Pete Fairbanks Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 6" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/16/1993 (29)
Pete Fairbanks Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Pete Fairbanks News
On Sunday, Tampa Bay Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks was tasked with securing the last six outs of the game. Unfortunately, he picked up a blown save instead as his team lost to Baltimore 5-4. In the eighth inning, he surrendered a solo home run to Orioles designated hitter Adley Rutschman. During the ninth frame, he allowed consecutive hits that tied the score at 3-3. Later, in extra innings, Cedric Mullins hit a game-winning sac fly off Jake Diekman to end the contest. Fairbanks has converted on 24 of 27 save opportunities in 2023 despite the blown save.
Tampa Bay Rays closer Pete Fairbanks was electric again on Thursday, striking out the side without allowing a baserunner to shut the door on the Baltimore Orioles. Fairbanks now has an astounding 17 strikeouts in 7 IP in September, along with a 1.35 ERA and six saves in seven attempts. The 29-year-old appears to have locked down the closer role for the Rays, which is saying something for a team that usually has three or four guys in a committee approach. He is a bit of a risk heading into next season because of the team he plays for, but Fairbanks will likely be drafted in the mid-rounds as a top-10 closer.
Tampa Bay Rays closer Pete Fairbanks notched his 23rd save of the season in Monday's 7-4 win over the Twins. Fairbanks came in to pitch the ninth inning up by three. He got the first two outs on a flyout and strikeout, hit a batter, and ended the game with a lineout. The 29-year-old has played a surprisingly conventional role at the end of games this season when healthy, converting all but two save opportunities with a 2.23 ERA and a 12.94 K/9 rate. He should remain a higher-end fantasy option for the final few weeks of the fantasy season.
Unless you were in need of saves and spent some FAAB on Fairbanks last season, you probably didn't realize how dominant he was when he finally returned to the Rays bullpen. After injuring his lat muscle in March, Fairbanks was shelved for the first half of the season. Upon returning in July, Kevin Cash only waited three outings before sending his stud out for a save opportunity. He would go on to pitch 21 scoreless innings to close out the regular season, collecting eight saves along the way. He finished 2022 with a beautiful 1.13 ERA, 1.03 xERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 43.7 (!) K%. Both his fastball and slider gained ~1000 RPM from 2021 and his filthy slider also gained over 4 inches of vertical movement. But the most impressive improvement from past seasons was almost completely eliminating free passes, as evident by his 3.4 BB%. He's obviously in peak form and should start the season as the favorite over Jason Adam for save opportunities. There is health risk after two surgeries and even experiencing a numb finger in October, but at a ~214 ADP the elite closer upside is well worth it.