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2017 New York Mets Team Outlook

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs examines the New York Mets heading into the 2017 MLB season!

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Despite multiple injuries to what was expected to be an elite starting rotation, the Mets were able to make the playoffs for the second straight year. They had their second straight winning season after missing the playoffs for the previous eight years. They’ve allowed about the same amount of runs in each of the last three seasons (2014 – 618, 2015 – 613, and 2016 – 617). New York scored 12 fewer runs than 2015 (683).

The Mets were 12th in the National League in runs scored (671) and second in HRs (218).

They lost only a couple of complementary player to free agency – 1B James Loney, 2B Kelly Johnson, OF Alejandro De Aza, and SP Bartolo Colon. New York traded SP Logan Verrett to the Orioles for cash considerations. Their only move of impact was the resigning of OF Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract.

The Mets were 3rd in the NL in ERA (3.58). Their bullpen finished 6th in the majors in ERA (3.53) with 29 wins, 20 losses, and 55 saves.

New York could be better offensively with a healthy season from 1B Lucas Duda and a better thought process from OF Jay Bruce. They’ll have an extra outfielder with upside in Michael Conforto. Third base remains a question mark with David Wright trying to work his way back to health.

Last year Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz only made 63 starts, which was 32 below expected value. Zack Wheeler is expected to replace Bartolo Colon in the starting rotation.

The bullpen has two solid arms in the 8th and 9th innings with Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia. It looks like New York could use an upgrade as their lefty specialist.

The Mets will be competitive again in the NL East with their upside tied to the health of their starting rotation. With a great pitching season by two to three arms, they could be poised to win a World Series title.

1. SS Jose Reyes

Reyes will be the Mets utility player in 2017 if David Wright can play third base. If not, Jose will be the start at third base on most nights. Last year he started the year on administrative leave due to a domestic abuse issue. In early April, the ball dropped leading to a 60-game suspension and eventual trade to the Mets. Reyes returned to action on July 5th. His bat came in flat in his first months’ worth of action (.239 with three HRs, eight RBI, and three SBs over 67 at bats) before landing on the DL for a couple of weeks with an oblique issue. Over the last six weeks of the season. He hit .277 with 36 runs, five HRs, 16 RBI, and six SBs over 188 at bats. This success over a full season projects to 105 runs, 15 HRs, 47 RBI, and 18 SBs. His K rate (17.6) was well above his major-league resume (10.7) with a league average walk rate (8.2). Jose had the most success against LH pitching (.380 with four HRs and 10 RBI over 50 at bats). He had a change in his swing path leading to a career low ground ball rate (35.0) and a career high FB rate (43.2). His HR/FB rate (9.0) was nearly double his previous two seasons (4.7). I expect at least 500 at bats with double digit HRs with a bounce back in batting average. A Fantasy owner can only count on 20 to 30 steals.

2. OF Curtis Granderson

Granderson had his fourth season with 30 or more home runs, but he did a bad job with runners on base (10 percent RBI rate) never mind his short chances (306). Even with a low batting average, Curtis has improvement in his K rate (20.5) while maintaining a high walk rate (11.7). His batting average had risk in May (.190 with five HRs and seven RBI) and August (.176 with six HRs and nine RBI). In September, he tried to carry New York on his back (.321 with 25 runs, eight HRs, and 21 RBI). Granderson had risk against both RH (.241) and LH (.226) pitching. His swing continues to deliver a high volume of fly balls (42.1) while finished below his career average (42.1). Curtis has his strongest HR/FB rate (17.0) since 2012 (24.2). His low batting average is tied to a low CTBA (.311) for the second time in three seasons. The days of chipping in with steals appear to be over. Pretty much a .250 hitter with 25 HRs with a slight edge in runs. In 2016, he was a much better hitter batting cleanup (.321 with six HRs and 18 RBI over 81 at bats).

