Zach Plesac
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Plesac opened the season at Double-A, but injuries to Cleveland's rotation allowed him to make his big-league debut at the end of May. While the right-hander finished his rookie campaign with respectable numbers -- going 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 21 starts -- he provided plenty of reasons to be skeptical about his ability to repeat that success, most of which are reflected in his 4.94 FIP and 5.13 SIERA. Plesac didn't miss many bats, evidenced by his 9.9% swinging-strike rate and 6.8 K/9, while the contact he allowed was often problematic. His 7.6 Barrel% coupled with his 39.1 GB% resulted in a 1.5 HR/9. He also benefitted from a 78.6% strand rate -- which is tough for a starting pitcher to sustain -- and a .258 BABIP, which isn't supported by his batted-ball profile. Plesac will compete for a spot in the Indians' rotation in 2020, though his upside is limited regardless of his role. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Indians in June of 2016.
Pitches well in no-decision
PCleveland Indians
September 27, 2019
Plesac allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts across five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday.
ANALYSIS
If it weren't essentially an elimination game for the Indians, manager Terry Francona might have gone with him a little bit longer because Plesac only threw 74 pitches in five frames. Plesac will end the season with two straight no-decisions after posting a complete-game shutout on Sept. 10. He finishes the year with an 8-6 record, 3.81 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 115.2 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
90
Last 10 Games
92
Last 5 Games
90
How many pitches does Zach Plesac generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
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51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Zach Plesac generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .216 207 37 19 40 9 1 7
Since 2017vs Right .253 268 51 21 62 16 1 12
2019vs Left .216 207 37 19 40 9 1 7
2019vs Right .253 268 51 21 62 16 1 12
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.10 1.26 59.1 5 2 0 6.7 3.0 1.5
Since 2017Away 3.51 1.19 56.1 3 4 0 7.0 3.2 1.4
2019Home 4.10 1.26 59.1 5 2 0 6.7 3.0 1.5
2019Away 3.51 1.19 56.1 3 4 0 7.0 3.2 1.4
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 Zach Plesac 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
2.20
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
94.0 mph
 
ERA
3.81
 
WHIP
1.23
 
BABIP
.258
 
GB/FB
1.13
 
Left On Base
78.0%
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.6%
 
Spin Rate
1938 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.9%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Roughed up by Phillies
PCleveland Indians
September 21, 2019
Plesac allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three against the Phillies on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.
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Next start coming vs. Phillies
PCleveland Indians
September 16, 2019
Plesac isn't listed among the Indians' probable starters for the club's three-game series versus Detroit that begins Tuesday.
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Tosses complete-game shutout
PCleveland Indians
September 10, 2019
Plesac (8-6) got the win against the Angels on Tuesday, throwing a complete-game shutout while giving up just four hits, striking out five and walking two as the Indians bagged an 8-0 victory.
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Yields six runs during loss
PCleveland Indians
September 5, 2019
Plesac (7-6) allowed six runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts across five innings while taking a loss against the White Sox on Thursday.
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Dealt fifth loss
PCleveland Indians
August 31, 2019
Plesac (7-5) was handed the loss Tuesday in Tampa Bay after giving up four runs on six hits across five innings. He struck out four and walked one.
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