Jeurys Familia
Jeurys Familia
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Familia put together a nice bounce-back season after injuries and a suspension limited him to 24.2 lackluster innings in 2017. He opened the year as the Mets' closer, converting 17 of his 21 save chances and posting a 2.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 43:14 K:BB across 40.2 innings before being traded to the Athletics in mid-July. Upon arriving in Oakland, the 29-year-old stepped in as the primary setup man to All-Star closer Blake Treinen. Familia didn't allow a run through his first eight appearances (10 innings) with the A's, though he struggled over the final month and a half of the season (5.06 ERA in 21.1 innings), leaving him with a 3.45 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 40:14 K:BB across 31.1 innings with Oakland. The reliever hit free agency for the first time in his career and ultimately wound up back with the Mets on a three-year deal. Barring an injury to Edwin Diaz, Familia likely won't see more than the occasional save chance. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Mets in December of 2018.
Returns to Queens
PNew York Mets
December 13, 2018
Familia agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Mets late Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Familia will return to the organization he spent more than a decade with before a July trade to Oakland last season. He was closing for the Mets before that trade, but that's pretty much off the table this time around with one of the best relief pitchers in the world in Edwin Diaz now locked into the ninth for New York.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .251 340 77 36 75 20 1 3
Since 2016vs Right .198 394 115 38 69 7 0 2
2018vs Left .254 141 32 15 32 9 1 2
2018vs Right .193 161 51 13 28 2 0 1
2017vs Left .282 49 8 7 11 1 0 1
2017vs Right .192 62 17 8 10 2 0 0
2016vs Left .239 150 37 14 32 10 0 0
2016vs Right .204 171 47 17 31 3 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2016Home 3.18 1.33 98.0 9 9 32 9.5 4.7 0.1
Since 2016Away 2.87 1.14 75.1 4 3 43 10.4 2.6 0.5
2018Home 2.88 1.40 40.2 5 3 7 10.4 4.9 0.0
2018Away 3.45 0.99 31.1 3 3 11 10.3 1.7 0.9
2017Home 4.50 1.50 14.0 2 2 3 8.4 7.1 0.0
2017Away 4.22 1.41 10.2 0 0 3 10.1 3.4 0.8
2016Home 3.05 1.22 44.1 2 4 22 9.1 3.9 0.2
2016Away 1.89 1.20 33.1 1 0 29 10.5 3.2 0.0
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How does Jeurys Familia 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
Familia was suspended 15 games at the start of the year for violating the league's domestic-abuse policy and he then missed several months after undergoing surgery to address a blood clot near his shoulder. The right-hander eventually returned to reclaim the closer role for the Mets. After he gave up three runs in his first appearance back from the DL in late August, Familia went on to post a 3.14 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 15:5 K:BB over his final 14 appearances while going 3-for-3 in save chances over the final few weeks. The team brought in AJ Ramos from Miami during Familia's absence, but Ramos struggled down the stretch and his walk issues figure to keep him firmly behind Familia in the pecking order entering 2018. Familia made at least 76 appearances in every season from 2014-16 and he won't be priced up coming off the shortened season.
The flame-throwing righty's ratios fell back from 2015 but his fantasy owners didn't complain as Familia led the majors with 51 saves. He threw 77-plus innings for the third straight season, more than the average closer. The extra frames embellish his near double-digit strikeout rate and give his ratios a little more impact. The only blemish in Familia's skill set is inconsistent control. As an extreme groundball pitcher, he's going to have a high hit rate so he needs a low walk rate to keep his WHIP in check. His home run rate is aided by limited flyballs, which in turn yields a low ERA. To wit, Familia surrendered only one homer last season, with 10 allowed over the past three seasons spanning 233 frames. Familia may not be the first closer off the board or the most expensive, but he's not far off from those options in terms of skills. He will be suspended for the first 15 games after violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
At the outset of spring training, Familia appeared destined to work as part of the bridge to then-closer Jenrry Mejia. Even Mejia's hold on the job was supposed to be temporary, as Bobby Parnell's eventual return was supposed to provide an experienced option to work the ninth inning for manager Terry Collins. Mejia suffered an elbow injury in early April, which opened the door for Familia, who simply took the job and ran with it all the way through October. With improvement in his strikeout rate (from 22.7% in 2014 to 27.9% in 2015) and walk rate (from 9.9% to 6.2%), along with a continually strong groundball rate (58.3% last season) Familia was one of the league's most effective relievers as he piled up 43 saves in 48 opportunities. He should have plenty of job security to begin 2016, despite a hiccup in Game 1 of the World Series, as there were no significant signs of Familia slowing as the season progressed.
While not quite the prospect that teammate Jenrry Mejia was, Familia definitely came up with his own level of fanfare and he was equally mishandled by the Mets. Despite plenty of strong numbers in the minors, he was clearly unrefined in 2012 and didn’t really deserve his September cup of coffee. And there was certainly no reason to then have him break camp with the club in 2013. An elbow surgery eventually limited him to just nine innings at three minor league levels by season’s end. Despite essentially a lost season, Familia had a surprise breakthrough in 2014, sticking with the club all year and grabbing a hold of the eighth inning role by season’s end. Mid-90s heat and a devastating slider make him hell on righties (.377 OPS), but he’s still got work to do against lefties (.821). If he can figure out southpaws, his strikeout rate will likely jump above the 25.0% mark, making him valuable as a deep league or NL-only commodity even without the benefit of logging saves.
Familia opened 2013 with the Mets, but bounced between the minors and the big leagues before being shut down due to biceps tendinitis. He suffered a setback in rehab, requiring surgery in early June to remove bone spurs and loose bodies. The surgery nearly ended his season, but Familia made it back for one game in September before he was sent to the Arizona Fall League. A hard-throwing righty, Familia works primarily with a 94-97 mph fastball and sinker, as well as a slider and changeup. Familia should enter spring training with a shot to earn a spot in the team's bullpen.
The debate about Familia's future role - starter or reliever - continues to rage on, with his 2012 performance doing little to answer it. Familia, who has a mid-90s fastball, mid-80s breaking pitch and work-in-progress changeup, struggled as a starter until a midseason tweak to make his setup and delivery quicker that seemed to make a big difference. During that rough patch, his control deserted him and he ended up with a 128:73 K:BB ratio in 137 innings. Familia will open spring training as a reliever, and if he fails to make the squad, he likely will work as a starter for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 13, 2007.
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Picks up first save with A's
POakland Athletics
September 11, 2018
Familia pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday in Baltimore, striking out one en route to his first save with the A's.
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Takes loss vs. Astros
POakland Athletics
August 29, 2018
Familia (8-5) was hit with the loss Wednesday against the Astros, allowing a walkoff homer after recording just one out.
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Grabs another win
POakland Athletics
August 9, 2018
Familia (3-0) got the win Wednesday, working a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and one hit allowed against the Tigers.
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Two appearances, two wins in new digs
POakland Athletics
July 25, 2018
Familia (2-0) fired two scoreless frames in an extra-inning win over the Rangers on Tuesday, recording a pair of strikeouts.
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Earns victory in team debut
POakland Athletics
July 23, 2018
Familia (1-0) fired two scoreless frames in an extra-inning win over the Giants on Sunday, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout.
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