While Félix Bautista has had some success in the upper minors, I don’t think anyone expected this kind of output. Since May 1st, Bautista ranks in the top six amongst all qualified relievers in xFIP (2.17), SIERA (2.00), K% (38%), K-BB% (30.3%). While he sits at 99 mph with his fastball, it’s the splitter that does the bulk of the damage with a 56.1% Whiff and 37.9% PutAway rates. Oh and the slider isn’t a bad third option either with a 43.3% Whiff rate. Now the closer in Baltimore, look for the man they call “The Mountain” (due to his massive 6’9″, 290 lb frame) to be a top 12-15 closer, at the very least, moving forward.
- Clay Holmes struggles are continuing and we may be getting to the point where he will be removed from the closer role, especially with Aroldis Chapman putting together six straight scoreless outings while allowing just one walk. The issue with Holmes right now is fairly simple, hitters just aren’t chasing his stuff out of the zone anymore.
- Jonathan Hernández has looked like his pre-injury self so far as he returns from TJS and while it’s great the team is trusting him in save situations, I think expectations for this season should be tempered. There is a trio of lefties who are still going to figure into the late innings mix, and there’s no reason for the team to push Hernández to throw multiple innings or on back-to-back days (despite doing the former twice already). However, even though it’s too early to look into the 2023 season, I see a potential top 12 closer here, assuming he can put together a full season.
- Tanner Houck was the Red Sox closer this week, a role in which he and Garrett Whitlock are likely to split for the remainder of the season. While it does limit both pitchers’ value, I still see them as rosterable in almost all 12-team, save-only leagues.
- Over the past month, the Rays have had four relievers tally 2 saves; however, none of the four were able to convert more than those two saves. So as far as rostering anyone here, Brooks Raley, Jason Adam and Pete Fairbanks are the only real options, and should only be on the radar in deeper leagues. Death, taxes, and the Rays using a committee to close out games.
|1.||Giovanny Gallegos||STL||still could split save chances with Helsley?|
|2.||David Robertson||PHI||Seranthony the head of the committee?|
|3.||Aroldis Chapman||NYY||does he get another chance soon?|
|4.||Brooks Raley||TB||could be LH complement to Fairbanks/Adam|
|5.||Anthony Bender||MIA||activated from the IL today|
|6.||Taylor Rogers||MIL||role in MIL is up in the air for now|
|7.||Matt Moore||TEX||LH compliment to Hernández|
|8.||Zach Jackson||OAK||RH compliment to Puk|
|9.||Raisel Iglesias||ATL||top non-closer reliever|
|10.||Aaron Loup||LAA||LH compliment to Tepera?|
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