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10/10/1989 (27 y, 4 m, 14 d)
$7.4M / 1 Years (2017)
Familia will not participate in workouts until Monday as he deals with a personal matter, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. (2/18/2017)
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Familia, 23, is listed at 6’4” and 230 pounds, and he’s got a right arm to match his frame. Although he’s had flashes as a starter in the minors, he debuted with the Mets in 2012 as a reliever, which looks to be his short- and long-term role in the bigs. His walk rate (3.9 BB/9 career) has always been problematic, and it was only worse in his first shot at Triple-A (4.8/9), so unless he figures things out quick, Familia’s fantasy value as a middle reliever, one with a strong K rate but also a middling WHIP, will be minimal. (
The Quick Opinion:
A big pitcher with big flaws, Familia may be destined for the bullpen.
Familia recorded minimal innings in 2013, on account of a mid-season procedure to remove bone chips and maybe other sorts of things from his elbow. Returning, though, to make appearances in both the Arizona Fall and also Dominican Winter Leagues, he sat in the mid- to high-90s, notably crossing the 100-mph threshold at times in the Caribbean. Reports generally also praised the movement on his fastball. That pitch, in combination with a serviceable slider, provide some reason to believe that the large right-hander has promise as a major-league reliever. That will likely be his role with the Mets in 2014 -- if not at the very beginning of the season, then at least soon afterwards. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Based on the quality of his fastball alone, is likely to find way into Mets bullpen in 2014. Quality of slider and overall command will dictate extent of success.
Jeurys Familia underwent successful hernia surgery in October: he and fellow Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia had similar surgeries. Familia is expected to be fully healthy by spring training while Bobby Parnell and Mejia will probably fill the closer role. Familia has the outcomes to remain an effective set-up man. He will only be 25 next year and is projected to improve his strikeout and walk rates. His sinker-fourseam-slider repertoire induced close to a 60% grounder rate, which was top 30 for relievers over 30 innings pitched. The “luck” statistics (5.2% homer-to-fly ratio and .264 batting average on balls in play) are likely to regress, which should knock his actual ERA (2.21) up closer to his expected rates of 3.21 (SIERA) or 3.49 (xFIP), but top 20 velocity could keep these outcomes grounded. (
The Quick Opinion:
With Mejia, Carlos Torres, Vic Black, Josh Edgin, and a hopefully healthy Bobby Parnell, the Mets have an interesting, relatively cheap pre-arbitration eligible (outside of Parnell) bullpen complemented by Familia. That might also make it tough on owners hoping for saves out of Familia.
Jeurys Familia established himself as a top setup man in 2014, but entered 2015 buried deep on the Mets’ closer depth chart. It took Jenrry Mejia’s PED suspension, along with injuries to Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, to vault the 26-year-old Dominican into the closer’s role, but once he seized the job early in the season, he never looked back. With 43 saves, a 1.85 ERA and 9.92 strikeouts per nine innings, he was one of 2015's most valuable closers, and those numbers are validated by a 96-mph heater, a 58.3% ground ball rate, a tidy walk rate and excellent SIERA (2.32), FIP (2.74) and xFIP (2.55) results. As a bonus, he
a split-fingered fastball during the summer, which generated a crazy 25% whiff rate. Familia’s magic began to wane a bit in the World Series, by which point he had thrown 92.2 innings for 2015, but at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, he’s completely credible as a hard-throwing power pitcher and is now New York’s undisputed closer. He’s easily a number one reliever in all formats. (
Karl de Vries
The Quick Opinion:
Jeurys Familia probably went undrafted in most fantasy leagues last spring, but that won’t be the case in 2016, now that’s he’s established himself as a high-strikeout reliever who rarely issues walks and should be counted on to deliver 40 saves. The addition of a deadly splitter late last year hints at an even better 2016, and he can be safely chosen on draft day as a number one reliever.
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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