Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Swarzak
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Swarzak took over a partial share of the closer job in Seattle after Hunter Strickland went down, but wild inconsistency led to him being traded to Atlanta, where he served initially as a setup man. The 34-year-old recorded a 4.56 ERA last year, but his 5.71 FIP was the second-worst mark of his career. Swarzak recorded an 11.8% swinging-strike rate despite middling fastball velocity, but there was no shortage of damage done when hitters did connect (2.03 HR/9). It's telling that his HR/9 rate, which ranked fourth worst among qualified relievers, was actually Swarzak's second-best rate in the past four seasons. The right-hander eventually shifted to more of a middle-innings role, earning only one hold in his final 14 appearances. Given the lack of swing and miss coupled with the home-run problems, Swarzak seems unlikely to land a multi-year deal in free agency. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Phillies in February of 2020. Contract is worth $1.5 million at the major-league level.
Relief competition thins
PPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
March 27, 2020
Swarzak may have a clearer path to a roster spot after the Phillies demoted four other pitchers Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Austin Davis, Edgar Garcia, Cole Irvin and Reggie McClain all were sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. That helps Swarzak's odds of earning a roster spot, though it's still not guaranteed, as he's not on the team's 40-man roster. The 34-year-old has saved four games in each of the last two seasons but hasn't recorded an ERA below 4.50 since 2017.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Anthony Swarzak generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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111-120
 
121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .237 239 63 28 49 4 4 11
Since 2017vs Right .237 414 111 35 89 8 1 13
2019vs Left .271 82 27 12 19 2 1 5
2019vs Right .241 152 25 15 33 2 0 7
2018vs Left .268 47 10 4 11 1 1 5
2018vs Right .288 69 21 10 17 0 0 1
2017vs Left .198 110 26 12 19 1 2 1
2017vs Right .218 193 65 10 39 6 1 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-53%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.26 1.27 77.1 4 5 4 10.4 3.7 1.5
Since 2017Away 4.18 1.29 79.2 5 5 6 9.6 3.5 1.2
2019Home 2.78 1.41 22.2 1 1 2 7.5 4.8 1.6
2019Away 5.87 1.53 30.2 2 3 2 9.7 4.4 2.3
2018Home 5.51 1.71 16.1 0 2 2 8.8 5.0 2.8
2018Away 7.20 1.40 10.0 0 0 2 13.5 4.5 0.9
2017Home 2.58 0.99 38.1 3 2 0 12.7 2.6 0.9
2017Away 2.08 1.08 39.0 3 2 2 8.5 2.5 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Swarzak 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
1.93
 
