34-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ronald Belisario in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Ronald Belisario Contract Information:
Released by the Red Sox in August 2015.
Belisario was released at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Ronald Belisario.
Belisario's first year in a White Sox uniform was one to forget. He allowed 78 hits in 66.1 innings, and his stay as the White Sox's closer lasted one month. The White Sox's defense may be partly to blame for his struggles, however, as he allowed balls in play at a similar clip as the year previous, but posted a career-worst .344 BABIP. This idea is reinforced by the fact that his 3.54 FIP was much better than his 5.56 ERA. Of course, one way around that would be to inhibit opposing batters from putting the ball in play, but Belisario has struggled to do that throughout his major league career. He should serve in a middle relief role again in 2015, and it's unlikely that he'll get another spin as a ninth-inning option.
For Belisario, the velocity was still there in 2013, as his hard sinking fastball averaged 94.4 mph, but location was an issue, and the end result was a disappointing 3.97 ERA. He saw his K/9 dip from 8.8 to 6.5, though a 3.5 GB/FB ratio helped limit the damage from his 3.7 BB/9. Belisario could be a candidate for the eighth inning this year but will have to prove himself again this spring in order to earn a high-leverage role. The White Sox's bullpen also features an unsettled closer situation following the trade of Addison Reed, but Belisario enters the season as a long shot to receive the chance to close out games.
Belisario was a pleasant surprise for the Dodgers last year, overcoming personal issues (a visa issue and a 25-game suspension for a "drug of abuse") to again be a key member of the bullpen. He tossed 71 innings of 2.54 ERA ball while winning eight games and posting an excellent 69:29 K:BB. His hard-sinking mid-90s fastball appeared to be just as good as it was in his breakout season of 2009. He'll return to the back end of the bullpen in 2013 and should something happen to Brandon League and Kenley Jansen, he could find himself with opportunities to close out games.
Visa and personal issues combined to knock Belisario from being a key member of the 2009 bullpen (2.04 ERA in 70 innings) to a pitcher who may not be with the team come Opening Day 2011. Because he was behind from the get-go, Belisario wasn't nearly as sharp as he had been the previous year. His slider wasn't as crisp, forcing him to rely on a fastball that lacked its former velocity. He'll likely be forced to compete for a job this spring.
Belisario was a pleasant surprise for the Dodgers in 2009, tossing 70.2 innings with a 2.04 ERA and 64:29 K:BB. "Belly" will turn 27 on New Year's Eve and should once again be a top setup man for manager Joe Torre in 2010.