Ryan Tepera
Ryan Tepera
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Tepera missed over half of the 2019 campaign due to elbow issues. He didn't look like his usual self when available, posting a 15.4 K% and a 4.98 ERA in 21.2 innings, a far cry from the 25.9 K% and 3.62 ERA he recorded the season prior. The 32-year-old does have 10 career saves, and after he signed with the Cubs, it's not out of the question that he adds a few more to that total this year if Craig Kimbrel fully implodes. It would take both health and a bounce-back performance for that to happen, however, not something which should be considered anywhere close to automatic for a player on the wrong side of 30. Tepera should be considered a run-of-the-mill middle reliever during draft season and doesn't merit a particularly close look until he proves himself worthy of closer consideration. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Cubs in December of 2019.
Recalled ahead of Sunday's game
PChicago Cubs
July 26, 2020
Tepera was recalled from the Cubs' alternate training site in advance of Sunday's game against the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
Brad Wieck was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain, so the Cubs needed a fresh arm for the bullpen. Tepera could be back and forth between the majors and the alternate training site all season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Ryan Tepera generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Ryan Tepera generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .270 158 33 17 37 8 2 7
Since 2018vs Right .216 217 57 16 42 10 0 8
2020vs Left .182 12 4 0 2 0 0 1
2020vs Right .250 9 4 1 2 0 0 0
2019vs Left .290 38 5 7 9 1 1 3
2019vs Right .224 53 9 1 11 3 0 2
2018vs Left .274 108 24 10 26 7 1 3
2018vs Right .212 155 44 14 29 7 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-70%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-58%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.23 1.01 48.1 3 1 4 8.4 2.4 0.9
Since 2018Away 6.02 1.45 43.1 2 6 3 9.3 4.2 2.1
2020Home 0.00 1.00 1.0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2020Away 6.23 0.92 4.1 0 0 0 16.6 2.1 2.1
2019Home 2.38 0.97 11.1 0 0 0 5.6 1.6 1.6
2019Away 7.84 1.65 10.1 0 2 0 6.1 5.2 2.6
2018Home 2.25 1.03 36.0 3 1 4 9.5 2.8 0.8
2018Away 5.34 1.47 28.2 2 4 3 9.4 4.1 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Tepera 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
8.00
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
5.06
 
WHIP
0.94
 
BABIP
.299
 
GB/FB
1.67
 
Left On Base
55.6%
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2202 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.0%
 
Swinging Strike
20.2%
 
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Roberto Osuna's suspension and a pair of blown saves from Tyler Clippard opened the door for Tepera to step into the closer role for Toronto. He seemed to take well to the job, posting a 1.98 ERA while going 6-for-6 in save chances in his first 11 appearances after taking over the ninth. However, after back-to-back blown saves in late June, Tepera was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, and he never found his footing upon his return. Tepera struggled to a 4.81 ERA and 4.1 BB/9 in the second half, collecting just one save along the way as trade acquisition Ken Giles took over closing duties. The skills weren't really closer-worthy anyway, even before he went down. His 25.9% K-rate for the season was fine but nothing spectacular, and his 9.1% walk rate and 1.25 HR/9 were both below average. He's routinely outperformed the ERA estimators, but the skills just aren't good enough to warrant much attention if he isn't seeing save chances.
Tepera completed a full season at the big league level for the first time as a 29-year-old in 2017, striking out more than a batter per inning, and racking up seven wins in relief for the Jays. In 73 appearances last season, Tepera entered the game in the seventh inning or later 64 times, as he became one of the key pieces in the bridge to closer Roberto Osuna over the course of the season. So long as Osuna is healthy, there is little reason to think that Tepera will pick up more than the occasional save opportunity, and barring the addition of another pitch to increase his whiff rate or improved control, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which he'll improve his ratios enough to be a staff filler. Nevertheless, look for the veteran right-hander to reprise a similar role, perhaps settling in as a regular in the sixth and seventh inning if Toronto adds another high-leverage reliever to the mix during the offseason.
It was a bit surprising to see Tepera bounce back-and-forth between Triple-A Buffalo and Toronto in 2016. Not only was the 29-year-old impressive as a rookie the prior year (3.27 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 33 innings), Tepera also pitched well at the MLB level in his most recent season. Over 20 appearances (18.1 innings), the right-hander managed a 2.95 ERA and stranded 79.2 percent of hitters out of the Jays' bullpen. In fairness, Tepera's 3.75 FIP in 2016 wasn't good, and his 3.9 BB/9 was his worst mark since 2013 with Double-A New Hampshire. On the other hand, the middle reliever sports a good mid-90s fastball and has a history of limiting the long ball. With many holes to fill in their bullpen for 2017, the Jays will certainly afford Tepera a fair shot at earning a spot on the Opening Day roster in the year ahead.
Despite being bounced around between levels, Tepera had a solid year everywhere he went. Tepera started the season in Triple-A Buffalo and was electric there, forcing a move up to the Blue Jays for large chunks of the season. In the big leagues, he made 32 appearances, holding a 3.27 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP with a 22:6 K:BB ratio in 33.0 innings. Tepera’s biggest problem was keeping the ball in the ballpark, as he allowed eight home runs, more than two per every nine innings. The 28-year-old has had problems with home runs throughout his career, but never more than 1.3 HR/9. He should start the season in a middle-relief role for the Blue Jays, but his low strikeout totals hamper his total value.
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Bumped from roster
PChicago Cubs
July 23, 2020
Tepera was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site in South Bend Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Headed to Wrigley Field for camp
PChicago Cubs
July 1, 2020
Tepera will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp.
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Could fit in deeper bullpen
PChicago Cubs
April 5, 2020
Tepera could earn one of the Cubs' final bullpen spots when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Signs with Cubs
PChicago Cubs
December 20, 2019
Tepera signed with the Cubs on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Elects free agency
PFree Agent
November 9, 2019
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