K/9
8.8
 
BB/9
4.6
 
HR/9
2.0
 
Fastball
93.4 mph
 
ERA
4.56
 
WHIP
1.48
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
1.71
 
Left On Base
78.8%
 
Exit Velocity
89.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.6%
 
Spin Rate
2367 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
46.7%
 
Swinging Strike
12.0%
 
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Swarzak struggled in his first season with the Mets after signing a two-year, $14 million contract in December of 2017. The veteran right-hander appeared in just 29 games in 2018 thanks to oblique and shoulder injuries, struggling to a 6.15 ERA and 1.60 WHIP across 26.1 innings when healthy. While Swarzak struck out more than a quarter of the batters he faced (26.7%) for a third consecutive season, that came with a HR/9 over 2.0 and a career-worst 4.8 BB/9. The 33-year-old converted four of his five save chances throughout the season, though a shoulder injury prevented him from sticking in the ninth inning following Jeurys Familia's departure. Traded to the Mariners in the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal, Swarzak appears in line for saves in 2019, though it seems likely that the M's will eventually dump him too as part of their teardown.
Last season was a career year for Swarzak, who set career bests in nearly every pitching category. His stellar campaign began with the White Sox, and concluded with the Brewers following a midseason trade. He assumed the role of setup man in Milwaukee the rest of the way, providing a reliable relief option in front of closer Corey Knebel that the team previously lacked. A fastball that sat close to 95 MPH -- the best mark of his career -- made his hard slider even more deceptive, and the results were a stellar 91 strikeouts and a WHIP far better than he had ever posted before. Swarzak's season earned him a multi-year deal with the Mets in free agency during the winter, but his path to saves currently includes two obstacles with Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos in tow.
After spending parts of six seasons in the AL Central, Swarzak took his talents to the Bronx and signed with the Yankees shortly before the start of spring training. He split time in the minors as both a starter and reliever, and while he wasn't dominant in either role, he was able to play his way onto the big league roster for a large portion of the season. The 31-year-old saw his average fastball velocity spike up to 93.4 mph in his latest major league stint, and he was able to leverage that into a 9.0 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9, marks that were the best of his career. There was plenty of bad, however, as he also allowed 10 home runs in just 31 innings en route to a 5.52 ERA and 6.11 FIP. He'll compete for a low-leverage bullpen role with the White Sox during spring training, although this situation offers very little fantasy upside even if he does make the 25-man roster.
Swarzak took a massive step back in 2014, with his ERA jumping by nearly 170 points, which was in large part due to his regression against right-handed hitters. Opposing right-handers hit .293/.333/.435 against Swarzak, up from .233/.270/.270 in 2013. He also saw a sharp drop in his strikeout rate, as his K/9 average plummeted to 4.9 from 6.5 K/9 in 2013. Still, Swarzak possesses a rubber arm that can work in a swing role and still had decent velocity with an average 92 mph fastball. He could find a swingman role again in 2015 after signing a minor league deal with the Indians in January.
Swarzak had a productive season in long relief for the Twins in 2013, posting a 2.91 ERA over 96 innings out of the bullpen; and while he doesn't typically strike batters out, his 6.5 K/9 mark was the best of his career. The Twins have said they like Swarzak in the long relief role and he has not been a candidate for the starting rotation recently, but that thinking could change during the spring depending on the number of open spots the team has available heading into Opening Day.
Swarzak reprised his role as a swingman in Minnesota's bullpen making five starts and posting a better numbers as a reliever (4.05 ERA), but there was not too much to get excited about. He has underwhelming strikeout rates (5.8 K/9) and neither his control nor groundball rates are impressive enough to overcome his lack of missed bats. He is also struggled to keep the ball in the park in his career, giving up 15 homers last season. He may enter the spring with a long-relief job again, but it is hard to see where he finds a prominent role.
After a disappointing 2010 season in Triple-A, Swarzak had a surprisingly productive season as a spot starter and longer reliever and enters 2012 with an outside shot at winning a spot in the rotation. Swarzak started the season slow at Triple-A with a 4.87 ERA and then was hit hard in a spot start for the Twins in April. He got another shot amid several injuries and had strong outings in his next four starts (2.08 ERA) which led to him making the rotation in late August, where he struggled with a 5.85 ERA. In between, he worked in long relief and had a decent overall 4.32 ERA. However, he had a poor strikeout rate (4.85 K/9IP) and his strikeout rates were never impressive in the minors. He also was helped by a below average BAPIP (.292) and low HR/FB rate (6.2 percent). He may win a swingman role again, but he's unlikely to duplicate even last year's moderate success.
A few years ago Swarzak was seen as a top prospect for the Twins with a plus fastball and curveball in the low minors, but his career appears to have regressed. He struggled in his first trip to the majors in 2009 and began last season at Triple-A where he again averaged less than six strikeouts per nine innings while still having problems with the long ball. He missed six weeks after breaking a toe in mid April, so injuries may have been a factor. However, he'll need a strong season at Triple-A before he's considered a possible impact player in the majors again.
Swarzak got his first taste of the majors last season when injuries created a spot in the Minnesota rotation and he started strong by going 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA in his first eight starts. He then faded quickly and went 0-4 with a 14.85 ERA in August and was moved to the bullpen. In the lower minors, Swarzak was praised for having outstanding stuff with a plus fastball and curveball, but his strikeout rates have continued to decline as he's moved to higher levels. He averaged less than six strikeouts per nine innings in both Triple-A and the majors last season, which limits his ceiling. He also gave up too many home runs in the majors, but that wasn't a problem in the minors. He could begin the season in the Triple-A rotation or at the back end of the Minnesota bullpen and is one of the top two or three options should an opening arise in the Minnesota rotation.
Swarzak may have the best stuff of any Minnesota pitching prospect with a plus fastball and curve ball, but his stock fell slightly after a up-and-down season. He struggled at Double-A last season where his control slipped, but still got a promotion to Triple-A and thrived by going 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA. However, his numbers at Triple-A may look a little rosy with just a 26:14 K:BB ratio in 45 innings. He could fight for a spot in the Minnesota bullpen as early as next spring, but most likely begins the year in Triple-A. At just 23, he still has a lot of upside, but his declining ratios cooled his white-hot prospect status.
Swarzak is perhaps Minnesota's top pitching prospect with a mid-90s fastball that has produced strong strikeout rates. He improved his control last season and at age 21 was a little young for his competition. However, he served a 50-game suspension for a second violation of baseball's drug policy for a "drug of abuse" (not a performance enhancing drug, but cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines or other narcotics). If he can avoid problems off the field, a strong start at Double-A could see him in the majors late in 2008. He's one to grab in keeper leagues.
Swarzak, a second-round pick in 2004 out of high school, could rise to the top of Minnesota's list of pitching prospects after his solid year at high-A. He needs to refine his mechanics a bit more and sharpen his control, but improved as the season went on and posted a 7-2 record and 1.66 ERA in his last 10 starts. A strong season at Double-A could make him a factor in the big leagues in 2008.
Swarzak, a second-round pick in 2004 out of high school in Florida, has only above average stuff, but very good command. He posted a 55/11 K/BB ratio at High-A and then continued to impress with a 101/32 K/BB ratio at Double-A. A strong full year at Double-A could make him a factor at the big league level as soon as 2007.
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Inks deal with Philly
PPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
February 4, 2020
Swarzak signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Tuesday worth $1.5 million if he makes the 26-man roster, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Returns from injury
PAtlanta Braves  NRI
July 12, 2019
Swarzak (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Friday's game against San Diego, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Expected back after break
PAtlanta Braves  NRI
Shoulder
July 2, 2019
Swarzak (shoulder) will likely be reinstated from the 10-day injured list in San Diego after the All-Star break, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Lands on injured list
PAtlanta Braves  NRI
Shoulder
June 30, 2019
Swarzak was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to June 29.
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Notches ninth hold
PAtlanta Braves  NRI
June 26, 2019
Swarzak struck out one in a perfect eighth inning Tuesday to record his ninth hold of the season in a win over the Cubs.
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