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2017 Houston Astros Team Outlook

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs provides an in-depth look at the Houston Astros heading into the 2017 MLB season!

Houston Astros

The Astros failed to build on their 2015 success when they made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. They finished with two fewer losses than the previous season. Houston allowed 83 more runs than 2015 (618) while scoring five fewer runs. They were 8th in the American League in runs scored (724) and 9th in HRs (198).

Four players were lost to free agency – C Jason Castro, OF Colby Rasmus, IF Luis Valbuena, and SP Doug Fister. None of these players would have been impactful in 2017. They signed Carlos Beltran to take over at DH while improving OF depth. Houston brought in OF Josh Reddick to take over in right field. C Brian McCann was acquired from the Yankees for two minor league pitchers – SP Albert Abreu and SP Jorge Guzman. OF Nori Aoki was claimed off waivers from the Mariners. He’ll compete for a backup role. The Astros traded RP Pat Neshek to the Phillies for a player to be named later.

The starting lineup should have strength at the top of the batting order with some questions at a couple of positions. The success of this offense will fall on the continued growth of the OF George Springer, 2B Jose Altuve, and SS Carlos Correa.

Houston ranked fifth in the AL in ERA (4.06) with huge regression from SP Dallas Keuchel. They finished 10th in the majors in bullpen ERA (3.56) with 27 wins, 19 losses, and 44 saves. Sometime over the summer, the Astros did lead the majors in bullpen ERA.

Overall, the starting rotation needs multiple arms to pitch at a higher level to remain a contender in the AL West. Their bullpen has a couple of live arms with upside, but those arms could push their way into the conversation in the starting rotation. I expect Houston to be in the heat of the pennant race in September if Dallas Keuchel has a sub 3.50 ERA.

1. 2B Jose Altuve

Altuve finished 2016 as the third most valuable Fantasy player in 2016. He led the AL in hits (216) for the third straight season leading to his second batting title. His AVH (1.574) improved in each of the last three years, which led to his jump in HRs (24). Jose was excellent with runners on base (19 percent RBI rate) with growth in his walk rate (8.4). Also, he’s tough to strikeout (9.8 percent K rate). Three times over the last four seasons, Altuve has led the American League in caught stealing (10 in 40 chances in 2016). His SB total (30) did fade for the second straight season. He crushed RH pitching (.348 with 19 HRs and 73 RBI over 480 at bats) with solid success vs. lefties (.306 with five HRs and 23 RBI over 160 at bats). Jose hit over .300 in each of the first five months (April – .305, May – .345, June – .420, July – .354, and August – .333) while fading a bit in September (.276 with two HRs and seven RBI over 116 at bats). His HR/FB rate (13.0) made a huge jump in value over the last two seasons (2014 – 3.9 and 2015 – 7.4). He had a career-high line drive rate (26.2) leading to a downtick in ground balls (41.6 percent – lowest total of his career). Great player who continues to get better. His surge in power and success with runners on base does change the thought process on where he should hit in the batting order. His speed works best at the top of the order, but repeated success in power could push him to third in the batting order. Either way, he’s going to hit at the top of the Astros lineup. Solid .300 hitter with what appears to be 20/30 skill set with more upside in steals if he wants to run more. Excellent chance at 200+ hits if he stays healthy.

2. OF George Springer

It was good to see Springer stay healthy last season. The Astros gave him most of the at bats at the leadoff position (.261 with 20 HRs, 56 RBI, and six SBs over 467 at bats) leading to him having the most plate appearance (744) in the American League. George has strength in his walk rate (11.8) with a slight improvement in his K rate (23.9). After two months (.288 with 12 HRs, 33 RBI, and three SBs over 212 at bats), he appeared to be on his way to a 30/100 season. For some reason, he barely ran over the last three months of the season (seven attempts with three SBs). His minor-league resume pointed to much higher upside in steals (88 over 1099 at bats). Springer was caught stealing 10 times in 19 attempts, which is part of the reason for his red light on the base paths. His swing had the most value against lefties (.274 with 12 HRs and 29 RBI over 168 at bats - .560 SLG). George had a high HR/FB rate (19.7) for the third straight year in the majors, but he did hit the most ground balls (48.2 percent of his career). His CTBA (.361) was below his minor-league success while his AVH (1.750) still has more in the tank. Nice power hitter with much more upside in power while a Fantasy owner will have trust issues with his speed. I don’t view him as a leadoff hitter, but he’s not ready to be a top run producer based on his RBI rate (15). Next step: 35+ HRs with 100+ RBI and 15+ SBs with a shift to a lower position in the batting order while offering some batting average risk.