3. OF Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes repeated his success in AVH (1.896), which support his step up to 30 home runs. His lack of health led to slide back in his CTBA (.308) leading to fade in his batting average. Yoenis had a leg issue in April while batting minor hip and wrist injuries in June. A quad issue in July led to a DL stint in August. He had improvement in his K rate (19.9) with a career high walk rate (9.4). Cespedes pounded lefties (.341 with six HRs and 16 RBI over 85 at bats). He had a massive start in April (.294 with seven HRs and 23 RBI) while only receiving 68 at bats. Over his first 171 at bats, Yoenis had 15 HRs and 37 RBI. In June, July, and August with limited at bats (205) due to injuries, he hit .317 with 12 HRs and 31 RBI). His HR/FB rate (19.9) was a career high. The Mets rewarded him with a four-year $110 million contract in November. Solid RBI guy with rising power. Something like .280 with 90+ runs, 30+ HRs, and 100+ RBI seems reasonable while chipping in with a few steals.

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4. OF Jay Bruce

After hitting .253 in April with four HRs and 15 RBI over 75 at bats, Bruce was a much better player over the next three months (.268 with 21 HRs, 65 RBI, and two SBs over 295 at bats). Jay was productive in July (eight HRs and 21 RBI over 87 at bats), but he only hit .218. After the trade to the Mets, he lost his swing and confidence leading to a poor August (.183 with two HRs and six RBI over 93 at bats) leading to lost playing time in September. On the year, Bruce struck out 23.0 percent of the time, which was in line with his career average. In August, his K rate spiked to 26.2 percent. Jay had strength in his walk rate (9.1). He saved his September with an eight-game hitting streak to end the year (12-for-25 with four HRs and eight RBI). Bruce had his highest HR/FB rate (19.1) since his rookie season (20.2). With Reds, Jay had his best season as a run producer (22 percent RBI rate). The change to a pitcher park does hurt his upside in power. Most will focus on his fade late in the year. Bruce is a solid power hitter with a batting average that has a chance to be higher. His price point (ADP of 188) looks to be about the same as 2016. I’ll set the bar at .265 with 75+ runs, 25+ HRs, and 85+ RBI while adding a handful of steals. His swing could offer more upside across the boards while being a free agent in 2018.

5. 2B Neil Walker

It’s rare to see a batter in the majors have more HRs (23) than double (9). Over the last three seasons, Neil has shown growth in his CTBA (.354) while maintaining a solid AVH (1.690). His K rate (18.3) came in slightly above his career average (17.4) with regression in the last two years. He took the most walks (9.2) since 2010 (9.4). Walker hit the ground running in April (.307 with nine HRs and 19 RBI over 88 at bats) while playing well in August (.389 with six HR and 10 RBI over 72 at bats) before landing on the DL with a back injury that required surgery. His best success came against lefties (.330 with eight HRs and 16 RBI over 100 at bats). Neil became more of a fly ball hitter (43.3 percent – 36.8 in 2015) last year with career-high HR/FB rate (16.2). His recovery time from his surgery was expected to be about three months. Overlooked second baseman at the time due to his lack of speed. His skill set projects as a neutral hitter with 70+ runs, 20+ HRs, and 70+ RBI with 550 at bats. Walker is the 21st second baseman off the table with an ADP of 248 in the early draft season in 15 team leagues.

6. OF Lucas Duda

Duda season only last about seven weeks before going on the DL for four months with back injury. Over his first 130 at bats, Lucas hit .2131 with seven HRs and 19 RBI with his fade coming May (.192 with three HRs and five RBI over 52 at bats). The Mets gave him 23 at bats late in September with empty results (.217 with no HRs and four RBI). He struggled against lefties (.133). Here’s a look at his 2016 profile: Duda fell short of his 2014 success partly due to about three missed weeks in late August and early September due to a back issue. After a respectable start to the year in April and May (.298 with 31 runs, nine HR, and 25 RBI), his bat lost value over the last four months of the season (.212 with 18 HRs and 48 RBI in 293 at bats). He struggled to make contact in July (36 percent K rate). Duda played well against lefties (.285 with seven HRs and 21 RBI in 123 at bats). His swing declined vs. RH pitching (.230 with 20 HRs and 52 RBI in 348 at bats). He had a regression in his K rate (24.9) after showing growth in 2014 (22.7). His walk rate (11.9) remained in a strong area. Lucas set a career high in his FB rate (50.6) with two straight seasons of improvement while his HR/FB rate (15.9) was in line with 2014 (16.0). His K rate and fly ball swing will continue to produce failure in batting average. He had growth against lefties, which helps his ability to stay in the lineup every day. Sub .250 BA with 30+ HRs and 85+ RBI with 500 at bats. With back-to-back season with issues with his back, Duda is tougher to trust. He’ll be a free agent in 2018. Backend low average power hitter with some risk of getting every day at bats if David Wright returns healthy.

