Brad Hand
Brad Hand
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The veteran left-hander had a 2.05 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with a league-leading 16 saves during the shortened season, but Cleveland declined his $10 million club option for 2021, making him a free agent. One man gathers what another man spills, as Washington swooped in with a one-year, $10.5 million deal. Hand posted a 2.78 ERA and 1.12 WHIP while going 58-for-65 in save chances after joining Cleveland, and he should be the Nationals' unquestioned closer in 2021. The southpaw had a 35.4 K% and 6.7 BB% while continuing to use the slider as his primary pitch over the past two seasons. Given the lack of locked-in, established closers around the league, a draft-day premium will placed on guys like Hand who are set it and forget closers as long as they are healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2021. Traded to the Blue Jays in July of 2021.
Picks up hold in Mets debut
PNew York Mets
September 5, 2021
Hand gave up two hits in a scoreless two-thirds of an inning to record his first hold of the season during an 11-9 win over the Nationals in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
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Facing the team he started the year with, Hand wasn't exactly effective when he relieved Miguel Castro in the sixth inning and allowed two inherited runners to score, but he was able to coax an inning-ending double play out of Ryan Zimmerman before he took any damage to his own ERA. Including his brief stint with the Blue Jays between his Nats and Mets tenures, Hand has an 8.40 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 11:9 K:BB through 15 innings since the All-Star break, and he's unlikely to see much high-leverage work with New York.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Brad Hand generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Brad Hand generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .214 145 39 15 27 4 0 1
Since 2019vs Right .242 438 128 30 94 24 2 14
2021vs Left .234 74 15 9 15 3 0 1
2021vs Right .252 185 40 14 40 7 1 8
2020vs Left .167 7 3 0 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .179 75 25 4 12 5 1 0
2019vs Left .196 64 21 6 11 1 0 0
2019vs Right .258 178 63 12 42 12 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-32%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-70%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.36 1.05 80.1 11 5 40 11.3 2.0 1.0
Since 2019Away 3.61 1.43 57.1 2 7 30 10.4 4.2 0.9
2021Home 3.44 1.09 36.2 4 3 13 7.4 2.5 1.2
2021Away 5.09 1.65 23.0 1 4 8 9.8 5.1 1.6
2020Home 3.18 0.79 11.1 2 1 9 13.5 1.6 0.0
2020Away 0.96 0.86 9.1 0 0 6 10.6 1.9 0.0
2019Home 3.34 1.08 32.1 5 1 18 15.0 1.7 1.1
2019Away 3.24 1.44 25.0 1 3 16 10.8 4.3 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Brad Hand 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
2.39
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
3.5
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
4.07
 
