Dan Winkler
Dan Winkler
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Winkler led the Braves in holds in 2018 with 23, nine more than anyone else in the Atlanta bullpen, and also chipped in a pair of saves while blowing only three leads. He made 69 appearances that season. A familiar tale developed last spring, as Winkler struggled to rebound and could not ramp up in time to begin the year with the big-league team. Doing it once is one thing, but a select few have the rubber arm required to make 60-plus appearances year in and year out. He was slowed by elbow soreness and the right-hander was eventually traded to the Giants, only to be designated for assignment by San Francisco a day after the trade. Now with the Cubs on a one-year deal, Winkler will be looking to reestablish himself and earn the trust of new manager David Ross as the season progresses. His chase rates are intriguing, but we need to see more in terms of performance and health. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year deal with the Cubs in December of 2019.
Added to 60-man pool
PChicago Cubs
July 1, 2020
Winkler 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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Winkler joins 21 other pitchers headed to camp at Wrigley Field, while six less experienced hurlers are headed to South Bend. This bodes well for Winkler's chances of establishing a regular role in the majors this season, though he still has a lot of players to compete with for playing time. The Cubs will likely go heavy on pitching to deal with 60 games in just 66 days, so the 30-year-old righty figures to see at least a little action, but he'll have to perform well to stay involved.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Dan Winkler generally throw?
 
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+
 
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 Dan Winkler 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 RHP
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-76%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .240 150 36 14 31 9 2 4
Since 2017vs Right .204 251 73 23 46 10 1 5
2019vs Left .222 32 8 4 6 1 0 1
2019vs Right .222 61 14 7 12 3 1 4
2018vs Left .289 97 22 9 24 8 2 2
2018vs Right .193 158 47 11 28 5 0 1
2017vs Left .053 21 6 1 1 0 0 1
2017vs Right .222 32 12 5 6 2 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-40%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-71%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.60 1.28 47.0 1 0 0 10.0 3.8 1.1
Since 2017Away 2.74 1.09 49.1 7 2 2 10.4 3.1 0.5
2019Home 9.00 2.13 8.0 0 0 0 7.9 7.9 4.5
2019Away 2.63 0.88 13.2 3 1 0 9.9 2.6 0.7
2018Home 4.30 1.23 29.1 1 0 0 10.7 2.8 0.3
2018Away 2.61 1.16 31.0 3 0 2 9.9 3.2 0.6
2017Home 1.86 0.72 9.2 0 0 0 9.3 3.7 0.9
2017Away 3.86 1.29 4.2 1 1 0 15.4 3.9 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Dan Winkler 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
2.00
 
K/9
9.1
 
BB/9
4.6
 
HR/9
2.1
 
Fastball
92.7 mph
 
ERA
4.98
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.250
 
GB/FB
0.90
 
Left On Base
68.2%
 
Exit Velocity
89.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.2%
 
Spin Rate
2518 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.6%
 
Swinging Strike
15.7%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Dan Winkler
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August 14, 2018
Erik Siegrist looks for potential 2019 save sources in all 30 big-league bullpens, including a peek at what might happen in Boston if Craig Kimbrel leaves as a free agent.
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July 15, 2018
Jan Levine sees signs of a long-term rebound or breakout from the Phillies' Maikel Franco and suggest FAABers lock him up now.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2015
Winkler had his first full, healthy season in 2018 as a 28-year-old and looked like a quality reliever, posting a 3.43 ERA in 60.1 innings, backed up by a 27.1% strikeout rate and 7.8% walk rate. He picked up two saves and spent brief periods near the top of the depth chart as Atlanta battled injuries, but he also had rough periods, posting an 18.00 ERA over his last eight appearances and failing to make the Braves' NLDS roster, casting some doubt on his role for this season. Arodys Vizcaino and A.J. Minter will presumably open as the top two ninth-inning options in Atlanta, but Winkler could be the next man up in the case of injury if he can get back to the form he had at the start of last season. Unless he's in the closer conversation, however, Winkler's fantasy relevance will likely be minimal as he worked less than an inning per outing and his strikeout totals aren't elite enough to carry his value on their own.
Winkler missed nearly two full seasons due to a fractured elbow, but he made it back from the 60-day DL in the second half of August and pitched well for the Braves over 16 appearances down the stretch. Before injuries derailed his career with the Colorado in 2014, Winkler was on track to get an opportunity as a big-league starter, as he missed bats at a healthy clip and showed control in the lower levels of the minors. He averaged 93.6 mph with his fastball after returning to the Braves last season, while also mixing in a cutter, slider and changeup. All four pitches graded out as a positive value offerings, and the Braves have a path for Winkler to become a high-leverage solution in the late innings, especially if he continues to miss bats at an elevated clip (34.0 percent K% in 2017). Winkler has slightly more sleeper appeal than Jose Ramirez, as the Braves no longer have a proven veteran closer to turn to if Arodys Vizcaino falters in the ninth-inning role.
Winkler will likely miss the 2015 season after having Tommy John surgery as a member of the Rockies organization in 2014. Despite the expected absence, the Braves selected him in the Rule 5 Draft, which is a savvy move since he can be stashed away on the disabled list for the entire year without being offered back to Colorado. Most likely, Winkler push his way toward the big league roster in Atlanta in the second half of 2016.
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Could make expanded bullpen
PChicago Cubs
April 5, 2020
Winkler could earn a bullpen spot with the Cubs when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Gets one-year deal from Cubs
PChicago Cubs
December 6, 2019
Winkler agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs on Friday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Remains in organization
PSan Francisco Giants
August 3, 2019
Winkler cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
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Dropped from 40-man roster
PSan Francisco Giants
August 1, 2019
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Dealt to San Francisco
PSan Francisco Giants
July 31, 2019
Winkler was traded from the Braves to the Giants on Wednesday along with Tristan Beck in exchange for Mark Melancon, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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