7. Travis D'Arnaud

After a slow start in April (.196 with no HRs and one RBI over 46 at bats), Travis landed on the DL for almost two months with a right shoulder injury. Over the rest of the season, his swing was nonproductive (.259 with four HRs and 14 RBI over 205 at bats) while failing to lock down full time at bats in any month. D’Arnaud came up empty vs. lefties (.190 with no HRs and no RBI over 58 at bats). His K rate (18.1) was in line with his previous resume with career low walk rate (6.9). Travis lost his swing path leading to a rise in his groundball rate (52.2) and a career low fly ball rate (30.8 – 41.7 in 2015). His HR/FB rate (6.5) was well below his 2015 season (15.0). Over 974 at bats in the majors, d’Arnaud hit .245 with 30 HRs and 102 RBI. His floor should be a 15/50 player with a neutral average.

8. SS Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabrera drifted his way through the first four months of the season (.255 with 13 HRs, 33 RBI, and one SBs). A knee injury led to almost three weeks on the DL. When he returned to the starting lineup, Asdrubal was a completely different player. He hit .345 over his last 148 at bats with 10 HRs, 29 RBI, and four SBs. Cabrera was at his best against LH pitching (.321 with three HRs and 11 RBI over 112 at bats). His K rate (18.1) came in just below his career average (17.4) with a flat walk rate (6.7). He finished with a career-high HR/FB rate (14.0). Scatter resume in the majors (.269 with 125 HRs, 571 RBI, and 83 SBs over 4661 at bats) with two seasons with 20+ home runs. His only impact season came in 2011 (.273 with 25 HRs, 92 RBI, and 17 SBs over 604 at bats). The Mets have at least one extra middle infielder, so Asdrubal isn’t a look to be in the lineup every day. The key to his value in runs will be his slot in the batting order. He played well as the two-hitter in 2016 (.289 with 15 HRs and 38 RBI over 304 at bats), but New York had multiple injuries to their starting players. Possible .270 with 70 runs, 15+ HRs, 60+ RBI, and a handful of steals if he gets 550 at bats.

BN: OF Michael Conforto

Conforto was a sexy breakthrough outfielder headed into the 2016 after flashing upside with Mets in 2015 (.270 with nine HRs and 26 RBI over 174 at bats). After April in 2016, Michael was well on his way to a successful season (.365 with four HRs and 18 RBI over 74 at bats). Pitchers found a hole in his swing leading to 48 Ks over 142 at bats in May and June (30.6 percent K rate while hitting .147 with two HRs and six RBI). This led to a trip back to AAA (.422 with nine HRs and 28 RBI over 128 at bats), but his opportunity in the majors was closed when New York acquired Jay Bruce at the trade deadline. Over the last five months on the majors, Conforto only hit .174 with four HRs and 18 RBI over 230 at bats. His swing was dead in the water against lefties (.104 with 15 Ks over 48 at bats). On the year, He struck out 25.6 percent of the time with favorable walk rate (10.3). Over three seasons in the minors, Michael hit .330 with 24 HRs, 101 RBI, and six SBs over 648 at bats with a much lower K rate (14.7). There’s a lot to like here. Conforto will be a very good insurance policy for any of the Mets outfielders. Player to keep an eye on he could come quickly with a starting opportunity.

BN: 3B David Wright

After the 2010 season, Wright appeared well on his way to the Hall of Fame. He had five seasons with over 25 HRs and 100+ RBI. Over the last six seasons, he has one season of value (2012 – .306 with 21 HRs, 943 RBI, and 15 SBs). David missed 289 games over the last two seasons leading to 12 HRs and 31 RBI over 289 at bats with a .259 batting average. Over the first two months of 2016, Wright hit .226 with seven HRs and 14 RBI over 137 at bats with a spike in his K rate (33.5) with continued strength in his walk rate (33.5). His season ended late in May with a neck injury that required surgery. Just the name of his surgery (cervical discectomy and fusion surgery) paired with his injury in 2015 (spinal stenosis) should be enough to keep a Fantasy owner miles away. The Mets expected him to be ready for spring training. In the early draft season, David doesn’t even have a pulse (ADP of 523 as the 50th third baseman off the table). Really need more info, but he is a veteran player with winning resume when able to play every day.

