Francisco Rodriguez - #75
28 years old
9th Major League Season
6'0" 195 pounds
Bats R/ Throws R
The Good: Violent delivery with a rapid, high leg kick. Attacks hitters with 3 above-average pitches: 94 mph fastball with good movement, power curveball with a big 12-6 break, and a swing and miss change-up. Still averaged over a K/inning last year in what many considered a "down year". Hitters hit .203 against him last year. He loves to pitch every day.
The Bad: His K/9 has decreased every year since 2004, and his walks/9 increased to a career high 5.03 last year. After back spasms forced him to the hospital in Boston, his ERA the rest of the year was 4.94. With such a violent delivery, he's one pitch away from falling apart. Missed 2 weeks of spring training due to pink eye (conjunctivitis).
Role: Undisputed closer and leader of the bullpen. Needs to be the dominant reliever he was the past 5 years if the Mets are going to be a playoff contender this year. In the middle of a 3 year- 37 million dollar contract, with a vesting option for 17.5 million.
My Projected Stats: 68 innings, 35 saves, 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 75 Ks, 30 Walks.