Raisel Iglesias
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
We warned of a dropoff for Iglesias, and it came to fruition, as the Reds closer gave up 12 homers, saw his ERA climb from 2.38 to 4.16 and was saddled with 12 losses. He really struggled in non-save situations, and blanched at manager David Bell's usage patterns early in the season. And yet ... fantasy owners weren't punished for his shortcomings. He had a career-high 34 saves and struck out 89 batters, good for a career-best 31.9 K%. Moreover, his fastball velocity remained constant (95.2 mph in 2018, 95.5 mph last year) while he adjusted his pitch mix to throw more four-seamers than sinkers. He really needs to junk the sinker altogether - according to Baseball Savant, opposing batters hit .394 while slugging .758 against it. The Reds intend to beef up their bullpen over the offseason, which could threaten his closer job, or instead allow him to pivot to a traditional closer's role. Read Past Outlooks
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