31-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Michael Stutes in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Michael Stutes Contract Information:
Received a non-roster invitation to Phillies spring training in January 2011.
Stutes was released by the Phillies on Wednesday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Michael Stutes.
Stutes made just six appearances last season before he was shut down due to a shoulder injury. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in June and began a throwing program in late-September. He is expected to be ready for spring training and will get a shot at earning a bullpen job. If his strikeout rate returns to his 2011 level, Stutes could be a valuable piece of the Phillies' pen, but he would be third or fourth in line for saves, which limits his upside in most leagues.
Stutes almost won a job last spring but found himself in the majors by the end of April anyway when injuries hit the Phillies' bullpen. He established himself as a reliable option in short order and was frequently used in high leverage situations. Stutes wore down toward the end of the season, however, and began having problems locating his pitches. He'll open the year likely working the sixth and seventh innings for the Phillies. He still needs to do some work cutting back on the free passes but his solid strikeout rate helps compensate for that.
Stutes finished last year 7-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 79:44 K:BB ratio in 76.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. The K/9 ratio for Stutes is solid enough but the walks are a touch high. He'll need to cut back on the free passes in order to improve his stock as a relief prospect. The Phillies have given Stutes an invite to spring training but we expect he'll be back in the minors to start the 2011 season.