34-Year-Old Pitcher – Houston Astros
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tony Sipp in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Tony Sipp Contract Information:
Signed three-year, $18 million deal with the Astros in December 2015.
Sipp (right calf soreness) was activated from the 10-day DL on Saturday.
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2017 Stat Review for Tony Sipp As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)
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Houston Astros Roster
MajorsAltuve, Jose (2B)
AAAArmenteros, Rogelio (P)
AABostick, Akeem (P)
A+Adcock, Brett (P)
AAlcala, Jorge (P)
RookieAmador, Wilson (SS)
Tony Sipp: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Tony Sipp.
Coming off a sterling 2015 when he held a 1.99 ERA and 10.3 K/9, Sipp struggled by comparison in 2016. His ERA bloated to 4.95, in large part due to a 2.5 HR/9, the second highest in the league among pitchers with at least 40 innings. A left-hander with a good slider and a good changeup, Sipp has pitched even left/right splits over his career, making him more than just a LOOGY. While 2015 was a career year, 2016 seems like somewhat of an outlier on the other end of the spectrum, with his true talent lying somewhere in between. Sipp has two years and $12 million left on his contract, so he will definitely be given relief opportunities for the Astros in 2017. But with Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson set to anchor a crowded bullpen that could become even more crowded with free-agent acquisitions, the 33-year-old Sipp is unlikely to see many high-leverage situations in 2017.
At 31 years of age, Sipp turned in his best season as a pro with the Astros in 2015, as the southpaw held right-handed hitters to a .192 average and finished with an ERA south of 2.00. Despite a dip in fastball velocity (90.9 mph), the veteran maintained a strikeout rate north of 10.0 K/9 for the third consecutive season. With Ken Giles set to close and Luke Gregerson in line to be the setup man, Sipp won't have many high-leverage opportunities.
A strong spring wasn't enough for Sipp to earn a spot on the Padres' Opening Day roster, but after San Diego granted his release in May, Houston quickly swooped in and signed him to a major league contract. The veteran left-hander posted one of the finest seasons of his career, going 4-3 for the Astros with a 3.38 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 11 holds and four saves, while holding the opposition to a .157 batting average. An uptick in fastball velocity (92.4 mph), an effective slider and increased use of his changeup attributed to a career-best strikeout (11.2 K/9) and walk rate (3.0 BB/9). He should be a mainstay of the Astros' bullpen, but may have a lower profile role after the team signed free agents Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.
Sipp failed to handle the role of effective lefty out of the Arizona bullpen last season after providing the Indians with a viable option in that role in 2011 and 2012. His fastball velocity slipped for the third straight season, but a strikeout-per-inning lefty seldom has a difficult time finding works. Regardless of where he lands, Sipp figures to be used mostly as a left-handed specialist in 2014.
Sipp took a small step back in his first season as the Indians' primary setup man from the left side and his struggles with the long ball will always inflate his ERA. Included as part of the deal that sent Trevor Bauer to Cleveland, Sipp will work as the primary lefty in the bridge to J.J. Putz in Arizona this season. It will be interesting to see how well his skill set translates with the move into hitter-friendly Chase Field, as his extreme flyball tendencies have made him vulnerable to the long ball over the last three seasons.
Sipp worked his way into a setup role with the diminishing effectiveness of fellow southpaw Rafael Perez and combined with Vinnie Pestano to give the Indians a solid lefty-righty combination in front of closer Chris Perez. He doesn't have the platoon splits that pigeonhole many southpaws into a strict matchup situation as he's very effective at neutralizing right-handed batters as well. Expect another fine season out of Sipp in the Cleveland bullpen and bump him up a few notches if your league rewards holds.
Sipp's overall numbers last season were skewed by a couple of horrific appearances (nine earned runs in one inning) but he's working his way into a setup role from the left side, especially if Rafael Perez continues to struggle. Sipp is not going to wrestle the closer job away from Chris Perez, but could make for a nice staff filler in deeper formats in leagues that count strikeouts.
Sipp made three separate stints in Cleveland, posting a 1.300 WHIP and a 2.92 ERA in 40 innings. He had some control issues with the Indians, but it's never been a huge issue (3.1 BB/9IP in 270 minor-league innings) in his past so we'll chalk it up to some nervousness as walked eight men in his first 6.1 innings. He'll give the Indians another effective southpaw out of the bullpen behind Rafael Perez, but doesn't seem to offer much fantasy value in a middle-relief role.
Sipp was on the verge of earning a spot with the Indians early in 2007 before an elbow injury wiped out his chances, and ultimately his season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made it back in time for 16 appearances at Double-A where he walked just seven and fanned 32 batters in 21.2 innings. It remains to be seen how much of his fastball and plus-slider were left on the operating table but the early returns are positive. The Indians could give him a meaningful look this spring if they're aggressive in their recovery timeline.
Sipp came down with a sore elbow in spring training, was shut down until midseason, before suffering a setback and undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. He's expected to miss all of 2008 and it remains to be seen how much of his fastball and devasting slider will remain on the operating table. A late-inning option from the left side when healthy, he's got a better chance to come back now than he would have 10 years ago and still make a career out of throwing a baseball.
A lefty with power stuff, Sipp dominated Double-A in 2006, striking out almost 12 batters per nine innings pitched. Sipp could break camp with Cleveland as their power left-hander out of the pen and his future may be as a closer, ala Billy Wagner. Should he stay in Triple-A to begin the season, sit back and enjoy the show.
A 46th-rounder in 2004, Sipp has dominated three separate Single-A divisions in two years. A combo pitcher/outfielder at Clemson, the full-time work as a pitcher seems to be helping him learn the craft, although a shift from starting to the pen didn't work as well in the transition from Lake County to Kinston. The Cleveland system's lack of quality lefties and Sipp's performance thus far could get him more than a sip of coffee in Cleveland very soon.
Sipp, the 45th round pick in 2004 out of Clemson, could have been a centerfielder because of his solid defensive work, athleticism, and quick bat in college, but the Indians view him as a pitcher. He’s only five-foot-11 but throws in the low 90s with two emerging secondary pitches in a power slider and splitter. He’s a college player but not overly polished as a pitcher. Low round picks tend to be quickly-signed and he should spend the remainder of 2004 in Short-Season as the organization determines if his high college K-rate is convertible to the pros.