Dan Winkler
Dan Winkler
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Winkler had his first full, healthy season in 2018 as a 28-year-old and looked like a quality reliever, posting a 3.43 ERA in 60.1 innings, backed up by a 27.1% strikeout rate and 7.8% walk rate. He picked up two saves and spent brief periods near the top of the depth chart as Atlanta battled injuries, but he also had rough periods, posting an 18.00 ERA over his last eight appearances and failing to make the Braves' NLDS roster, casting some doubt on his role for this season. Arodys Vizcaino and A.J. Minter will presumably open as the top two ninth-inning options in Atlanta, but Winkler could be the next man up in the case of injury if he can get back to the form he had at the start of last season. Unless he's in the closer conversation, however, Winkler's fantasy relevance will likely be minimal as he worked less than an inning per outing and his strikeout totals aren't elite enough to carry his value on their own. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Braves in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Signs deal with Braves
PAtlanta Braves
January 11, 2019
Winkler signed a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Braves on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Winkler had a 3.43 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 60.1 innings during 2018, featuring a solid 10.3 K/9. The 28-year-old is likely to begin 2019 in a middle-relief role, but should also be in the mix for more high-leverage situations as well.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .238 121 30 10 25 8 2 3
Since 2016vs Right .193 195 61 17 34 7 0 1
2018vs Left .289 97 22 9 24 8 2 2
2018vs Right .193 158 47 11 28 5 0 1
2017vs Left .053 21 6 1 1 0 0 1
2017vs Right .222 32 12 5 6 2 0 0
2016vs Left .000 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right .000 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home 3.48 1.06 41.1 1 0 0 10.7 3.0 0.4
Since 2016Away 2.78 1.18 35.2 4 1 2 10.6 3.3 0.5
2018Home 4.30 1.23 29.1 1 0 0 10.7 2.8 0.3
2018Away 2.61 1.16 31.0 3 0 2 9.9 3.2 0.6
2017Home 1.86 0.72 9.2 0 0 0 9.3 3.7 0.9
2017Away 3.86 1.29 4.2 1 1 0 15.4 3.9 0.0
2016Home 0.00 0.43 2.1 0 0 0 15.4 3.9 0.0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Dan Winkler 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
Winkler missed nearly two full seasons due to a fractured elbow, but he made it back from the 60-day DL in the second half of August and pitched well for the Braves over 16 appearances down the stretch. Before injuries derailed his career with the Colorado in 2014, Winkler was on track to get an opportunity as a big-league starter, as he missed bats at a healthy clip and showed control in the lower levels of the minors. He averaged 93.6 mph with his fastball after returning to the Braves last season, while also mixing in a cutter, slider and changeup. All four pitches graded out as a positive value offerings, and the Braves have a path for Winkler to become a high-leverage solution in the late innings, especially if he continues to miss bats at an elevated clip (34.0 percent K% in 2017). Winkler has slightly more sleeper appeal than Jose Ramirez, as the Braves no longer have a proven veteran closer to turn to if Arodys Vizcaino falters in the ninth-inning role.
Winkler will likely miss the 2015 season after having Tommy John surgery as a member of the Rockies organization in 2014. Despite the expected absence, the Braves selected him in the Rule 5 Draft, which is a savvy move since he can be stashed away on the disabled list for the entire year without being offered back to Colorado. Most likely, Winkler push his way toward the big league roster in Atlanta in the second half of 2016.
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Absent from NLDS roster
PAtlanta Braves
October 4, 2018
Winkler was left off the Braves' roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
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Gets fill-in save
PAtlanta Braves
August 20, 2018
Winkler gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out two Monday against the Pirates en route to his second save of the season.
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Converts two-out save Friday
PAtlanta Braves
June 29, 2018
Winkler recorded the final two outs to pick up his first save Friday against the Cardinals.
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Blows first save Friday
PAtlanta Braves
June 23, 2018
Winkler coughed up four runs on three hits and a walk while recording only one out in the ninth inning Friday to blow his first save of the season in an extra-innings loss to the Orioles.
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Grabs second win Tuesday
PAtlanta Braves
May 30, 2018
Winkler allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Tuesday to pick up his second win of the season.
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