Tanner Houck Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 230 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/29/1996 (25)
Tanner Houck Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Tanner Houck News
Boston Red Sox right-hander Tanner Houck and Kutter Crawford were placed on the restricted list on Monday because they are unvaccinated from COVID-19. In a corresponding move, Tyler Danish and John Schreiber were called up from the minor leagues. The Red Sox are traveling to Canada this week to face the Toronto Blue Jays, but Houck and Crawford won't be allowed to make the trip. With Houck not making his next start until this Friday against the Baltimore Orioles, right-hander Garrett Whitlock is in line to make his second start of the year at Toronto on Thursday. Whitlock has been lights-out so far in 2022, and he fanned seven batters and walked none in four scoreless innings in his first start of the year on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tanner Houck revealed to the Boston Globe on Sunday that he is not vaccinated. This means that he won't be allowed to travel with the team to Toronto for a four-game series against the Blue Jays later this month (April 25 to April 28). As the rotation is currently set up, Houck would have been slated to start Game 2 of the series. Red Sox manager Alex Cora hasn't revealed who will start in his place yet. Houck struggled in his first outing of the year, but he had a strong follow-up outing this weekend. Facing the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out four.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tanner Houck is all but certain to have a rotation spot to open the 2022 season, according to head coach Alex Cora. Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Pivetta and Houck are the team's three starters locked into rotation spots so far. Veterans Michael Wacha and Rich Hill and Garrett Whitlock are in the mix for the final two spots. MassLive's Chris Cotillo is guessing Wacha and Hill will round out the rotation. Houck, 25, pitched well in 18 appearances (13 starts) in his second big-league season with a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 87:21 K:BB over 69 innings in 2021. Chris Sale's rib-cage injury has opened the door for the talented young right-hander.
The 25-year-old Tanner Houck appeared in 18 games (13 starts) for Boston and posted numbers that should make fantasy managers salivate: 3.52 ERA, 30.5 K%, and a 7.4 BB%. His underlying metrics were even better as Houck posted a 3.20 xFIP and 3.22 xERA over his 69 IP. Lest you think that his strikeouts were inflated by his bullpen work, Houck was exclusively used as a starter in Triple-A last season and posted a 28.9 K% with a 7.8 BB%. Houck had three different secondary pitches with a 16 SwStr% or better last season, so the strikeouts should keep coming in droves. If batters manage to make contact, it generally isn't good contact thanks to Houck's low-spin fastball. Its 2,109 RPM is already on the low side, and only 62.4% of that is "active spin" that meaningfully affects the ball's movement. That ranks 647th among the 655 pitchers who threw at least 50 pitches last year. As such, Houck should be able to repeat his 7.4% HR/FB while improving his .317 BABIP allowed and 66.3% strand rate, taking already strong numbers to another level. Despite all of that statistical goodness, Houck has an ADP of 197.89 because his role isn't certain. The Red Sox brought in a bunch of uninspiring options such as James Paxton, Michael Wacha, and Rich Hill to compete for two open rotation spots, so Houck should have no trouble winning one. Take Houck and enjoy having one of the best sleepers of the year on your roster.