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David Phelps
Birthdate: 10/9/1986 (30 y, 5 m, 16 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/185     Position: P
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 14, Pick: 28, Overall: 440, Team: New York Yankees
Contract: $4.6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Phelps tossed two shutout innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, giving up one hit and striking out two. (3/11/2017)
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Profile: It was easy to attribute Phelps' velocity bump in 2016 to his permanent move to the bullpen. Pitching exclusively in relief, he picked up about 3.5 mph on his four-seamer and sinker and a tick or two on all of his off-speed pitches. (Important because, as one Carson Cistulli noted, "as with most other pitchers, Phelps at 94-95 is markedly different than Phelps at 91.") Yet Phelps started five games in August and pumped 94 throughout, all but dispelling the notion that the bullpen's exclusively to thank. Even in short relief, his four pitches induced whiffs on swings about 50% more often than before. For reasons unthinkable, Miami will reportedly rely on other arms (presumably Justin Nicolino/Jeff Locke) to fill out its rotation, seemingly content to not find out if Phelps can replicate his 2.97 xFIP in his (very brief) stint as a starter that was even better than his 3.22 xFIP as a reliever. His walk rate raises concerns, but guys like Tyson Ross and Drew Pomeranz have made free passes work in conjunction with excellent strikeout rates. Alas, the middle-of-the-road Marlins may forgo a marvelous opportunity to cultivate a potentially 3-WAR player. Injuries and ineptitude could probably open the door for Phelps to re-enter the rotation, but the Marlins seem steadfast. He's a name to remember this year in case he returns to the bump, but until then, he won't be much more than a middle-relief strikeout machine and, thus, not really a draft day consideration. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Phelps suddenly became a flame-throwing strikeout machine who produced a 3.15 xFIP despite issuing too many free passes. Unfortunately, the Marlins reportedly don't plan to use him in the rotation at all in 2017, so it's hard to get excited about his potential. He's a name to remember, but it's hard to justify drafting and stashing him outside of dynasty or NL-only redraft leagues.

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