 1 1 2 6.17 1.67
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3-Year Averages     45 0 0 41.4 39 16 4 31 14 2 0 0 0 6 3.47 1.28
Career  (View All)     468 61 2 748.3 786 339 75 515 244 45 38 3 4.08 1.38

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Brian Duensing Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jun. 23 @Cin 1.3 4 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 6.17 1.67
Jun. 17 @StL 1.3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.50 1.55
Jun. 13 @Mil 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.92 1.50
Jun. 10 Pit 0.3 2 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.05 1.55
Jun. 7 Phi 1.0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.29 1.37
Jun. 3 @NYM 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.93 1.34
Jun. 1 @NYM 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.04 1.36
May. 31 @NYM 0.7 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.04 1.30
May. 29 @Pit 0.3 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.59 1.29
May. 27 SF 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.54 1.20
May. 25 SF 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.61 1.30
May. 19 @Cin 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.61 1.23
May. 16 @Atl 0.7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.64 1.29
May. 14 Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.68 1.28
May. 13 CWS 0.3 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.73 1.14
May. 11 CWS 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
May. 6 @StL 1.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.94
May. 4 @StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.10
May. 2 Col 0.7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.11
Apr. 30 Col 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 1.08
Apr. 28 Mil 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Apr. 27 Mil 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0.00 1.04
Apr. 21 @Col 0.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.09
Apr. 17 StL 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Last 14 Games (Team)
4 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
3.7 8 11 11 2 4 3 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 27.00 3.27
Last 30 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
8.7 16 16 15 3 5 5 0 0 0 1-0 1 0 0 15.58 2.42
Last 60 Games (Team)
24 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.7 IP/G
16.7 21 17 16 3 12 10 1 0 0 1-0 1 1 1 8.64 1.98

Brian Duensing Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2018518610102.238
201710425525602.258
201621404201.190

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2018477810300.256
2017153361333314.237
201634639101.290

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20189.32007805.791.82
201735.3100361142.801.08
20167.30004002.450.68

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201812.70018623.551.34
201727.001025722.671.41
20166.01006326.001.83
Brian Duensing vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Brian Duensing Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2006 23 AA NEW 10 9 49.3 5.47 3.28 1.67 1.09 77.8% 3.65 4.72 .292
2007 24 AA NEW 9 9 50.7 6.75 1.24 5.43 0.36 75% 2.66 2.69 .300
2007 24 AAA ROC 19 19 116.7 6.63 2.31 2.87 1.00 78% 3.24 4.07 .296
2008 25 AAA ROC 25 24 138.7 5.00 2.21 2.26 1.04 70.2% 4.28 4.43 .299
2009 26 AAA ROC 13 13 75.3 5.26 2.27 2.32 0.24 64.4% 4.66 3.21 .335
2009 26 MAJ MIN 24 9 84.0 5.68 3.32 1.71 0.75 1.15 75% 91.0 MPH 3.64 4.17 .295
2010 27 MAJ MIN 53 13 130.7 5.37 2.41 2.23 0.76 1.79 81.5% 91.1 MPH 2.62 3.97 .276
2011 28 MAJ MIN 32 28 161.7 6.40 2.89 2.21 1.17 1.18 67.4% 91.3 MPH 5.23 4.45 .335
2012 29 MAJ MIN 55 11 109.0 5.70 2.23 2.56 0.83 1.49 63.6% 91.7 MPH 5.12 3.92 .327
2013 30 MAJ MIN 73 0 61.0 8.26 3.25 2.55 0.59 1.36 73.3% 92.2 MPH 3.98 3.40 .356
2014 31 MAJ MIN 62 0 54.3 5.47 3.31 1.65 0.99 1.34 78.8% 91.1 MPH 3.31 4.58 .277
2015 32 MAJ MIN 55 0 48.7 4.44 3.88 1.14 0.92 1.98 71% 91.5 MPH 4.25 5.09 .266
2016 33 R GUL 3 0 2.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.20 .355
2016 33 AA BOW 3 0 7.0 9.00 1.29 7.00 0.00 83.3% 1.29 2.06 .282
2016 33 AAA OMA 3 0 20.1 8.51 2.24 3.80 0.00 66.7% 3.10 2.06 .298
2016 33 AAA NOR 3 0 3.0 18.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 -0.80 .619
2016 33 MAJ BAL 14 0 13.3 6.75 2.03 3.33 1.35 0.65 71.4% 91.9 MPH 4.05 4.33 .285
2017 34 AAA IOW 2 0 3.0 15.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 -0.13 .224
2017 34 MAJ CHC 68 0 62.3 8.81 2.60 3.39 0.87 1.77 81.4% 91.9 MPH 2.74 3.46 .312
2018 35 MAJ CHC 32 0 23.3 6.17 5.79 1.07 1.16 1.72 63.9% 91.1 MPH 6.17 5.56 .297
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 7.74 2.94 2.63 0.79 73.5% 3.63 0.40 .306
Next 7 Days     0 0 2.9 8.05 3.20 2.51 0.97 74% 3.78 3.89 .305
Rest Of Season     0 0 33.7 7.89 2.83 2.79 0.91 74% 3.63 3.70 .305
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3-Year Averages     45 0 41.4 6.73 3.04 2.21 0.87 75.5% 3.47 3.97 .290
Career     468 61 748.3 6.19 2.93 2.11 0.90 72.4% 4.08 4.14 .308

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Brian Duensing Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2018 22 1 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LF 2018 0.3 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Brian Duensing    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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1.07 K/BB
TERRIBLE
6.17 K/9
TERRIBLE
5.79 BB/9
TERRIBLE
91.1 MPH Fastball
POOR
1.2 HR/9
WEAK
1.72 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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6.17 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.67 WHIP
TERRIBLE
5.56 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.297 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
63.9% Strand Rate
LOW

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Brian Duensing: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Duensing was placed on the bereavement list Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Duensing and fellow pitcher Steve Cishek both appeared in left field in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Brewers, though neither player had a fielding chance, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Duensing struggled in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, allowing four earned runs on two hits and two walks while retiring just a single batter.

