Richard Bleier
Richard Bleier
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Richard Bleier in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $915,000 contract with the Orioles in December of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration
PBaltimore Orioles
December 2, 2019
Bleier signed a one-year, $915,000 contract with the Orioles on Monday, avoiding arbitration.
ANALYSIS
After averaging a 1.97 ERA over his first three seasons in the majors, Bleier's ERA ballooned to 5.37 last season with only 30 strikeouts over 55.1 innings. The 32-year-old's contract signals that the team still sees him as having value in the bullpen, but his fantasy value will likely remain limited in 2020 as a middle reliever with a lack of dominance.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Richard Bleier generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Richard Bleier generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .240 279 36 13 61 9 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .306 354 35 12 102 25 3 7
2019vs Left .222 104 18 2 22 5 0 1
2019vs Right .355 131 12 6 43 14 1 5
2018vs Left .283 58 6 3 15 1 0 0
2018vs Right .288 75 9 1 21 5 2 0
2017vs Left .235 117 12 8 24 3 0 4
2017vs Right .273 148 14 5 38 6 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-86%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.01 1.17 71.2 5 0 2 4.1 1.5 0.8
Since 2017Away 3.39 1.31 79.2 3 1 2 4.3 1.5 0.7
2019Home 3.67 1.04 27.0 2 0 2 5.3 1.0 1.3
2019Away 6.99 1.59 28.1 1 0 2 4.4 1.6 0.6
2018Home 3.68 1.36 14.2 2 0 0 3.7 1.2 0.0
2018Away 0.50 1.11 18.0 1 0 0 4.5 1.0 0.0
2017Home 2.10 1.20 30.0 1 0 0 3.3 2.1 0.6
2017Away 1.89 1.17 33.1 1 1 0 4.1 1.6 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Richard Bleier 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
3.75
 
K/9
4.9
 
BB/9
1.3
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
89.1 mph
 
ERA
5.37
 
WHIP
1.32
 
BABIP
.319
 
GB/FB
3.25
 
Left On Base
60.4%
 
Exit Velocity
89.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.1%
 
Spin Rate
1917 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.5%
 
Swinging Strike
8.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the third straight season, Bleier posted a sub-2.00 ERA, despite most ERA estimators portending about twice that. Granted, two of the three years were partial campaigns. Before season-ending surgery in June on his left shoulder, Bleier tossed 32 frames with a 1.93 ERA, essentially half of a 3.81 SIERA and 4.02 xFIP. Usually, it's a high strikeout rate driving this, but Bleier matched his career mark of just 11%, instead entrusting his ability to locate, a 59% groundball rate and a 21% hard-hit rate, third lowest among pitchers tossing at least 30 innings. The southpaw relies on an 89-mph sinker and cutter, mixing in a fastball, curve and slider. Even though Bleier is supposed to be fully recovered from surgery, his low strikeout rate precludes him from fantasy relevance, even in the off chance he continues to defy the ERA estimators.
Bleier came over to the Orioles from the Yankees during spring training in a rare intra-divisional trade between the two clubs. He flirted with danger a fair bit in 2017, but his 88 percent strand rate allowed him to escape with strong ratios. His FIP checked in at 4.42 and his BABIP was well below league-average at .268. Outpitching his peripherals to that extent in a second consecutive year would be an astounding feat. History suggests extreme regression is likely. Look for Bleier to be a heavily-used middle reliever that doesn't provide the strikeout (3.7 K/9 in 2017) or ratio upside to be useful in the vast majority of formats.
At age 29, Bleier made his major league debut and served primarily as a lower-leverage, left-handed specialist. Though he ended up shuttling back and forth between the majors and minors, the Bleier was more effective with the Yankees and worked to a 1.96 ERA over 23 appearances. His stuff isn't overpowering -- his average fastball velocity in the majors was just a tick over 89 mph -- so the 29-year-old has always relied more on inducing groundballs than racking up strikeouts. That held true in his rookie season with just 13 strikeouts in 23 innings, but he's been able to make it work without swing-and-miss stuff for the most part. Bleier was also especially effective against lefties, as he limited them to just a .150/.209/.200 slash line. It's unlikely he'll turn into much of a contributor in fantasy formats, but he should get a shot to make the Opening Day roster.
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Earns fourth save
PBaltimore Orioles
September 22, 2019
Bleier pitched a perfect two innings Sunday, allowing no hits and striking out one batter as he preserved the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Mariners.
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Opening Friday
PBaltimore Orioles
September 19, 2019
Bleier will serve as the opener for Friday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Notches third save
PBaltimore Orioles
September 3, 2019
Bleier struck out one in a perfect inning, shutting the door on a 4-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday to earn his third save.
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Melts down in relief
PBaltimore Orioles
August 29, 2019
Bleier retired only one batter and surrendered three runs on four hit in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Nationals.
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Grabs win
PBaltimore Orioles
July 27, 2019
Bleier (2-0) struck out one in a scoreless inning and earned the win in an 8-7 victory over the Angels on Saturday.
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