34-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Brian Bass in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Brian Bass Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal in Jan. 2013.
The Phillies have released Bass, Jeff Schuler of the Allentown Morning Call reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Brian Bass.
Outside of two short stints with the Pirates, Bass spent most of last season at Triple-A Indianapolis working primarily in a relief role. The Phillies signed Bass to a minor league contract this winter and will give him a chance to compete with Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley for the fifth spot in the Phillies rotation. Bass is a long shot to make the Phillies' roster.
Bass was unreliable out of Baltimore's bullpen, but he was frequently in an unenviable mop-up role when starters let things get out of hand early in games. The role may not be ideal, but Bass is not capable of much more than that. He'll try to win a job in Pittsburgh's wide open bullpen competition.
Bass pitched 44 games out of the bullpen for Minnesota in 2008, before he was sent down to Triple-A and traded to the Orioles. Baltimore wants to give Bass a shot at the rotation in 2009 and he pitched fairly well in four starts in September. Still, he did not have a solid season as a starter above High-A with Minnesota in the minors.
Double-A has been a rude level to Bass. After dominating the lower levels for four seasons (3.35 ERA in 61 starts), Bass has hit a two-season wall in Wichita. His 2005 was a touch better but he didn't show any mastery of the level. In fact, he posted career highs in walks per nine innings (2.89) and home runs allowed (14). Strong performances in the Arizona Fall League give a glimmer of hope, but he'll need to improve at Double-A to move up.