3. SS Carlos Correa

Correa fell short of expectation in 2016 while still producing a solid season from the shortstop position. His RBI rate (18) was in line with his rookie season while supporting a middle of the order opportunity. His AVH (1.646) was a step back from his second-half success in the majors (1.833). Carlos did talk more walks (11.4 percent), but he had a regression in his K rate (21.1 – 16.7 in his minor-league career). Correa struggled against lefties (.236 with five HRs and 27 RBI over 148 at bats) with strength against RH pitching (.287 with 15 HRs and 69 RBI over 148 at bats). His best success came in June, July, and August (.291 with 11 HRs, 63 RBI, and three SBs over 292 at bats). Just like Springer, Carlos barely ran after May (five successful steals) probably due to a June ankle issue. His season ended with left shoulder inflammation. Correa still hits a high volume of ground balls (50.1) with a solid HR/FB rate (16.5). Rising stud with a potential 30/20 skill set. His batting average will offer upside if/when he shaves off a few strikeouts. Excellent value as the 17th player off the board in the early drafts season.

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4. OF Carlos Beltran

Carlos needs 383 hits to reach 3000. In 2016, he had his best season since 2012 thanks to a higher CTBA (.361) and a full season of at bats. His walk rate (5.9) was his lowest rate of his career. He did have improvement in his K rate (15.1) after four below career average (16.1) years. Beltran did a nice job against lefties (.338 with nine HRs and 30 RBI over 151 at bats). His bat had the most value in May and June (15 HRs and 44 RBI) while hitting for a high average in June and July (.343). He finished with his highest HR/FB rate (17.3) since 2012 (19.9) and his third-highest total of his career. The ability to play DH should keep him healthy while increasing his at bats. Carlos has 12 seasons with more than 20 HRs and eight years with over 100 RBI (none since 2008). Beltran is a 20/80 type hitter if he gets 500+ at bats. The youth of this team may lead to him playing some inspired baseball in 2017.

5. OF Josh Reddick

Josh spent about five-week on the DL in late May and early June due to a broken left thumb. After an average April (.261 with four HRs, 12 RBI, and two SBs over 88 at bat), his swing came around in May (.414 over 58 at bats) while delivering empty production (one HR, six RBI, and two SBs). After a trade to the Dodgers, Reddick lost his rhythm in August (.161 with no HRs and one RBI over 87 at bats). His bat was at least serviceable in September (.382 with two HRs and eight RBI over 68 at bats). He played well vs. righties (.322 with 10 HRs and 33 RBI over 301 at bats) while being losing play vs. LH pitching (.151 with no HRs and four RBI over 97 at bats). In his career, Josh hits .218 against lefties with minimal power (four HRs and 23 RBI over 730 at bat). He’s done a nice job lowering his K rate (12.8 – 17.1 in his career) with a league average walk rate (8.9). His HR/FB rate (8.0) has been under his career average (10.0) in three of the last four seasons. Platoon hitter with only one plus season on his resume. I’m thinking 450 at bats with a possible 18/70/7 season with neutral batting average.

6. C Brian McCann

McCann had his third straight season with a poor batting average and his ninth straight season with 20 HRs or more. His low RBI total (58) was due to short chances (291) and regression in his RBI rate (13). Over the first half of the season, Brian hit .230 with 12 HRs and 34 RBI over 209 at bats. The runaway freight train by the name of Gary Sanchez stole his job in August while pushing him lower in the batting order. He did have a similar opportunity (220 at bats) over the second half of the year with less production (eight HRs and 24 RBI) even with a slight uptick in batting average (.255). McCann struggled against lefties (.218 with three HRs and nine RBI over 87 at bats). His K rate (20.1) was a career high and well above his career resume (15.3) while having his best walk rate (11.0) since 2010. Brian tends to be a fly ball hitter (44.1 in 2016 and 43.2 in his career) with a consistent HR/FB rate (13.7). I expect him to see the better half of the platoon with Evan Gattis. With 450 at bats, 20 HRs and 60+ RBI should be well within reach. His batting average looks dead in the water as he makes too many easy outs on fly balls and his CTBA (.315) offers more risk than reward at this point in his career.