Bench Options

C Rene Rivera – The Mets signed Rivera to a one-year $1.75 million contract in December to lock him up as the backup catcher in 2017. Over five season in the majors, Rivera hit .213 with 26 HRs and 1118 RBI over 1098 at bats. No upside if asked to start.

IF Wilmer Flores – Over the first two months of 2016, Flores had limited at bats (60) while offering no upside (.167 with one HR and two RBI). He missed a couple of weeks in May due to a hamstring issue. Over the next three months with about 75 percent of the playing time, Wilmer hit .295 with 12 HRs and 45 RBI over 217 at bats. He suffered neck and wrist injuries in early September after a collision at the plate. In October, Flores had surgery to remove part of his hamate bone in his right wrist. Wilmer is an asset against LH pitching (.340 with 11 HRs and 28 RBI over 100 at bats), which may lead to him platooning at first base with Lucas Duda. Over four years in the majors, Flores hit .257 with 39 HRs and 150 RBI over 1144 at bats. Solid replacement player who will be a full-time starter for New York down the road.

OF Juan Lagares – Over four years in the majors, Juan hit .259 with 17 HRs, 131 RBI, and 30 SBs over 1391 at bats. His K rate (16.9) was a career low in 2016 with improvement in his walk rate (6.9). Lagares has the best glove in center field while lacking opportunity to get at bats. Last season he had a torn ligament in his thumb that required surgery in September. While playing winter ball in the Dominican, Juan separated his right shoulder. His only option to get in the lineup will be in centerfield.

1. SP Noah Syndergaard

My closing line on Syndergaard in his 2016 profile was this: 15+ wins with a sub 3.00 ERA and 225+ Ks. He came close to hitting all my thoughts, but my sorry ass didn’t own him in one league in 2016 due to his rising value in the high-stakes market. Noah was drafted like an ace, and he lived up to expectation despite only pitching 183.2 innings. He repeated his walk rate (2.1) and K rate (10.7) while only allowing 11 HRs on the year. Syndergaard was one of the best pitchers in baseball over the first two months of the season (1.84 ERA with 81 Ks over 63.2 innings). After fading a bit June (3.86 ERA), Noah posted a sub 3.00 ERA in each of the last three months of the season (July – 2.45 ERA, August – 2.84 ERA, and September – 2.83 ERA) while striking out 103 batters in 89.2 innings. He pitched well vs. righties (.228 with 126 Ks over 394 at bats) with some work to do against lefties (.262). His AFB (98.9) was electric. Batters hit .248 against his four-seam fastball, but his sinker showed risk (.309 BAA). Syndergaard dominated with his slider (.165 BAA) with a high level of success with his curveball (.208 BAA). His changeup (.250 BAA) still isn’t where it needs to be. Noah also induces a high volume of ground balls (51.2 percent) with fading fly ball rate (27.2). In late June, there was talk of a bone spur in his right elbow that didn’t end up needing surgery. He’s thrown 179.2 and 183.2 innings over the last two seasons, so his next step is to reach the 200-inning mark. Not a slam dunk due to his short resume and a possible elbow issue, but he deserves to be drafted as front line starter. With better command of his fastball in the strike zone, his arm with offer Kershaw type upside. For now, he needs to prove he can handle a higher innings load. Next step: 20 wins with a sub 2.50 ERA and 250+ Ks, which sound about Dwight.

2. SP Jacob deGrom

Jacob landed on the DL in April after one start (one run over six innings with six Ks) due to a back injury. After winning all three of his decisions in April, deGrom went 10 straight games without earning a win despite a 3.13 ERA with 63 Ks over 63.1 innings. He threw the ball well in July (3-1 with a 2.27 ERA with 32 Ks over 31.2 innings). After 21 starts, Jacob had a 2.29 ERA. His arm blew up in back-to-back starts in late August (13 runs and 28 base runners over 9.2 innings), which ended being a result of an ulnar nerve issue in his right elbow that required surgery in late September. He had neutral value against RH batters (.269) with a slight edge against lefties (.241). His walk rate (2.2) remained in a winning area with a decline in his K rate (8.7 – 9.7 in 2015). His AFB (94.2) was about 1.5 mph lower than 2015 (95.8). In 2015, he had success with his four-seam fastball (.182 BAA), changeup (.148 BA), and curveball (.226 BAA). Both his four-seam fastball (.274 BAA) and changeup (.268 BAA) were less effective in 2016 while his slider made a step forward (.174 BAA). His resume in the majors (30-22 with 2.74 with 492 Ks over 479.1 innings) is elite, but short. He should be ready for spring training. Interesting arm as his injury and slight step back in success will lead to a lower price point and possible buying opportunity. Other than a pair of starts in 2016 his arm had high value. Possible sub 3.00 ERA with 200+ Ks if there isn’t any negative news in spring training.

