Raisel Iglesias
Raisel Iglesias
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
At first glance, 2018 appears to be Iglesias' best season. His 30 saves were a career high, and while that total may seem underwhelming, consider that the Reds won 67 games and were outscored by 123 runs. Similarly, he posted career-low ratios, with a 2.38 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. But if you dig a little deeper, some of his underlying skills declined. He gave up 12 homers in 72 innings after allowing only five the year before, nearly tripling his HR/9 rate and more than doubling his HR/FB rate from 8.3% to 18.8%. His hard-hit rate skyrocketed from 24.2% to 34.8%. The primary culprits were his sinker and four-seamer, as both lost about a mile per hour. Opposing hitters clubbed nine of those homers and slugged .544 against those two pitches. He threw his four-seamer less than ever, mixing in his changeup more, perhaps as a result. With these underlying numbers, there's a risk of a drop-off in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $24.13 million contract extension with the Reds in November of 2018.
Notches fifth save
PCincinnati Reds
April 23, 2019
Iglesias secured his fifth save of the season by allowing one hit during a scoreless ninth inning versus the Braves on Tuesday. He did not strike out or walk a batter.
Iglesias looked to be in trouble as he gave up a leadoff double to Matt Joyce, but he promptly retired the top three hitters of Atlanta's lineup to preserve the one-run lead. The 29-year-old has converted five of six saves and has a 4.22 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 17:5 K:BB over 10.2 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .244 311 70 34 66 10 1 10
Since 2017vs Right .170 331 119 23 52 11 0 9
2019vs Left .455 14 2 3 5 2 0 2
2019vs Right .138 31 15 2 4 2 0 0
2018vs Left .214 147 33 11 28 4 0 6
2018vs Right .185 144 47 14 24 5 0 6
2017vs Left .256 150 35 20 33 4 1 2
2017vs Right .163 156 57 7 24 4 0 3
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Since 2017Home 2.27 0.98 91.0 4 6 31 9.9 2.5 0.9
Since 2017Away 2.93 1.27 67.2 1 5 32 11.8 4.3 1.3
2019Home 3.38 1.69 5.1 0 1 3 8.4 6.8 1.7
2019Away 5.06 0.94 5.1 0 2 2 20.3 1.7 1.7
2018Home 2.63 0.90 41.0 1 4 14 10.3 2.2 1.5
2018Away 2.03 1.29 31.0 1 1 16 9.6 4.4 1.5
2017Home 1.81 0.96 44.2 3 1 14 9.7 2.2 0.2
2017Away 3.45 1.31 31.1 0 2 14 12.6 4.6 1.1
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How does Raisel Iglesias 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
The Reds wanted to move away from a traditional closer setup in their bullpen in 2017, with up to four different relievers available to close games and/or work in multiple capacities. It didn't quite work out that way, not necessarily because the bullpen plan wasn't working, but rather because the starting rotation was so awful that the best parts of the bullpen frequently had to come into the game in critical early situations. As a result, Iglesias ended up getting 28 of the Reds' 33 saves, blowing just two chances. He was fantastic for most of the season, though he gave up runs in his final four outings. Don't let recency bias override your general perception of Iglesias, however -- his velocity wasn't down in those outings and he allowed just one homer in that stretch. He'll be the unquestioned closer on a team that appears to be on the upswing, meaning that his opportunities won't be as sparse.
A popular breakout candidate last year, Iglesias indeed achieved a good deal of success in 2016 but it was out of the Reds' bullpen rather than in the rotation. He hit the DL with a shoulder impingement in early May and pitched exclusively in relief upon his return, and the team has already committed to Iglesias staying in the bullpen in 2017. While a permanent move to the bullpen should help preserve Iglesias' shoulder, he now has a firm ceiling on his fantasy upside as all relievers inherently do. Complicating matters is the fact that manager Bryan Price has suggested he will keep roles fluid at the back end, using his best relievers in the highest-leverage spots regardless of the inning, and sometimes for multiple frames. Iglesias was used for multiple innings out of the bullpen 17 times last season and while more innings mean more Ks and a greater weight on the ratios, it also means Iglesias may have to share save opportunities with the likes of Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen and Tony Cingrani.
It was tough to pin down a reasonable expectation for Iglesias entering 2015. His contract suggested that he would get a shot to contribute, but early reports pointed toward the bullpen and the presence of Aroldis Chapman meant it wouldn't be a high-impact role. Iglesias made one start before going to Triple-A for a couple weeks. Then he split May between the rotation and bullpen before suffering an oblique injury that cost him over a month. He spent his final two months starting and impressed in the role. His 3.82 ERA in that span is a product of small sample volatility because the skills were tremendous (0.99 WHIP, 27.8-percent K rate, 6.7-percent walk rate, and 53.1-percent GB% in 70.2 innings). Unfortunately, his season ended with shoulder fatigue, though that was precautionary to manage innings. There are still questions about him holding up for 30-plus starts, but the skills are such that even 25 starts would be very valuable.
Iglesias has precious little professional experience, having just signed as a Cuban defector in late June, but he could climb the ranks of the Reds' organization quickly. He was clocked at 92-94 mph with his fastball in the Arizona Fall League and displayed an excellent curve. Given his contract (seven years, $27 million) and experience in Cuba, it wouldn't be a shock if he were working out of the Reds bullpen at some point in 2015, if not even the beginning of the season.
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Strikes out side to get save
PCincinnati Reds
April 20, 2019
Iglesias earned his fourth save of the season, striking out the side against the Padres on Saturday.
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Picks up third save
PCincinnati Reds
April 18, 2019
Iglesias picked up the save against the Padres on Thursday, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 4-1 victory for the Reds.
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Slider velocity down
PCincinnati Reds
April 17, 2019
Iglesias's slider velocity is down so far this season, from 85.46 mph to 83.4 mph, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. It was against the slider that Joc Pederson hit Monday's walk-off homer. "It's not a secret that my slider isn't sharp as it was last year," Iglesias said, according to translator Julio Morillo. "I think I've just been focused to work on other pitches, and I have not worked on my slider as much."
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Gives up walk-off homer
PCincinnati Reds
April 15, 2019
Iglesias allowed a walk-off homer to Joc Pederson in Monday's loss to the Dodgers, after first walking the leadoff hitter.
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Secures second save
PCincinnati Reds
April 13, 2019
Iglesias earned his second save of the season against the Cardinals by allowing one hit during a scoreless ninth inning. He had one strikeout and one walk.
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