Wilmer Font
Wilmer Font
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Font had some hype in analytical circles as a 27-year-old "prospect" coming into last season due to his high-strikeout, low-walk profile in the minors. He ended up allowing 13 runs in 10.1 innings for the Dodgers and 11 more in 6.2 innings with the Athletics. Home runs were a big problem, as he gave up 10 of them in 17 total innings. A move to Tampa Bay seemed to finally get him on track, as he threw 27 innings for the Rays, averaging three innings per appearance while posting an excellent 1.67 ERA and allowing just two homers. Unfortunately, a lat strain cut his season short in late July, adding risk for the upcoming season. A healthy Font could have fringe deep-league value for a Rays team that will continue to deploy him in interesting ways, but both his 18.7% strikeout rate and 10.3% walk rate in Tampa were worse than league average. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $550,000 contract with the Dodgers in March of 2018. Traded to the Athletics in April of 2018.
Roster spot appears likely
PTampa Bay Rays
March 9, 2019
Font, who sports a 27.00 ERA through two spring appearances, is nevertheless considered a solid candidate for an Opening Day roster spot in the bullpen, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
One of the primary reasons for Font's strong candidacy is the fact he's out of minor-league options, while his 1.67 ERA over nine appearances in Tampa last season and his ability to fill a number of roles on the staff also bolster his case. The 28-year-old's unsightly spring numbers thus far are disturbingly reminiscent of the struggles Font endured as a member of the Dodgers early last season, but the fact he allowed just four earned runs over his nine-appearance Rays tenure before succumbing to a lat injury gives him some momentum coming into 2019.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .265 89 14 5 22 2 1 6
Since 2016vs Right .282 125 25 15 31 7 0 8
2018vs Left .263 81 13 4 20 0 1 6
2018vs Right .263 111 23 12 26 6 0 6
2017vs Left .286 8 1 1 2 2 0 0
2017vs Right .455 14 2 3 5 1 0 2
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home 7.27 1.54 26.0 2 1 0 7.6 3.5 2.4
Since 2016Away 6.23 1.52 21.2 0 2 0 7.1 4.2 2.9
2018Home 6.00 1.42 24.0 2 1 0 7.5 3.4 1.9
2018Away 5.85 1.40 20.0 0 2 0 7.2 3.2 3.2
2017Home 22.50 3.00 2.0 0 0 0 9.0 4.5 9.0
2017Away 10.80 3.00 1.2 0 0 0 5.4 16.2 0.0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Wilmer Font compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Font is the rare 27-year-old prospect who is legitimately interesting. He received his cup of coffee from the Rangers way back in 2012, and to date, has just seven major-league innings to his name. The right-hander was out of affiliated baseball entirely in 2015, but Font reestablished himself as one to watch at Triple-A Oklahoma City last year, posting a 3.42 ERA (2.98 FIP) in 134.1 innings. He struck out 32.1 percent of the batters he faced while walking just 6.3 percent. He'll likely open the season in a long-relief role with the big club, but could be in line to make a number of starts, assuming the Dodgers continue their liberal use of the 10-day disabled list this season. Wherever he pitches, Font is a good candidate to provide a solid strikeout rate, and those Ks give him appeal in a variety of formats.
Font fully transitioned to a relief role in 2013, making 26 appearances at Double-A Frisco and 16 appearances at Triple-A Round Rock. On the whole, he fanned 71 batters in 52 innings, but he also walked 34. Control has always been an issue for Font, and it figures to limit his effectiveness once he reaches the majors. His upside is a middle-to-late-inning reliever, but his control issues will keep him out of ninth-inning mix despite some solid strikeout numbers.
Font missed the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery, but his return to the mound in 2012 couldn't have gone much better. His composite line, spent largely at High-A Myrtle Beach, also included 10 relief appearances at Double-A Frisco, and was solid (98.1 innings, 67 hits, 138:44 K:BB). The control is an issue, but you can't ignore 29 strikeouts in 15 innings at Double-A Frisco. He switched between a starting and relief role, and two of his final three appearances of the season were three inning relief appearances, but he's expected to get his initial exposure to the major leagues as a reliever. With the departures of both Mike Adams and Koji Uehara via free agency, in addition to Alexi Ogando moving back to a starting role, there is plenty of opportunity for Font to emerge as a late-inning setup option to Joe Nathan when the season begins.
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Solid in spring debut
PTampa Bay Rays
March 2, 2019
Font (lat) allowed two unearned runs on one hit across an inning in the Rays' 6-5 Grapefruit League win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
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Ready for spring debut
PTampa Bay Rays
March 2, 2019
Font (lat) will make his spring debut Saturday in a split-squad game against the Blue Jays, according to Juan Toribio of MLB.com.
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Recovering from lat issue
PTampa Bay Rays
January 25, 2019
Font (lat) resumed throwing fastball-only bullpen sessions last week, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Won't return in '18
PTampa Bay Rays
September 13, 2018
Font (lat) confirmed he won't return to action this season and will instead spend the winter rehabbing his injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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May not return this season
PTampa Bay Rays
August 15, 2018
Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Font (lat) may not return from the DL this season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "In all likelihood it will be really challenging to see him at any point the rest of this year," the manager said.
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