Steve Delabar
Steve Delabar
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rangers in January of 2018. Released by the Rangers in April of 2018.
Plans to end career
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February 5, 2019
Delabar said Monday during an appearance on the "Outta the Park with Barry Davis" podcast that he's "ready to move on" from playing professional baseball.
A 2013 All-Star for the Blue Jays, Delabar logged 190 career relief appearances in the majors from 2011 through 2016 between Seattle, Toronto and Cincinnati, supplying a 4.07 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 11.2 K/9 over 194.2 innings. The 35-year-old most recently appeared in affiliated ball at Triple-A Round Rock in the Rangers organization in 2018 but made only five appearances for the club before getting released in late April. Delabar noted that he's now committed to coaching at the high school level in his home state of Kentucky.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After an All-Star year in 2013 with the Blue Jays, the past two seasons have been considerably rockier for the 32-year-old righty. In 2015, Delabar split his time between Triple-A Buffalo and the Blue Jays. In Triple-A, Delabar was lights out, appearing in 24 games while holding a 1.42 ERA and a 30:10 K:BB. For the Blue Jays, things were not quite as rosy. Making 31 appearances, Delabar held a 5.22 ERA with a 30:14 K:BB and allowed five home runs in just 29.1 innings. While he straightened out the control issues that plagued him at the major league level in 2014 (21:19 K:BB), his penchant for giving up the big fly makes him nothing more than an early-inning reliever. Delabar could crack the major league roster as one of the last members of the bullpen coming into the season, but he has limited upside due to his lack of a high-leverage role.
An All-Star selection in 2013, Delabar was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo twice last season, and he did not return when the Jays' roster expanded in September. Walks plagued him at both levels, and he also showed diminished fastball velocity during his time with the Jays, as his average fastball slipped from 94.7 mph in 2013 to 93.3 last season. Even when he was pitching well in 2013, Delabar operated with an elevated walk rate (4.5 BB/9), making his margin for error (or skills loss) very slim. With a bullpen that could feature a few new faces this season, Delabar might have to earn his Opening Day roster spot in spring training.
Delabar was a surprise All-Star selection in 2013 after posting a 1.71 ERA and 12.4 K/9 in the first half of the season. He emerged as one of the better options in a strong bullpen early on, but struggled to a 7.02 ERA over just 16.2 innings in the second half, while missing most of August with a shoulder injury. He still posted an excellent 24:6 K:BB ratio after the All-Star break, so a 2014 return to form wouldn't be surprising. With the exception of closer Casey Janssen, Delabar and Sergio Santos appear to be the top right-handed options out of the Toronto bullpen.
Delabar came over to the Blue Jays for Eric Thames in July as part of the ongoing attempt to rebuild the bullpen. Over 73 major league innings, Delabar's K/9 (12.2) looks great, but he has struggled to keep the ball in the park at times and will miss pitching half of his games in Seattle. Fortunately for Delabar, opposing hitters struggle enough to make contact against him that the elevated home-run rate doesn't render him completely ineffective. It's also worth noting that he was able to trim the home-run rate after the trade, giving up just three of the 12 homers he allowed last season over his final 29.1 innings with Toronto.
Delabar's journey from the classroom to the majors inevitably conjures “The Rookie.” But Delabar, who made his major league debut last season a year removed from coaching high school baseball, should have more staying power than his lightning-in-a-bottle movie-script counterpart. Delabar, 28, pitched in the Padres' system for five years before falling to the independent leagues in 2009 and, after breaking his elbow bone, out of baseball by 2010. The Mariners signed him after seeing him throw in the mid-90s at a tryout last spring. He then worked his way from Single-A to Triple-A Tacoma last season, posting a 0.69 ERA in 10 games at the latter stop with 18 strikeouts in 13 innings before a six-game September stint with the Mariners. Delabar likely will land a relief role in spring training with a chance at late-inning work as the Mariners shed some of their bullpen arms in the offseason.
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Released by Rangers
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April 20, 2018
Delabar was released by Texas on Friday.
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Agrees to terms with Rangers
PTexas Rangers  
January 4, 2018
Delabar signed a minor-league deal that includes an invite to spring training with Texas on Thursday.
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Released by Indians
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July 5, 2017
Delabar was released by the Indians on Wednesday.
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Slapped with 80-game suspension
PCleveland Indians  
April 24, 2017
Delabar was suspended 80 games for violating the MiLB Drug Prevention Program.
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Signs minor league deal with Indians
PCleveland Indians  
January 13, 2017
Delabar signed a minor league deal with the Indians on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.
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