Triston McKenzie Cleveland Indians

Age: 23 (August 02, 1997) | 6' 5" | 160lbs. | Throws: Right Minors: p-16
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
CLE R 2015 1 1 0 0 4 3 12.0 4 0 3 17 0.75 0.58 0.46 2.2 12.8 .192 n/a
CLE A+ 2017 12 6 0 0 25 25 143.0 105 14 45 186 3.46 1.05 1.04 2.8 11.7 .295 n/a
CLE AA 2018 7 4 0 0 16 16 90.2 63 8 28 87 2.68 1.00 0.98 2.8 8.6 .246 n/a
CLE AL 2020 2 1 0 0 8 6 33.1 21 6 9 42 3.24 0.90 1.04 2.4 11.3 .224 40/13/47 16 15
CLE AL 2021 0 1 0 0 5 4 18.1 14 5 18 29 6.38 1.75 1.66 8.8 14.2 .284 11/27/62 -3 -1
Career 2yrs 2 2 0 0 13 10 51.2 35 11 27 71 4.35 1.20 1.26 4.7 12.4 .243 n/a
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Totally agreed NeauxBrainers. One thing I'd like to add is that I anticipate an increase in the velocity as he fills out. He can hit 95 mph now, but at some point in the future (his nickname is "Stick" for a reason) I'm betting that he puts on some weight and with it will come more consistent mid-90's fastball velocity. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Nov 26 '20

Slight negative with McKenzie, in the comparison with Luzardo for 2021, is the offense for the Indians (or whatever their name will be). CLE does let its fine starters hang around, so the chance of 5 innings is good. But wins? Without Lindor (probably), the Indians will need to replace most of his offense and improve themselves elsewhere in the lineup only to be the same offense or just a little better than in 2020.

Does baseball change the 5 innings rule for a win? If not, starters will continue on the path of lower values because they can't get a win. Alex, take a look at HQ's early values on starting pitchers. Lowest I've ever seen. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Nov 26 '20

According to Baseball HQ, McKenzie's average velocity in 2020 was 92.8. 

McKenzie or Luzardo for 2021?

Scott Shea SJS
Nov 26 '20

I've had him stashed in one Dynasty League for a couple years now, hoping for health. This is from my Podcast partner Rich Wilson, written in the 2018 off-season. "Drafted in the supplemental first round of
the 2015 MLB Draft, the Indians bet on the athleticism and
projectability of the 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds right-hander.  As good as
he’s been, the fastball has yet to move up a grade, sitting 90 to 92 MPH
(T93)." In his debut he was working consistently in the 95 mph range with the four-seamer, occasionally hitting as high as 97 mph. That increased velocity is huge. He's not the same pitcher we saw in 2018.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Aug 25 '20

I was halfway through the season sitting on a pile of cash with injured pitchers needing replacing.  Odorizzi in one league, Britton in another, Nick Anderson in my primary.  Time to be a big spender. There aren't going to be better rookies coming up in the near future and there are no keepers, so why not spend bigger than usual for a guy I have some faith in.  Plesac and Clevenger will be back soon, but Plutko has been struggling and Carrasco hasn't been very good. If McKenzie strings together two dominant starts I'm not sure how they option him.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 24 '20

Nice, thanks Eugene. I remember picking him for a minor leaguer list after sickels said a personal favorite. It's been a long and winding road for him. 

carter carter GypsySoul
Aug 24 '20

Ranks by John Sickels:

2020 top prospects rank

109) Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians, Grade B: Said to be fully healthy and ready to play

2019 top 100 rank

99) Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians, Grade B: Previously No. 33; missed entire year with back injury, making him hard to rank as a result.

2018 Cleveland prospects

2) Triston McKenzie, RHP, Grade A-/B+: Age 20, compensation round pick in 2015, posted 3.46 ERA with 186/45 K/BB in 143 innings in High-A, 105 hits; 6-5 but just 165 pounds, still throws 90-95; even if fastball doesn’t pick up much further his ability to locate it compensates enough for it to rate as a plus pitch; excellent curveball, change-up coming along nicely, throws strikes with everything, pitching instincts stand out; potential number two starter. ETA 2019.

2017 Cleveland prospects

3) Triston McKenzie, RHP, Grade B+: Age 19, posted 1.62 ERA in 83 innings between short-season A and Low-A, 104/22 K/BB, 58 hits; excellent pitching instincts, athletic, and stuff is picking up, fastball into low-90s now with more possible; curveball and change-up already very good, may have three plus pitches eventually with command to make everything work in synch; could be a number two starter; a personal favorite at Minor League Ball. ETA: late 2019.

2016 Cleveland prospects

7) Triston McKenzie, RHP, Grade B/B-: Age 18, compensation pick bought away from Vanderbilt, posted 0.75 ERA with 17/3 K/BB in 12 innings, just four hits in rookie ball. Supremely projectable at 6-5, 165, could easily develop mid-90s heat and already has good secondary stuff and feel for pitching. 


Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 24 '20

$23 in the ADL. I bid 19. Would happily have bid 50 if I hadn't spent 50 on Jo Adell.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 24 '20

I had him ranked as the best player not taken in my supplemental draft two years in a row in 2017 and 2018.  John Sickels always loved him.  He then missed all of 2019 due to injury and was not on my board.  I just paid $35 in each of my 3 leagues to get him.  It was always expected that he would fill out a bit, but watching him, it just may not be the case.  He can bring it, though.  And his movement is incredible.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 24 '20

Just watched the condensed game. He does it with a mid-90s, well-placed fastball.

Well placed but not perfectly placed and the Tigers swing right through it.

Mid-90s is kind of ho-hum these days, so it has to be the movement.

One thing you learn watching the condensed game: the listed weight is not a lie.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 23 '20