WHIP
1.31
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
1.13
 
Left On Base
61.2%
 
Exit Velocity
79.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.6%
 
Spin Rate
2311 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.3%
 
Swinging Strike
7.5%
 
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Hand was electric for most of 2019 but really faded down the stretch. He had 27 saves and a 33 K-BB% while holding hitters to a .204 average through the end of July, but limped to the finish line with seven saves over the final two months, with a 13 K-BB% and a .345 BAA. Hand pitched in only three games in September and had a clean MRI in the middle of the month. It could have been just a tired arm from his usage, but the final two months were very concerning for a guy who looked like a lock for 40 saves and a fourth consecutive season with 100-plus strikeouts. He used more fastballs than sliders down the stretch, which may have been related to the arm issues, as that is a sub-optimal approach for Hand. More sliders is a good thing for him as he does not have enough fastball velocity to make it his primary pitch. Watch closely in spring training to see if the offseason has given his arm the rest it needed.
Hand began the season as the Padres' closer, posting a tidy 3.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 24 saves before the All-Star break. He was then traded to Cleveland where he shared ninth-inning duties until mid-September when he became the Tribe's primary option. After posting a 2.33 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with eight saves and six holds for the Indians, Hand is ticketed to enter 2019 as the club's closer. The southpaw handles RHB better than most right-handed closers while dominating LHB as evidenced by a .661 OPS facing RHB and a .505 OPS versus LHB since 2016. If Hand has a flaw, it's his 9.3% walk rate along with a high 15.0% HR/FB the past two seasons. However, when you fan over 30% of batters faced, you can get away with a couple more walks and homers. The Indians profile as a team that should afford an above-average number of chances and Hand has no real competition for the job.
Hand grabbed control of the Padres’ closer role in July, culminating his journey from failed starter in the Marlins' organization to certified relief ace. He's enjoyed a velocity bump while working in shorter spurts, and the strikeouts have ticked up as well; the left-hander ranked 14th among relievers with an 11.5 K/9. Hand’s walk rate improved from 3.6 BB/9 to 2.3 last season as well, as he learned to use his packed arsenal from his starting days to taunt hitters in smaller sample sizes. Unfortunately, the fact he’s enjoyed this success for the perpetually rebuilding Padres leaves him vulnerable to a sell-high trade that could demote him back to a setup gig. The skills are worth a lofty investment, but don’t pay for a full season of save opportunities.
Claimed off waivers from the Marlins in early April, Hand racked up a career-high 111 strikeouts over 82 relief appearances despite previous forays in Miami as a member of the starting rotation. It was somewhat surprising the Marlins decided he didn't fit in their own stable of relievers, especially since he had demonstrated excellent splits against lefties in 2015 while spitting time between the rotation and bullpen. Nevertheless, Hand emerged as one of the top relievers in the San Diego bullpen, fanning 30.5 percent of the batters he faced and holding the opposition to a .193 batting average. In terms of his arsenal, Hand moved further away from his curveball and changeup, and instead leaned on a fastball-slider combo, throwing the latter offering 30.3 percent of the time. The slider was particularly effective for Hand, and it's fair to suggest that he's become one of the top left-handed relievers in the game over the course of the past year.
Hand shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen all season for Miami in 2015. His inconsistency prevented him from seizing the opportunities to stick as a starter. The Marlins seem to believe in Hand despite his 9-25 overall record with the team since 2011, as he's been with the organization since they drafted him in 2008. If nothing else, he should be a useful left-handed option in relief, as his splits in that role (19.2-percent K rate, 6.6-percent walk rate, 2.80 FIP) are encouraging enough to continue earning him big league paychecks. As a LOOGY, Hand may be even better, as he's held left-handed hitters to a .227/.285/.329 line over his career with the Marlins.
Hand was impressive during spring training in 2014 and parlayed that performance into a long look as a starter during the season. Ultimately, however, Hand proved to be far too inconsistent to take the ball every fifth day for the Marlins and is likely headed towards a more permanent role in the Miami bullpen. While shuffling between roles --  16 starts and 16 relief appearances -- he posted a decent 4.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 111 innings pitched. Hand offers little in terms of strikeout upside and though he was more successful last season as a start than as a reliever, his ability to bear down on left-handed batters (3.21 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and .224 BAA) could find him deployed more frequently as a situational lefty during the coming season.
Hand earned a September call-up, after sporting a 3.21 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 17 minor league starts. He saved his best work for last, spinning 6.1 innings of two-run ball for the Marlins in his final outing of the season. Without a dominating arsenal of pitches, Hand simply must improve his control (47 walks in 89.2 minor league innings) to have success at the major league level. Though the Marlins will likely keep Hand stretched out as a starter to begin the year in 2014, his best path to time in Miami this season will likely be in the bullpen.
Hand spent the majority of his season at the Triple-A level, making just one start in the big leagues. Though he typically works in the low-90s with his fastball, Hand possesses solid strikeout ability (8.5 K/9 over 148.1 minor league innings). Still, the 23-year-old has failed to harness his control, posting a brutal 4.6 BB/9 in the minors in 2012 after he had similar control issues during a 12-start stint with the big club in 2011. Hand appears to have some work to do refining his control before Miami will give the former second-round pick another crack at the rotation.
Injuries to the big-league rotation, and a woeful lack of pitching depth in the Marlins system, forced the club to bring Hand up ahead of schedule and he posted predictably shaky numbers. His Double-A numbers don't really look like those of a top prospect either, as his strikeout rate took a steep drop, while his walk and home-run rates both rose. While he might enter spring training with a theoretical shot at a 25-man roster spot, expect Miami to keep him in the minors all of 2012.
Hand improved his control while maintaining his K/9IP rate as a 20-year-old at High-A, and as a result put himself firmly in the Marlins' future plans. He projects to have three solid pitches although none of them are exceptional, which makes him a mid-rotation starter at best in the majors, but given the way the organization's starting pitching depth has been gutted the last couple of seasons they'll take what they can get. Assuming he doesn't stumble against Double-A competition this year, Hand could get his first taste of the big leagues in 2012.
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Claimed by Mets
PNew York Mets
September 2, 2021
Hand was claimed off waivers by the Mets on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Designated for assignment
PToronto Blue Jays
August 31, 2021
Hand was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
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Headed to bereavement list
PToronto Blue Jays
Personal
August 26, 2021
Hand will placed on the bereavement list Friday, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
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Makes mess in extra-inning loss
PToronto Blue Jays
August 2, 2021
Hand (5-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and struck out one in one inning, taking the loss Monday versus Cleveland.
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Pitches eighth inning
PToronto Blue Jays
August 1, 2021
Hand allowed one unearned run on two hits and no walks in one inning during Friday's win over the Royals.
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