Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova

35-Year-Old PitcherSP
 Free Agent  Foreign
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies in April of 2021. Released by the Rockies in May of 2021.
Headed overseas
PFree Agent  F
December 20, 2021
Nova signed a one-year contract with the SSG Landers of the Korean Baseball League on Monday, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.
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Nova was released by the Rockies in May of 2021 and failed to make an appearance elsewhere the rest of the season. His last MLB appearance dates back to 2020 with the Tigers, where he finished with an 8.53 ERA and 1.63 WHIP with a 9:9 K:BB over 19 innings (four starts).
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-7%
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-9%
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-6%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .290 458 60 29 123 27 0 19
Since 2019vs Right .312 436 63 27 124 21 0 15
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .267 51 3 6 12 1 0 2
2020vs Right .294 37 6 3 10 3 0 2
2019vs Left .293 407 57 23 111 26 0 17
2019vs Right .313 399 57 24 114 18 0 13
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-8%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.82 1.22 89.2 5 6 0 5.7 1.7 1.7
Since 2019Away 5.26 1.67 116.1 7 7 0 5.1 3.0 1.3
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 10.00 1.67 9.0 0 1 0 4.0 2.0 2.0
2020Away 7.20 1.60 10.0 1 0 0 4.5 6.3 1.8
2019Home 4.24 1.17 80.2 5 5 0 5.9 1.7 1.7
2019Away 5.08 1.67 106.1 6 7 0 5.2 2.7 1.3
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Nova provided some real-life value as an innings eater for the White Sox last season, chewing up 187 frames, 10th most in the American League. The veteran righty was able to keep his home-run rate right around 1.4 HR/9 where he'd been the prior two seasons -- no small feat with the reduced-drag ball in play. Nova continued to do a good job limiting free passes (5.8 BB%) and when it was all said and done, he was worth two wins above replacement by FanGraphs' WAR. Unfortunately, his fantasy utility did not match up as his 14.1 K% -- the second-lowest mark among qualified starters -- made him exceedingly tough to deploy in mixed-league formats. He remains in the weak AL Central after signing a one-year deal with the Tigers. The lack of dominance will keep him on the waiver wire in most leagues, but Nova will inevitably be streamed by a few 15-team owners looking to capitalize on favorable two-start weeks.
For the third straight season, Nova was successful in limiting free passes, finishing with a BB/9 below 2.0. However, he's around the zone so much that his homer rate has climbed in each of the past three seasons (to 1.45 HR/9 in 2018). He thrived at pitcher-friendly PNC Park, but all the contact allowed and a diminishing groundball rate leave him with little wiggle room moving forward. Perhaps the strained finger that put him on the disabled list was affecting his pitch grips for a stretch last season. After his return from the DL in June, Nova spun a useful 3.71 ERA. The 32-year-old no longer has the park advantage following a December trade to the White Sox, but he does have job security. While his ceiling is extremely limited, Nova has some appeal as a volume starter, particularly in points leagues.
Nova's 2017 season was full of strong splits. He pitched well in the first half (3.21 ERA, .297 wOBA against), only to struggle in the second (5.83 ERA, .383 wOBA against). He pitched well at home (2.80 ERA), but struggled to keep the ball in the park and was frequently hit hard on the road (5.02 ERA). Perhaps of most concern, Nova struggled against lefties, allowing a .306/.342/.516 line to them. Interestingly enough, he was more successful in the first half when he wasn't piling up strikeouts, as his K/9 jumped from 5.0 in the first half to 8.7 in the second. Of his three pitches, only his curveball was consistently effective, as opposing hitters did a lot of damage against his two-seamer and four-seamer. Despite the second-half strikeout surge, Nova's ongoing issues with the long ball -- particularly away from PNC Park -- will limit the interest owners have in him at the draft table this spring, and he'll need to find a way to neutralize lefties to replicate his late-2016 success.
Nova went from a Yankees trade deadline afterthought to a near ace for the Pirates in August and September. After starting 2016 in the bullpen for New York, the right-hander returned to the rotation in May and recorded a 4.86 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 91 innings. Upon his arrival in Pittsburgh, Nova was expected to eat innings and little else. He promptly went out and won seven of 11 starts, going 7-3, on a team sinking in the standings. He registered a 3.06 ERA and compiled an astonishing 52:3 K:BB in 64.2 innings. PNC Park's spacious outfield compares favorably to the Yankees' bandbox, and his improved control after the trade to a club widely known for fixing pitcher woes fueled a significant portion of his improvement. Nova re-signed with the Pirates in December, agreeing to a three-year deal that will allow him to remain in a pitcher-friendly environment as a fixture in the Pittsburgh rotation.
