30-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Scott Elbert in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Scott Elbert Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with the Padres in January of 2015.
Elbert was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday, the Union-Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Scott Elbert.
The Dodgers passed Elbert through waivers in July, but he managed to work his way back to the 40-man roster in September. Not surprisingly, he was outrighted in November, and Elbert elected free agency. It's unlikely that he'll receive a guaranteed major league deal, but Elbert may be a useful reclamation project for a club willing to roll the dice. Elbert didn't have the same zip on his fastball during his few appearances in the big leagues last season (career-low 88.8 mph average). Prior to his June 2013 Tommy John surgery, Elbert had back-to-back seasons with a sub-2.50 ERA out of the Dodgers' bullpen, and if he can regain just some of the three-plus mph that he's lost on his heater since, he'll have a chance to get his career back on track.
Elbow issues limited Elbert to just 32.2 innings in 2012, though he was productive (2.20 ERA, 8.0 K/9) when healthy. Oddly, Elbert was far more effective versus right-handed hitters (.515 OPS) than lefties (.727 OPS), but the Dodgers need a viable left-handed option with the departure of Randy Choate. Elbert is a long way down on the closer pecking order, so best-case scenario has him recovering well from a minor elbow procedure in September and making the 25-man roster as a middle reliever.
Elbert hasn't panned out quite the way the Dodgers had hoped when they selected him in the first round back in 2004, but 2012 will be the first spring camp Elbert attends in which he's not fighting for a job. With a 2.43 ERA and 9.18 K/9IP in 33.1 innings, Elbert appears to finally be in position to contribute over a full big league season. With the non-tendering of Hong-Chih Kuo, Elbert could very well be the team's top left-handed bullpen option in 2012.
Elbert remains on the team's radar as a possible bullpen option, but his former top prospect status is but a distant memory. Upon being demoted back to Triple-A in June, Elbert wound up leaving the team and missing four months because he was so upset. Elbert returned in October to pitch well in the Arizona Fall League (15:4 K:BB in 10 innings), but this is a guy who walked 34 batters in 43.1 Triple-A innings last year, so he'll have to pitch lights-out this spring and prove he's matured in order to even win a big league bullpen spot.
Elbert finished 2009 with a 5.03 ERA in 19.2 big league innings, all in relief. Elbert had made 18 starts between Double-A and Triple-A before getting called up, but the Dodgers didn't trust him in that role in 2009. Going forward, Elbert still has some upside (11.4 K/9IP overall in 2009), but he won't have much fantasy value unless he's in the rotation.
Coming off shoulder surgery in June 2007, the Dodgers treated their former first rounder with kid gloves in 2008. Elbert spent the entire year in relief, posting a 2.40 ERA in 41.1 innings for Double-A Jacksonville before getting a late-season callup. Elbert did allow just 22 hits and struck out 46 in those 41.1 innings, but the 20 walks demonstrated that he's not quite all the way back. Elbert could win a job as a left-handed reliever this year, but it's just as likely the organization will return him to the minors to work as a starter.
Elbert was the club's first-round pick (17th overall) back in 2004 and after posting a 2.79 ERA and striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings over his previous two minor league seasons, Elbert entered 2007 as one of baseball's top pitching prospects. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury limited his season to 14 innings. The surgery was deemed minor, but we'll need to see how he's throwing this spring to see if his stuff returns to its pre-surgery form. Elbert has struggled with his command recently, but he has the upside of a No. 2 or No. 3 starter should he prove to be fully healthy.
Elbert has taken, by most observers, the mantle as the team's top pitching prospect from Chad Billingsley. His stuff is among the best in the minors, and allowed him to slightly increase his strikeout rate this past year. What is troublesome is his wavering command, but that's something he'll work on as he begins 2007 back in Double-A. For Elbert, more strikes will likely result in, at worst, a September call-up, and he should be on savvy fantasy owners' radars by now.
The Dodgers took Elbert out of high school in the first round of the 2004 draft and started seeing dividends in 2005, following a solid season at low-A Columbus in the Sally League. His walk rate is too high, and he's not on the same fast track as some of the other top Dodgers prospects, but his ceiling is impressive, and he should be monitored closely in 2006.
Elbert has a low 90s sinking fastball and a hard, overhand-slider that project as plus pitches. Heís also a terrific athlete, his change up features the same sink as his fastball, but his curveball would have to be overhauled for it to be an effective pitch as a pro. Could become a closer if the repertoire canít be upgraded.