Dillon Maples
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs AAA
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Maples has yet to really stick with the Cubs, and 2020 was no exception. He tossed just one inning at the MLB level and spent most of the year at the team's alternate training site. The 28-year-old logged a career-high 11.2 innings in 2019 and posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Maples has shown good swing-and-miss stuff during his limited run in the majors, recording 39 strikeouts in 23.1 innings across four seasons. However, he has also walked a whopping 25 batters, and his 8.49 career ERA and 1.93 WHIP point to a pitcher who has mostly struggled at the MLB level. If Maples is able to limit the walks, he could take a step forward, but he profiles as a low-leverage reliever until he starts to produce better results on the mound. In 2021, he figures to once again be on the roster bubble and could shuttle between the minors and the majors. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February of 2021.
Clears waivers
PChicago Cubs  AAA
September 21, 2021
Maples cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Maples owns a 2.59 ERA in 31.1 innings this season, but his 18.0 percent walk rate evidently scared off any potential suitors. He'll remain in an organizational depth role for the Cubs.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Dillon Maples 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
 
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
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Dillon Maples generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-58%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-54%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-54%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .082 92 26 24 5 1 0 0
Since 2019vs Right .193 110 33 15 17 3 0 4
2021vs Left .087 69 21 16 4 1 0 0
2021vs Right .190 70 19 9 11 2 0 2
2020vs Left .000 6 1 3 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .500 3 0 1 1 1 0 0
2019vs Left .083 17 4 5 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .179 37 14 5 5 0 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2020
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2019
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 1.89 1.21 19.0 1 0 0 9.5 7.6 0.5
Since 2019Away 5.04 1.52 25.0 1 0 0 14.0 8.3 1.1
2021Home 2.25 1.31 16.0 0 0 0 9.6 7.9 0.6
2021Away 2.93 1.24 15.1 1 0 0 13.5 6.5 0.6
2020Home 0.00 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.00 .000000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019Home 0.00 1.00 2.0 1 0 0 9.0 9.0 0.0
2019Away 6.52 1.45 9.2 0 0 0 14.9 7.4 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Dillon Maples 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
1.60
 
K/9
11.5
 
BB/9
7.2
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
2.59
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.212
 
GB/FB
2.27
 
Left On Base
80.6%
 
Exit Velocity
78.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2741 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.9%
 
Swinging Strike
10.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Maples threw 11.2 big-league innings in 2019, his highest total yet. The story was much the same as with his first two brief stints in the majors: he struck out a good number of batters (33.3%) but walked far too many (18.5%), leading to a high ERA (5.40). In 43.0 innings with Triple-A Iowa, his walk problem was even worse (19.2%), but his incredible 42.0% strikeout rate led him to a 3.77 ERA. Maples misses bats by throwing his hard, 89.5 mph slider nearly 60 percent of the time, but it's quite evident by now that he doesn't have much of an idea where it's going. The righty generated a strong 15.6% swinging strike rate, but not swinging seemed to work just fine for opposing batters, whose 36.3% swing rate was well below the major-league average of 47.0%. Maples' strikeouts give him the building blocks to be a high-leverage arm, but his command remains very far from where it needs to be.
Maples appeared in nine games for the Cubs last season, allowing seven runs in just 5.1 innings. Scouting reports like Maples' hard fastball and slider but hate his command and control, and he's done nothing to change the narrative thus far in his career. He recorded a 42.4% strikeout rate at Triple-A with an appalling 22.0% walk rate. Maples has a long way to go before being considered as even a low-leverage reliever; no reliever who threw at least 30 innings in the majors last season had a walk rate higher than 16.6%. The strikeouts remain enticing and could give Maples deep-league value should he ever find the plate, but there's been no evidence that's he's any closer to doing that.
A power righty with a nasty breaking ball, Maples fell to the 14th round due to signability issues last year, but the Cubs offered him a $2.5 million bonus and landed the would-be first or second rounder. He'll start the year in the low minors, but his ascent could be rapid.
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DFA'd Sunday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
September 19, 2021
The Cubs designated Maples for assignment Sunday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Activated Wednesday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
September 1, 2021
Maples (finger) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Rehabbing at Triple-A
PChicago Cubs  AAA
Finger
August 19, 2021
Maples (finger) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 11 and has made four appearances, covering 4.1 innings while giving up four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out seven.
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Placed on 10-day IL
PChicago Cubs  AAA
Finger
July 29, 2021
Maples was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger blister Thursday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Reinstated from injured list
PChicago Cubs  AAA
July 19, 2021
Maples (triceps) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday.
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