7. 3B Alex Bregman

It took Bregman fewer than two seasons to reach the majors after being selected second overall in the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft. In his two years in the minors, he hit .300 with 24 HRs, 95 RBI, and 20 SBs over 586 at bats. His K rate (10.0) was extremely low while taking a high rate of walks (11.2 percent). Over his first 32 at bats in the majors, Alex only had one hit with 10 Ks. Over the rest of the season, Bregman hit .308 with eight HRs, 34 RBI, and two SBs over 169 at bats. He did strikeout much more in the majors (24.0 percent) with a shorter walk rate (6.9). Alex suffered a hamstring issue in mid-September, which ended his season. He hit .269 against RH pitching with six HRs and 27 RBI over 145 at bats while holding his own against lefties (.250 with two HRs and seven RBI over 56 at bats). Bregman was a fly ball hitter (43.0 percent) in the majors with a decent HR/FB rate (12.5). Interesting option in 2017. His bat looks ready and he should improve with the experience in the majors. His minor-league resume gives him a chance at being a 20/20 player with upside in batting average. He handled himself well with runners on base in the majors (21 percent RBI rate) so he could hit the ground running in a similar way as David Wright in 2005.

8. 1B A.J. Reed

Reed wasn’t ready to make the jump from AA to the majors last season. He struggled to make contact with the Astros (34.0 percent K rate), but he did have a high walk rate (12.8). His swing was worthless against lefties (one hit in 15 at bats with nine Ks) with an unimpressive stat line against RH pitching (.178 with three HRs and eight RBI over 107 at bats – 39 Ks). At AAA, A.J. hit .291 with 15 HRs and 50 RBI over 261 at bats. This pace was in line with his success at AA (.340 with 34 HRs and 127 RBI over 523 at bats). He walked about 10.8 percent of the time at AAA with below league average K rate (22.6 – 20.4 at AA in 2015). Reed is far from a lock to make majors out of spring training and he’ll have plenty of competition for at bats. Only a flier, but his bat could come quickly with better strike zone discipline.

9. OF Teoscar Hernandez

The bottom line with Hernandez is that the Astros need someone to play center field in 2017. Teoscar has started 314 games in center in his minor-league career compared to 141 in right field. Over six years in the minors, Hernandez hit .269 with 73 HRs, 299 RBI, and 151 SBs over 2306 at bats. His K rate (23.1) does invite job loss risk while having a league average walk rate (8.4). In the majors over 100 at bats in 2016, he did strikeout at a slightly higher rate (25.0) with strength in his walk rate (9.8). His bat had value against lefties (.278 with two HRs and five RBI over 36 at bats). Teoscar can hit a HR while offering plus speed at the bottom of the batting order. Only a flier with no clear path to playing time without a solid spring training.

BN: C Evan Gattis

Gattis set a career high in HRs (32) in 2016 despite having 119 fewer at bats than 2015 (566). His K rate (25.5) was the highest of his career along with his walk rate (8.6). He tormented LH pitching (.288 with 10 HRs and 23 RBI over 156 at bats - .545 SLG). Evan only hit .230 vs. righties with 22 HRs and 49 RBI over 291 at bats while striking out 95 times. His batting average had risk over the first four months of the season (.226) with a nice power stroke in June (seven HRs and 19 RBI). He played at a high level over the last two months of the season (.287 with 15 HRs and 30 RBI over 181 at bats). His HR/FB rate (24.1) was a career high while being well above his second-best year (18.0). It will be tough for the Astros to sit him on the bench. He will play every game against left-handed pitching. His hot bat will warrant more playing time when he’s in a good rhythm. With 400 at bats, he should hit 20+ HRs with 60+ RBI. He could see time at first base as well.

Bench Options

1B Tyler White – He won the starting 1B job out of spring training last year. Tyler did a decent job in April (.250 with five HRs and 14 RBI), but he hit his way back to the minors in May (.203 with two HRs and four RBI over 64 at bats). White struck out 23.6 percent of the time in the majors with a league average walk rate (8.3). He didn’t play well at AAA in 2016 (.241), but he did show more power (13 HRs and 29 RBI over 174 at bats). Tyler is a .301 hitter in the minors with 48 HRs, 244 RBI, and five SBs over 1205 at bats. His stronger approach (13.4 K rate and 13.2 walk rate) in the minors gives him the inside track earlier in his career over A.J. Reed.

