2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Trevor Bauer
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Just like his wide array of pitches within his repertoire, Trevor Bauer presents a mixed bag of results for fantasy. Last year, Bauer won 11 of his 24 decisions among his 34 starts with a career high 253 strikeouts in 213 innings. But Bauer’s ERA rose to 4.48 with a FIP of 4.34 and a 1.25 WHIP making 2018 look like an outlier. Following up his breakout proved difficult with Bauer’s strikeout percentage dropping slightly to 27.8 percent and his walk rate increased by one percent to nine resulting in 18.8 strikeouts minus walks percentage.
Determining if the lower seams on the fastball or the hitter friendly environment caused Bauer to regress remains to be seen. He carried over his swinging strike percentage gain with a 12.2 percent rate. Bauer’s contact allowed rose to 73 percent but remained three points below his career average.
Knowing the varied arsenal Bauer deploys, here is his pitch plot from last year with usage percentages...