31-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Varvaro looked like one of those under-the-radar offseason pickups that work out for teams. The Braves designated the right-hander for assignment after two successful seasons out of the bullpen and th...
Varvaro (elbow) elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
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Only Craig Kimbrel and Luis Avilan appeared in more games for the Braves than Varvaro over the past two seasons. He made 61 appearances in 2014 and was entrusted with more meaningful innings, with his average leverage index (pLI) almost doubling from the previous year, from 0.56 to 1.03. He improved his strikeout rate by nearly three per nine innings (from 5.3 K/9 to 8.2) while shaving a walk off his BB/9. Varvaro also dominated lefties to the tune of a .481 opponent OPS and used his curveball and changeup to induce a good number of groundballs (49.7% GB%), perhaps putting him at in the discussion for a prominent role in the Boston bullpen following a December trade. Varvaro doesn't throw particularly hard, however, and Koji Uehara and Edward Mujica have the back end fairly well locked up.
Varvaro never posted a K/9 below 8.3 at any stop in the minors, but he struck batters out at just a 5.3 clip in 62 appearances out of the Braves' bullpen in 2013. He did, however, display a marked improvement with his command, issuing only 25 free passes across 73.1 innings (3.1 BB/9), which was easily the best walk rate of his professional career. Though his 4.5 percent HR/FB ratio seems likely to rise, Varvaro is tough on left-handers (.207 BAA), and hecould be tasked with recording more high-leverage outs if either Jordan Walden or David Carpenter suffers an injury in 2014.
Varvaro will likely be an option for a spot in the back of the Braves' bullpen in 2013. He has played 30 innings in the majors over the last two seasons with very mixed results: In 2011, he posted a 2.63 ERA while in 2012 his ERA ballooned to 5.40. His true talent is probably closer to a 4.00 ERA reliever. He has excellent strikeout numbers, but a very poor walk rate. If the walks come down he could be dominant. That hasnít happened yet in six professional seasons, though, and likely will never do so.
Varvaro had a strong season at Triple-A Gwinnett with a 2.90 ERA and 10.5 K/9 IP. He held his own in the majors, including an extended trial in September, with a 2.40 ERA and 8.6 K/9IP. However, Varvaro walks too many batters to get overly excited (5.3 BB/9IP at Triple-A). He'll compete for a bullpen role this spring, but may struggle to find a high-profile role given Atlanta's deep pitching staff.
Varvaro was promoted to Double-A West Tennessee early in the 2009 season, posting a 2.82 ERA in 36 relief appearances with .163 BAA. He gave up way too many walks, though -- 44 in 54.1 innings Ė as he continues to work his way back from 2006 Tommy John surgery. His control looked much better in the Arizona Fall League where he walked only three of 55 batters faced. Varvaro, who tallied a healthy 10.4 K/9IP last season, has an above-average curveball and an above-average low-to-mid-90s fastball. He needs more refining and definitely needs to get those walks under control.