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3. SP Matt Harvey

Just like many Fantasy owners, I had a hard time understanding how Harvey goes from a 2.52 ERA over 65 starts in the majors to 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA. His walk rate (2.4) was a step back from his two previous years with regression in his K rate (7.4). His AFB (95.4) had less velocity than 2013 (97.0) and 2015 (96.5). Batters had no trouble with his four-seam fastball (.325 BAA) while his changeup (.277 BAA) and slider (.288 BAA) also lost value. Lefties (.321) crushed him with RH batters (.282) winning the battle as well. Over his first 11 starts of the season, Matt had a 5.37 ERA with 50 Ks over 60.1 innings. He bounced back in June (2.83 ERA) while having decline in his K rate (6.9). His season ended in July with a right shoulder injury that required surgery. Harvey is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. His injury was called thoracic outlet syndrome, which causes pain in the shoulder with numbness in the fingers. I expect him to bounce back in a big way. When healthy, his fastball is a huge edge while all his secondary pitches have swing and miss ability. I’ll go back to the well – 15+ wins with a sub 2.50 ERA and 250+ Ks…enjoy the ride.

4. SP Steven Matz

Matz went 3-1 in April with a 3.86 ERA and 22 Ks in 21 innings. His arm flashed elite upside in May (4-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 31 Ks over 34.1 innings) despite battling a forearm issue. By mid-June, Steven developed a left elbow soreness leading to bad month (5.74 ERA and 1.650 WHIP). It was determined he had a bone spur in his elbow, which requires surgery after the season. Matz turned in eight steady starts (3.40 ERA with 50 Ks over 50.1 innings) in July and August. A left shoulder strain ended his season in late August. His walk rate (2.1) was in a winning area with strength in his K rate (8.8). Steven didn’t have an edge over RH (.253) or LH (.269) batters. His AFB (94.3) wasn’t as strong as 2015 (95.3). Matz only had success with his curveball (.232 BAA). He did a nice job keeping the ball on the ground (51.1 percent GB rate). Over four seasons in the minors, Steve had a 2.25 ERA with 393 Ks over 380.2 innings. Upside talent who hopefully cured his elbow issue. Not ready to pitch 200 innings, but Matz should pitch at a high level when on the mound. With 30 starts and 180+ innings pitched, he’ll have a chance to be an asset in wins with a sub 3.00 ERA and 175 Ks.

5. SP Zack Wheeler

After blowing out his elbow in March of 2015, Wheeler was only able to throw one inning in the minors last year due to a setback with his right elbow in August. The Mets shut him down in early September to get him healthy for the 2017 season. Here’s look at his 2016 profile: Wheeler handled himself well in his first full season in the majors in 2014. He had an excellent K rate (9.1) while batters only hit .240 against him (righties - .223 and lefties - .259). His struggles with walks was mainly against LH batters (50 of 79 walks in 386 plate appearances). His first pitch strike rate (54.3) was in a weak area and it restricts his development in command. After a rough May and June (4.36 ERA), Zack started to figure it out over his last 15 starts of the year (8-3 with a 2.80 ERA with 92 Ks in 90 innings). Even with some growth, his walk rate (3.7) only improved slightly from his first half (4.0). His AFB (95.0) was elite with a solid curveball (.148 BAA) and a winnable slider (.231 BAA) followed by a questionable changeup (.267 BAA). His HR/FB rate (10.1) was a bit high, but Wheeler did a good job keeping the ball on the ground (54.0 GB rate). Last year his season ended before it started due to an elbow injury in March, which required TJ surgery. The Mets are hoping to have him back in June. Tough trusting pitchers coming off TJ surgery and he had command issues in 2014. With two seasons to regain his health, Zack should be ready to go this spring. I can’t imagine him pitching over 150 innings. Viable, but I wouldn’t overpay for his WHIP risk and below par stats in wins and Ks.

