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Matt Shoemaker
Birthdate: 9/27/1986 (30 y, 5 m, 27 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/225     Position: P
Contract: $3.3M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Shoemaker twirled four innings of shutout ball Tuesday, striking out two in a loss to the Royals. (3/14/2017)
Profiles:  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: On May 16th of last year, Shoemaker decided to start throwing his split finger as often as his fastball. From the day he made that decision until the end of the season, the righty put together a 2.93 ERA that was backed by sustainable peripherals. He struck out nearly a batter per inning, walked only a bit more than one per nine innings, and had reasonable ball-in-play rates. Is it sustainable to throw two fastballs and a splitter 95% of the time and stay healthy and successful? Nobody's done it for a full season, and the closest were the recent seasons from Masahiro Tanaka, Jake Odorizzi, and Felix Hernandez. Maybe we don't need to worry about health that much, and maybe it's unfair to ding him for missing time due to a line drive to the face, and those 135.1 innings last year were pretty impressive. Shoemaker comes with decent risk, but he doesn't have the price tag of other high-strikeout, low-walk hurlers out there, so there's usually upside associated with his cost. (Eno Sarris)

The Quick Opinion: A full, healthy season from Shoemaker will be his first, but if it happens, it may come with 200 strikeouts and a strong WHIP. Seems worth a (mid-level) investment.

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