38-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Grilli easily earned his $2.5 million salary with 30 saves through July 22, before a forearm strain sidelined him for six weeks. How he comes back after an offseason of rest remains one of the biggest...
Jason Grilli Contract Information:
Agreed to terms on a two-year, $6.75 million deal with the Pirates in December of 2012.
Grilli allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work Friday, resulting in his fourth loss of the season against the A's.
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|2008 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||COL/DET||60||0||0||75.0||67||25||2||69||38||3||3||1||–||–||3.00||1.40|
|2009 (Multiple Teams)||32||MAJ||COL/TEX||52||0||0||45.7||50||27||4||49||27||2||3||1||–||–||5.32||1.69|
|2014 (Multiple Teams)||37||MAJ||PIT/LAA||62||0||0||54.0||51||24||4||57||21||1||5||12||5||12||4.00||1.33|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jason Grilli||3-Year Averages||48||0||0||47.1||36||14||4||67||16||1||3||12||1||14||2.67||1.10|
|Career (View All)||446||16||0||552.0||526||255||52||520||232||22||32||50||–||–||4.16||1.37|
Jason Grilli Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2008 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||COL/DET||60||0||75.0||8.28||4.56||1.82||0.24||1.00||77.7%||92.3 MPH||3.00||3.28||.313|
|2009 (Multiple Teams)||32||MAJ||COL/TEX||52||0||45.7||9.66||5.32||1.81||0.79||0.80||68.5%||92.2 MPH||5.32||4.03||.366|
|2014 (Multiple Teams)||37||MAJ||PIT/LAA||62||0||54.0||9.50||3.50||2.71||0.67||0.94||70.6%||93.1 MPH||4.00||3.26||.330|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jason Grilli||3-Year Averages||48||0||47.1||12.80||3.06||4.19||0.76||–||79.2%||–||2.67||2.48||.327|
2014 Stat Review for Jason Grilli As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)
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Grilli rang up batters at an incredible 13.8 K/9 rate in 2012, compiling a 2.91 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 58.2 frames. He finished fourth in the majors with 32 holds, serving as a solid bridge to closer Joel Hanrahan. At 36, asking Grilli to replicate his 2012 numbers might be asking a bit much. His fastball velocity dropped several mph after July, for reasons unknown. The Pirates re-signed him in December and the plan is for Grilli to begin the year as the team's closer with Hanrahan's trade to Boston. Keep in mind, however, that Mark Melancon could push him for the job if there are any prolonged stretches of struggles.
The Pirates picked up Grilli off the Triple-A scrapheap in 2011 and he responded with the best ERA (2.48) of his nine-year MLB career. His fastball saw a tick up in average speed (92.4 mph) but at 35 there's a good chance he begins to slow down. Grilli proved to be one of Pittsburgh's few reliable relievers down the stretch, but he saved just one game and his second-half effort will be hard to repeat. While it's not out of the question he closes out a game or two for Pittsburgh in 2012, Grilli has totaled two saves in 238 career games.
Grilli pitched reasonably well for a dozen and a half appearances with the Rangers after Colorado cut him loose in June, but he struggled to find his form after returning from an elbow injury. He signed a minor league deal with Cleveland, where he'll likely spend another year in middle relief.
Things that don't repeat: a 1.8 percent HR/FB figure. That's how Grilli, a flyball pitcher, posted a 2.93 ERA in low-leverage relief for the Rockies. Not only will it not happen again, but Grilli probably won't spend all of 2009 in the majors.
Grilli was awful at the start of last season but posted a 3.57 ERA in the second half thanks to a reduced hit rate and only one home run allowed. That improvement should earn him a spot in the Tigers bullpen at the start of this year, but he doesn't deserve much of a look in fantasy leagues as the Tigers figure to use him only in the middle innings.
Grilli managed to spend all of last season in Detroit's bullpen despite a poor 31:25 K:BB in 62 IP. That poor K:BB doesn't bode well for Grilli's future in the majors. He's unlikely to manage another ERA in the low fours again if his command continues to fail him.
Grilli made two starts for the Tigers in September after spending the season starting for Triple-A Toledo. He pitched well enough to have a small shot at a bullpen job this spring.
Grilli was a Rule 5 snag who the White Sox were able to send down to the minors thanks to a Marlins roster crunch. Chicago's hoping he'll be able to win the fifth starter role this spring.
He was unimpressive in 12 Triple-A starts, but the fact that he was even healthy and on a mound at all was an achievement. Once upon a time he was a prospect; if he can stay out of Dr. Andrews' waiting room, he might be again.