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3/17/1976 (40 y, 11 m, 11 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 10, Overall: 94, Team: Chicago Cubs
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
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Year in Review:
Anointed the closer after B.J. Ryan was jettisoned, Downs lost the job after hurting himself (toe injury) in an interleague game. Even after struggling in his return from the DL, Downs posted solid numbers on the year, including nice walk and strikeout rates. He also continued his career trend of inducing a lot of ground balls (55.7% in ‘09). Originally a starter with four pitches, Downs has trimmed his repertoire down to mostly fastball-curveball. He doesn’t have an overpowering fastball, but it has good movement. Both his pitches were less effective in 2009, possibly due to his injury problems.
The Year Ahead:
Downs will be in a fight over save opportunities with Jason Frasor and newcomer Kevin Gregg. Taking into consideration how the year ended (one save opportunity after July), Downs will likely open the year as the set-up man. If he’s healthy, the southpaw may very well record a good number of saves. Like Frasor (and possibly Gregg), Downs will be a free agent after the 2010 season. He’ll be 34 years old this season, but he doesn’t have a lot of innings on his arm and he’s never suffered a serious arm or shoulder injury during his five seasons in Toronto. (Marc Hulet)
Downs was one of the cornerstones of the Blue Jays’ bullpen from 2006 to 2010, but left as a free agent to sign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While In Toronto, Downs saw small stints as the Blue Jays’ closer, but never pitched well enough to hold down the job for long. Being a lefty didn’t help his cause, either, as some teams are reluctant to have a southpaw consistently finish games. Not Mike Scioscia, though, who used Brian Fuentes as the Angels’ primary closer during the past couple seasons. However, Scioscia has quite a few options in the back end of his bullpen, and as many as five relievers could be in the mix for saves this year. Even if he can’t lock down the ninth-inning job, Downs is still worth a pick in every league. He’s been a consistently good pitcher for awhile now, and should pay off for owners with at least a handful of saves and a good strikeout rate. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Downs was a very good reliever in Toronto, and could be the Angels' closer this year. Even if he doesn't get the ninth-inning job, he's still worth a pick in every league.
Scott Downs had a really weird 2011. His strikeout rate was the lowest in six years, yet his ERA was the lowest it has ever been. Maybe it was his batting average on balls in play. The BABIP monster strikes again! Downs is still a very good reliever, but expecting career bests from a 36-year-old is just silly. He should be able to provide owners with at least 15 holds in 2012 with the occasional save, so value him accordingly. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Downs won’t have another career year, but the lefty should still provide fantasy owners with holds and the occasional save.
Scott Downs’ ERA may have hit its highest point since 2006, but the Angels’ left-hander still had a good 2012 season. Downs served as the Angels’ closer for part of the 2012 season, saving nine games while blowing three opportunities. With the acquisition of Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett, the Angels have effectively pushed Downs out of the ninth-inning equation. Downs may not post gaudy strikeout totals, but he has proven himself to be a reliable option in holds leagues. If your league does indeed count holds, grab Downs late in the draft and enjoy the fruits of his labor. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Scott Downs saved nine games for the Angels last year, but the acquisitions of Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett have pushed Downs out of the ninth-inning equation. If your league counts holds, grab Downs late in the draft and enjoy the fruits of his labor.
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