Ryan Tepera

Ryan Tepera

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago White Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Tepera was a solid bullpen contributor for the Cubs in 2020, fueled by a rise in strikeouts. The righty registered 31 strikeouts in 20.2 innings, good for a career-best 13.50 K/9. By comparison, Tepera had just 14 strikeouts in 21.1 innings a year earlier. He's had some decent strikeout seasons before, including a 9.39 K/9 in 2017 and a 9.46 mark in 2018 with Toronto, so his 2019 looks more like an outlier, though his 2020 rate is also probably unsustainable. Ultimately, the 33-year-old will likely settle in somewhere between those two extremes in 2021 while delivering an ERA in the mid-3.00s. Those are respectable numbers for a middle reliever but won't put Tepera in the closer conversation, which limits his fantasy appeal. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#599
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Cubs in February of 2021. Traded to the White Sox in July of 2021.
Eventful return
PChicago White Sox
October 2, 2021
Tepera allowed two hits and two walks over a scoreless seventh inning in Friday's 8-1 win over Detroit.
ANALYSIS
Tepera was reinstated from the injured list after missing time due to a laceration on his right index finger. He managed to dance around four baserunners with the help of a double-play ball. Manager Tony La Russa said Tepera will pitch again Sunday before the club makes a determination about his postseason status. Despite the lopsided nature of the contest, the White Sox deployed what looks like a playoff-ready bullpen. Tepera followed Garrett Crochet before giving way to Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Ryan Tepera generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
What part of the game does Ryan Tepera generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-25%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .182 162 48 21 25 4 1 5
Since 2019vs Right .203 258 71 18 47 10 2 6
2021vs Left .135 84 30 8 10 2 0 1
2021vs Right .180 156 44 11 25 5 2 3
2020vs Left .188 40 13 6 6 1 0 1
2020vs Right .256 49 18 6 11 2 0 1
2019vs Left .290 38 5 7 9 1 1 3
2019vs Right .224 53 9 1 11 3 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-77%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-70%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.45 0.98 55.0 0 0 0 9.5 2.9 0.7
Since 2019Away 4.72 1.15 47.2 0 5 2 11.3 3.8 1.3
2021Home 2.76 0.92 32.2 0 0 0 10.2 2.8 0.6
2021Away 2.83 0.84 28.2 0 2 2 11.6 2.8 0.6
2020Home 1.64 1.18 11.0 0 0 0 11.5 4.9 0.0
2020Away 7.27 1.62 8.2 0 1 0 16.6 5.2 2.1
2019Home 2.38 0.97 11.1 0 0 0 5.6 1.6 1.6
2019Away 7.84 1.65 10.1 0 2 0 6.1 5.2 2.6
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Tepera 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
3.89
 
K/9
10.9
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
93.3 mph
 
ERA
2.79
 
WHIP
0.88
 
BABIP
.239
 
GB/FB
1.09
 
Left On Base
72.3%
 
Exit Velocity
81.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2174 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.4%
 
Swinging Strike
16.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
Tepera missed over half of the 2019 campaign due to elbow issues. He didn't look like his usual self when available, posting a 15.4 K% and a 4.98 ERA in 21.2 innings, a far cry from the 25.9 K% and 3.62 ERA he recorded the season prior. The 32-year-old does have 10 career saves, and after he signed with the Cubs, it's not out of the question that he adds a few more to that total this year if Craig Kimbrel fully implodes. It would take both health and a bounce-back performance for that to happen, however, not something which should be considered anywhere close to automatic for a player on the wrong side of 30. Tepera should be considered a run-of-the-mill middle reliever during draft season and doesn't merit a particularly close look until he proves himself worthy of closer consideration.
Roberto Osuna's suspension and a pair of blown saves from Tyler Clippard opened the door for Tepera to step into the closer role for Toronto. He seemed to take well to the job, posting a 1.98 ERA while going 6-for-6 in save chances in his first 11 appearances after taking over the ninth. However, after back-to-back blown saves in late June, Tepera was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, and he never found his footing upon his return. Tepera struggled to a 4.81 ERA and 4.1 BB/9 in the second half, collecting just one save along the way as trade acquisition Ken Giles took over closing duties. The skills weren't really closer-worthy anyway, even before he went down. His 25.9% K-rate for the season was fine but nothing spectacular, and his 9.1% walk rate and 1.25 HR/9 were both below average. He's routinely outperformed the ERA estimators, but the skills just aren't good enough to warrant much attention if he isn't seeing save chances.
Tepera completed a full season at the big league level for the first time as a 29-year-old in 2017, striking out more than a batter per inning, and racking up seven wins in relief for the Jays. In 73 appearances last season, Tepera entered the game in the seventh inning or later 64 times, as he became one of the key pieces in the bridge to closer Roberto Osuna over the course of the season. So long as Osuna is healthy, there is little reason to think that Tepera will pick up more than the occasional save opportunity, and barring the addition of another pitch to increase his whiff rate or improved control, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which he'll improve his ratios enough to be a staff filler. Nevertheless, look for the veteran right-hander to reprise a similar role, perhaps settling in as a regular in the sixth and seventh inning if Toronto adds another high-leverage reliever to the mix during the offseason.
It was a bit surprising to see Tepera bounce back-and-forth between Triple-A Buffalo and Toronto in 2016. Not only was the 29-year-old impressive as a rookie the prior year (3.27 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 33 innings), Tepera also pitched well at the MLB level in his most recent season. Over 20 appearances (18.1 innings), the right-hander managed a 2.95 ERA and stranded 79.2 percent of hitters out of the Jays' bullpen. In fairness, Tepera's 3.75 FIP in 2016 wasn't good, and his 3.9 BB/9 was his worst mark since 2013 with Double-A New Hampshire. On the other hand, the middle reliever sports a good mid-90s fastball and has a history of limiting the long ball. With many holes to fill in their bullpen for 2017, the Jays will certainly afford Tepera a fair shot at earning a spot on the Opening Day roster in the year ahead.
Despite being bounced around between levels, Tepera had a solid year everywhere he went. Tepera started the season in Triple-A Buffalo and was electric there, forcing a move up to the Blue Jays for large chunks of the season. In the big leagues, he made 32 appearances, holding a 3.27 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP with a 22:6 K:BB ratio in 33.0 innings. Tepera’s biggest problem was keeping the ball in the ballpark, as he allowed eight home runs, more than two per every nine innings. The 28-year-old has had problems with home runs throughout his career, but never more than 1.3 HR/9. He should start the season in a middle-relief role for the Blue Jays, but his low strikeout totals hamper his total value.
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Returns from injured list
PChicago White Sox
October 1, 2021
Tepera (finger) was activated from the injured list Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Could return this weekend
PChicago White Sox
Finger
September 28, 2021
Manager Tony La Russa is hopeful that Tepera (finger) will be able to rejoin the White Sox this weekend, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Aiming to return next week
PChicago White Sox
Finger
September 21, 2021
Tepera (finger) hopes to get back on the mound by the end of the week and throw a pair of side sessions before returning to the roster sometime during next week's series against the Reds, which begins Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Resumes throwing
PChicago White Sox
Finger
September 20, 2021
White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Monday that Tepera (finger) threw for a second straight day, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Placed on 10-day IL
PChicago White Sox
Finger
September 14, 2021
Tepera (finger) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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