Dillon Gee
Dillon Gee
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gee had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery after the 2016 season to cure blood clots in his lungs and shoulder. He began last season with Texas at Triple-A and showed he was healthy with a 3.88 ERA and 7.6 K/9. He struggled with a 4.15 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 and allowed four home runs in 13 innings after he was called up to the Rangers. He then moved to Minnesota where he struggled at times in a swingman role, but did finish the season with 11 scoreless innings. Gee has never had good velocity, relying on great control and ground balls. He signed to play in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons in 2018 and may try to return to MLB as a starter in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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Heads overseas
PFree Agent  F
January 4, 2018
Gee signed a one-year deal with Japan's Chunichi Dragons on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Gee's contract will be between $1.5-to-$2 million for this upcoming season, pending a physical. According to Rosenthal, Gee's plan is to re-establish himself as a starting pitcher, which he wasn't able to consistently demonstrate in 2017, and then return to the majors the following season. During 49.1 innings last year, the 31-year-old posted a 3.47 ERA and 1.40 WHIP while sporting a 41:15 K:BB during his time with the Twins and Rangers.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .303 366 56 36 98 12 1 15
Since 2016vs Right .276 397 74 16 102 13 2 17
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .305 94 16 11 25 5 0 5
2017vs Right .266 118 25 4 29 6 1 3
2016vs Left .303 272 40 25 73 7 1 10
2016vs Right .280 279 49 12 73 7 1 14
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.00 1.51 96.2 6 5 1 7.2 3.3 1.4
Since 2016Away 4.75 1.36 77.2 5 6 0 6.1 2.0 2.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 3.08 1.56 26.1 1 1 1 8.2 3.8 1.7
2017Away 3.91 1.22 23.0 2 1 0 6.7 1.6 1.2
2016Home 4.35 1.49 70.1 5 4 0 6.8 3.1 1.3
2016Away 5.10 1.43 54.2 3 5 0 5.9 2.1 2.3
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Gee has been a punching bag at the major league level for much of his career, but the hits were coming at a frightening pace for the right-hander in his age-30 season. Too many of those hits left the yard, as Gee gave up an astounding 1.7 HR/9 in 125.0 frames split between the bullpen and the starting rotation. With so many hard-hit baseballs, he might want to consider putting more of his highly-hittable pitches outside the strike zone. At least he keeps the free passes to a minimum (2.6 BB/9). After starting 110 of his first 114 games in the majors, the Royals kept him in the swingman role throughout 2016 and used him as an emergency starter, but the emergency bell was sounded 14 times. With a 6.4 K/9 and 89.5 mph average fastball, Gee would seem an unlikely bounceback candidate, especially given the fact he was only able to land a minor league deal with the Rangers during the offseason.
It doesn’t feel like Gee has maxed out, but at the same time he is now 29 years old and has three seasons of a greater than 4.00 ERA in his last four while posting no less than a 1.25 WHIP in any of the four. So maybe this is just who he is at this point. His 21.0% strikeout rate from 2012 is looking more and more like the outlier as opposed to a precursor of things to come as he followed it up with back-to-back seasons below 17.0%. He has always leveraged his home ballpark for a better ERA (3.36 career home mark) and maybe he has inadvertently given the fantasy community the road map for maximizing his value, assuming he has a rotation spot, of course. The development of the Mets' pitching might have Gee on the outside looking in to start the season. However, with a Tommy John survivor and 42-year-old penciled in atop the rotation, there may be some chances. Or maybe his best value to this organization is as a trade chip for more offense.
Gee entered 2013 as a major question mark after he was shut down for the season during the 2012 All-Star break with an arterial blood clot in his pitching shoulder that required surgery. He got off to a slow start, and as of late May, Gee was in danger of losing his rotation and roster spot. Gee turned it around and put together a terrific second half, where he was one of the best starters in all of baseball. Even though he faded in late September, giving up four runs in three of his last four starts of the year, Gee delivered a solid season including a 3.62 ERA with a 142:47 K:BB ratio in 199 innings. Underneath those numbers, Gee's groundball rate tumbled and his strand rate increased, but the development of his knuckle-curve bodes well for future success.
Gee improved each month before getting shut down for the season during the All-Star break due to an arterial blood clot in his pitching shoulder. Surgery was successful and he is expected to be ready for spring training. Gee's big improvements came in his K:BB, K/9 and GB/FB ratios, which despite a jump in his BABIP, resulted in improved numbers overall. If Gee can continue the strides he made in those numbers, he should be one of the better back-end starters in the league, while his job security improved with the Mets' decision to trade R.A. Dickey to Toronto.
Gee overall had a solid first full season with the Mets, having gotten called up in mid-April and moving into the rotation full time in early May. He led the team in wins with 13, but after peaking at 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA, he stumbled, allowing 52 runs in 90.1 while posting a 6-6 record. Two danger signs are his below-average .280 BABIP and 4.82 FIP, which may be partially offset by his lower-than-usual 70 percent strand rate. Despite the late-season slump and warning signs, Gee, who mixes a low-90s fastball with a solid changeup and curve, should enter spring training penciled in the Mets' rotation as the fourth or fifth starter.
Gee was named Triple-A Buffalo's Comeback Player of the Year after missing half of 2009 with a torn labrum in his shoulder. He went 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA and led the International League with 165 strikeouts at the time of his callup to the Mets. All five of Gee's starts for the Mets were "quality," but he benefited from an abnormally low .232 BABIP and high .848 strand rate, giving him a 4.37 FIP, double his 2.18 ERA. Gee mixes a low-90s fastball with a solid changeup and curve. He is the favorite to open 2011 as the Mets' fourth or fifth starter.
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Will move to relief
PMinnesota Twins  F
September 3, 2017
Gee won't make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Rays and will move to the bullpen for the time being, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Decimated by Royals
PMinnesota Twins  F
September 1, 2017
Gee (1-2) was rocked for five runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts over just 2.2 innings as he took the loss Friday to the Royals.
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Start moved to Friday
PMinnesota Twins  F
August 30, 2017
Gee will now start Friday's game against the Blue Jays, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Will start Saturday
PMinnesota Twins  F
August 22, 2017
Gee will remain in the starting rotation for the time being and start Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Grabs first win of 2017
PMinnesota Twins  F
August 21, 2017
Gee (1-0) allowed a single run on two hits while striking out four batters through six innings during Monday's win over the White Sox.
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