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Tony Watson

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2017 Stats

W-L

4-1

ERA

4.19

WHIP

1.51

K

28

SV

10

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Watson wasn't the same pitcher in 2016 that he was the two previous seasons. His fastball velocity (93.2 mph) dipped for the second straight year and his changeup usage (24.7 percent) dwarfed his care...

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2017 ADP:  150.8

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 225   DOB: 5/30/1985   BORN: Sioux City, IA   COLLEGE: Nebraska   DRAFTED: 9th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Tony Watson Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $3.45 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2016.

June 12, 2017  –  Tony Watson News

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Manager Clint Hurdle said he considered using Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday's win with the Pirates leading 3-0 over the Marlins, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports.

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Tony Watson 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
2008 23 A LYN 28 28 0 151.2 149 60 16 104 36 8 12 0 3.56 1.22
2009 24 AA ALT 4 4 0 11.7 19 9 1 12 7 0 3 0 6.94 2.23
2010 25 AA ALT 34 9 0 112.0 84 34 11 105 24 6 4 2 0 0 2.73 0.96
2011 26 AAA IND 26 1 0 34.1 24 9 2 35 11 3 3 0 0 0 2.36 1.03
2011 26 MAJ PIT 43 0 0 41.0 34 18 6 37 20 2 2 0 1 10 3.95 1.32
2012 27 MAJ PIT 68 0 0 53.3 37 20 5 53 23 5 2 0 2 16 3.38 1.13
2013 28 MAJ PIT 67 0 0 71.7 51 19 5 54 12 3 1 2 2 22 2.39 0.88
2014 29 MAJ PIT 78 0 0 77.3 64 14 5 81 15 10 2 2 7 34 1.63 1.02
2015 30 MAJ PIT 77 0 0 75.3 55 16 3 62 17 4 1 1 2 41 1.91 0.96
2016 31 MAJ PIT 70 0 0 67.7 52 23 10 58 20 2 5 15 5 23 3.06 1.06
2017 32 MAJ PIT 33 0 0 34.3 43 16 7 28 9 4 1 10 6 1 4.19 1.51
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3-Year Averages     75 0 0 73.4 57 17 6 67 17 5 2 6 4 32 2.08 1.01
Career  (View All)     436 0 0 420.7 336 126 41 373 116 30 14 30 2.70 1.07

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Tony Watson Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games 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
Jun. 25 @StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 4.19 1.51
Jun. 24 @StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.32 1.50
Jun. 21 @Mil 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 4.45 1.52
Jun. 20 @Mil 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.55 1.55
Jun. 18 ChC 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.65 1.55
Jun. 16 ChC 0.7 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.50 1.53
Jun. 14 Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.99 1.47
Jun. 12 Col 1.0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.13 1.52
Jun. 9 Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.28 1.46
Jun. 7 @Bal 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 4.44 1.52
Jun. 6 @Bal 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 3.91 1.50
Jun. 4 @NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.33 1.48
May. 31 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.47 1.54
May. 29 Ari 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 1 0 4.03 1.66
May. 27 NYM 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.38 1.64
May. 23 @Atl 0.7 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 L 0 1 0 3.54 1.62
May. 21 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.75 1.47
May. 20 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.89 1.55
May. 19 Phi 1.0 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.55 1.58
May. 14 @Ari 2.0 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.62 1.56
May. 13 @Ari 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.84 1.43
May. 9 @LAD 1.3 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 1.32 1.39
May. 6 Mil 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0.73 1.30
May. 3 @Cin 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.87 1.45
Apr. 26 ChC 1.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 0.96 1.50
Apr. 23 NYY 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.13 1.63
Last 14 Games (Team)
8 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
7.0 11 3 3 1 1 8 0 0 0 0-0 0 1 1 3.86 1.71
Last 30 Games (Team)
15 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
14.0 19 9 9 4 1 13 0 0 0 2-0 0 4 1 5.79 1.43
Last 60 Games (Team)
26 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.1 IP/G
27.3 36 16 15 6 5 24 0 0 0 4-1 5 6 1 4.94 1.50

Tony Watson Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2017528215100.313
20167719315202.211
20157918613200.186

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201710520728507.295
2016195391737918.216
2015214441142503.212

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201719.030712233.321.21
201635.7144311464.291.21
201542.0301341010.640.76

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201715.311316745.281.89
201632.0111127641.690.91
201533.311028723.511.20
Tony Watson 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
2008 23 A LYN 28 28 151.2 6.19 2.14 2.89 0.95 74% 3.56 3.91 .292
2009 24 AA ALT 4 4 11.7 9.26 5.40 1.71 0.77 68% 6.94 4.06 .463
2010 25 AA ALT 34 9 112.0 8.44 1.93 4.38 0.88 76.3% 2.73 3.43 .257
2011 26 AAA IND 26 1 34.1 9.24 2.90 3.18 0.53 78.8% 2.36 3.05 .265
2011 26 MAJ PIT 43 0 41.0 8.12 4.39 1.85 1.32 0.77 75% 91.2 MPH 3.95 4.83 .263
2012 27 MAJ PIT 68 0 53.3 8.94 3.88 2.30 0.84 0.96 72.7% 93.6 MPH 3.38 3.78 .247
2013 28 MAJ PIT 67 0 71.7 6.78 1.51 4.50 0.63 1.22 75.9% 93.6 MPH 2.39 3.35 .237
2014 29 MAJ PIT 78 0 77.3 9.43 1.75 5.40 0.58 1.70 87.8% 94.4 MPH 1.63 2.76 .301
2015 30 MAJ PIT 77 0 75.3 7.41 2.03 3.65 0.36 1.69 81.2% 93.9 MPH 1.91 2.91 .257
2016 31 MAJ PIT 70 0 67.7 7.71 2.66 2.90 1.33 1.26 79% 93.2 MPH 3.06 4.43 .240
2017 32 MAJ PIT 33 0 34.3 7.34 2.36 3.11 1.83 1.15 80% 92.9 MPH 4.19 5.27 .343
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 9.46 2.61 3.62 0.99 76.1% 3.12 0.20 .283
Next 7 Days     0 0 3.4 8.75 2.46 3.56 0.76 75.2% 2.98 3.17 .281
Rest Of Season     0 0 38.2 8.67 2.65 3.28 0.94 75.7% 3.13 3.51 .275
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3-Year Averages     75 0 73.4 8.21 2.08 3.94 0.74 83.8% 2.08 3.13 .267
Career     436 0 420.7 7.98 2.48 3.22 0.88 79.3% 2.70 3.55 .266