IF Marwin Gonzalez – With failing options at 1B in 2016, Gonzalez was able to work his way to a career-high 484 at bats. He hit .254 with 13 HRs, 51 RBI, and 12 SBs, which ended up being serviceable as an injury replacement. Marwin started 92 games at first base, 22 at third base, 19 in the outfield, 14 at second base, and 11 at shortstop. His path to playing to will be much weaker in 2017 due to offseason roster changes and the growth of Alex Bregman. Gonzalez will be the jack of all trades again this season.

3B Yulieski Gourriel – Over 15 years while playing in Cuba and Japan, Gourriel hit .335 with 250 HRs, 1018 RBI, and 121 SBs over 4725 at bats. He defected from Cuba last February. The Astros signed him to a five-year $47 in July, which gives him a strong case to be a starting player in the majors. Over 130 at bats with Houston in 2016, Yulieski hit .262 with three HRs and 15 RBI. He’s taken more walks (611) than strikeouts (428) in his career in foreign leagues. Player to watch this spring as he may emerge as the top option at first base for the Astros.

OF Nori Aoki – The Astros claimed Aoki to compete for at bats in the OF this season. Over 417 at bats in 2016, Nori hit .283 with minimal production (four HRs, 28 RBI, and seven SBs). He’s a career .286 hitter in the majors with 28 HRs, 184 RBI, and 88 SBs over 2380 at bats. Aoki rarely strikes out (8.0 percent) in his career with a slightly below league average walk rate (7.7). He’s only started 28 games in center field in his career. Just a steady bat that will put the ball in play.

OF Jake Marisnick – Over the last two seasons, Jake has played his way out of starting contention in center field for Houston. He’s a career .225 hitter over 956 at bats in the majors with 18 HRs, 81 RBI, and 48 SBs. Marisnick struggles against both RH (.223) and LH (.229) pitchers with weakness in his K rate (27.2). He’s one of the few options in centerfield so Jake may stick with Houston in 2017 even with a resume that points to the end of his major-league career.

1. SP Dallas Keuchel

Dallas crushed Fantasy owners last year. He struggled out of the gate in April (4.41 ERA) with struggles with his command (13 walks over 32.2). In May, he had same issue with walks (13 over 36.2 innings) while being hit harder (.291 BAA) with a huge HR (7) problem. Over his first 17 starts, Keuchel had a 5.13 ERA. His arm rebounded in July and August (3.54 ERA). He landed on the DL in late August with left shoulder inflammation. His issues didn’t require surgery and Dallas was cleared to throw in mid-December. His AFB (89.3) was about one mph lower than 2014 and 2015 while his other pitches also lost velocity. His slider (.171 BAA) held value and batters struggled with his changeup (.225 BAA). The loss of life in the strike zone with his sinker was the huge issue (.302 with nine HRs allowed over 318 at bats). He also failed with his cutter (.315 BAA), which was a similar issue in 2014 (.315 BAA) and 2015 (.310 BAA). Keuchel is a ground ball pitcher (56.7 in 2016 and 58.9 in his career) with two straight years of regression. This season he’ll be drafted as a SP3 in 15 team leagues with an ADP of 144. His stuff grades out well if his fastball command and velocity returns. Dallas is gamer and he tends to get the most out of his ability so a bounce back season wouldn’t surprise me. It really comes down to his price point and his spring training news. If he has a setback, Keuchel becomes undraftable.

2. SP Collin McHugh

McHugh was a rough ride for five months in 2016. After 28 starts, he had a 4.96 ERA. Over this stretch, Collin allowed three runs or fewer in 18 starts. Over his last five starts, McHugh had a 1.39 ERA with 28 Ks over 32.1 innings. He won his last six decision on the year. His walk rate (2.5) fell in line with his career average with a slight uptick in Ks (8.6 per nine). He struggled with both RH (.274) and LH (.291) batters. His disaster month in HRs allowed (9) came in August over 32.1 innings. Most of struggled came in the first (6.40 ERA) and sixth (5.75 ERA) innings. His AFB (91.0) has declined in back-to-back seasons while below the league average. Batters crushed his four-seam fastball (.351 with a .566 SLG) with success vs. his cutter (.294 BAA) as well. His only pitch of value was his curveball (.216 BAA). Second tier arm with some K ability when his curveball is on. Real tough to trust with the fade on his top two pitches.