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Duensing recorded his first save of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Mets, working a scoreless ninth inning with one hit allowed.

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Duensing tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Friday's loss to the Cardinals, keeping his season ERA at a flawless 0.00.

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Duensing has secured his place in the Cubs bullpen heading into Thursday's season opener against the Marlins, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Duensing and the Cubs agreed Wednesday on a two-year, $7 million contract, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

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Duensing recorded his seventh hold of the season in Wednesday's win over the Reds despite allowing an earned run over two thirds of an inning.

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Duensing picked up his second hold of the season in Friday's loss to the Yankees. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2016

Duensing had perhaps the worst season of his career in 2015 and his effectiveness as a lefty specialist is in doubt at age 33. He has been outstanding against left-handed batters in his career (.609 OPS allowed), but Duensing was worse against lefties (.776 OPS allowed) than righties. (.717 OPS allowed) last season. All of his peripheral stats were down as well with a poor 4.4 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. His long tenure in the Minnesota bullpen will likely get him another chance to win a lefty setup role, but the risk tied to his extremely low strikeout rate makes him a tough bet for worthwhile ratios.

2015

Duensing had another solid season of middle relief for the Twins with a 3.38 ERA, but there were some worrisome signs as the 8.3 K/9 rate he showed in 2013 looked like a fluke as his 5.5 K/9 in 2014 was close to his career average. His walks allowed have also been increasing, leading to the worst K/BB ratio of his career last season. Still, Duensing is especially tough on left-handed batters with a .587 OPS allowed to lefties last season. As long as his exposure to righties is limited (.822 OPS allowed last year) and the Twins have long since given up on him moving to the rotation he should be an effective lefty in the bullpen.

2014

After four seasons of shuffling Duensing between the bullpen and rotation, the Twins finally decided to keep him in the bullpen last season. He was never able to hold a spot in the rotation due to his struggles against right-handed batters ( .821 OPS vs. righties) and he appeared better used as a lefty specialist given his dominance against left-handed batters (.600 OPS vs. lefties). However, he wasn't as successful against lefties in 2013 (.786 OPS). It may be a one-year fluke, however, as he had a 36:7 K:BB ratio against lefties and his 3.40 FIP shows he may have been a little unlucky. He'll return to a setup role again in 2014 and is a bounce-back candidate as a result, but his usage pattern limits his fantasy value since he won't get many wins or saves.

2013

Duensing began last season in the bullpen, but he was moved back to the rotation in July when the Twins became desperate for starters. The results were predictable as Duensing has struggled as a starter in his career, but thrived as a reliever because of large platoon splits (.808 OPS allowed vs. righties compared to .678 OPS allowed to lefties last year). Duensing had a 6.92 ERA as a starter last season and a 3.47 ERA as a reliever. It is not clear if the Twins consider him a candidate for the 2013 rotation at this point, but he is much better served as a reliever who can mostly focus on left-handed hitters.

2012

After going 12-3 with a 2.97 ERA as a starter in 2009 and 2010, Duensing finally won a spot in the starting rotation last spring, going 9-13 with a 5.24 ERA in 28 starts. However, he was exposed to too many right-handed hitters as a starter, as they had a .947 OPS against him. Meanwhile, Duensing dominated left-handed hitters by allowing just a .522 OPS. The Twins plan to move Duensing back to the bullpen in 2012 after he had a 1.80 ERA as a reliever in 2010, so he can be an impact arm against lefties in that role.

2011

Duensing began last season in the bullpen but moved into the rotation in July and enters 2011 as Minnesota's No. 3 or No. 4 starter. Duensing lost out on a rotation job in the spring despite a strong late season performance in 2009 (5-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 31:14 K:BB ratio in 48.2 innings over eight starts). He was effective out of the bullpen with a 1.67 ERA, but moved back into a starting role in July. He repeated his 2009 success in the rotation by going 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA. However, behind those strong numbers were a weak strikeout rate (5.3 K/9IP) and a likely unsustainable .276 BABIP. Duensing does have good control and keeps the ball on the ground (52 percent of balls in play), so there are reasons to think he can sustain his recent success in the rotation. However, don't overpay for the success he's had as a starter the past two seasons.

2010

Duensing wasn't a highly regarded prospect, but when given a chance to start last September he caught fire to help the Twins in a pennant race and made a strong case to begin 2010 in the starting rotation. Duensing moved into the rotation in late August and went 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA and 31:14 K:BB ratio in 48.2 innings over eight starts. However, there are several signs he may not be able to keep up that success since he had just 5.7 K/9IP and had mediocre strikeout rates in the minors along with just average control. Still, he came up big in several tough starts in a pennant race and is the leading candidate for the fifth starter job.

2008

The 2005 third-round draft pick was 11-5 with a 3.24 ERA and 86:30 K:BB ratio in 116.2 innings at Triple-A Rocheter last season. He then was the starting pitcher as Team USA beat Cuba to win the IBAF Baseball World Cup last fall. He's got a fastball around 90 mph so he's not posting huge strikeout totals and his command is good enough, while not great, to keep moving up in the system. He'll likely begin the season at Triple-A, but could be a factor in the majors later in the season.