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9/6/1983 (33 y, 5 m, 22 d)
2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 17, Pick: 25, Overall: 516, Team: Chicago Cubs
$6.5M / 1 Years (2017) + 1 Option Years
Blevins agreed to a contract with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (2/3/2017)
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Jerry Blevins was near and dear to the hearts of many Oakland fans, perhaps for surviving yearly bouts of being designated for assignment early in his career, or for a few
in big games, or batting once in an 18-inning game. While he does have more pitches than an average LOOGY -- four decent ones even -- that number drops to one against righties (just the changeup). Maybe he's a little more Jeremy Affeldt than Javier Lopez in terms of effectiveness against batters of both handedness, but he's also unlikely to close for anyone with his splits. A 3.39 FIP against lefties works, but a 4.27 FIP against righties is on the wrong side of average for him to be a ninth inning option for the Nationals. Those in holds leagues might find him useful -- lefty relievers often rack up the holds in few innings based on their usage. (
The Quick Opinion:
Jerry Blevins probably won't close for the Nationals, even with injury. That doesn't mean he won't be a lovable, useful part of a strong pen on a good team.
Jerry Blevins is death on left-handed hitters. In 32 1/3 innings against southpaws, Blevins allowed 17 hits and notched 40 strikeouts. Righties, however, turned into an issue. Right-handers hit .295 against Blevins last year. And while he’s shown the ability to limit righties more in the past, he’s always been a little worse against them over his career. Also, don’t be fooled by Blevins’ 4.87 ERA, his peripherals suggest that figure may have been fluky. That figure is also certain to fall if Blevins has his opportunities against righties limited in 2015. As of right now, he’s a specialist/set-up man for Drew Storen. His struggles against righties could limit his holds, though he should still put up decent numbers and will be used as a high-leverage option. (
The Quick Opinion:
Blevins can destroy tough lefties, and should pitch in high-leverage situations for Washington. He’s not likely to pick up many saves, though.
Jerry Blevins became a very interesting reliever in 2014 when, after three consecutive seasons with strikeout rates between seven and eight per nine innings, he struck out more than 10 batters per nine. There was not a prominent change in his repertoire or pitch usage rates, but Blevins was used more frequently against left-handed hitters, whom he dominated to the tune of a .190 weighted on base average against and 40 strikeouts in just 32.1 innings. Unfortunately, Blevins was unable to prove whether or not his improvements were a fluke. He missed almost the entire 2015 season thanks to a pair of fluke arm injuries — one because of a line drive that struck him and one because of a fall on a curbside. Blevins is back on a one-year deal with the Mets in 2016, and his limited time with them in 2015 demonstrated their decision to make him a Lefty One Out GuY. Fourteen of his 15 batters faced in 2015 were left-handed. None of them had a hit and four struck out. There is a real chance that Blevins could become one of the best LOOGYs in baseball this season. There is not a ton of fantasy value there, although his ratios should be very good, and he could rack up the holds since the Mets should be good. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Jerry Blevins will get a chance at a redo for the Mets in 2016 after his 2015 season ended early thanks to a couple of fluke arm injuries. His limited work in 2015 showed the Mets view him as a situational lefty reliever, and it’s possible Blevins could become one of the better ones in baseball this season.
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