Rowan Wick

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Wick was having a nice season and was in the mix for saves before an oblique injury in September brought his 2020 campaign to an abrupt halt. Prior to the injury, the righty amassed 20 strikeouts and four saves in 19 appearances (17.1 innings), and he posted a 3.12 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. That came on the heels of a strong 2019 in which he fanned 35 batters in 33.1 innings while recording a 2.43 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Wick has found success with a fastball that consistently sits above 95 mph and a hard-breaking curveball. The strong two-year run puts the 28-year-old squarely in the Chicago closer conversation heading into 2021, and he could end up as the top option. Jeremy Jeffress led the Cubs with eight saves in 2020, but he's a free agent, and Craig Kimbrel has been up and down since coming to Chicago. Wick has been a decent fantasy asset, but he could reach new heights if he takes on more save chances. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#420
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February of 2021.
Earns fifth save
PChicago Cubs
October 2, 2021
Wick fired a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one walk while striking out two to earn the save in the win over the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Wick entered the ninth inning with a one-run lead. After blowing the save in his last two opportunities, he successfully held the lead Saturday for his fifth save of the season. The 28-year-old has a 4.30 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 29 strikeouts in 23 innings. He has three straight scoreless appearances for just the third time this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Rowan Wick generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Rowan Wick generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-34%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .227 152 36 20 29 6 0 0
Since 2019vs Right .196 162 48 16 28 7 0 2
2021vs Left .182 54 15 7 8 0 0 0
2021vs Right .231 46 14 7 9 1 0 1
2020vs Left .290 36 7 5 9 2 0 0
2020vs Right .243 38 13 1 9 4 0 1
2019vs Left .226 62 14 8 12 4 0 0
2019vs Right .149 78 21 8 10 2 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-46%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-56%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.34 1.04 42.1 2 0 7 9.6 3.4 0.4
Since 2019Away 4.31 1.56 31.1 0 2 4 11.2 5.7 0.0
2021Home 2.57 0.86 14.0 0 0 2 9.6 2.6 0.6
2021Away 7.00 2.11 9.0 0 1 3 14.0 10.0 0.0
2020Home 2.25 1.25 12.0 0 0 4 9.8 3.0 0.8
2020Away 5.06 1.69 5.1 0 1 0 11.8 3.4 0.0
2019Home 2.20 1.04 16.1 2 0 1 9.4 4.4 0.0
2019Away 2.65 1.24 17.0 0 0 1 9.5 4.2 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Rowan Wick compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.07
 
K/9
11.3
 
BB/9
5.5
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
4.30
 
WHIP
1.35
 
BABIP
.309
 
GB/FB
0.86
 
Left On Base
64.2%
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.7%
 
Spin Rate
2348 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.1%
 
Swinging Strike
11.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2017
Wick struck out 79 batters in 68.1 innings of work between Triple-A Iowa and Chicago last season, allowing 47 hits, only three of which left the yard. The converted catcher continues to transition to the other side of the battery, and took a step forward by retooling his curveball with the help of pitching coach Tommy Hottovy. It was Hottovy who suggested Wick start throwing a spike-curve to get more spin on the pitch, and tunneling that with his high-and-hard fastball made him very tough on righties, who had a .212 wOBA against him last year (.285 vs LHB). The walk rate would need to come down for him to have a safer spot in the late innings, but his current stuff at least earns him the chance to hang around in case something happens with Craig Kimbrel. He has the stuff to close, but the Cubs have an expensive roadblock in front of him.
Once a 20-homer hitter in the minor leagues, Wick switched to pitching in 2016 and had some success. He finished the season with a 2.64 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 44.1 innings pitched between High-A and Double-A. His numbers with High-A Peoria were dominant, as he struck out 13.5 batters per nine and walked just 2.2 batters per nine en route to a 1.09 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. However, with his promotion to Double-A Springfield, where he pitched 19.2 innings, his walk rate ballooned to 6.4 BB/9 and his strikeout rate dropped to 9.2 K/9. He finished his time in Springfield with a 4.12 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. His loss of control with the move up is concerning, but Wick's first season as a pitcher can be regarded as a relative success. The Cardinals apparently thought so too, as they moved to protect him from the Rule 5 draft and added him to the 40-man roster in November. The 24-year-old will presumably begin the 2017 season back in Springfield.
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Struggles again Sunday
PChicago Cubs
September 19, 2021
Wick allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while retiring just two batters in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
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Implodes in loss
PChicago Cubs
September 18, 2021
Wick (0-1) allowed four runs on three hits and two walks over 0.2 innings and took the loss Friday against the Brewers. He did strike out two batters in the outing.
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Strikes out side, secures save
PChicago Cubs
September 14, 2021
Wick struck out the side to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.
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Collects another save
PChicago Cubs
September 6, 2021
Wick fired two scoreless innings to pick up his third save of the season Sunday against the Pirates. He did not allow a hit but walked and struck out two batters each.
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Picks up second save
PChicago Cubs
September 3, 2021
Wick struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save in Friday's 6-5 win over Pittsburgh.
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