Wilmer Font
Wilmer Font
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
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 contract with the Rays in March of 2019. Traded to the Mets in May of 2019.
Headed to bullpen
PNew York Mets
May 23, 2019
Font is expected to transition to a relief role after the Mets announced that Jason Vargas (hamstring) would return from the 10-day injured list to start Saturday against the Tigers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After beginning the season as a full-time reliever for Tampa Bay, Font immediately entered a banged-up Mets rotation when he was acquired May 6. The right-hander found minimal success in his three starts, giving up nine runs on 12 hits and six walks over 10.1 innings. With Vargas' impending return putting the New York rotation back at full strength, Font will presumably work as a mop-up man out of the bullpen rather than handling any meaningful setup work in front of closer Edwin Diaz.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .260 141 25 13 33 6 1 9
Since 2017vs Right .283 207 41 20 53 16 0 10
2019vs Left .250 52 11 8 11 4 0 3
2019vs Right .286 82 16 5 22 9 0 2
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-62%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-52%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.77 1.46 39.0 3 1 0 8.5 3.9 2.1
Since 2017Away 6.75 1.55 40.0 0 3 0 6.5 3.6 2.3
2019Home 2.77 1.31 13.0 1 0 0 10.4 4.8 1.4
2019Away 7.36 1.58 18.1 0 1 0 5.9 2.9 1.5
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.08
 
K/9
7.8
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
5.46
 
WHIP
1.47
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
1.06
 
Left On Base
69.2%
 
Exit Velocity
92.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.7%
 
Spin Rate
2272 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
45.2%
 
Swinging Strike
11.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Struggles with control against Nats
PNew York Mets
May 20, 2019
Font didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 5-3 win over the Nationals, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings while striking out three.
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Starting Monday after all
PNew York Mets
May 20, 2019
Font will start Monday against the Nationals despite reports from earlier in the day suggesting he'd work out of the bullpen, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
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Bypassed for start
PNew York Mets
May 20, 2019
Font will work out of the bullpen for Monday's game against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Starting role in jeopardy
PNew York Mets
May 16, 2019
The Mets haven't committed to keeping Font in the rotation the next time a fifth starter is needed Monday against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Rocked in loss
PNew York Mets
May 15, 2019
Font (1-1) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two through 2.1 innings in a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.
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