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Rafael Soriano

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals

2014 Stats

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4-1

ERA

3.19

WHIP

1.13

K

59

SV

32

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

For the third time in four seasons Soriano picked up 40-plus saves, but there's also a reason he accomplished that feat for three different teams. A career-worst 6.9 K/9 rate and declining velocity on...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 230   DOB: 12/19/1979   BORN: San Jose, DR   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Rafael Soriano Contract Information:

Agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract in Jan. 2013. It includes a third-year option that vests if Soriano finishes 120 games over the next two seasons.

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The Nationals will likely decline Soriano's option for next season, the Washington Post reports.

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Rafael Soriano Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 24 AA SAN 2 1 0 8.0 4 1 1 10 0 1 0 0 1.13 0.50
2004 24 AAA TAC 3 3 0 3.7 2 1 1 5 2 0 0 0 2.45 1.09
2005 25 AA SAN 1 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2005 25 AAA TAC 5 0 0 5.3 3 0 0 11 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.75
2005 25 MAJ SEA 7 0 0 7.3 6 2 0 9 1 0 0 0 2.45 0.95
2006 26 MAJ SEA 53 0 0 60.0 44 15 6 65 21 1 2 2 2.25 1.08
2007 27 MAJ ATL 71 0 0 72.0 47 24 12 70 15 3 3 9 3.00 0.86
2008 28 AA MIS 2 1 0 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2008 28 MAJ ATL 14 0 0 14.0 7 4 1 16 9 0 1 3 2.57 1.14
2009 29 MAJ ATL 77 0 0 75.7 53 25 6 102 27 1 6 27 2.97 1.06
2010 30 MAJ TB 64 0 0 62.3 36 12 4 57 14 3 2 45 3 0 1.73 0.80
2011 31 A+ TAM 2 2 0 2.1 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 11.57 1.90
2011 31 AAA SCR 2 0 0 2.0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4.50 0.50
2011 31 MAJ NYY 42 0 0 39.3 33 18 4 36 18 2 3 2 3 23 4.12 1.30
2012 32 MAJ NYY 69 0 0 67.7 55 17 6 69 24 2 1 42 4 4 2.26 1.17
2013 33 MAJ WAS 68 0 0 66.7 65 23 7 51 17 3 3 43 6 0 3.11 1.23
2014 34 MAJ WAS 64 0 0 62.0 51 22 4 59 19 4 1 32 7 0 3.19 1.13
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3-Year Averages     59 0 0 57.9 51 19 5 52 19 2 2 29 4 9 2.95 1.21
Career  (View All)     586 8 0 630.7 481 200 60 637 196 22 28 207 2.85 1.07

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Rafael Soriano Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 26 Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.19 1.13
Sep. 21 @Mia 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.25 1.15
Sep. 18 @Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.15 1.15
Sep. 15 @Atl 0.7 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.20 1.17
Sep. 13 @NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.93 1.13
Sep. 10 Atl 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.98 1.15
Sep. 5 Phi 0.7 3 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 3.04 1.14
Sep. 3 @LAD 1.0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 2.59 1.10
Sep. 1 @LAD 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.63 1.10
Aug. 30 @Sea 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.52 1.06
Aug. 29 @Sea 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.56 1.04
Aug. 24 SF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.44 1.01
Aug. 21 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.49 1.03
Aug. 20 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.54 1.03
Aug. 17 Pit 0.3 2 3 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 - 0 1 0 2.59 1.05
Aug. 15 Pit 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.05 0.99
Aug. 14 @NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.90 0.95
Aug. 13 @NYM 1.0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.94 0.97
Aug. 9 @Atl 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.79 0.93
Aug. 7 NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.83 0.92
Aug. 3 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.87 0.95
Aug. 1 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.91 0.97
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
3.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 0 3.00 0.33
Last 30 Days
10 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
9.3 12 8 7 2 3 10 0 0 0 0-0 3 2 0 6.75 1.61
Last 60 Days
22 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
20.7 24 14 13 3 5 19 1 1 0 2-0 7 3 0 5.66 1.40

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Rafael Soriano Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201411930824612.218
2013118231129224.274
2012155371830715.221

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014133291127812.227
201315928636403.235
201212432625511.214

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201433.04014321122.180.94
201335.32324271233.061.30
201233.00120361433.551.33

