Hector Neris

Hector Neris

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After an unlucky 2020, Neris rebounded last season, albeit it with 12 homers in 74.1 innings. A 31.6% strikeout rate helped minimize damage, as did a fortunate .262 BABIP. Despite the penchant for allowing homers, the Phillies deployed Neris in high-leverage scenarios, where he notched 12 saves and 11 holds. Neris signed with the Astros where he'll help Rafael Montero set up Ryan Pressly. His ratios are risky, but Neris is one of the better middle reliever candidates to add strikeouts as he's durable along with a dominant strikeout rate. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a two-year, $17 million contract with the Astros in November of 2021.
Hit with loss Monday
PHouston Astros
May 17, 2022
Neris (1-2) took the loss Monday as the Astros fell 6-3 to the Red Sox, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one in one inning of relief.
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The right-hander entered a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning and got rocked for three extra-base hits, capped by a two-run homer off the bat of Xander Bogaerts. Neris saw his 10-appearance scoreless streak snapped, but on the season he still sports a strong 2.12 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 16:2 K:BB through 17 innings with a win and five holds.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Hector Neris generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-60%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .217 229 66 38 41 7 0 6
Since 2020vs Right .204 240 71 9 46 9 1 7
2022vs Left .097 31 9 0 3 0 0 0
2022vs Right .241 32 7 2 7 4 0 1
2021vs Left .223 149 45 26 27 7 0 6
2021vs Right .185 161 53 6 28 4 1 6
2020vs Left .297 49 12 12 11 0 0 0
2020vs Right .239 47 11 1 11 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
Even Split
2022
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.58 1.19 60.1 5 5 7 12.2 3.7 1.0
Since 2020Away 3.59 1.22 52.2 2 6 10 10.1 3.8 1.0
2022Home 1.50 0.67 6.0 0 1 0 6.0 0.0 0.0
2022Away 2.45 0.73 11.0 1 1 0 9.8 1.6 0.8
2021Home 3.95 1.15 41.0 3 3 3 13.4 3.7 1.5
2021Away 3.24 1.20 33.1 1 4 9 10.0 4.1 1.4
2020Home 3.38 1.58 13.1 2 1 4 11.5 5.4 0.0
2020Away 6.48 1.92 8.1 0 1 1 10.8 5.4 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Hector Neris 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
8.00
 