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Tony Watson Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 75.3 2 8 2 0 42 1 75 2
2016 P 67.7 0 5 0 0 36 0 68 0
2017 P 34.3 1 3 1 0 19 0 34 1
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
2016 P -1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 P 0 1 0 -1 1 0 1

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2017 Stat Review for Tony Watson    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.11 K/BB
GOOD
7.34 K/9
WEAK
2.36 BB/9
GREAT
92.9 MPH Fastball
WEAK
1.8 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.15 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.19 ERA
POOR
1.51 WHIP
TERRIBLE
5.27 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

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

Explain This

.343 BABIP
HIGH
80.0% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

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Tony Watson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Watson retired the Marlins in order Friday in his first appearance since being removed from the closer's role.

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Watson is no longer the closer for the Pirates, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday the Pirates will discuss whether Watson will remain their closer, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

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Watson struck out one and gave up two hits in an inning of work, including a game-tying two-run home run by Trey Mancini, to blow his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 9-6 loss to the Orioles.

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Despite his recent struggles, Watson will remain the Pirates' closer, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Watson blew his fourth save opportunity Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits in one inning against the Orioles. He struck out one batter.

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Watson (4-1) allowed two runs on two hits (one homer) while striking out one in an inning of work to blow his third save of the season, but he earned the win in Monday's 4-3 victory over Arizona.

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Watson (3-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to collect his third win of the season during Saturday's victory over the Mets.

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Watson (2-1) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while recording just two outs in the bottom of the ninth before the Braves walked off with a win against him Tuesday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

Watson is in line for Pittsburgh’s closer job whenever Mark Melancon gets hurt or moves to another team. Armed with a 93.9 mph fastball, the left-hander registered a 1.91 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 75.1 innings. He led the majors with 41 holds — while blowing only two saves — and compiled excellent strikeout and walk rates. The 31-year-old is only two years away from unrestricted free agency, which likely means his time with Pittsburgh is nearing an end. In the meantime, he could surprise fantasy owners with 30-plus saves if Melancon leaves town.

2015

Watson was unhittable in the first half of 2014. Through July 8, the hard-throwing lefty registered a 0.84 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 42.2 innings. He pitched well the rest of the way, but wasn't quite as dominant (2.60 ERA, 1.12 WHIP). It's possible that Pittsburgh over-extended the lefty at times, given that Watson and closer Mark Melancon were the only two reliable bullpen options. If anything happens to Melancon, such as an injury or trade, then Watson would likely take over as the team's stopper. He has two more seasons of arbitration, so the penny-pinching Pirates figure to keep him around a bit longer. For the season, Watson went 10-2 with a 1.63 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 77.1 innings. He finished second in the senior circuit with 34 holds but also blew seven saves. Expect more of the same in 2015.

2014

One of Pittsburgh's unheralded bullpen arms, Watson crafted a 2.39 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 71.2 IP in 2013. Armed with a 93.6 mph average fastball, the lefty recorded 22 holds and two saves while blowing just two save opportunities. Watson's improved control -- 4.5 K/BB rate -- gave manager Clint Hurdle confidence using him indiscriminately against both righties and lefties. In fact, the 29-year-old limited right-handed batters to a lower batting average (.192) than lefties (.206). Most likely, Watson will once again serve as a late-inning setup man in 2014. He's got the stuff to close, but Hurdle likes him in high-leverage situations.

2013

Watson held opponents to 37 hits in 53.1 innings in 2012, courtesy of a strong fastball (92.5 mph) and slider (84.9). He held opposing hitters to a .198 batting average (.183/.213 vs. LHB/RHB) as a relief specialist. The lefty compiled 16 holds and five wins despite dealing with command issues -- he walked 23 batters. There's a good chance the 28-year-old, who often served as the team's lone lefty out of the bullpen, serves in a similar capacity for 2013. He might even close out a small number of games after the Pirates traded closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston, but drafting him for anything other than the holds category would probably be a mistake.

2012

Watson got his first taste of big league ball in 2011, compiling a 3.95 ERA in 41 innings. The left-hander features a hard-to-pickup delivery and actually did better against righties (.193 BAA) than lefties (.279 BAA). He has the potential to start in a pinch but will likely continue on as a reliever, shuttling back and forth between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis. Provided Pittsburgh keeps him in the bullpen, Watson has the upside of an eighth-inning setup man.