6. SP Robert Gsellman

Over six seasons in the minors, Gsellman has a 3.11 ERA with 390 Ks over 539 innings. His walk rate (2.4) is major league ready while offering low upside in Ks (6.5 per nine). His arm held value with the Mets over eight appearances (4-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 42 Ks in 44.2 innings). Robert walked more batters (3.0 per nine) with a stronger K rate (8.5) in New York. His AFB (94.7) offers upside. Batter struggled to hit his cutter (.148 BAA) and curveball (.125 BAA). His changeup (.455 BAA) needs a lot improvement. Gsellman was a ground ball pitcher (54.2 percent) in the majors with a low HR/FB rate (3.6). He had surgery in the offseason on his non-throwing shoulder to repair a torn labrum. Inning eater early in his career with potential short-term value if he’s throwing the ball well.

7. SP Seth Lugo

Here’s a guy that pissed me off late in 2016. Over 21 games and 14 starts at AAA, he had a 6.50 ERA and 1.677 WHIP. Somehow he gets called up and turns in a 2.67 ERA in the majors over 64 innings with a high level of success over eight starts (5-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 29 Ks in 47 innings). Over five years in the minors, Seth had a 4.28 ERA over 413 Ks over 427.1 innings. His AFB (93.2) is about league average. Batters had a tough time vs. his four-seam fastball (.232 BAA), sinker (.162 BAA), slider (.231 BAA), and curveball (.235 BAA). Shade resume while being a trap for the uninformed Fantasy owner.

CL Jeurys Familia

Over the last two seasons, Familia converted 94 of 104 save chances. He led the NL in saves (51) in 2016 while starting the season with 36 successful saves. Jeurys lost his gain in his walk rate (3.6) while maintaining his K rate (9.7). On the year, he allowed only one HR over 77.2 innings. His failure in ERA (5.40) came in May while turning a losing month in WHIP (1.676) in July. Familia was very good against RH batters (.204). His AFB (97.6) remains elite with some fade over 2015 (98.1). Batters struggled to hit his four-seamer (.128 BAA), sinker (.238 BAA), and slider (.214 BAA) while his split-finger fastball become irrelevant (.429 BAA - .114 in 2015). His GB rate (63.3) was career high with a fading fly ball rate (19.1). Lacking the sexiness of the top arms in the league in Ks, but 40+ save should be a given plus his K ability could rise with growth in command. Based on what he offers to a Fantasy team, Jeurys is a great value early in the eighth round (ADP of 113) in 15 team leagues. Update: Familia has a linger domestic violence case that was dismissed in court due to no cooperation by his wife. There is a chance he still gets suspended before the season by major league baseball. If you draft early, make sure to cover him with Addison Reed.

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RP Addison Reed

After underachieving his skill set over the first five years in the league, Addison put it all together in 2016. He threw a career-best 69.8 percent first pitch strikes leading to a low batting average against (.210), which was the final number against both lefties and righties. Reed had his best command of his career (1.5 walks per nine), which led to a rise in his K rate (10.5). His AFB (93.2) has declined slightly over the last three seasons. Batters struggled to hit his slider (.185 BAA) and four-seam fastball (.217 BAA). In his major-league career, Addison has 106 saves with a 3.53 ERA. Closer worthy while pitching in a contract year. Nice insurance for Jeurys Familia.

RP Hansel Robles

Over two seasons in the majors, Robles has a 3.55 ERA with 146 Ks over 131.2 innings. Hansel had an interesting season in 2016. He pitched great in April (1.69 ERA with 15 Ks over 10.2 innings). In May, Robles served up five HRs and six walks over 12.1 innings leading to a 5.11 ERA. Despite poor command in June (nine walks over 15.1 innings), he had a 2.93 ERA with a pair of wins. He didn’t allow a run in July while picking up three more wins. Hansel lost his command and confidence in August (15 runs and 27 base runners over 15 innings), which included 12 walks. He finished out the year with a hot September (1-0 with a 0.71 ERA and 14 Ks over 12.2 innings). His AFB (96.1) is elite. Robles threw his changeup (.163 BAA) as his best pitch. His arm has the more value against lefties (.179). Sneaky pitcher that needs to have growth in his walk rate (4.2) to work his way closer to the 9th inning.

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