Angel Nesbitt
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Suspension
Est. Return 5/25/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Angel Nesbitt in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Suspended for 50 games
PFree Agent  
Suspension
November 17, 2017
Nesbitt was suspended 50 games after testing positive for the stimulant Heptaminol, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Following this announcement, it seems likely that Nesbitt will remain a free agent for a while longer, as the soon-to-be 27-year-old will spend almost a third of the 2018 season on the shelf once he signs with a club. During this past year, he only appeared in 11 professional games -- all coming in the minors -- and sported a 6.08 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 13.1 innings.
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Over the course of the season, Nesbitt moved between Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie and failed to find his groove at either. Much like 2015, Nesbitt simply wasn’t able to deliver at Toledo, as he recorded an ERA above 5.00 (5.68) for the second straight year. While his ERA was certainly problematic, the ease at which batters were able to hit Nesbitt may have been even more so. Opponents notched a .356 batting average with Nesbitt on the mound at Triple-A Toledo, where he pitched 11 games (31.2 innings). As a result, he ended the year with a 1.96 WHIP at the Triple-A level. It’s been seen that Nesbitt has a solid enough pitch repertoire to be a respectable reliever, as he compliments a mid-90’s fastball with a cutter that can touch 90, as well as a changeup and slider. Unfortunately, the fact remains that he’s coming off yet another treacherous campaign and carries little fantasy value until he can string together an extended stretch of decent performances.
Nesbitt had a bad year in 2015. He lost his feel for just about every pitch in his arsenal, and his confidence took a huge hit. And for as bad as he was for the Tigers, Nesbitt was worse in Triple-A. He'll get a shot at a bullpen spot for the Tigers in 2016, but he needs to regain his confidence, control and aggressiveness before he's a fantasy asset.
Nesbitt didn't post a strikeout rate above 5.9 K/9 in any of his first four professional seasons, but he's been able to miss bats at a much higher clip over the past two years. He averaged more than a strikeout per inning (9.7 K/9) in 48 appearances between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie in 2014, seemingly a result of his improved feel for his slider and changeup. Both pitches are still developing, but they are coming along and proving to be decent complements to Nesbitt's high-90s fastball. The move up to Erie halfway through the season saw Nesbitt's walk rate double, from 2.1 BB/9 to 4.2 BB/9, but Eastern League hitters batted just .189 against him and he proved plenty capable in high-leverage situations, saving 20 games last season. Added to the 40-man roster in November, Nesbitt could very well push for a spot in a Tigers bullpen that is lacking impact arms.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PDetroit Tigers  
January 6, 2017
Nesbitt was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
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Designated for assignment
PDetroit Tigers  
December 23, 2016
Nesbitt was designated for assignment on Friday.
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Struggles in Triple-A led to demotion
PDetroit Tigers  
July 30, 2016
Nesbitt returned from the disabled list this week after a 16-day stint because of a left ankle injury.
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PDetroit Tigers  
May 8, 2016
Nesbitt (ankle) was reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
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Ankle
May 2, 2016
Nesbitt (ankle) will begin his rehab assignment at High-A Lakeland on Monday.
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