35-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Miguel Asencio in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Miguel Asencio Contract Information:
Signed by the Red Sox to a minor-league contract in January 2008.
Asencio was designated for assignment by the Astros on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Miguel Asencio.
Ascencio started 21 games for the Royals as a 21-year-old back in 2002, but has done little since. There would have to be multiple injuries at the big league level for him to get more than a handful of innings in 2007, so expect him to spend most of the year at Triple-A Round Rock after coming over the Astros in the Jason Jennings deal.
Two years on the sidelines due to elbow injuries have done nothing to improve Asencio's ability to throw strikes. Even if the former Rule 5 draftee from Pittsburgh is able to come back 100 percent from ligament-transplant surgery, he will need to retain his nifty, mid-90s fastball while somehow finding a way to control it. In his only full season in the major leagues, he walked 64 while striking out 58 in 123 innings. He's expected to spend the bulk of the year rehabbing in the minors.
Treated with kid-gloved hands, Asencio pitched only eight games before getting shut down for the season due to elbow surgery. A good, young, live right-hander, Asencio has some command issues to overcome, but he also has some nice potential. He had Tommy John surgery before the 2004 season and is out.
Twenty-one year old Rule V draftees are supposed to ride the pine and pitch only in the late innings of blowouts. That was the plan for Asencio, a former Phillie, who made even that much work a tough proposition when he walked the bases full in his first major-league outing. He settled as the year continued, somewhat, and finished with 21 starts but walked 64 in 123 innings. His fastball, curve and slider are all quality pitches. The trouble is they aren't always thrown for strikes.