Alex Claudio
Alex Claudio
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Brewers acquired Claudio from the Rangers in December in exchange for a draft pick and leaned heavily on the left-hander in his first year with the team. He wound up leading the majors in appearances with a career-high 83 and finished the season with a serviceable 4.06 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 44:24 K:BB in 62 innings. Claudio got off to a slow start, allowing five home runs through his first 29 appearances (21.1 innings, 2.1 HR/9) while struggling to a 6.33 ERA over that stretch. He turned things around from there, notching a 2.88 ERA and allowing just three home runs over his next 54 outings (40.2 innings, 0.7 HR/9). Claudio improved against righties in 2019, though they still hit .274 against the southpaw while lefties hit just .218. Claudio doesn't miss many bats, so even when he's pitching well, his value is limited outside of leagues that count holds. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Brewers in December of 2019.
Good start to spring
PMilwaukee Brewers
March 4, 2020
Claudio has tossed a scoreless inning in three spring games and has allowed two hits while posting a 3:0 K:BB.
ANALYSIS
Claudio signed a major-league contract with the Brewers over the offseason, which all but assured him a spot in the team's bullpen barring an injury or a rough spring. He is healthy and has been effective up to this point, so he is on track to open the year in the same middle-relief role he occupied in 2019, when he appeared in a league-leading 83 games out of the Brewers' bullpen.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
12
Last 10 Games
8
Last 5 Games
9
How many pitches does Alex Claudio generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Alex Claudio generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-47%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .204 333 60 14 62 13 0 6
Since 2017vs Right .310 556 81 38 157 32 4 11
2019vs Left .218 137 23 9 26 7 0 4
2019vs Right .274 130 21 15 31 8 1 4
2018vs Left .244 94 14 2 22 5 0 1
2018vs Right .369 205 27 11 69 15 3 3
2017vs Left .147 102 23 3 14 1 0 1
2017vs Right .275 221 33 12 57 9 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-68%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.79 1.29 111.2 5 3 3 6.7 2.2 0.6
Since 2017Away 3.38 1.25 101.1 5 3 9 5.2 2.2 0.8
2019Home 2.80 1.13 35.1 1 0 0 7.4 3.1 0.8
2019Away 5.74 1.54 26.2 1 2 0 5.1 4.1 1.7
2018Home 6.75 1.76 34.2 2 1 0 5.7 1.6 1.0
2018Away 2.14 1.28 33.2 2 1 1 5.1 1.9 0.0
2017Home 2.16 1.03 41.2 2 2 3 6.9 1.9 0.2
2017Away 2.85 1.05 41.0 2 0 8 5.3 1.3 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Alex Claudio 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
1.83
 
K/9
6.4
 
BB/9
3.5
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
85.7 mph
 
ERA
4.06
 
WHIP
1.31
 
BABIP
.272
 
GB/FB
2.77
 
Left On Base
74.5%
 
Exit Velocity
85.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.8%
 
Spin Rate
2087 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.7%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Claudio more than held his own in the closer role down the stretch in 2017, but the lefty didn't get a chance to build on that success as the Rangers tabbed Keone Kela as their closer prior to Opening Day. It proved to be right call as Kela thrived in the ninth inning and built up his trade value while Claudio took a big step back, posting a 4.93 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over the first three months. He was better over the final three months, but not a lot better (4.01 ERA, 1.46 WHIP). Given the lack of strikeouts (career 6.2 K/9), it was always wise to expect regression, but this level of regression was surprising. It speaks to the volatility of relievers, especially with ones who leave a lot up to chance with balls in play. Kela was shipped out at the deadline, and it was Jose Leclerc who stepped in instead of Claudio. The Rangers ultimately shipped Claudio to Milwaukee, where he will likely serve as a specialist.
After Sam Dyson and Matt Bush stumbled in the first half, the Rangers made the peculiar choice to settle on Claudio, who opened the season in long relief, as their ninth-inning man. Though his left-handedness, mid-80s heat and 6.1 K/9 rate made him anything but a typical closer, Claudio got the job done with 11 saves in 15 chances, including four where he recorded four-plus outs. Claudio's prior experience as a long man made the Rangers comfortable using him more frequently than most other closers, with the 82.2 innings he logged trailing only Brad Hand among pitchers who recorded at least five saves. That sizable workload magnified the impact of Claudio's 2.50 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, numbers that could be repeatable given his excellent career 66.7 percent groundball and 1.9 BB/9 rates. It's unclear if Claudio will retain the closing gig heading into 2018, but if the Rangers fail to add an established endgame option before the season, the save chances should be his for the taking.
Claudio split time between Triple-A Round Rock and the majors once again in 2016 after struggling with the big club early on. From April through June, he held an unimpressive 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 5.5 K/9. He managed to right the ship over the second half of the season, however, posting a 1.87 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. His peripherals also point toward future success, as his 62.7 percent groundball rate and 0.4 HR/9 bode extremely well for a pitcher in a hitter-friendly environment such as Texas' Globe Life Park. Claudio doesn't light up the radar gun by any stroke of the imagination, but his outstanding control (1.7 BB/9) and ability to get left-handed hitters out (.177 BAA versus lefties) should help him compete for a more consistent role in the Rangers' bullpen during his age-25 season.
Claudio was shuttled back and forth between Triple-A Round Rock and the majors numerous times in 2015, pitching 15.2 innings with Texas and another 40 in the minors. Claudio's calling card during his ascent through the minors was his effectiveness against lefties, though he allowed a pair of homers to lefties in just 34 batters faced while with Texas. A shoulder strain put an early end to his season in September, but he's expected to be healthy for spring training, and he will be competing for a spot in the Texas bullpen as a lefty specialist.
The Rangers moved Claudio through four levels in 2014, and he finished the season getting a look in the big league bullpen. He more than held his own, carrying a 2.92 ERA that could have been better if he were less susceptible to hard contact (.389 BABIP). Just 23, Claudio is likely to end up in the bullpen at Triple-A to begin the season, but the Rangers may have a very useful left-handed reliever at their disposal. Claudio has an unusual sidearm delivery from the left side, which has enabled him to dominate against lefties (36.8% K%, 4.4% BB%) during his ascent through the minors. He fanned 40.0% of the lefties he faced during his time with Texas, but his lack of overpowering stuff makes him very vulnerable to righties.
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Returns to Brewers
PMilwaukee Brewers
December 9, 2019
Claudio signed a one-year contract with the Brewers on Monday.
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Sets sights on open market
PFree Agent
December 2, 2019
Claudio was non-tendered by the Brewers on Monday.
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Picks up 22nd hold
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 11, 2019
Claudio made his league-leading 76th appearance of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins and recorded his 22nd hold.
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Getting job done
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 15, 2019
Claudio recorded the first out of the ninth inning and picked up his 18th hold of the season in Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Twins.
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Continues leading in appearances
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 22, 2019
Claudio threw a scoreless sixth inning in Sunday's victory over the Diamondbacks.
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