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201429.0011827824.341.34
201331.3101924543.161.15
201234.72022331031.041.01
Rafael Soriano Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 24 AA SAN 2 1 8.0 11.25 0.00 0.00 1.13 100% 1.13 2.33 .193
2004 24 AAA TAC 3 3 3.7 12.27 4.91 2.50 2.45 100% 2.45 5.65 .158
2005 25 AA SAN 1 1 1.0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 6.20 .000
2005 25 AAA TAC 5 0 5.3 18.56 1.69 11.00 0.00 100% 0.00 -0.36 .426
2005 25 MAJ SEA 7 0 7.3 11.05 1.23 9.00 0.00 71.4% 2.45 1.17 .339
2006 26 MAJ SEA 53 0 60.0 9.75 3.15 3.10 0.90 0.44 84.7% 2.25 3.42 .267
2007 27 MAJ ATL 71 0 72.0 8.75 1.88 4.67 1.50 0.55 76% 3.00 4.07 .208
2008 28 AA MIS 2 1 2.0 9.00 4.50 2.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.70 .216
2008 28 MAJ ATL 14 0 14.0 10.29 5.79 1.78 0.64 0.39 80% 93.0 MPH 2.57 3.84 .204
2009 29 MAJ ATL 77 0 75.7 12.13 3.21 3.78 0.71 0.63 74.3% 93.2 MPH 2.97 2.64 .297
2010 30 MAJ TB 64 0 62.3 8.23 2.02 4.07 0.58 0.64 82.6% 92.9 MPH 1.73 2.93 .212
2011 31 A+ TAM 2 2 2.1 4.29 0.00 0.00 4.29 33.3% 11.57 8.44 .379
2011 31 AAA SCR 2 0 2.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 4.50 0% 4.50 7.70 .000
2011 31 MAJ NYY 42 0 39.3 8.24 4.12 2.00 0.92 0.81 70.2% 92.6 MPH 4.12 4.14 .279
2012 32 MAJ NYY 69 0 67.7 9.18 3.19 2.88 0.80 0.92 84.9% 92.2 MPH 2.26 3.42 .287
2013 33 MAJ WAS 68 0 66.7 6.89 2.30 3.00 0.95 0.80 78.7% 91.5 MPH 3.11 3.80 .297
2014 34 MAJ WAS 64 0 62.0 8.56 2.76 3.11 0.58 0.71 72.7% 91.5 MPH 3.19 3.15 .289
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3-Year Averages     59 0 57.9 8.08 2.95 2.74 0.78 78.5% 2.95 3.51 .293
Career     586 8 630.7 9.09 2.80 3.25 0.86 77.3% 2.85 3.38 .269

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2014 Stat Review for Rafael Soriano    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.11 K/BB
GOOD
8.56 K/9
AVERAGE
2.76 BB/9
GOOD
91.5 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.6 HR/9
GOOD
0.71 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.19 ERA
WEAK
1.13 WHIP
GOOD
3.15 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

Explain This

.289 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
72.7% Strand Rate
LOW

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Rafael Soriano: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Soriano has made the Nationals' postseason roster, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

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Soriano picked up the save Sunday against Miami despite allowing an earned run.

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Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation Thursday in Miami.

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Soriano got the call in the ninth inning Monday to protect a four run lead, but coughed up two runs on two hits and a walk while recording just two outs.

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Soriano pitched the eighth inning in Wednesday's loss to the Braves, giving up two hits in a scoreless frame while striking out one.

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Soriano threw a bullpen session on Monday and felt he was better able to keep the ball down in the strike zone, the Washington Post reports.

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Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that the team will go without a set closer for the time being, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

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When asked about the closer situation after Friday's extra-inning loss to the Phillies, Nationals manager Matt Williams said, "We'll address it, yeah. We need to address it," the Washington Post reports.

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Soriano allowed three runs while retiring two batters and blowing a save opportunity Friday against the Phillies.

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2014

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2013

Soriano did a great job stepping in when Mariano Rivera went down, solidifying the ninth inning for the Yankees and putting up some of the best numbers of his career. Soriano was extremely consistent, allowing a .646 OPS with 20 saves in the first half of the season, and a .630 OPS with 22 saves over the second half. With Rivera returning in 2013, however, Soriano declined his player option, allowing him move on to another team where he can be assured of a closing job. After an extended stretch where he went unsigned, that team ended up being the Nationals, who inked him to a two-year deal in January. The presumption is that he'll close ahead of Drew Storen.

2012

After leading the American League in saves in 2010, Soriano signed a big deal with the Yanks to set up Mariano Rivera, and perhaps eventually succeed him. All that changed when Soriano got off to a horrific start, then missed nearly three months with an elbow injury. Soriano pitched decently upon his return, going 1-2 with a save, 13 holds and a 3.33 ERA over the last few months of the season, but he's clearly been passed up in the bullpen hierarchy by David Robertson, and Soriano will likely slot in as the Yankees' seventh-inning option in 2012. He's too far down the totem pole to have value, outside of deep leagues and leagues that count holds.

