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Justin Verlander
Birthdate: 2/20/1983 (34 y, 1 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/200     Position: P
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 2, Overall: 2, Team: Detroit Tigers
Contract: $180M / 7 Years (2013 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Verlander pitched six innings in Thursday's spring training loss to the Braves, allowing just two hits and one earned run. He struck out four. (3/24/2017)
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Profile: Verlander showed his 2015 second half was no fluke and removed doubt about his health, registering 227.2 innings (third-most in the major leagues) during a Cy Young-winning-worthy season. His velocity spiked with not only his fastball but perhaps more importantly with his slider, which jumped to a career-best 88 mph – fourth-highest in the league. The results on both pitches were tremendous (combined .647 OPS, 10th-best) while the curveball returned to its previous plus-plus levels (.422 OPS, sixth-best). He got back to the high fastball, a pitch that spurred his 2015 success and portended the 2016 return to greatness if he kept it up. His 1061 fastballs in the upper third were second-most in the league while his .499 OPS on those pitches was third-best (min. 700 high fastballs thrown). He continues to move away from his changeup (career-low 8.5% usage) as the results continue to struggle. Verlander always seemed like someone capable of a soft decline in his 30s because of his exquisite secondary arsenal and now that he’s healthy, we’re seeing just that. Mid-30s arms do carry perennial health risk as the innings pile up, but nothing in his skill set suggests any sharp regression is coming. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Verlander's resurgence included a career-best strikeout rate (28%), K%-BB% (22%), and swinging strike rate (12%) which led to his best results since 2012 (3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP). A velocity boost aided both the fastball and slider while restoring the market’s confidence in the ace, especially after so many other perceived aces fell back.

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