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Zack Littell

Zack Littell

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 220 | Age: 23
Draft: 2013 (Rd: 11, #327, Seattle Mariners) - Eastern Alamance (NC) HS
Mebane, NC USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 0 4.91 14 0 0 18.1 17 1.42
2 Seasons 2 2 5.59 22 2 0 38.2 31 1.60
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 14 2-0 4.91 18.1 17 1.42
2 Seasons 22 2-2 5.59 38.2 31 1.60

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SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 MIN AL 101 0 2 6.20 8 2 0 20.1 25 17 14 3 11 14 1.77
2019 MIN AL 76 2 0 4.91 14 0 0 18.1 20 10 10 3 6 17 1.42
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45

The Mariners did some good scouting in North Carolina in 2013, drafting Littell in the 11th round and knowing he wanted to begin his pro career. They didn't have to go above pick value to get him and after a huge full-season debut in 2016, they sent the right-hander to the Yankees in a Minor League deal. He spent less than a full year with his new employer before he was sent to the Twins in the Jaime Garcia deal finishing off a 19-1 season and earning a spot on the 40-man roster. He wasn't as dominant in 2018, but he did make his big league debut last June.

The 6-foot-4 Littell has developed into a steady innings-eater who gets outs with a solid, if unspectacular four-pitch mix. His fastball may only sit in the low-90s, but Littell typically commands it well and sinks it, though he did not elicit as many ground outs in 2018 as he had in previous years. His curve is his best pitch, a breaking ball that flashes plus, and his changeup gives him a third average offering. He's been mixing in a slider as well, and that's approaching average, giving him a full mix against right- and left-handed hitters.

Littell's command wasn't quite as sharp in 2018, but he very much knows who he is. The ceiling is limited, but he's just about ready to contribute as a back end option in a big league rotation.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 427 72 4 5.6 88.0 10.0 .274 .442 .396 .362 .363 39.4 13.9 10.9
2019 288 53 8 15.1 93.7 13.2 .346 .600 .362 .424 .530 58.5 22.4 7.9
ALL 715 125 12 9.6 90.4 11.4 .307 .514 .381 .389 .434 47.6 17.5 9.6
MLB 37102 6.3 87.5 11.1 .251 .409 .318 .318 .370 34.4 21.5 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/03/2019 Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Zack Littell from Rochester Red Wings.
06/28/2019 Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Zack Littell to Rochester Red Wings.
06/14/2019 Minnesota Twins recalled Zack Littell from Rochester Red Wings.
06/02/2019 Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Zack Littell to Rochester Red Wings.
05/24/2019 Minnesota Twins recalled Zack Littell from Rochester Red Wings.
03/14/2019 Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Zack Littell to Rochester Red Wings.
09/02/2018 Minnesota Twins recalled Zack Littell from Rochester Red Wings.
07/03/2018 Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Zack Littell to Rochester Red Wings.
07/02/2018 Minnesota Twins recalled Zack Littell from Rochester Red Wings.
06/06/2018 Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Zack Littell to Rochester Red Wings.
06/05/2018 Minnesota Twins recalled Zack Littell from Rochester Red Wings.
05/04/2018 RHP Zack Littell assigned to Rochester Red Wings from Chattanooga Lookouts.
03/07/2018 Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Zack Littell to Chattanooga Lookouts.
11/20/2017 Minnesota Twins selected the contract of Zack Littell from Chattanooga Lookouts.
08/01/2017 RHP Zack Littell assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts.
07/30/2017 Minnesota Twins traded LHP Jaime Garcia to New York Yankees for LHP Dietrich Enns and RHP Zack Littell.
06/26/2017 RHP Zack Littell assigned to Trenton Thunder from Tampa Yankees.
06/16/2017 RHP Zack Littell assigned to Tampa Yankees from Trenton Thunder.
06/14/2017 RHP Zack Littell assigned to Trenton Thunder from Tampa Yankees.
11/18/2016 New York Yankees traded LHP James Pazos to Seattle Mariners for RHP Zack Littell.
11/18/2016 RHP Zack Littell assigned to Tampa Yankees.
07/04/2016 Zack Littell assigned to Bakersfield Blaze from Clinton LumberKings.
03/14/2016 RHP Zack Littell assigned to Seattle Mariners.
08/04/2015 Clinton LumberKings activated RHP Zack Littell from the temporarily inactive list.
07/30/2015 Clinton LumberKings placed RHP Zack Littell on the temporarily inactive list.
06/16/2014 Zack Littell assigned to Pulaski Mariners from AZL Mariners.
06/20/2013 RHP Zack Littell assigned to AZL Mariners.
06/19/2013 Seattle Mariners signed RHP Zack Littell.