31-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Bonderman made his first appearance in the majors since 2010 last season, splitting time between the Mariners and Tigers. Finally past the numerous arm issues that derailed his career, he received ano...
Jeremy Bonderman Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Tigers in July 2013.
Bonderman (thumb) will be available Tuesday, if needed, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
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|2013 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||SEA/DET||18||7||0||55.0||58||33||7||32||27||2||4||0||0||0||5.40||1.55||3-Year Averages||18||7||0||55.0||58||33||7||32||27||2||4||0||0||0||5.40||1.55|
|Career (View All)||225||200||2||1,231.0||1,303||672||154||961||431||69||81||0||–||–||4.91||1.41|
Jeremy Bonderman 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|
|2013 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||SEA/DET||18||7||55.0||5.24||4.42||1.19||1.15||1.18||66.7%||91.0 MPH||5.40||5.21||.293||3-Year Averages||18||7||55.0||5.24||4.42||1.19||1.15||–||66.7%||–||5.40||5.16||.293|
Jeremy Bonderman: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, Bonderman was able to put together a relatively injury-free campaign in 2010. Unfortunately, Bonderman didn't look much like the once-promising pitcher we saw earlier in his career. He finished 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA and 112:60 K:BB ratio in 171 innings. The drop from over 200 strikeouts in 2006 to only 112 is especially concerning. Bonderman is currently a free agent and could be looking for a job right up until spring training. At 28, Bonderman is still young enough to bounce back if he lands in the right situation, but his lack of production in 2010 should keep him off most fantasy radars this season.
For the third straight season, Bonderman�s season was derailed by injuries. At this point, he hasn�t been a useful fantasy player since before the 2007 All-Star break. But there are signs that he could be taking steps back toward fantasy relevance. After his brief stint out of the bullpen to start the 2009 season, Bonderman is expected to rejoin the rotation in 2010. More importantly, he showed improvements in his velocity down the stretch, routinely hitting the 92-93 mph he showcased when he was successful. He�ll come at a bargain price on draft day and could be worth the late-round flier in deep leagues if you�re looking to fill out your rotation with an upside play.
Bonderman missed most of last season after undergoing surgery to remove a rib to help alleviate a blood clot. He posted a 44:36 K:BB ratio when he was able to pitch giving him the lowest strikeout rate and the highest walk rate of his young career. It is somewhat unfair to put much stock in last season's numbers, as Bonderman was pitching through his injury for at least part of the year. He's been a candidate to take a step forward for the last couple of seasons, but has yet to live up to the hype. Bonderman was expected to start throwing over the winter and should be ready for the start of spring training. He'll probably be a bit of a bargain, making him a decent upside pick in fantasy leagues.
Last season was a tale of two halves for Bonderman. He looked like he was finally turning into the ace that everyone had predicted with a 9-1 record, a 3.48 ERA and a 98:24 K:BB ratio in 106 innings before the All-Star break. The second half was awful, probably attributable to the sore elbow that Bonderman didn't admit to having until late in the season. The inflammation in the elbow is supposed to die down with offseason rest but it has to be a concern for fantasy owners moving forward. Keep an eye on the reports about his elbow this spring -- if Bonderman proves to be totally healthy he's primed to enter the upper echelon of fantasy starters this season.
Bonderman was hyped as a breakout candidate for the second year in a row last season and finally started to deliver on some of that potential. He posted the lowest ERA and highest strikeout rate of his career last season but managed only the slightest improvement in his walk rate. The Tigers have said that Bonderman needs to add a changeup to his repertoire to truly become a dominant starter, but thus far he's been unable to harness that pitch. He does own a nasty slider however and he'll continue to rack up the strikeouts with it. It's important to remember that despite having four full major league seasons under his belt Bonderman is still only 24-years-old. Expect continued improvement.
Bonderman looked like a serious breakout candidate going into last season, and the hype made him overvalued in many drafts. A decline in his strikeouts per nine innings from 8.2 in 2004 to 6.9 in 2005 was party offset by an improved K/BB ratio. Trading away a few strikeouts for better control could show that Bonderman is improving. Expect Bonderman to make incremental gains this year in his quest to become an ace starter.
As late as mid-August last season, Bonderman had an ERA over 6.00, but he was phenomenal down the stretch, going 5-3 with a 2.33 ERA in his last eight starts. He has upper-90s velocity and a solid sinker, and at only 22 years old should continue to improve as he matures. Come Draft Day, some fantasy owners may be scared off by Bonderman's unimpressive season totals so he may be a steal.
Bonderman's 5.56 ERA and 1.55 WHIP were atrocious, but remember he only turned 21 in late October. At times last season he showed a lot of poise and good stuff on the mound. He shouldn't have been in the major leagues last year, and probably shouldn't be this year, but he still has a lot of promise.
Bonderman might be the best pitching prospect in the Detroit system right now, Kenny Baugh or no Kenny Baugh. He came over last August as the player to be named later in the Jeff Weaver trade.