Scott Barlow Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 210 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/18/1992 (30)
Scott Barlow Season Stats
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The Cleveland Guardians have acquired relief pitcher Scott Barlow from the San Diego Padres on Friday. The Padres will receive right-hander Enyel De Los Santos as the return for Barlow. It's a bit surprising to see the Padres give up on Barlow this quickly. It's worth noting that Barlow is due close to $7 million in arbitration this offseason. Possibly, the Padres didn't believe Barlow's value was worth the pay increase. The right-hander posted a 4.37 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, with 79/34 K/BB ratio and 13 saves last season. He pitched extremely well during the 2021 and 2022 seasons with the Kansas City Royals. The Guardians have a good track record with relievers, so hopefully they'll be able to turn him around.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Scott Barlow is being traded to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. The right-handed reliever will be moved in exchange for pitchers Jesus Rio and Henry Williams. The Padres appear to be hanging onto Josh Hader, which isn't going to help Barlow's value going forward. Barlow is basically going to be a set-up pitcher, so he'll only have value in leagues where holds matter. The assumption is that Carlos Hernandez is going to be the favorite for saves in Kansas City with Barlow headed elsewhere.
The Kansas City Royals continue to draw significant trade interest in relief pitchers Scott Barlow and Carlos Hernandez as the Aug. 1 trade deadline draws near, according to sources. Barlow is more likely to be moved based on club control; he's set to be a free agent after the 2024 season, while Hernandez will be arbitration-eligible for each of the next four years. Barlow, 30, has recorded 12 saves this and has fanned 45 hitters in 36 2/3 innings, but he also has a bloated 5.15 ERA (3.61 FIP) and 1.53 WHIP on the year. Hernandez, 26, doesn't have any saves and has posted a 3.78 ERA (2.82 FIP), 1.00 WHIP, 13 walks and 57 strikeouts in 50 relief innings for the Royals.
Kansas City Royals right-hander Scott Barlow was one of the few bright spots on the club's pitching staff last season, producing a 2.18 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 26.6% strikeout rate, and 24 saves over 74.1 innings. His strikeout numbers were a bit low compared to his 28.6% career mark. However, his whiff and chase rates were both elite, posting 32.5% and 37.2% marks, respectively. Barlow did it with a slider, curveball, and fastball. The five-year veteran used the slider 44.6% of the time, while he threw the curve at a 43% rate, and during his five seasons in the majors, each pitch has never had a whiff rate below 33.1%. Consequently, Barlow can generate even more strikeouts in 2023. The 30-year-old's 2.18 ERA is misleading, considering his 83.9% left-on-base percentage and .240 BABIP. The Royals were the eighth-best defense in 2022 by defensive runs above average, though, and add in Barlow's career .220 xBA, .365 xSLG, and 3.10 ERA, and he should have no issue posting a solid ERA and WHIP next season. The closer title is in his control next season, as every other arm expected to start the year in the pen earned a combined six saves in 2022. Barlow has the potential to match any reliever in the league but flies a bit under the radar playing for the lowly Royals, a team that should be on the rise with a bunch of young talent, however. Fantasy managers should take advantage of his 113 ADP and grab a potential RP1.