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Joe Nathan

42-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals

2016 Stats

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2-0

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1.42

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2017 RotoWire Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Nathan's career came full circle in 2016, finishing the year with the team that drafted him back in 1995 -- the Giants -- after being released by the Cubs midseason. The 42-year-old was used sparingly...

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2017 ADP:  674.98

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 230   DOB: 11/22/1974   BORN: Houston, TX   COLLEGE: SUNY-Stony Brook   DRAFTED: 6th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Joe Nathan Contract Information:

Signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in January of 2017.

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Nathan's odds of winning a spot in the Nationals' bullpen may have taken a hit after the team signed Joe Blanton, The Washington Post reports.

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Joe Nathan 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
2005 30 MAJ MIN 69 0 0 70.0 46 21 5 94 22 7 4 43 2.70 0.97
2006 31 MAJ MIN 64 0 0 68.3 38 12 3 95 16 7 0 36 1.58 0.79
2007 32 MAJ MIN 68 0 0 71.7 54 15 4 77 19 4 2 37 1.88 1.02
2008 33 MAJ MIN 68 0 0 67.7 43 10 5 74 18 1 2 39 1.33 0.90
2009 34 MAJ MIN 70 0 0 68.7 42 16 7 89 22 2 2 47 2.10 0.93
2011 36 AAA ROC 3 1 0 3.0 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2011 36 MAJ MIN 48 0 0 44.7 38 24 7 43 14 2 1 14 3 8 4.84 1.16
2012 37 MAJ TEX 66 0 0 64.3 55 20 7 78 13 3 5 37 3 0 2.80 1.06
2013 38 MAJ TEX 67 0 0 64.7 36 10 2 73 22 6 2 43 3 0 1.39 0.90
2014 39 MAJ DET 62 0 0 58.0 60 31 5 54 29 5 4 35 7 0 4.81 1.53
2015 40 AAA TOL 1 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2015 40 MAJ DET 1 0 0 0.3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
2016 41 AA TEN 6 0 0 6.2 3 2 2 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 2.70 0.48
2016 41 AA RIC 6 0 0 6.0 3 0 0 7 1 1 0 2 0 0 0.00 0.67
2016 41 AAA IOW 6 0 0 2.2 0 2 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 6.75 2.27
2016 41 MAJ CHC 3 0 0 2.0 2 0 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2016 41 MAJ SF 7 0 0 4.3 3 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.15
2016  (Multiple Teams) 41 MAJ CHC/SF 10 0 0 6.3 5 0 0 9 4 2 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.42
2017 Spring Training 42   WAS 9 0 0 9.0 10 3 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.00 1.44
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3-Year Averages     24 0 0 21.6 21 10 1 21 11 2 1 12 2 0 4.18 1.48
Career  (View All)     787 29 0 923.3 690 294 84 976 344 64 34 377 2.87 1.12

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Joe Nathan Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games 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. 27 Ari 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.42
Sep. 23 @Pit 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.50
Sep. 18 @Atl 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.80
Sep. 14 NYM 0.7 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.93
Sep. 9 Phi 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 W 0 0 0 0.00 1.75
Sep. 7 Atl 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0.00 2.00
Sep. 4 @NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.33
Jul. 31 @SF 0.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
1.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 30 Games (Team)
7 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
4.3 3 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 0 1-0 0 1 0 0.00 1.15
Last 60 Games (Team)
8 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.5 IP/G
4.3 4 0 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 1-0 0 1 0 0.00 1.62

Joe Nathan Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201610112110.222
2014153231937503.280

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201618833100.200
20151100000.000
2014106311023402.245

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20161.30002300.003.00
20150.30011000.000.00
201431.03216321714.061.35