K/9
8.5
 
BB/9
1.1
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
94.2 mph
 
ERA
2.12
 
WHIP
0.71
 
BABIP
.220
 
GB/FB
0.50
 
Left On Base
75.5%
 
Exit Velocity
81.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.1%
 
Spin Rate
2140 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.2%
 
Swinging Strike
14.8%
 
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Neris was one of the Phillies' best bullpen arms in 2020, though that's saying incredibly little, as the unit produced an awful 7.06 ERA. His 4.57 ERA looks outstanding by those standards, though it wouldn't have been enough to keep him in a high-leverage role long enough to earn his five saves on many other teams. A .381 BABIP and 59.5% strand rate inflated his ERA, though his 0.0% HR/FB rate mostly cancelled out that bad luck. In the areas where he had more direct control, he regressed, as his K% fell from 32.4% to 26.2% while his BB% jumped from 8.7% to a career-high 12.6%. Neris was a fairly unconvincing closer at the best of times, and the Phillies can't be feeling too confident having him in that role this year. If his ERA rebounds to the range of his career-long 3.38 mark, he'll be a solid mid-tier option at the position, but it's also possible he regresses even more in his age-32 campaign.
Neris entered the year looking like the third option for saves in Philadelphia behind Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson. That pair recorded a combined zero saves while elbow injuries limited them to just 31.1 innings. Meanwhile, Neris rebounded from a shaky 2018 campaign to save 28 games while recording a 2.93 ERA and a 32.4% strikeout rate. He also dramatically increased his groundball rate, which came in at 45.5% after sitting at 30.8% in 2018. Neris is a step down from the league's elite relievers, and fears of his 2018 struggles returning are understandable, but he should begin the season with a clear hold on the closer role with Robertson recovering from Tommy John surgery and Dominguez's status questionable. He should be able to pick up most of the Phillies' saves while striking out a high number of batters, provided he doesn't lose feel for his splitter like he did in 2018.
Neris entered 2018 as the Phillies' closer following a campaign that featured 26 saves and a 3.01 ERA. Much of that success came via his excellent splitter, a pitch he seemed to lose feel for early in 2018. He was optioned to Triple-A in mid-July after posting a 6.00 ERA through his first 30 appearances. The demotion seemed to help. He recorded a 2.04 ERA from Aug. 15 onward, though he didn't regain his closing job, earning just one save from that point on. The emergence of Seranthony Dominguez and the addition of David Robertson make even a revitalized Neris' value murky for the 2019 season. It's unclear which pitcher will have the edge in save chances. It's possible manager Gabe Kapler will decide to go without a dedicated closer. Kapler spent large stretches of last season without one, deploying his most trusted relievers in the highest-leverage spots, with the save going to whomever was left over when the game got to the ninth.
The Phillies refused to formally name Neris the closer early on, but he eventually emerged as the clear-cut option after the Phillies traded veterans Joaquin Benoit and Pat Neshek at the deadline. Following a blown save on June 21, Neris converted 20 straight opportunities, striking out 52 batters with a 2.49 ERA in his final 42 games. The right-hander's spike in flyball percentage to 44.4 is worrisome considering his homer-friendly digs, but relievers can typically work around this if they boast his dominance (career 10.5 strikeouts per nine and 16.6 percent swinging-strike rate). Also, Neris carries one of baseball's best split-fingered fastballs, and that pitch could help limit big flies with more refinement. Even on a 66-win club, Neris churned out 26 saves. Unlike last offseason, he won't come cheaply, but he could still pay off handsomely at his increased price point.
Neris came out of nowhere last season to become one of the most dominant relievers in baseball. It started with a decision by the Phillies' brass to have him focus primarily on throwing his splitter, which had always been his best pitch. Neris went from throwing the split 21 percent of the time in 2015 to throwing it nearly 50 percent of the time in 2016 while curtailing use of his slider. The move paid off as his strikeout rate rocketed to 11.4 K/9, more than two points higher than his 2015 rate. He did see his walk rate creep up but avoided blow-ups thanks in part to an 82.5 percent strand rate. Neris managed just two saves last season despite having the best stuff in the Phillies' pen. However, Jeanmar Gomez lost the closer role late last season, which opens the door for Neris to earn the job this spring. He likely won't cost as much as established closers, but he has the skill set to be one of the most dominant options in baseball as long as he keeps having success with his splitter.
Neris shuttled between Triple-A and the majors last season. He was pretty tough against the 101 right-handed batters he faced with a .232 batting average against, 26 strikeouts and just two walks. Neris' fastball is about 93 mph, and he throws a slider and changeup. He will compete for a bullpen job this spring.
Neris got a brief, one-game look from the Phillies last season when the team needed an extra arm for their bullpen. He spent the majority of his season at Triple-A, where he posted a 9.0 K/9 ratio and 2.9 BB/9 ratio in 58 innings including one start. Neris sits around 93 mph with his fastball and throws a slider and changeup. He will have an opportunity to compete for a middle-relief job this spring.
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Works eighth inning
PHouston Astros
April 28, 2022
Neris did not allow a baserunner and pitched a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday against the Rangers.
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Takes loss against Jays
PHouston Astros
April 23, 2022
Neris (1-1) allowed one earned run on two hits across one inning to take the loss Friday against Toronto.
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Granted first win
PHouston Astros
April 12, 2022
Neris (1-0) picked up the win in Tuesday's 2-1 victory against the Diamondbacks, striking out two in a perfect eighth inning.
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Heads to Houston
PHouston Astros
November 27, 2021
Neris signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Astros on Saturday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Picks up win Friday
PPhiladelphia Phillies
September 24, 2021
Neris (4-6) allowed a hit and three walks while striking out three in 1.2 innings Friday, earning the win versus Pittsburgh.
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