Victor Arano
Victor Arano
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Last season was a lost one for Arano. His spring went about as poorly as it could, as he gave up 20 runs in just four innings. He missed out of the Phillies' Opening Day roster, and while he was called up in mid-April, he didn't last long, pitching just 4.2 innings before landing on the injured list with an elbow issue which eventually required season-ending arthroscopic surgery. When healthy, Arano is an effective weapon near the back of the bullpen, though he's a clear step down from the top tier of relievers. In 74.2 career big-league innings, he's struck out 26.3% of opposing batters while walking 7.6%, en route to a 2.65 ERA (though a 3.20 FIP and a 3.78 xFIP suggest he's overachieved somewhat). Arano saved three games in 2018, and it's not impossible to envision him saving a handful more in 2020, but fantasy owners can afford to wait for him to prove that he's healthy and effective before investing. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
Struggling to regain velocity
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
August 10, 2020
Arano (shoulder) is throwing regularly at the Phillies' alternate training site in Lehigh Valley, but he's struggled to regain velocity since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in May 2019, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The elbow surgery sidelined Arano for the remainder of the 2019 campaign, but he was on track to be fully healthy for spring training before he experienced shoulder soreness in offseason workouts. Though MLB's extended hiatus provided extra time for Arano's shoulder to heal up, he wasn't able to throw regularly during the break and had to be eased along slowly in summer camp. Once he was cleared for intrasquad games, Arano's fastball sat around 90 to 91 miles per hour, about two or three ticks below his pre-surgery velocity. The Phillies are lacking in reliable bullpen arms at the big-league level, but until Arano's velocity picks up and he's able to dominate against minor-league hitters in Lehigh Valley, he likely won't be in line for a promotion.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
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-14%
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-28%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .278 108 20 11 27 4 2 4
Since 2018vs Right .204 154 47 8 29 6 0 3
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .167 7 3 1 1 0 0 1
2019vs Right .143 9 4 1 1 0 0 0
2018vs Left .286 101 17 10 26 4 2 3
2018vs Right .207 145 43 7 28 6 0 3
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-66%
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-100%
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-66%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.42 1.11 31.2 1 0 1 8.8 2.3 0.3
Since 2018Away 4.18 1.24 32.1 1 2 2 10.0 3.1 1.7
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 3.86 0.86 4.2 1 0 0 13.5 3.9 1.9
2018Home 1.42 1.11 31.2 1 0 1 8.8 2.3 0.3
2018Away 4.23 1.30 27.2 0 2 2 9.4 2.9 1.6
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Arano made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster and proved he belonged, remaining with the team all season (aside from a short stint on the disabled list) and posting a 2.73 ERA and three saves in 59.1 innings. He even spent a brief period of time as the Phillies’ prefered closer, with all three of his saves coming in a six-day span in early July. He’s unlikely to have much value in standard leagues this season unless he spends a longer time in that role, however, as his ratios aren’t at that elite level that makes a non-closing reliever a viable option. His 24.4% strikeout rate and 6.9% walk rate were each better than average. He’s a solid setup man but not a significant fantasy asset without unexpected save chances.
Arano earned a September callup to the Phillies as a 22-year-old and performed well in the 10.2 innings he threw, striking out 13 and walking four while putting up a 1.69 ERA. He threw his plus slider 51.7 percent of the time, earning him 11 of his strikeouts. The Phillies' bullpen lacks established arms, so Arano will have a chance to earn more innings this year, even if he starts the season in the minors. He won't have much appeal in standard leagues, as he's buried deep on the Phillies' depth chart and isn't even guaranteed a major-league role, but in deep dynasty formats he may be worth a look, as he has the makings of a future high-leverage reliever and potential closer.
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Optioned to secondary camp
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Shoulder
July 18, 2020
Arano (shoulder) was optioned to the Phillies' alternate camp site Saturday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
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Slightly behind schedule
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Shoulder
July 11, 2020
Manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Arano (shoulder) is slightly behind schedule, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to be ready
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Shoulder
June 26, 2020
Arano (shoulder) is expected to be ready to pitch by Opening Day, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Remains optimistic for Opening Day
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Elbow
March 7, 2020
Arano (elbow) felt good after a live batting practice session Saturday and remains hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Unlikely to be ready by Opening Day
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Elbow
March 2, 2020
Arano (elbow) is throwing regular bullpens but is expected to open the season on the injured list, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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