3. SP Lance McCullers

Lance developed a sore shoulder in early March, which led to six weeks on the DL. He battled his command (5.0 walks per nine) in just about every start in 2016. McCullers struggled in May (4.79 ERA). Over his nine starts in June and July, he had a 2.59 ERA with 72 Ks over 55.2 innings. His season ended early August with a right elbow injury. The offseason reports suggest Lance will be ready for the start of the spring training. His stuff had less value against lefties (.273). McCullers had a shorter fastball (94.4) than 2015 (95.3) while showing growth of his K rate (11.8). His best pitch is a curveball (.137 BAA). In essence, he’s two-pitch pitcher with batters having no problem with his four-seam fastball (.434 BAA). Lance did a nice job keeping the ball on the ground (57.3). Over five years in the minors, he has a 3.67 ERA with 320 Ks over 267.2 innings. His talent will draw interest on draft day, but he does have plenty of risk never mind his command issues. Last season he only threw 86 innings so he may be capped at about 150 innings in 2017. Again, his spring training will set the tone for his draft value. Upside arm for sure as long there isn’t any negative news with his elbow.

4. SP Mike Fiers

Fading pitching was the theme for the Astros last year. Fiers was hit hard (.280 BAA) with failure against both RH (.297 with 17 HRs allowed over 373 at bats) and LH (.272) batters. His troubles started in April and May (5.20 ERA) with seven HRs allowed over 29.0 innings in April. Mike went 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in June despite allowing 38 baserunners over 28.1 innings. Over the second half of the year, he had a 4.55 ERA with 78 Ks over 85 innings. His walk rate (2.2) was at the top of his range with regression in his K rate (7.2). Home runs were a problem all season (1.4 per nine). His AFB (90.4) fell in line with his last two seasons. He threw his curveball (.192 BAA) and slider (.208 BAA) well while batters killed his four-seam fastball (.332 BAA and .659 SLG) with success vs. his changeup (.281 BAA) and cutter (.291 BAA). Also, Fiers led the league in the wild pitches (17). Possible bounce with more life on his fastball in the strike zone. His command is in a winning area, and he has a solid ERA (3.87) over 112 games in the majors.

5. SP Joe Musgrove

Over six years in the minors, Musgrove has a 28-11 record with 2.83 ERA with 320 Ks over 337.1 innings. Joe has exceptional command (1.1 walk rate). He threw the ball well in his first three outings in the majors (three runs over 18.1 innings with 21 Ks) before getting drilled for 13 runs and 20 base runners over his next two outings. Musgrove bounced back to pitch well in five of his next six starts (2.10 ERA with 27 Ks over 30 innings). Joe battled HRs in the majors (1.3 per nine). He finished with a plus walk rate (2.3) in the majors with strength in his Ks (8.0 per nine). His AFB came in at 92.9. He threw a slider as his best pitch (.215 BAA) with work to do with his other pitches. Intriguing arm that looks ready to make an impact in the majors. I don’t expect a smooth ride. In the end, Musgrove will a backend up with playable value. Double digit wins with a chance at a sub 3.50 ERA with 150+ Ks.

6. SP Charlie Morton

Morton only made four starts in 2016 due to a bad hamstring injury in April. The Astros signed him to a two-year contract in November to compete for a job in the starting rotation. Here’s his outlook headed into 2016: Morton has hip surgery in September of 2014. His recovery didn't go as expected in March, which led to six weeks on the DL. Charlie pitched great in his first five starts with the Pirates (5-0 with 1.62 ERA). He was crushed in his next outing (nine runs and nine base runners in two-thirds of an inning). Over his last 17 starts, Morton allowed more than three runs in eight starts. His worst month of the year was September (7.66 ERA). He had success against righties (.239), but Charlie failed again vs. LH batters (.301 - .308 in his career). His AFB (92.0) had more value than 2014 (91.1). Morton throws a high volume of curveballs (23.7 percent - .144 BAA) followed by a weak split-finger fastball (.300 BAA - .302 in his career). Charlie is a high ground ball pitcher (57.3) leading to a short FB rate (21.5). His HR/FB rate (14.9) was a career high. When healthy, his arm has sub 3.75 ERA upside if he keeps lefties in check. With a full offseason of conditioning, Morton should be at least serviceable. Worth a short-term flier if he’s throwing the ball well early in the season.

