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Tony Watson

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Stats

W-L

4-1

ERA

1.91

WHIP

0.96

K

62

SV

1

2016 RotoWire Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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 inn...

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2016 ADP:  372.29

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 227   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.

January 15, 2016  –  Tony Watson News

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Watson agreed to a one-year, $3.45 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 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
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3-Year Averages     74 0 0 74.8 56 16 4 65 14 5 1 1 3 32 1.93 0.94

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Tony Watson Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Oct. 4 Cin 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.91 0.96
Oct. 2 Cin 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.94 0.94
Sep. 28 StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.96 0.94
Sep. 25 @ChC 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.99 0.94
Sep. 23 @Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.02 0.93
Sep. 21 @Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.05 0.94
Sep. 20 @LAD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.08 0.94
Sep. 19 @LAD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.11 0.95
Sep. 16 ChC 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.14 0.97
Sep. 15 ChC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.17 0.96
Sep. 13 Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.20 0.98
Sep. 11 Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.24 0.99
Sep. 9 @Cin 1.0 3 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.27 0.98
Sep. 6 @StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.02 0.91
Sep. 4 @StL 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.05 0.93
Aug. 29 Col 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.07 0.92
Aug. 28 Col 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.10 0.92
Aug. 27 @Mia 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.14 0.92
Aug. 24 @Mia 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.16 0.93
Aug. 23 SF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.20 0.91
Aug. 20 SF 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.24 0.92
Aug. 19 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.28 0.90
Aug. 18 Ari 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.32 0.92
Aug. 15 @NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.36 0.92
Aug. 13 @StL 1.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.41 0.94
Aug. 8 LAD 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.49 0.97
Aug. 7 LAD 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.54 0.97
Aug. 5 ChC 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.59 0.97
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
6.0 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 3 0.00 1.17
Last 30 Days
14 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
14.0 9 2 2 0 6 8 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 7 1.29 1.07
Last 60 Days
28 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
27.7 18 2 2 0 8 14 0 0 0 2-0 0 0 16 0.65 0.94

Tony Watson Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20157918613200.186
20149020514211.179
201310721321500.206

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015214441142503.212
2014215611050614.253
201317333930505.192

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201542.0301341010.640.76
201439.750145720.910.91
201338.331027312.350.89

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201533.311028723.511.20
201437.752136832.391.14
201333.300227942.430.87
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 RotoWire Projections     Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Tony Watson
3-Year Averages     74 0 74.8 7.82 1.68 4.64 0.48 81.8% 1.93 2.72 .263

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2015 Stat Review for Tony Watson    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.65 K/BB
GOOD
7.41 K/9
WEAK
2.03 BB/9
GOOD
93.9 MPH Fastball
GOOD
0.4 HR/9
ELITE
1.69 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.91 ERA
ELITE
0.96 WHIP
GREAT
2.91 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

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

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.257 BABIP
LOW
81.2% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

2016 Projected Stats Breakdown for Tony Watson

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

Despite diminished velocity, Watson retired the Brewers in order Sunday for a scoreless inning of work.

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Watson collected his major-league-leading 30th hold Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

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Watson notched his NL-leading 23rd hold Sunday against the Nationals.

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Watson picked up his second win of the year Tuesday, hurling a scoreless eighth inning against the Padres.

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Watson could be in a line for a save opportunity Monday if the Pirates make Mark Melancon unavailable due to a heavy workload.

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Watson was tagged with his first blown save of the season Tuesday, serving up a game-tying two-run homer to J.D. Martinez.

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Watson will not be available out of the bullpen Thursday, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

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Watson is not available out of the bullpen Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

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Watson struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday.

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Watson will likely receive any save opportunity the Bucs might get Tuesday, with Mark Melancon sitting after throwing four times in five days.

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Watson might be in line to serve as Pittsburgh's closer Saturday, considering Mark Melancon pitched in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday.

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Watson pitched two shutout innings Wednesday against the Cubs, working around a hit while striking out one for his first save of the year.

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Watson has strung together four scoreless outings since surrendering three runs on Opening Day.

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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.