Blake Snell Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/4/1992 (28)
Blake Snell Season Stats
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Blake Snell News
San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell completed five innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants, allowing two earned runs while striking out eight. Snell was often jammed in the outing, yielding two hits and four walks, but managed to work out of trouble. His key mistake was a second-inning two-run homer by Giants outfielder Darin Ruf that probably should have been caught. Through two starts, the 28-year-old holds a 1.86 ERA (5.67 xERA), 1.24 WHIP and 37 percent strikeout rate in just 9 innings. He draws the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road next Tuesday and should be started with confidence.
San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell was pulled after 4 innings Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks despite allowing zero runs. After fanning eight batters while permitting four hits and two free passes, the 28-year-old was noticeably irked as he was yanked from the 3-0 game. It was revealed later he was on a pitch count and was pulled after 86 tosses. The outcome is a disappointment for all Snell fantasy managers but the performance was surely encouraging. Snell's next chance will come Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants.
San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell will start the second game of the season Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Yielding the Opening Day nod to fellow newcomer Yu Darvish, Snell will debut for the Friars after recording a 3.24 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 28 percent strikeout rate in five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. The former Cy Young winner has enjoyed a solid spring, tossing 9 scoreless frames with a 0.75 WHIP. The 28-year-old has sharpened his command progressively each season and is positioned to be a steady four-category contributor in standard fantasy formats. He's a fine selection as an SP2 this draft season.
Since his 2018 Cy Young Award campaign, Blake Snell has had trouble remaining healthy. He was limited to just 107 innings pitched in 2019 (left elbow surgery). Additionally, before the start of the 2020 season, Snell suffered from recurring soreness in the same elbow and shoulder discomfort. This resulted in the overly-cautious Tampa Bay Rays significantly limiting his 2020 workload. Snell threw over 100 pitches just three times in 11 starts. He also failed to record one quality start in 2020 having never reached six innings in any one outing. When he was on the mound, Snell was quite effective. In 50 IP, Snell posted a 3.24 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and struck out 63 batters while walking 18. Though his overall barrel and hard-hit rates allowed were slightly elevated in comparison to his 2018 and 2019 campaigns, his 50.0% ground ball and 16.4% fly-ball rates helped mitigate this hard contact. His walk rate of 8.9% was higher than the MLB average, but it still represented a decline from his 2018 Cy Young Award and 2019 season walk rates of 9.1%. With a current ADP of 49, his move to San Diego should help Snell outperform this draft position if he remains healthy. The Padres will likely give Snell a much longer leash than the Rays. This will increase win, QS, IP, and strikeout projections. While Tropicana Field had a better home run park factor than Petco Park in 2020 (0.829 versus 1.171), if Snell maintains his strong GB and FB rates, as well as his 31% strikeout rate from 2020, he should not be impacted by the park downgrade. Managers willing to bear the potential risk of injury can potentially get top-5 SP production from Snell who is being taken as the 15th SP off of boards. He can provide managers with over 200 strikeouts, elite ERA, and (gasp!) high win and QS totals pitching for San Diego in 2020.