33-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Eric O'Flaherty in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Eric O'Flaherty Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Braves in December of 2016.
O'Flaherty (shoulder) was released by the Braves on Friday.
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Eric O'Flaherty Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Eric O'Flaherty Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Eric O'Flaherty As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Eric O'Flaherty.
All things considered, 2016 was a season to forget for O'Flaherty. After acquiring him in a trade from the Pirates less than a week before Opening Day, the Braves hoped that the veteran lefty would regain the form he once showed as a top reliever for the Braves from 2010 to 2013. Needless to say, the script did not play out as desired. O'Flaherty struggled from the get-go and battled various injuries (strained knee, elbow neuritis) before being shut down in August. He finished the year with a 6.91 ERA (4.33 FIP) and 22:11 K:BB. At 32 years old and coming off an injury-shortened season, it is unlikely he will provide much fantasy value in even the deepest of leagues.
O'Flaherty returned from Tommy John surgery in July and pitched well for the A's out of the bullpen, throwing 20 innings with an ERA of 2.25. He also had a very brief run as the team's closer in late August while Sean Doolittle was on the disabled list. O'Flaherty is an exceptional lefty option out of the bullpen with ERAs under 2.50 in each of the past five seasons, and he is particularly effective against lefties, as evidenced by his .531 career OPS allowed to opposing southpaws. He is under contract with the A's through 2015 and will serve as one of their primary setup men late in games again this season.
A torn UCL ended O'Flaherty's season in May, leaving the Braves without their top two lefty relievers (the other, of course, being Jonny Venters). Luis Ayala took over as the No. 1 lefty out of the bullpen and was outstanding, but a healthy O'Flaherty should have no trouble finding a job, with Atlanta or elsewhere. O'Flaherty posted a combined 1.31 ERA and 60 holds from 2011-2012, and has held opposing lefties to a .200/.262/.269 line in his career. While his recovery figures to push well into the season, O'Flaherty should join the A's bullpen late in the first half, after inking a two-year deal with Oakland in January.
If your fantasy league uses holds as a statistic, O'Flaherty will be one of the best in the league in that category as he is second in that category in all of MLB over the last two seasons. After a fairly mediocre rookie year with the Mariners in 2007, the Braves plucked O'Flaherty off of waivers a year later and he found immediate success in the Atlanta bullpen. In his four years with the team he has a 1.95 ERA in over 230 innings pitched. He has decent strikeout numbers utilizing a fantastic slider, and is excellent at limiting walks. O'Flaherty remains devastating against lefties (.305 OPS against left-handed hitters), but took a step back against right-handed batters last season (.759 OPS against right-handed batters) - which could limit his upside. However, he'll be a key part of the bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel again in 2013.
O'Flaherty showed he could become more than a lefty specialist last season as he became a key setup man in the dominant back end of Atlanta's bullpen. O'Flaherty posted an amazing 0.98 ERA, giving up just three earned runs in 46.1 innings after June 7. While O'Flaherty has always been devastating against lefties (.512 OPS allowed last year and .576 OPS allowed career), he improved significantly against right-handed hitters (.599 OPS allowed with a 42:19 K:BB ratio). His improvement against righties moved him into a full set-up role and he pitched 20 more innings than any previous season. If he can continue to get right-handed batters out, he could be a useful setup man for fantasy purposes even though he'll be behind Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters for save chances.
O'Flaherty was having another strong season as a lefty specialist for the Braves when he came down with mononucleosis in July and only threw 12.2 innings after the All-Star break. Before getting sick, he saw his velocity increase on fastballs (to an average of 92 mph) and he also improved against right-handed hitters (.690 OPS allowed last season compared to a previous .803 OPS career average). Meanwhile, he continued to dominate lefties (.588 OPS allowed). He'll likely be limited to middle relief as a lefty specialist, but his growth last year suggests he could see more high-leverage situations or a move into a setup role. However, he needs to reduce his walks to right-handed batters (17:13 K:BB ratio last season).
O'Flaherty emerged as a effective lefty specialist last season in the Atlanta bullpen and will continue that role in 2010. He held lefties to a .559 OPS with a 24:6 K:BB ratio, but wasn't used in many high-leverage situations with lefty Mike Gonzalez ahead of him in the bullpen. He's also been much worse in his career against righties (.803 OPS allowed), which may limit his role beyond a lefty specialist.
O'Flaherty's career took a swift turn for the worse last season. Named the lefty set-up man out of spring training, O'Flaherty was quickly demoted after getting knocked around the first two weeks of the season. He then made only 15 appearances between Double-A West Tennessee and Triple-A Tacoma before a back injury ended his season. The Braves claimed him off waivers in November after the Mariners decided they'd rather have his 40-man spot free. He'll go to spring training vying for a job in the Atlanta bullpen.
O'Flaherty developed into a dependable long-man for the Mariners last season - in the first half at least. In his first 30.1 innings, O'Flaherty posted a .208 ERA, 0.956 WHIP and .194 BAA in addition to vulturing six wins. Things changed in the second half, though, as Flaherty allowed 19 earned runs in 22 innings (7.77 ERA), his WHIP nearly doubling and his BAA rising to .279. Overall, he still stranded 77 percent of his inherited runners (43 of 56), and he did a great job of keeping the ball in the park - just one home run allowed in 52.1 innings, the third-best rate in the American League. His fantasy value is limited, though, because his wins are fluky and holds are infrequent (six last year).
O'Flaherty made a name for himself last season after an obscure start. In 71.1 minor league innings, he struck out 73 and walked 22, hitting every level from high-A to a late-season call-up. A sixth-round pick in 2003, he throws a sinking fastball in the 89-93 mph range, but it was a much-improved slider to that helped him advance. The left-handed O'Flaherty will contend for a bullpen spot in spring training.