7. SP Chris Devenski

Over five seasons in the minors, Chris has a 4.37 ERA with 416 Ks over 455.1 innings. He’s pitched in the bullpen and as a starter in his career. His arm made a step forward at AA in 2015 (7-4 with a 3.01 ERA and 104 Ks over 119.2 innings) leading to his chance in the majors last season. Devenski pitched his best ball of his career with Houston. He finished with a 2.16 ERA with 104 Ks over 108.1 innings. Chris had growth in his walk rate (1.7) while being tough to hit (.206). He had success against both RH (.185) and LH (.229) batters. Over the last four months, Devenski had a 1.81 ERA with huge growth in his K ability in August and September (47 Ks over 39.1 innings). His AFB (93.3) was league average with batters hitting .233 against it. His changeup (.196 BAA) was a plus pitch with a high level of success with his slider (.083 BAA). Chris has never thrown a pitch at AAA, and his minor league doesn't support his success. The change to the bullpen did him well, but he may be exposed early in his career if ask to start. Live arm with upside, but I would temper my expectations in 2017.

CL Ken Giles

Giles pitched his way out of saving contention before the gate opened in 2016. Over the first month of the season, he allowed ten runs and 20 base runners over ten innings including four home runs. His arm rebounded over the next three months (1.69 ERA over 32 innings with 54 Ks) to earn his way into the 9th inning. Just when his ERA (3.39) was back in a respectable area, Ken pitched poorly in two of his next five games (eight runs and 11 base runners over 4.1 innings) with most of the damage coming in his game on September 23rd (six runs and six baserunners over one-third of an innings). His downside came against righties (.254 with six HRs allowed in 130 at bats). His AFB (98.0) was the best of his career. Batters had no chance against his slider (.093 BAA) with plenty of work to do on his command of his fastball (.375 BAA). Overall, Giles has a plus K rate (14.0) while needing to shave off some walks (3.4 per nine). On the doorstep of greatness if he can throw more strikes with better location in the zone. A solid bet for 40+ saves with 100+ Ks.

Anthony Gruppuso, USA Today

RP Luke Gregerson

Luke had the first chance at saves for the Astros last season. He converted 13 of his first 16 chances while posting a 3.28 ERA at the end of May. After back-to-back blow saves in his first two appearance in June (four runs and four baserunners in one inning of work), Gregerson was out of a job. He threw the ball well in July (0.87 ERA) before landing on the DL with an oblique injury. Luke finished the year with a poor September (4.35 ERA). Batters only hit .183 against him with righties having more trouble (.156 BAA). His K rate (10.2) was his best success since his rookie season (11.2). His AFB (90.4) was his highest rate since 2012 (90.5). Batters struggled to hit his slider (.126 BAA) and sinker (.226 BAA). Over the last two seasons, he’s converted 46 of 57 save chances. If Giles trips up, Gregerson will have a chance to steal the job.

RP Michael Feliz

Feliz has a weak ERA (4.43) on his 2016 resume, but most of his damage came in his first two outing of the season (nine runs and 15 base runners over 5.1 innings). He threw the ball great in May (one runs and one walk over 16.2 innings with 26 Ks), but he lost his way again at the end of June and early July. Over this period of six games, Michael allowed eight runs and 17 base runners over 9.1 innings. He had four more disaster games over the last 2+ months of the year, which accounted for 12 more runs and 16 base runners over 3.2 innings. Overall, Feliz flashed K ability (13.2 per nine) and success against lefties (.237) and righties (.212). He needs to do a better job keeping the ball in the ballpark (1.4 HRs per nine) and improve his command (3.0 walk rate). Over seven seasons in the minors, Mike had a 3.38 ERA with 419 Ks over 418.2 innings. His AFB (95.7) offers an edge with his best pitch being his slider (.173 BAA). Live arm with upside once he pitches a few more innings in the majors. He has enough talent to pitch in the ninth inning.

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