Jason Hammel
36-Year-Old PitcherSP
Kansas City Royals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
On the surface, 2017 looks like a dramatic step back for Hammel from 2016, but the underlying numbers say the skills were mostly the same. His strikeout percentage dipped again to just 18 percent, but Hammel also shaved a bit off his walk rate (to 6.0 percent) as he pumped in first-pitch strikes at a career-high clip (62.6 percent). He was a bit unlucky with a .318 BABIP and 68.4 percent left-on-base rate -- nearly eight percentage points lower than his 2016 mark -- but Hammel also allowed more flyballs and induced less soft contact. Hammel was a lot worse the third-time through the order in 2017 (8.79 ERA, .391 wOBA), so while he should make 30 starts for a fourth straight season with good health, his innings and win totals will likely remain modest with a lot of five-and-dive performances. Even so, there is enough volume to make him somewhat appealing in league-only settings. Read Past Outlooks
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