33-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Brandon Gomes in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Gomes was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Brandon Gomes.
Gomes was a middle-relief and mop-up option for the Rays throughout 2015, seeing plenty of time in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He’s been that way with the Rays since 2011, and his performance doesn’t leave much reason to think that will change in 2016. He possesses a mediocre career ERA of 4.20 and doesn’t really have the stuff to indicate to the Rays he’s worth trying out in a late-inning role. He did register one save in 2015, but that was with a three-run lead and after closer Brad Boxberger had pitched three times in the last four days. The Rays have several other relievers they will likely want to take a chance on first, so upward advancement is unlikely. He is also now out of options, meaning the Rays can no longer send him down to the minors without putting him through waivers. If he underperforms to start 2016, he could be wearing a new uniform fairly soon.
Gomes has spent most of the past few seasons on the Tampa-to-Durham shuttle as one of the few pitchers on the roster with options. Last season, he faced 138 batters and struck out just 17.4% of them -- a very low rate for any reliever. That is one of the reasons he is best used as a ROOGY because his delivery and arm angle are very tough on righties while lefties tee off on him. He’s now out of options so he has to make the team or be exposed to waivers and pitchers with his skills are a dime a dozen on the free-agent market.
Gomes was struggling a bit out of the bullpen for the Rays when he strained a lat muscle that wound up keeping him out of action for almost four months of the season. He showed some improvement on his fastball velocity in 2013, and his K/9 rate with the Rays was an impressive 13.5. His flyball rate jumped to 64.4 percent, but he only threw in 26 games on the year. He is a few seasons removed from having consistency in the bullpen for the Rays, but should have a solid chance of breaking out of spring training in the bullpen.
After a strong 2011 in the Rays bullpen, Gomes struggled and bounced between the majors and Triple-A Durham in 2012. In the minors, Gomes performed well totaling a 3.09 ERA and 11.9 K/9. During his time with Tampa Bay, he seemed to lose his cool with a 5.25 FIP suggesting his 5.09 ERA was generous. He finished the year in the Rays' bullpen, but given the strong year the unit had as a whole, Gomes will have to earn his spot for 2013.
Gomes was acquired by the Rays in the Jason Bartlett deal and spent most of the season with the Rays after dominating at Triple-A Durham to start the season. In the minors he struck out 40 batters in only 25.1 innings, leading to a 1.07 ERA. He proved to be effective with the Rays, striking out just under a batter per inning and finishing with a 2.92 ERA. Gomes has a fastball in the low-90s and also throws a slider to keep hitters guessing. One area he'll need to improve is his ability to get out left-handed hitters after he had a 5.17 ERA vs. lefties while only a 1.54 ERA vs. righties. Barring a complete meltdown in the spring he should claim one of the bullpen spots as a middle reliever.