Michael Blazek
Michael Blazek
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Nationals in May of 2019.
Outrighted to minors
PWashington Nationals  AAA
August 3, 2019
Blazek cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Blazek was designated for assignment as the Nationals made three deadline-day additions to their bullpen Wednesday. He's allowed four runs in five big-league innings this season, striking out zero batters while walking five.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
22
Last 10 Games
22
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Michael Blazek generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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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 Michael Blazek generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-45%
BAA vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-40%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .346 30 2 3 9 2 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .300 33 5 3 9 0 0 2
2019vs Left .200 13 0 3 2 1 0 1
2019vs Right .364 13 0 2 4 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .438 17 2 0 7 1 0 4
2017vs Right .263 20 5 1 5 0 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.14 1.71 7.0 0 0 0 2.6 6.4 1.3
Since 2017Away 10.80 1.80 6.2 0 1 0 6.8 1.4 8.1
2019Home 7.20 2.20 5.0 0 0 0 0.0 9.0 1.8
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0.00 0.50 2.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0
2017Away 10.80 1.80 6.2 0 1 0 6.8 1.4 8.1
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Stat Review
How does Michael Blazek 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
0.00
 
K/9
0.0
 
BB/9
9.0
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
7.20
 
WHIP
2.20
 
BABIP
.262
 
GB/FB
0.31
 
Left On Base
72.9%
 
Exit Velocity
91.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.5%
 
Spin Rate
2355 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.3%
 
Swinging Strike
4.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The promise Blazek showed in 2015 was nowhere to be found in 2016. Blazek's control went haywire, as he walked 27 batters in just 41.1 innings (5.9 BB/9), more than double his walk rate from the prior season. That was the major culprit behind an ERA jump of over three runs for Blazek, who also allowed a career-high seven home runs (1.5 HR/9). An inability to throw his curveball for a strike was a huge problem, as his fastball became predictable and he fell into too many hitters' counts. Blazek still isn't arbitration eligible until 2018, so he has one more year to prove he deserves to be a long-term piece in a major league bullpen.
Blazek was given a chance to pitch full-time for the Brewers in 2015, and he proved his worth. He turned in a career-best season with a 2.43 ERA and 1.04 WHIP prior to breaking his right hand in August. While his 2.61 K/BB still isn't great, it is an improvement from previous seasons. Blazek achieved surprising results with his arsenal of pitches last year, and if he can build off of his strong 2015 campaign, he could compete for late-inning work with the Brewers this season. An appointment to the closer role seems unlikely, however, as Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith both seem better suited to inherit the job from Francisco Rodriguez.
Blazek worked as both a starter and reliever last season after pitching exclusively in relief the year before. He fared better as a starting pitcher (3.62 ERA in 77 innings) than he did out of the bullpen (5.68 ERA in 25.1 innings), but he started mostly out of necessity, so it remains to be seen if he will stay in that role moving forward. Blazek did have a dominant year in relief in 2013, and the Brewers have good starting pitching depth at the top level, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him move back into a bullpen role.
Blazek joined the Brewers late in the 2013 season, after being acquired in a deal for former closer John Axford. For the first time in his career, Blazek pitched exclusively as a reliever, a transition that seemed to fit him well, as he posted a 1.97 ERA and struck out 52 batters in 45.2 minor league innings. His control could use some work, but he throws three other pitches besides a 95-mph fastball, so he could be a factor at some point in what figures to be an inexperienced bullpen.
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Contract selected by Nationals
PWashington Nationals  AAA
July 22, 2019
Blazek's contract was selected by the Nationals on Monday.
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Delay in callup
PWashington Nationals  AAA
July 21, 2019
Blazek will not be called up for Sunday's contest as originally reported, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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To be called up
PWashington Nationals  AAA
July 20, 2019
Blazek will have his contract selected by the Nationals on Sunday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
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Picked up by Washington
PWashington Nationals  AAA
May 13, 2019
Blazek had his contract purchased by the Nationals on Monday.
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Resurfaces in indy ranks
PFree Agent  AAA
April 11, 2019
Blazek signed a contract Thursday with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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