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Tony Watson

31-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2016 Stats

W-L

2-5

ERA

3.11

WHIP

1.07

K

57

SV

15

2016 Preseason 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:  370.08

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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.

September 20, 2016  –  Tony Watson News

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Watson struck out two in a clean ninth inning for his 14th save Tuesday against Milwaukee.

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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 69 0 0 66.7 51 23 10 57 20 2 5 15 5 23 3.11 1.07
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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
Career  (View All)     402 0 0 385.3 292 110 34 344 107 26 13 20 2.57 1.04

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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
Sep. 23 Was 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.11 1.07
Sep. 21 @Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.15 1.07
Sep. 20 @Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.20 1.07
Sep. 17 @Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.25 1.08
Sep. 16 @Cin 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.30 1.10
Sep. 13 @Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.21 1.10
Sep. 9 Cin 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.26 1.12
Sep. 7 StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.17 1.11
Sep. 6 StL 0.7 4 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 1 0 3.22 1.13
Sep. 5 StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.64 1.07
Aug. 29 @ChC 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 2.68 1.07
Aug. 28 @Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.57 1.07
Aug. 26 @Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.62 1.07
Aug. 25 @Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.67 1.06
Aug. 24 Hou 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.72 1.08
Aug. 17 @SF 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.77 1.10
Aug. 16 @SF 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.65 1.06
Aug. 15 @SF 1.0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.70 1.06
Aug. 12 @LAD 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.76 1.02
Aug. 11 SD 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.77 1.03
Aug. 9 SD 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.79 1.03
Aug. 6 Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.66 1.04
Aug. 5 Cin 1.0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 W 0 1 0 2.72 1.06
Aug. 2 @Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.58 1.06
Jul. 30 @Mil 0.3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.64 1.06
Jul. 24 Phi 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.66 1.02
Last 14 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
5.0 3 1 1 1 0 6 0 0 0 0-0 3 0 0 1.80 0.60
Last 30 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
11.7 12 7 7 5 0 11 0 0 0 0-2 6 2 0 5.40 1.03
Last 60 Games (Team)
26 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
23.7 22 11 10 6 6 19 1 0 0 1-2 15 3 1 3.80 1.18

Tony Watson Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20167619315202.214
20157918613200.186
20149020514211.179

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2016192381736818.214
2015214441142503.212
2014215611050614.253

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201634.7144301464.411.21
201542.0301341010.640.76
201439.750145720.910.91

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201632.0111127641.690.91
201533.311028723.511.20
201437.752136832.391.14
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 69 0 66.7 7.70 2.70 2.85 1.35 1.26 78.7% 93.2 MPH 3.11 4.48 .238
Today's Projections     0 0 .3 6.23 4.16 1.50 0.97 80.1% 2.98 1.41 .236
Next 7 Days     0 0 1.4 5.98 3.64 1.64 1.06 81.1% 2.85 4.61 .232
Rest Of Season     0 0 1.4 5.98 3.64 1.64 1.06 81.1% 2.85 4.61 .232
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3-Year Averages     74 0 74.8 7.82 1.68 4.64 0.48 81.8% 1.93 2.72 .263
Career     402 0 385.3 8.03 2.50 3.21 0.79 79.2% 2.57 3.42 .258

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2016 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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2.85 K/BB
AVERAGE
7.70 K/9
WEAK
2.70 BB/9
GOOD
93.2 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
1.4 HR/9
POOR
1.26 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.11 ERA
AVERAGE
1.07 WHIP
GOOD
4.48 FIP
POOR
BABIP/Strand

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

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.238 BABIP
LOW
78.7% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

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

Watson allowed a solo homer but picked up his 13th save Friday against Cincinnati.

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Watson nailed down his 12th save Tuesday in Philadelphia, striking out two in a perfect inning.

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Watson took the loss for the second time in three appearances Friday, allowing one run on two hits in one inning against the Reds.

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Watson threw a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday, earning his 11th save in 14 opportunities since being named the Pirates' closer in August.

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Watson (2-4) was disastrous Tuesday, blowing his fifth save of the season in spectacular fashion by allowing the Cardinals to score four runs on three homers in just two-thirds of an inning.

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With the Pirates mired in a six-game losing streak, Watson hasn't pitched since Aug. 29.

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Watson blew his fourth save as he allowed a solo home run to tie the game in the ninth inning Monday against the Cubs.

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Watson pitched a scoreless ninth inning on one hit while striking out two to earn his 10th save of the season Sunday against the Brewers.

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Watson struck out a batter in a clean 10th inning Thursday against Milwaukee for his eighth save.

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Although Watson has converted seven of eight save opportunities since taking over the closing duties in Pittsburgh, he has struggled with his control.

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Watson allowed a run on two hits and walk in the ninth inning Wednesday, but held on to earn his seventh save of the season

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Watson picked up his sixth save as he worked around a hit for a scoreless ninth Tuesday against the Giants.

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Watson worked around a leadoff home run in the ninth to convert his third save in Tuesday's contest against the Padres.

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2016

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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.