27-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jose Ceda in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Ceda (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday, the Palm Beach Post reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jose Ceda.
Ceda rolled a stellar end to the 2011 season, when he posted a 2.40 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over his final 15.0 innings pitched, into a strong spring training last year. Unfortunately, he sustained an elbow injury in late March that required Tommy John surgery, ending his 2012 campaign before it got started. Rehabbing from his second major surgery in the past four years (Ceda had a torn labrum repaired in 2009) the 25-year-old will need to show he's healthy this spring to earn a shot with the club.
Ceda dominated Triple-A, and while his control was shaky in the majors he still struck out better than a batter per inning. The Heath Bell signing ends any thought that he might get a look at the closer job, but Ceda's power slider and 92-95 mph fastball should serve him well setting up Bell. He could have some fantasy value as a high-strikeout reliever, and his ratios will be even better if he's able to translate the improved control he showed at Triple-A (2.98 BB/9IP) to the big leagues.
The big Dominican regained his health and his stuff last year, riding his mid-90s fastball and nasty slider all the way from High-A to the big league bullpen. Ceda's control is still an issue, though, and while he looks like the prototypical intimidating ninth-inning arm, he may not be quite ready for closer duty, and he's hardly the only fireballer in the Marlins' system. Don't get too invested in his upside.
The prize from the Cubs in the Kevin Gregg deal turned out to be something less than cracker jack, as Ceda tore his labrum in the offseason and never threw a pitch for the Marlins' organization in 2009. If he can return to form, he has the potential to be an intimidating bullpen power arm, but he's got a lot to prove before he can be considered closer-of-the-future material again.
The Cubs dealt Ceda to the Marlins for Kevin Gregg in November, and Ceda could figure into the late-inning mix in Florida assuming he shows good command in spring training and/or in the high minors. He's got a blistering fastball (99 mph) -- he just needs to locate better and avoid the base on balls.