30-Year-Old Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
For long stretches of the 2015 season, Cecil was the best reliever in the Blue Jays bullpen. However, when he was pressed into the closer role, Cecil was particularly perilous. Starting the season as ...
Brett Cecil Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $30.5 million deal with the Cardinals in November of 2016.
Cecil has agreed to a four-year deal with the Cardinals on Saturday worth possibly in excess of $30 million, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Brett Cecil Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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2016 Stat Review for Brett Cecil As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)
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St. Louis Cardinals Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAAnna, Dean (SS)
AACaldwell, Bruce (2B)
A+Alcantara, Sandy (P)
AArozarena, Randy (OF)
RookieCarlson, Dylan (1B)
Brett Cecil: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A left-handed pitcher with stuff will get a long leash in the rotation. After 439 innings of a 4.77 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 74 starts, the Jays finally decided that it just wasn’t going to work for Cecil. He still had plenty of talent, but it was becoming clear that it would only play in short bursts. And it has. Cecil has had back-to-back strong seasons out of the pen, including an All-Star bid in 2013. He was essentially better in 2014, but a 25% line-drive rate fueled a .344 BABIP, which resulted in a 1.37 WHIP. He weirdly flipped his platoon split as lefties managed a .714 OPS against him. Expect improvement there, and if his gains are legitimate, Cecil may keep the ninth-inning role after being named the Blue Jays' closer in March when Aaron Sanchez was shifted into the rotation.
After struggling as a starter in 2011 and 2012, Cecil reinvented himself as a highly effective reliever in 2013, finishing with a 2.82 ERA over 60.2 innings. The ERA was backed by strong rate numbers, as he posted a 10.4 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in his first season working strictly as a reliever. He shut down lefties to the tune of an ugly .186/.223/.235 line, while also holding his own against right-handers (.208/.341/.394). Cecil will likely have a setup or middle-relief role again 2014, while Sergio Santos is the best bet to close for the Jays if Casey Janssen falters.
There was cause for concern in 2011 when Cecil lost velocity on his fastball, averaging just 88.5 mph after checking in at 90.1 the previous year. His pitch speed increased across the board in 2012, but he induced fewer groundballs and subsequently, was more vulnerable to the long ball for the second consecutive season. As a lefty, he will likely be moved into the bullpen after the Jays rebuilt their rotation during the winter.
Splat. Cecil followed up his 15-win season of a year ago with an ugly 4-11 record and saw his ERA jump to 4.73 despite similar ratios to his 15-win season. His WHIP (1.326) was nearly identical, but his control (3.1 BB/9IP) and home-run rate (1.6 HR/9IP) both slipped just enough to produce some volatile outings. He didn't pick up a victory after July, losing seven of his last 10 starts, despite solid numbers after the All-Star break (1.215 WHIP, 4.37 ERA in 13 starts). He was a bit unlucky in the second half, which bloated his overall numbers, but life in the AL East isn't going to get any easier. He'll be counted on again to make 25-28 starts for the Jays, and while he'll most certainly improve on last year's effort there's enough here to still see some growing pains.
Cecil lost out in a battle for a rotation spot in spring training but was up with the Jays by the end of April and never looked back, notching 15 wins with a 4.22 ERA in 28 starts. He faded badly down the stretch (6.92 ERA, 1.962 WHIP despite a 4-0 record in five September starts) due to a knee injury and fatigue. Cecil went 10-3 against the beasts of the AL East (Tampa, New York and Boston) and posted a 1.84 ERA over 34 innings against the Yankees. If either trend reverses itself Cecil could be in store for a sharp decline. He'll be back as the team's third starter.
Cecil bounced around between Triple-A Las Vegas and Toronto, making 17 starts for the Jays with a 5.30 ERA and a 1.650 WHIP. He's always relied more on command and control rather than pure stuff, though he did have an above average K/9IP rate (6.7) with the Jays so he'll have his share of struggles, especially in the AL East. The Jays are counting on him to hold down a spot in the middle of their rotation.
Cecil has been advanced quickly, working his way up to make six starts at Triple-A Syracuse in just his second season. He went 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA and a nice 87:23 K:BB ratio in 77.2 innings at Double-A New Hampshire. It's hard to imagine he'd be ready for the majors with just 168 innings under his belt as a pro, but he'll likely have an outside chance to win a rotation spot this spring. He relies more on command than pure stuff so it will be interesting to see how he fares in a full season at Triple-A.
Cecil had a nice pro debut after being a supplemental pick in the June draft and signing quickly. In 49.2 innings, Cecil allowed just 36 hits, one home run, 11 walks and fanned 56 hitters. He doesn't throw very hard, topping out around 90 mph, so there's some concern that he'll turn into another Josh Banks given Toronto's lack of success in developing recent pitchers with less-than-stellar stuff. His performance at Double-A will tell us a lot.