2011

Soriano turned in a spectacular season for the Rays, recording a 1.73 ERA with a 0.802 WHIP (tops among closers). His 45 saves were good for third-best in the league, and he showed a maturity in his approach on the mound. His K/9IP rate dropped from 12.1 in 2009 to 8.2 last season, a stat fantasy owners did not want to see. However, he showed improvement as a real-life closer and improved his BB/9IP rate by more than one and improved his groundball percentage for the third straight season. Soriano kept the ball in the park, as shown by his career-low 0.58 HR/9IP. Basically, Soriano looked to simply get outs rather than trying to go for the strikeout against every batter. His fantasy value will take a big hit after he signed a three-year deal with the Yankees to move to a setup role for Mariano Rivera. Down the road, he could take over for Rivera when he retires, but Soriano can also opt out of the contract during any of the next two offseasons. He'll have somewhat higher value in keeper leagues as a result.

2010

After an injury-plagued 2008 season, Soriano returned to his elite closer form with 27 saves and a strong 102:27 K:BB ratio in 75.2 innings last year. When healthy, Soriano strikes out about a batter an inning with great control - ideal for a closer. However, he carries significant injury risk as he missed much of 2008 with nerve-transposition elbow surgery and had Tommy John surgery in 2004. Still, if healthy he could be one of the top closers in the AL after signing with Tampa Bay.

2009

Soriano looked poised to become one of the top closers in the National League, but struggled with injuries and it's not clear what his role will be for the Braves in 2009. He went on the DL early in April with a sore elbow and was never healthy all season. Soriano came off the DL several times after tests showed no structural problems with his elbow, but kept breaking down. He finally had nerve-transposition surgery in August, which also removed a bone spur. Soriano strikes out about a batter an inning with great control - ideal for a closer. If healthy next spring, he may be used in a set-up role or share closing duties with Mike Gonzalez.

2008

Soriano will be Atlanta's closer next season after re-establishing himself as a dominant reliever in 2007. In his second full season back from Tommy John surgery, and after rebounding from an ugly concussion in 2006, Soriano saved nine games when Bob Wickman was injured and eventually took over the closer role. Soriano hits the mid 90s on the radar gun which helps him strike out nearly a batter per inning with outstanding control (70:15 K:BB ratio last year). He gave up too many home runs last year (12 overall, including a stretch of six home runs allowed in 19 innings), but that seems to be at odds with the rest of his career. Without much competition in the bullpen (unless Mike Gonzalez can return midseason from Tommy John surgery), it wouldn't be a surprise if Soriano becomes one of the best closers in the NL.

2007

The Braves traded Horacio Ramirez for Soriano in the offseason and landed one of baseball's best set-up men. Soriano posted a 3:1 K:BB last season and allowed just 44 hits in 60 innings with a 2.25 ERA. He also stranded 27 of 39 inheritted runners as opposing batters hit just .204 against him. A line drive to the head ended Soriano's season in late August, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He laid to rest concern about his surgically repaired elbow last year, as well, as he consistently hit the mid-90s on the radar gun. If Bob Wickman goes down, Soriano likely will fill the void.

2006

Soriano seems to have recovered satisfactorily from Tommy John surgery. In his first outing since May 2004, he consistently hit 95 mph in his September activation last year, easing concerns over his troubled elbow. After allowing a run each in his first two appearances, Soriano ended the season with five scoreless outings, striking out nine and walking one. He'll pitch in a set-up role this season, but if Eddie Guardado goes down, he could step into the closer's role. As long as he stays healthy, Soriano is the team's closer of the future. And a good one at that.

2005

Soriano is expected to miss most, if not all, of 2005 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He is still considered the team's closer of the future, but has much to overcome before he returns to that level. The elbow injury stemmed from an oblique injury in spring from which he came back too soon. He had not fully healed and compensated with extra force on his elbow.

2004

Soriano could be a great sleeper pick. In keeper leagues, he's definitely someone to hang onto. Signing Eddie Guardado allows the Mariners the freedom to trade troubled Freddy Garcia and move Soriano into the rotation, where he could thrive. Soriano has an upper-90s fastball, a hard slider and great control. Even if he stays in the bullpen, he'll valuable for ERA, WHIP, K and BB. He's a top-of-the-rotation starter waiting to happen.

2003

Soriano will be given every chance in the world to be a starter in the Mariners' rotation this spring. What he can do with that opportunity is yet to be seen, but in his eight 2002 starts, he disappointed with a 5.10 ERA and an 0-3 record. Still, he had a great strikeout-to-walk ratio in the minors and should develop into a top-of-the-rotation starter at some point in the near future.