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20165.02007100.001.00
201427.02219221245.671.74
Joe Nathan 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
2005 30 MAJ MIN 69 0 70.0 12.09 2.83 4.27 0.64 74.6% 2.70 2.42 .284
2006 31 MAJ MIN 64 0 68.3 12.51 2.11 5.94 0.40 0.75 82.4% 1.58 1.72 .264
2007 32 MAJ MIN 68 0 71.7 9.67 2.39 4.05 0.50 1.00 84.1% 1.88 2.60 .286
2008 33 MAJ MIN 68 0 67.7 9.84 2.39 4.11 0.67 1.24 91.1% 93.5 MPH 1.33 2.80 .245
2009 34 MAJ MIN 70 0 68.7 11.67 2.88 4.05 0.92 1.02 84.2% 93.6 MPH 2.10 2.93 .251
2011 36 AAA ROC 3 1 3.0 15.00 3.00 5.00 0.00 100% 0.00 0.87 .366
2011 36 MAJ MIN 48 0 44.7 8.66 2.82 3.07 1.41 0.74 62.2% 92.3 MPH 4.84 4.45 .272
2012 37 MAJ TEX 66 0 64.3 10.91 1.82 6.00 0.98 1.25 78.7% 94.0 MPH 2.80 2.89 .317
2013 38 MAJ TEX 67 0 64.7 10.16 3.06 3.32 0.28 0.69 85.7% 92.2 MPH 1.39 2.41 .237
2014 39 MAJ DET 62 0 58.0 8.38 4.50 1.86 0.78 1.21 69% 91.6 MPH 4.81 4.01 .334
2015 40 AAA TOL 1 0 .2 45.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 -6.80 .000
2015 40 MAJ DET 1 0 .3 27.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 92.0 MPH 0.00 -2.80 .000
2016 41 AA TEN 6 0 6.2 8.71 0.00 0.00 2.90 100% 2.70 5.46 .080
2016 41 AA RIC 6 0 6.0 10.50 1.50 7.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.37 .232
2016 41 AAA IOW 6 0 2.2 12.27 20.45 0.60 0.00 60% 6.75 8.65 .000
2016 41 MAJ CHC 3 0 2.0 18.00 9.00 2.00 0.00 100% 91.2 MPH 0.00 2.20 .549
2016 41 MAJ SF 7 0 4.3 10.38 4.15 2.50 0.00 0.50 100% 91.2 MPH 0.00 2.28 .294
2016  (Multiple Teams) 41 MAJ CHC/SF 10 0 6.3 12.79 5.68 2.25 0.00 0.43 100% 91.2 MPH 0.00 2.32 .361
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3-Year Averages     24 0 21.6 8.77 4.59 1.91 0.42 71% 4.18 3.39 .335
Career     787 29 923.3 9.51 3.35 2.84 0.82 77.9% 2.87 3.42 .271

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Joe Nathan Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 P 4.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2016 Stat Review for Joe Nathan    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

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2.25 K/BB
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12.79 K/9
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5.68 BB/9
TERRIBLE
91.2 MPH Fastball
POOR
0.0 HR/9
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0.43 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME FLYBALLER
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1.42 WHIP
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2.32 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

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.361 BABIP
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100.0% Strand Rate
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2017 Projected Stats Breakdown for Joe Nathan

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Joe Nathan: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nathan hit 92 mph on the stadium radar gun during a shutout inning of work in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets, The Washington Post reports. "I'll tell you, it felt very easy today," Nathan said. "I'm surprised that it got there. Normally, for me, spring has always been velocity down, even when I was a mid-to-upper [90s] guy. I always threw low 90s in the spring, so for me to go out and be 91, 92 for a first outing, and I felt very easy out there. I didn't feel like I was putting too much effort into pitches. I felt very smooth, very effortless, I would say."

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Nathan threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session Monday and came away feeling great, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports. "Pretty easy day, just made sure my stuff was kind of in the zone when I wanted to," Nathan said. "For the most part, I threw strikes; didn't throw too many breaking balls. But mixed in sinkers, change."

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Nathan will be in the mix for the Nationals' closer job this spring, The Washington Post reports.

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Nathan signed a minor league contract with an invite to spring training Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

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2016

Nathan missed the 2015 season after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery early in the year. The 41-year-old refused to retire and has been rehabbing for a return, which should come a month or two into the season. Plenty of teams would be more than happy to ink this 377-save closer to a minor-league deal if he comes back healthy. Nathan is just two seasons removed from elite numbers and he'd certainly bolster a thin bullpen. We'll watch from the sidelines until he's back on a mound and pitching like he did in Texas in 2013 (1.39 ERA, 10.2 K/9, 3.1 W/9 and 43 saves), but we'll stay on the sidelines if he hurls like he did in Detroit in 2014 (4.81 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 4.5 W/9 and 35 saves).

2015

Nathan was the Tigersí prized free agent acquisition prior to the 2014 season. After posting a miniscule 1.39 ERA with 43 saves in his final season for the Rangers, Nathan was expected to anchor the Tigersí bullpen. Unfortunately, things didnít go as planned, as Nathan struggled out of the gates in 2014. Prior to the All-Star break, Nathan posted a 5.61 ERA and 1.51 WHIP while blowing five of 24 save chances. He righted the ship a bit in the second half of the season (16-of-18 on save chances, 3.70 ERA), but Nathan still finished with some of the worst numbers of his career. His fastball, which hovered around 94 mph back in 2012, dipped to 91 mph and the dominate slider he showcased in Texas was ineffective last season. As would be expected, the drop-off in his two most effective pitches led to a lower strikeout rate (8.38 K/9), and Nathan also battled control issues (4.50 BB/9) for much of the season. Despite the down campaign, Nathan is expected to once again open the season as Detroitís closer. The 40-year-old righty will have to prove he can bounce back, otherwise Detroit may hand over the ninth-inning duties to Joakim Soria or an option outside of the organization.

2014

Nathan's two-year run as Texas' closer came to an end after he chose not to exercise a contract option for 2014, making him a free agent. Nathan was outstanding again in 2013, allowing just 36 hits and 22 walks in 64.2 innings, fanning 73 and racking up 43 saves. The uptick in walks and elevated strand rate (87.2% LOB mark) don't support the elite 1.39 ERA, but Nathan still misses bats at a very good clip and seems to have enough left in the tank to remain a top-10 closer. The Tigers locked up Nathan with a two-year deal in December, where he'll offer an experienced option to finish out games on a club with World Series aspirations in what might be the final chapter of his career.

