31-Year-Old Pitcher – Miami Marlins
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Chen was a model of consistency in his four seasons with the Orioles. He missed fewer than two months due to injury over the course of those four seasons, exceeding 185 innings in three of the four ye...
Wei-Yin Chen Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Marlins in January of 2016. The deal includes a sixth-year vesting option and an opt-out after the second season.
Chen (5-5) gave up two earned runs on six hits and a walk over five innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Nationals. He struck out five.
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Wei-Yin Chen Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Wei-Yin Chen||3-Year Averages||28||28||166.8||6.96||1.78||3.91||1.30||–||74.7%||–||3.78||4.12||.304|
2016 Stat Review for Wei-Yin Chen As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)
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Miami Marlins Roster
MajorsAraujo, Elvis (P)
AAABlack, Dan (1B)
AAAnderson, Brian (2B)
AAnderson, Blake (C)
RookieGarrett, Braxton (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Another middling arm with a career year helps explain how the Oís were able to run away with the American League East despite a bevy of star injuries that would've sunk just about any team in a normal season. Letís not overstate Chenís season, though, he was still only a bit better than league average despite lowering his ERA by half a run. Like teammate Bud Norris, Chen enjoyed a superb win-loss record that is sure to artificially inflate his price at the draft table in 2015. His 4.5% walk rate was 12th best among 87 qualified starters, but he paired it with a strikeout rate that ranked 61st. His hit and home run rates suggest the 4.00ish ERAs from 2012-13 are where his skill set still lies. Chen can be a serviceable arm to fill out an AL-only rotation, but someone who was found on waiver wires in mixed leagues last year will likely be drafted due in large part to the 16-6 record. Donít be the victim of that error.
Aside for a slight uptick in his WHIP, Chen's 2013 numbers were nearly a carbon copy of his 2012 season. That accounts for an oblique injury that caused him to miss some time in the middle of the season. Chen had more success with his secondary pitches, particularly his slider and changeup, and less success with his fastball in 2013 despite a slight increase in velocity across most of his pitches. The upcoming season will be a contract year for Chen, and he is a lock to make Baltimore's rotation, while his first two big league campaigns suggest that another year in the neighborhood of a 7.0 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 is likely.
Chen was the only member of Baltimore's rotation to hold down a spot for the whole season and he led the team with 12 wins. Prior to signing with the Orioles, Chen's velocity dropped in 2011. He was able to rebound to an average fastball velocity of 91 mph, which is more in line with his career numbers. Chen's 0.88 GB/FB ratio is cause for concern and supports his 29 home runs allowed. He is a virtual lock for a rotation spot in 2013, but it is believed that Chen's ceiling is not much higher than what his 2012 numbers reflect.
Chen has been one of Japan's better pitchers since 2008 and an out clause in his NPB contract allowed him to move to MLB and sign three-year deal with the Orioles. Chen moved into Chunichi's rotation full time in 2009, and he had his best season with a 1.54 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 146:40 K:BB ratio. He got it done with electric stuff, working primarily off a fastball with movement that touched 96 mph on his best days, and a mid-80's slider with bite. While Chen has remained highly effective in the two years since, he hasn't repeated his dominant 2009 performance, on either the stats sheet or the radar gun. He's maintained very good, but not quite league leading, ERAs and WHIPs. In 2011 his strikeout rate dropped to 5.15 K/9IP, after hovering around 8.00 K/9IP in previous seasons. Stuff-wise, he's remained a fastball/slider pitcher, but his fastball velocity has cooled off, now sitting at 88-90 mph topping out around 93 mph, and his slider doesn't have quite as much movement. Chen turns 27 in June 2012, so he'll enter MLB with some prime baseball years ahead of him. Even if he can't find a way to stick in the Baltimore rotation, he should have enough stuff to succeed in a bullpen role.
Chen is considered one of Japan's best pitchers and a name to watch in case he decides to come to MLB. Chen regressed a little from his breakout 2009 season, but set a career high with 188 IP, and posted solid rates including a 2.87 ERA and a 1.144 WHIP. But beyond numbers, Chen is a 25-year-old left-hander with an electric arm and is a valuable prospect. Chen is Taiwanese and joined Chunichi after high school, but unlike most foreign players in Japan he doesn't have contractual provisions that allow him to become a free agent if he chooses and is subject to the more restrictive rules governing drafted Japanese players. Chen and his representation are trying to negotiate an opt-out clause into his contract. If they are successful, we'll probably see him in MLB soon. If not, he is still about six years away from free agency.
Chen has emerged as one of the best pitchers in Japan and is a name to watch in case he decides to move to the U.S. The 23-year-old lefty broke out in a big way in 2009, posting a 1.54 ERA in 164 innings. Chen is a rare power lefty, featuring a mid-90s fastball and a hard slider. He is a long way from having the service time he needs for NPB free agency, but his status as a foreign player may allow him to test the MLB market sooner.