Anthony Bass
Anthony Bass
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Following his release from Cincinnatti, Bass was hooked by Seattle in May and by early August had ascended to a shared spot as the team's closer. He enjoyed mild success in that role, converting four of five save chances and posting a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings after Aug. 7. The right-hander relies primarily on sinkers and sliders, both of which have gained velocity as Bass has aged, with his sinker clocking in at over 95 mph in 2019. While Bass throws both pitches hard, he doesn't generate much spin and thus isn't much of a strikeout pitcher -- his mediocre 22.8 K% last season was the best of his career. Bass did an adequate job of inducing groundballs (51.6 GB%), but with limited punchout potential and a narrow scope of big-league success, he doesn't figure to get another chance at closing. He'll likely fill a lower-leverage role next season with Toronto, who claimed Bass off waivers in late October. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2019.
In mix for set-up role
PToronto Blue Jays
March 23, 2020
Bass remains among the top options to set up for Jays closer Ken Giles when the regular season finally begins.
ANALYSIS
The veteran right-hander has turned his career around the last two seasons thanks to a spike in velocity -- Bass averaged a career-high 95.4 mph with his fastball in 2019. His sinker-slider arsenal doesn't generate many whiffs, but he could be the reliever called upon in high-leverage spots when the Jays need a double play rather than a strikeout. Bass recorded career highs in saves (five) and holds (six) last season, and while he probably won't match the former, he could reach double digits for the first time in the latter category.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
12
How many pitches does Anthony Bass generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Anthony Bass generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .242 129 26 7 29 6 1 4
Since 2017vs Right .241 153 32 13 33 4 0 3
2019vs Left .165 86 21 6 13 3 1 2
2019vs Right .191 103 22 11 17 1 0 3
2018vs Left .333 25 5 1 8 0 0 1
2018vs Right .286 37 9 2 10 2 0 0
2017vs Left .471 18 0 0 8 3 0 1
2017vs Right .462 13 1 0 6 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-77%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-44%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.05 1.43 35.2 0 3 5 9.3 3.3 0.8
Since 2017Away 3.51 0.93 33.1 2 1 0 5.7 1.9 1.1
2019Home 3.55 1.14 25.1 0 3 5 10.7 3.6 0.7
2019Away 3.57 0.79 22.2 2 1 0 5.2 2.8 1.2
2018Home 4.91 1.64 7.1 0 0 0 8.6 3.7 1.2
2018Away 1.13 1.13 8.0 0 0 0 7.9 0.0 0.0
2017Home 18.00 3.33 3.0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017Away 10.13 1.50 2.2 0 0 0 3.4 0.0 3.4
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Bass 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
2.53
 
K/9
8.1
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
95.4 mph
 
ERA
3.56
 
WHIP
0.98
 
BABIP
.213
 
GB/FB
2.27
 
Left On Base
67.5%
 
Exit Velocity
88.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.9%
 
Spin Rate
1966 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bass was called upon to make 33 relief appearances out of the Texas bullpen when the Rangers found themselves fishing for a long-relief option in 2015. He struck out just 45 batters while issuing 20 free passes in 64 largely forgettable innings, with a low flyball rate (28.2%) being his saving grace. Bass has not made a start in the majors since 2012, and was released by the Mariners to pursue a contract in Japan, meaning he can be ignored in all formats in 2016.
Acquired by the Astros via trade in December of 2013, Bass made a strong first impression on the team, recording two spring saves while striking out 14 over 11 innings to lock up a bullpen spot out of camp. The 27-year-old went on to earn two saves in April when the Astros used a committee in closing scenarios, but an intercostal strain in May sidelined him for the next month and a half. Upon his return from injury, the right-hander allowed 11 runs in six long-relief appearances before he was demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he spent the remainder of the year. Bass, who has posted a 5.74 ERA with 10 home runs allowed and a woeful 38:27 K:BB ratio in 69 innings over the past two seasons, will likely serve as pitching depth in the minors after signing a minor league deal with Texas in December.
After landing a spot on the Padres' Opening Day roster as a long man out of the bullpen, Bass was fairly steady through mid-May, posting a 2.60 ERA and 19:9 K:BB ratio across 27.2 innings and 15 appearances. However, he was shelled in two of the next three outings, prompting a demotion to Triple-A Tucson, where he resided for majority of the season. Although he concluded the year with a woeful 31:20 K:BB ratio, some silver linings remain due to a 6.6 K/9 and 0.9 HR/9. The Astros acquired Bass in December, which should give him an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
The Padres moved Bass into the rotation for the first half of the 2012 season, and it proved to be a poor decision on their part as he produced a 5.08 ERA over 83.1 innings before hitting the DL with right shoulder inflammation in June. When he was able to come back in September, the team backed off his workload and allowed him to work out of the bullpen, which produced a 2.63 ERA, albeit in a small sample size (13.2 innings). Bass was a starter during his time in the minors and the team will naturally want to push him to start again in the spring, but don't be surprised if the results are less than optimal. He simply does not miss enough bats or have the elite control needed to get by at this point in his career, and he's likely ticketed for a relief role if he fails to impress as a rotation option.
Bass showed enough promise early on in the minors that, after posting an 8.01 K/9IP with a 2.95 K/BB ratio in nearly 70 innings at Double-A last season, the Padres brought him up to make a spot start in mid-June. Although he was sent back down immediately thereafter, he pitched well enough for the team to bring him back and make him a permanent fixture in its bullpen just two weeks later. He amassed a 1.88 ERA and 20 strikeouts over the next 33 innings, got a pair of starts late in September and continued to prove that he belonged at the big league level. He should continue his relief role in 2012 and will be in line for a few spot starts when needed.
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Avoids arbitration
PToronto Blue Jays
December 3, 2019
Bass avoided arbitration Tuesday by signing a one-year deal with the Blue Jays.
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Heads to Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays
October 29, 2019
The Blue Jays claimed Bass off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday.
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Records fourth save
PSeattle Mariners
September 12, 2019
Bass struck out two in two-thirds of an inning to record his fourth save in a 5-3 win over the Reds on Wednesday.
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Notches third save
PSeattle Mariners
September 10, 2019
Bass pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against Cincinnati on Tuesday.
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Losing chances for saves
PSeattle Mariners
August 25, 2019
Bass allowed a run on a hit and a walk while striking out three over 1.1 innings Friday against Toronto.
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