2013

Nathan gave Texas everything they wanted after inking him to a two-year deal last winter. Well, everything but the 27th out in Game 6 of the World Series. He was back to his reliable self after two years of injury-interrupted campaigns, and he'll rack up close to 40 saves again in 2013 if he manages to stay healthy. The Rangers signed Joakim Soria and plan to bring Neftali Feliz back from Tommy John surgery in a relief role, giving them two possible fallback options should Nathan falter. Both Soria and Feliz are second-half options at best however, giving Nathan a clear role as Texas' closer as the season opens.

2012

Nathan enters 2012 as the Rangers closer in his second full season back from Tommy John surgery. After missing all of 2011, Nathan began last season as Minnesota's closer but struggled and lost the job after just three weeks. He had a 7.63 ERA and nine walks in 15 innings along with a noticeable drop in velocity before going on the DL with a flexor strain. Nathan turned things around when he returned from the DL with a 3.38 ERA and 28:5 K:BB ratio in 29.1 innings. He reclaimed the closer role and converted all 11 save chances. He was arguably the best closer in baseball before Tommy John surgery with outstanding control and a dominating strikeout rate. He'll be 37 years old this season, but his second-half stats show he could approach his pre-surgery form.

2011

Nathan hurt his elbow early last spring and missed the entire season after Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be ready for the start of spring training. However, it remains to be seen how effective he'll be initially and what kind of role he'll have in the bullpen. He'll likely begin the season in middle relief while Matt Capps serves as Minnesota's closer, but he could take over closing duties later in the summer. He was arguably the best closer in baseball before the injury with outstanding control and a dominating strikeout rate. Still, he'll be 35 this season and pitchers often struggle with control in their first season back from Tommy John surgery, so temper your expectations.

2010

Nathan's 2009 regular season shows he's arguably the best closer in baseball, but some talk emerged that he may be fading or that the Twins should trade him after he blew a save in Minnesota's playoff loss to the Yankees. Nathan didn't show any signs of wearing down at age 34 last season as he continued to have outstanding control (89:22 K:BB ratio), improved his strikeout rate (11.67 K/9IP) and had a slightly higher average velocity on his fastball than in 2008. He also got more save opportunities, which resulted in a franchise-record 47 saves. And he remains very durable since he hasn't been on the DL since 2000. If others overreact to a playoff loss, he could be a bargain in 2010 as there's every reason to think he'll be among the top closers in baseball again.

2009

Nathan continues to be arguably the best closer in the game and had another dominant season in 2008. Nathan strikes out over a batter per inning (if down slightly from his earlier days) with oustanding control (88:19 K:BB ratio) and durability (hasn't been on the DL since 2000). About the only criticsm of his season was that manager Ron Gardehire was too hesitant to use him for more than one inning (just four outings over one inning) or bring him in during the eighth inning. He'll be near the top of any fantasy rankings of closers.

2008

Nathan may be the best closer in baseball after another dominant season with outstanding control (77:19 K:BB ratio in 71.2 innings). His strikeouts were down slightly from recent years, but he still whiffed better than a batter per inning. The big fantasy issue for Nathan in 2008 is that he's in the final year of his contract and the Twins haven't seemed willing to sign him to a long-term extension. He's a risk to be traded if the Twins fall out of the pennant race as a result.

2007

If not for Mariano Rivera, Nathan might be considered the best closer in baseball. Although for the first time as Minnesota's closer he didn't earn more than 40 saves (he only received 38 chances), he increased his strikeout rate while reducing his walks. He blew just two saves all season. Expect another 35 or more saves once again.

2006

Nathan showed his strong first season as a closer was no fluke as he nearly duplicated his 2004 numbers. Nathan struck out well over a batter per inning and had a strong 94/22 K/BB ratio. He's a good bet to once again save at least 35 games in the closer role.

2005

Nathan surpassed all expectations in his first season as a closer by converting 44 of 47 save chances and making the AL All Star team. He proved his success after one year as a reliever with the Giants wasn't a fluke after being traded to the Twins. Nathan struck out well over a batter per inning and had a strong 89/23 K/BB ratio. He looks like a strong bet to save at least 35 games again in the closer role.

2004

Nathan will be the primary candidate to close for the Twins after an outstanding season last year with the Giants. Acquired in the A.J. Pierzynski trade, Nathan is coming off his first season as reliever, which proved to be a big success. He dominated hitters with 83 strikeouts against just 33 walks in 79 innings. Two worries are that he's had just one good season and he's moving away from a pitcher's park, but that kind of dominance makes it likely he'll be productive with his new team.

2003

Nathan turned 28 in the offseason, and needs to make an impression soon; 6-12, 5.60 in 25 starts at Triple-A in 2002 wasn't a good one. He's probably on the outside looking in when it comes to the Giants' starting rotation in 2003, and he'll likely spend the year at Triple-A again.