31-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jeremy Hefner in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jeremy Hefner Contract Information:
Signed minor league contract with Cardinals in December of 2015.
Hefner has decided to retire from baseball, ending his 10-year professional career.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jeremy Hefner.
Hefner struggled early in the year, as he had a 5.00 ERA on May 18, but he posted the best ERA in baseball (1.76) over an eight-start stretch leading into the All-Star break. It was all downhill from there, as he went 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in his five starts after the break. He attempted to pitch through pain in his elbow to stay in the rotation, but finally let the Mets know about the issue as he began to struggle. Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his pitching elbow in August. As a result, he won't get back on the mound in game action before the second half of 2014 at the earliest.
The Mets split Hefner's time between the rotation and bullpen in 2012, and the better results from his workload came in a relief role (4.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP). Still, in his 13 appearances as a starter, he carried an impressive 3.8 K/BB and was generally victimized by a .342 BABIP. Historically, he has shown a limited ability to miss bats after making the leap from High-A (8.5 K/9) following the 2009 season. If his 4.21 xFIP is any indication, Hefner appears to have some value as a potential No. 5 starter given his ability to limit the free passes and keep the ball in the yard (0.7 HR/9). Long relief might be his Opening Day role, but it would not be surprising to see him make a few spot starts if the need arises.
First claimed by the Pirates off waivers from San Diego in November and now more recently by the Mets from the Pirates, Hefner will struggle to make it in the majors as anything more than a temporary call-up. During his first full season at Triple-A last year, his overall numbers conitnued their annual drop, including a 1.97 K/BB ratio and a HR/9 that more than doubled to a 1.29 mark. He'll fight his way through the Mets system for now, but the likelihood of him having any sort of major league impact is incredibly low.