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Tony Watson

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2014 Stats

W-L

10-2

ERA

1.63

WHIP

1.02

K

81

SV

2

2015 RotoWire Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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 d...

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2015 ADP:  423.49

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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:

Agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2015, avoiding arbitration.

March 20, 2015  –  Tony Watson News

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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
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3-Year Averages     71 0 0 67.4 50 17 5 62 16 6 1 1 3 24 2.27 0.98

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Tony Watson Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days 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. 28 @Cin 0.3 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 1.63 1.02
Sep. 27 @Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.40 1.00
Sep. 26 @Cin 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.42 1.01
Sep. 23 @Atl 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.44 1.01
Sep. 21 Mil 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.46 1.01
Sep. 20 Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.48 1.00
Sep. 18 Bos 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.50 1.00
Sep. 16 Bos 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.52 1.01
Sep. 14 ChC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.54 1.00
Sep. 12 ChC 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.57 1.01
Sep. 10 @Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.59 1.01
Sep. 8 @Phi 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.61 1.03
Sep. 5 @ChC 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.63 1.03
Sep. 3 @StL 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.68 1.01
Aug. 30 Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.70 1.02
Aug. 29 Cin 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.72 1.04
Aug. 27 StL 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.73 1.03
Aug. 26 StL 2.0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 W 0 1 0 1.75 1.04
Aug. 20 Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.81 1.02
Aug. 16 @Was 1.0 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 1.84 1.04
Aug. 15 @Was 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.40 0.99
Aug. 12 Det 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.43 1.01
Aug. 11 Det 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.46 1.02
Aug. 8 SD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.46 1.01
Aug. 6 Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.49 1.03
Aug. 3 @Ari 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.52 1.05
Aug. 2 @Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.55 1.03
Aug. 1 @Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.58 1.05
Jul. 29 @SF 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.61 1.07
Jul. 27 @Col 2.0 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 1 0 1.64 1.07
Last 14 Days
9 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
8.3 9 2 2 0 0 8 1 0 0 0-1 2 0 2 2.16 1.08
Last 30 Days
17 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
15.7 13 2 2 0 2 17 2 0 0 1-1 2 0 7 1.15 0.96
Last 60 Days
30 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
30.0 25 6 6 2 4 28 2 0 0 4-1 2 3 10 1.80 0.97

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Tony Watson Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20149020514211.179
201310721321500.206
201210321917502.183

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014215611050614.253
201317333930505.192
2012112321420413.213

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201439.750145720.910.91
201338.331027312.350.89
201223.331023921.930.94

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201437.752136832.391.14
201333.300227942.430.87
201230.0210301434.501.27
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 RotoWire Projections     Subscribe now to see our 2015 projections for Tony Watson
3-Year Averages     71 0 67.4 8.27 2.14 3.88 0.67 80.3% 2.27 3.04 .260

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2014 Stat Review for Tony Watson    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2014 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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5.40 K/BB
ELITE
9.43 K/9
GOOD
1.75 BB/9
ELITE
94.4 MPH Fastball
GOOD
0.6 HR/9
GOOD
1.70 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.63 ERA
ELITE
1.02 WHIP
GOOD
2.76 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

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

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.301 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
87.8% Strand Rate
HIGH

2015 Projected Stats Breakdown for Tony Watson

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

Watson agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

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Watson was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

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Watson recorded his second save of the season Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit and recording one strikeout against the Braves.

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Watson allowed two singles and hit one batter but earned his first save of the season Sunday in a scoreless inning.

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Watson will be unavailable out of the bullpen Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

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Watson picked up his 10th win of the season, allowing one hit and recording just one out in the Pirates' win over Cincinnati on Friday night.

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Watson pitched a perfect eighth inning against the Diamondback on Friday to pick up his eighth win of the season.

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Watson ranks second in the majors with 25 holds, but he's cooled off in July, compiling a 3.55 ERA and .298 OBA in 12.2 innings for the month.

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Watson registered his sixth relief victory Friday, striking out one batter in a scoreless inning against Colorado.

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Watson was touched up for three runs on five hits while recording just two outs to take the loss in the Reds' come-from-behind win over the Pirates on Friday night.

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Watson allowed his first earned run in 28 outings Thursday against the Mets.

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Watson recorded his league-leading 19th hold Sunday and could be in line for save opportunities going forward.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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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.