Zach Eflin Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 6" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/8/1994 (28)
Zach Eflin Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Zach Eflin News
The Philadelphia Phillies have reinstated starting pitcher Zach Eflin from the COVID-19 injured list. He will start Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres. Eflin tested positive for COVID-19 on May 8 and had been away from the team ever since. The 28-year-old has made five starts so far this year and he's gone 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin (illness) hopes to return from the COVID-19 injured list and start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. The 28-year-old is feeling better and is expected to return next week. He has been sidelined since May 8th after being placed on the injured list Sunday. The right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and an 18:5 K: BB across 24 innings in 2022. Eflin can be used as a streamer in deep-league formats if he's activated ahead of Tuesday's game against the Padres.
The Philadelphia Phillies placed pitchers Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin on the COVID injured list Sunday. Philadelphia called up Francisco Morales and Connor Brogdon in a corresponding move. Wheeler was scheduled to start Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, but it's unclear when he will return to the mound; the 31-year-old has thrown 13 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out 14 over his last two starts. Eflin was scheduled to start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the New York Mets. It's unclear if either pitcher tested positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact. Fantasy managers will need to adjust their lineups accordingly.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflinhad a banner year in 2020, but he's flying under the radar due to the shortened sample size. He's currently sitting outside the top 200 in ADP (205), but he's got a chance to outperform that if he continues his progression. The righty posted a 4-2 record, 3.97 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 70:15 K:BB ratio across 59 innings. His ERA -- the first time he's had a sub-4.00 mark in his career -- was supported by a 3.39 FIP and a 3.23 xFIP. In addition to that, he posted career-bests in K/BB ratio (4.67), strikeout rate (28.6%), ground-ball rate (48.4%) and hard-hit rate (32.7%). Increased usage of his sinker (21.9% in 2019 compared to 51.6% in 2020) and his curveball (13.1% in 2020 compared to 5.4% in 2019) led to the jump in ground balls and punch outs. Batters recorded a .100 xBA and .130 xwOBA against his curve, his most effective offering. Eflin accomplished all of that despite a .347 BABIP, which can partially be explained by the Phillies below-average defense. He does pound the zone (87% zone-contact rate), which is above the league average of 82.8%, so it's doubtful he can get his WHIP much lower. He likely reached his ceiling in strikeout rate as well, which jumped 10% from 2019, and it seems unsustainable over a full season. We still think he's a safe bet to lower his ERA for a fifth consecutive season and put up solid SP4-type numbers.