32-Year-Old Pitcher – Atlanta Braves
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Ogando was signed just weeks before spring training in a classic low-risk / high-reward transaction. A former starter who delivered mid-90s heat had fallen on hard times in 2014 as a result of a strai...
Alexi Ogando Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2015.
Ogando signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Wednesday that includes an invite to the team's spring training, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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2015 Stat Review for Alexi Ogando As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)
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Atlanta Braves Roster
MajorsAybar, Erick (SS)
AAAAstudillo, Willians (1B)
AACastro, Erik (1B)
A+Beckwith, William (1B)
RookieAllard, Kolby (P)
Alexi Ogando: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
When Ogando first hit the scene, he showed aplomb in any role, with a 3.12 ERA in 277 innings over 133 appearances which included 30 starts and 25 games finished. He was missing bats, limiting free passes, and keeping the ball in the yard. Perhaps the constant role shifting hurt him because he lost nearly four mph off of his fastball from 2012 to 2013. He still managed a 3.11 ERA in 104 innings that year, but the skills were way off and he was undoubtedly saved by his .254 BABIP and 81 percent LOB rate. He hit the DL three times in 2013 with bicep and shoulder issues and then things really came to a head in 2014. He lasted just 25 (bad) innings before losing the last four months of the season to elbow trouble. With the dropped velocity and cratering skillset, it is hard to buy back in on him, especially since the role is unlikely to be fantasy-friendly.
Ogando pitched well, when healthy, in 2013 but not as well as in years past. His walks ticked up, and his strikeouts dipped, and continued questions regarding his durability have Texas considering his eventual role for 2014 once again. Emerging as the closer seems unlikely with Joakim Soria and Neftali Feliz also in the mix, and it remains to be seen if Texas would prefer to have Ogando pitch in a setup role or attempt to keep him in the rotation. He's gone from 29 starts in 2011, followed by 57 relief appearances in 2012 to 18 starts in 2013, so figuring out his role needs to be on the team's offseason radar.
Ogando injured a groin in his lone start last year, legging out a bunt in an interleague game that sidelined him several weeks. He continued his string of dominance out of the bullpen, but Texas has already announced that Ogando will return to the rotation for 2013. A repeat of his 2011 success as a starter (13 wins, 126 strikeouts, 1.14 WHIP in 29 starts) would play well in most formats.
Ogando's transition into the rotation was largely a success, resulting in 13 wins and a 1.136 WHIP over 169 innings. He faded, as one might expect, as the season wore on though his K/9IP rate remained virtually unchanged despite a post-break ERA that was a full run-and-a-half higher. Some poor luck (41 hits allowed in 29 August innings resulting in a 7.14 ERA) was largely behind the struggles, but he was a key member of the Texas bullpen during the postseason. Assuming the Rangers' complement of starters are healthy at the end of spring training, he'll likely return to the bullpen full time in 2012.
Ogando finally made his stateside professional debut after being detained in his native Dominican Republic for several years due to his involvement in a marriage visa scandal. He ripped through the minors, striking out 42 batters and allowing just 14 hits in 30.2 innings split between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City before reaching Texas in early June. His dominance continued, allowing just 31 hits and 16 walks in 41.2 innings while striking out 39. Used primarily in short relief all season, Texas intends to stretch him out in spring training to see if he can settle in at the backend of the rotation following the departure of Cliff Lee. If Neftali Feliz moves to the rotation, Ogando could move to a prime setup role for Frank Francisco.
Ogando was added to Texas' 40-man roster in November. Formerly an outfielder, Ogando was converted to a pitcher this year in the Dominican Summer League and dominated: 30.2 innings, 23 hits, 3 walks and 44 K in a relief role while featuring a triple-digits fastball. He was unable to obtain a work visa in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons (he was under the A's control through the 2005 season), and there's no indication that will change for 2007. He's worth keeping an eye on, though, if he's able to come stateside.