After missing most of the 2014 season and needing Tommy John surgery, Nova returned to big league action in the final week of June. He actually got off to a solid start, going 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA through his first six starts, but his season imploded from there and got worse every month, as he posted a 5.67 ERA in August, 6.20 ERA in September and a 7.94 ERA in his lone October start. The 28-year-old finished the season with a 4.87 FIP, suggesting he wasn't a victim of bad luck given a low strikeout rate (6.0 K/9) and high walk totals (3.2 BB/9). He is in serious jeopardy of being held out of the starting rotation in 2016. With Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Luis Severino safely assured of starting roles, Nova will be left to battle it out with CC Sabathia, Adam Warren and any free-agent acquisitions; Nova could find himself in a bullpen role in 2016.
The 2014 season was a lost one for Nova. He did make four starts, but they were brutal and simply a precursor to his eventual Tommy John surgery. It’s never a good time for a Tommy John, but Nova’s timing was especially painful because he was just coming off a strong 2013 campaign and appeared poised for a huge 2014. Now he is working his way back on the rehab trail and should return at some point this summer. How quickly can he regain the 2013 form that saw him post a 2.59 ERA in his final 15 starts? There is no reason to expect it out of the gate, but he could play himself into usefulness late in the season. At his best, he can miss more bats than league average with a great groundball rate, which helps him survive the homer haven that is Yankee Stadium.
Nova was hampered by injury early in 2013, and ended up being sent to Triple-A for a stint. Once he returned in late June, he was arguably the Yankees' best starter, giving up three earned runs or fewer in 14 of his final 17 starts. Nova relied much more on his two-seam fastball when he returned to rotation, and the results were oustanding. Nova's poor 2012 seems more like an outlier spurred by a high 10.9% HR/FB; in 2013, that number dipped to 5.2%, much more in line with the numbers he put up in his breakout 2011 season. Nova is coming right into his prime at age 27, and could be poised for a big 2014.
After a big 2011 where he put up 16 wins, Nova was an enigma in 2012. He appeared dominant at times, putting up a 2.09 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over a five-start stretch in June, but was far too hittable over the second half, posting a 7.05 ERA from July 15 through the end of the season. It's unclear how much the shoulder stiffness that put Nova on the DL in August hindered his performances both leading up to and following the disabled list stint, but with the full offseason to recover, Nova should be back to full strength in 2013. Nova struck out significantly more batters in 2012, but he more than doubled his home-run total in only five more innings, and gave up 31 more hits as well. He's an interesting upside play for 2013, but he comes with a good amount of risk.
Nova was one of the biggest surprises in baseball last season, going 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA. He relies on a high-90s fastball and a power curve, but doesn't put up the strikeout numbers one might expect with that arsenal, fanning just 98 in 165.1 innings. Nova is likely to be overvalued in fantasy drafts for 2012 thanks to his big win total. He could be a solid fourth starter for the Yankees for years to come, but expecting a repeat of 2011 is pushing it if he doesn't improve his strikeout rate.
Nova got his first taste of big league hitting last season and was predictably erratic. There were some bright spots - holding the White Sox to one run in his first career start comes to mind - but overall he allowed too many baserunners and struggled with his control (1.53 K/BB ratio). He'll have a chance to win a rotation spot this season, and while he won't blow you away with his strikeout numbers, he could emerge as a potential AL-only option who will be in line for some wins thanks to the Yankees' strong offense.
After losing Nova to the Padres in the Rule 5 draft in December 2008 (before eventually getting him back), the Yankees decided to protect him this time around. He made strides last season, keeping his fastball down in the zone and mixing it up with his above-average changeup and improving slider. Although his control needs work, he showed signs of improvement during the Dominican Winter League, posting a 1.05 ERA and 17:4 K:BB ratio in his first five appearances. He’ll likely spend most of the year at Triple-A, but could make a couple of spot starts for the Yankees if injuries strike.
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Released by Rockies
PFree Agent  F
May 3, 2021
Nova was released by the Rockies on Thursday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
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Signs with Rockies
PColorado Rockies  F
April 12, 2021
Nova signed a contract with the Rockies on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
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Let go by Phillies
PFree Agent  F
March 25, 2021
Nova was released by the Phillies on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Starting Grapefruit League opener
PPhiladelphia Phillies  F
February 27, 2021
Nova (triceps) will start the first game of the Grapefruit League season against the Tigers on Sunday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Lands with Phillies on minors deal
PPhiladelphia Phillies  F
Triceps
January 26, 2021
Nova (triceps) signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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