Roenis Elias
Roenis Elias
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
60-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Since 2017 Elias has shifted from a starting pitcher to a long reliever to last season's stint as a closer with Seattle. The latter was his best shot at fantasy relevance, but a trade to Washington in late July -- and a subsequent hamstring injury -- ended his stay on most fantasy rosters. Elias was reasonably effective as a closer, converting 14 of 16 save opportunities and posting a 3.53 ERA between April 1 and July 30. Aside from the saves total, his body of work last season included a career-best 21.8 K% and an acceptable 8.3 BB%. Still, neither of those numbers are going to drop any jaws, and his 1.80 HR/9 substantiated the suspicion that the absurd 0.18 HR/9 he posted in 2018 was merely a mirage. Elias should have a spot in Washington's bullpen in 2020, but the southpaw's reverse splits (.368 BAA vs. lefties, .181 vs. righties) last season and middling stuff make his role uncertain. Read Past Outlooks
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Hits snag in recovery
PWashington Nationals
Forearm
August 13, 2020
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Thursday that Elias felt renewed pain in his left forearm during a recent throwing session, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Elias opened the season on the 45-day injured list with a left flexor strain, but the Nationals were optimistic that the injury would keep him sidelined for the minimum amount of time. Now that Elias has experienced a setback in his throwing program, the team no longer appears to be counting on the southpaw being ready to go when he's first eligible for activation in early September. With two other lefty relievers (Sean Doolittle and Sam Freeman) joining Elias on the injured list Thursday, Seth Romero is the last southpaw left standing in the Washington bullpen.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
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-51%
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-19%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .317 143 27 14 40 5 1 5
Since 2018vs Right .201 283 54 20 52 14 1 6
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .368 67 11 9 21 1 0 5
2019vs Right .181 149 36 9 25 6 0 5
2018vs Left .275 76 16 5 19 4 1 0
2018vs Right .223 134 18 11 27 8 1 1
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-40%
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-10%
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-72%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.08 1.40 53.0 6 2 7 7.1 3.1 1.4
Since 2018Away 2.44 1.08 48.0 1 1 7 7.3 3.0 0.6
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 4.15 1.38 26.0 3 1 7 8.0 3.1 2.4
2019Away 3.75 1.17 24.0 1 1 7 9.0 3.4 1.1
2018Home 4.00 1.41 27.0 3 1 0 6.3 3.0 0.3
2018Away 1.13 1.00 24.0 0 0 0 5.6 2.6 0.0
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Elias begin the season with Triple-A Pawtucket before being reacquired by the Mariners in late April. He was then assigned to Triple-A Tacoma where he was stretched out in anticipation of his long-relief, spot-starter role in Seattle. He was summoned June 1 and remained with the big club all season, save for a near three-week stretch in August when he was sidelined with a triceps strain. Elias appeared in 23 games, working multiple innings 14 times, including four starts. Despite gaining velocity across the board last season, including a career best 95-mph average on his fastball, Elias' strikeout rate dropped to 16%, below his career average. Last season, he was saved by allowing only one homer in 51 frames, a feat not likely to be repeated. With the Mariners acquiring a couple of young arms in their rebuild, Elias is again ticketed for a swingman role not conducive to fantasy, especially with his paucity of punchouts.
Elias was a disappointment for the Red Sox after being acquired in the offseason deal that sent him and Carson Smith to Boston for Wade Miley. At that time of the deal, the Red Sox envisioned him as a competitor for the fifth spot in the rotation or a piece of the bullpen. But he labored throughout the spring, giving up 12 runs over 10.1 innings and was ultimately assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket. The left-hander was slow to develop a rhythm with the PawSox and was overmatched in his three appearances for the big club (12.91 ERA, 2.609 WHIP). He eventually settled into a second-half groove in the minors, posting a 2.38 ERA in 41.2 innings over seven appearances (six starts). Barring several injuries, there won't be a spot for him in Boston's rotation. A bullpen role is not out of the question, but the Red Sox will presumably allow him to try to build off his second-half success as a starter at Pawtucket.
Elias lost the battle for the fifth starter's job last spring but ended up making 20 starts for the Mariners (plus two relief appearances). He was mostly mediocre, as his strikeout rate actually dipped a bit from the previous year while his poor walk rate didn't improve significantly. Too often he made mistakes up in the zone with his low-90s fastball, which led to an elevated home-run rate, and he sometimes struggled to command his plus curveball and above-average changeup. This led to high pitch counts and shorter outings — he averaged only 5.2 innings per start but threw 91 pitches per start. The lefty was traded to the Red Sox in December and will compete for a rotation spot in spring training. He could also be used in the bullpen, as the Red Sox could use another southpaw reliever. Either way, he'll also have to contend with going from one of the more pitcher-friendly parks in the league to one of the most hitter-friendly.
Elias, who had never pitched above Double-A, came out of nowhere last season to earn a rotation spot in spring training. All things considered, he pitched pretty well throughout the season, allowing two earned runs or fewer in 18 of his 29 starts and posting a 2.31 ERA in his last 10. Armed with a low-to-mid-90s fastball, the left-hander has a good slider and changeup. A Cuban defector, Elias was fairly unpolished out of spring, and as he develops he'll likely improve both his strikeout rate and his control. The Mariners limited his innings by not allowing him to go deep into games, but his season ended with an elbow injury in mid-September anyway. He is expected to be healthy for spring training where he'll again compete for a rotation job. Whether a spot is open depends on what moves the team makes in the offseason.
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Placed on 60-day injured list
PWashington Nationals
Elbow
July 26, 2020
Elias was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday with a left flexor elbow strain, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Won't be ready for Opening Day
PWashington Nationals
Undisclosed
July 22, 2020
Elias (undisclosed) continues to throw but won't be ready for Opening Day, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Throwing Sunday
PWashington Nationals
Undisclosed
July 19, 2020
Elias (undisclosed) completed a side session Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Arrives at camp
PWashington Nationals
Undisclosed
July 17, 2020
Elias (undisclosed) arrived at camp Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Lands on injured list
PWashington Nationals
Undisclosed
July 13, 2020
Elias was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday for an undisclosed reason, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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