Sam Gaviglio
Sam Gaviglio
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After seven professional seasons as a starter, Gaviglio jumped to the bullpen full-time in 2019 and led all relievers with 95.2 innings pitched. The move yielded promising early results as the right-hander gave up only two earned runs through his first 19 frames, but he went into a tailspin in mid-May and spent most of the campaign buried in a low-leverage role. Overall, Gaviglio's qualities as a reliever echoed the traits he showed as a starter. He demonstrated strong command, posting a 5.6 BB% that ranked 20th among qualified relievers. However, Gaviglio relies on a combination of sinkers and sliders that are thrown with below-average velocity and spin, resulting in a mediocre 22.4 K%. Gaviglio did see some late-inning opportunities in September and notched three holds in the month, but his poor strikeout numbers and non-existent save opportunities keep him off the fantasy radar even in deep leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $602,900 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Role uncertain in 2020
PToronto Blue Jays
March 23, 2020
Gaviglio's role in the bullpen remains unclear when the 2020 season finally begins.
ANALYSIS
Two years ago, the junk-balling right-hander started 24 games as the Jays were unable to scrounge up any better rotation options. Last season, the team kept Gaviglio in long relief despite numerous injuries to its starters. In both campaigns, keeping the ball in the park was his biggest issue -- he posted a HR/9 north of 1.5 both years. Gavigio was held to one-inning stints in camp this season before spring training was suspended, posting a 0.00 ERA and 3:0 K:BB through three frames, which suggests he could find himself in a low-leverage middle-relief role in 2020 after the organization significantly bolstered its rotation depth and long-relief options over the winter. Whatever his role, he'll need to improve on his career 4.84 ERA in the majors if he wants to remain in Toronto's plans beyond 2020.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
27
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Sam Gaviglio generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-26%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .273 565 88 46 138 39 0 21
Since 2017vs Right .257 688 154 40 163 22 4 34
2019vs Left .277 165 29 12 41 13 0 5
2019vs Right .206 227 59 10 44 5 0 13
2018vs Left .279 252 37 20 63 15 0 9
2018vs Right .283 296 68 18 77 10 3 12
2017vs Left .258 148 22 14 34 11 0 7
2017vs Right .282 165 27 12 42 7 1 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.70 1.23 167.2 5 6 0 8.2 2.8 1.4
Since 2017Away 6.36 1.44 126.0 6 11 0 6.4 2.4 2.1
2019Home 4.19 1.06 53.2 1 1 0 8.9 2.0 1.8
2019Away 5.14 1.19 42.0 3 1 0 7.5 2.1 1.5
2018Home 3.41 1.22 71.1 2 3 0 8.6 2.6 1.1
2018Away 7.91 1.74 52.1 1 7 0 6.4 2.9 2.1
2017Home 3.59 1.45 42.2 2 2 0 6.5 4.0 1.3
2017Away 5.40 1.26 31.2 2 3 0 5.1 2.0 2.8
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Stat Review
How does Sam Gaviglio 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
4.00
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
89.3 mph
 
ERA
4.61
 
WHIP
1.12
 
BABIP
.269
 
GB/FB
1.44
 
Left On Base
68.5%
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.5%
 
Spin Rate
2016 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Gaviglio was eyeing a spot in the Royals' rotation to start the season, but a horrendous spring training showing got him designated for assignment before the season started. The Blue Jays plucked him from Kansas City and, despite starting the season in Triple-A, he wound up spending nearly the entire year in the big-league rotation. The results were mixed. Gaviglio continued to exhibit decent control in the majors, as evidenced by his 2.8 BB/9. However, his strikeout rate was mediocre (7.6 K/9) and he gave up too many homers. Additionally, for every good start he made, he seemed to follow it up with an equally bad one. This inconsistency led to a 5.31 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. With brighter pitching prospects pushing for spots and established starters returning from injury, Gaviglio will have to put up good spring numbers to avoid a trip to the minors to start the season.
Gaviglio made two spot starts and two relief appearances in September for the Royals after he was claimed off waivers from Seattle. His body of work at Triple-A Tacoma (3.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 13 starts) was enough to lead the Mariners to use him for 12 appearances -- 11 starts -- last season, but his strikeout rate plummeted and his excellent Triple-A walk rate didn't carry over to his outings in the big leagues. In addition to the aforementioned good control he's demonstrated in the upper levels of the minors, Gaviglio has always been able to get plenty of outs on the ground. With minor-league options remaining, he can be stretched out and stashed at Triple-A as an extra starter if the Royals see a future for him in that role, but Gaviglio could just as easily end up in the bullpen as a situational reliever summoned to get out of jams with runners on base if that proves to be the immediate organizational need.
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Stuck with loss Friday
PToronto Blue Jays
August 23, 2019
Gaviglio (4-2) allowed three runs on a hit and three walks Friday, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. He took the loss as the Blue Jays fell 7-4 to the Mariners.
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Stuck in low-leverage role
PToronto Blue Jays
July 22, 2019
Gaviglio has a 5.27 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 23:6 K:BB through 27.1 innings since the beginning of June.
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Struggles continue Saturday
PToronto Blue Jays
June 22, 2019
Gaviglio was charged with two runs on six hits and a walk over 3.2 innings during Saturday's 8-7 win at Boston. He had one strikeout and did not factor in the decision.
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Slated for primary pitcher role
PToronto Blue Jays
June 22, 2019
The Blue Jays will deploy Gaviglio as their primary pitcher in Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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Picks up fourth win
PToronto Blue Jays
June 6, 2019
Gaviglio (4-1) walked one and struck out three over two scoreless innings of relief Wednesday to record the win over the Yankees.
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