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7/2/1986 (30 y, 8 m, 28 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 8, Overall: 38, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
$30.5M / 4 Years (2017 - 2020)
Cecil, who owns a 10.50 ERA and 2.33 WHIP over six spring innings, fired two scoreless innings across two appearances against the Marlins on Saturday and Sunday. (3/26/2017)
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Year in Review:
A former college closer, Cecil has taken to starting in pro ball. He was brought up to the Majors much sooner than Toronto expected (and hoped) due to necessity. He held his own but gave up a lot of homers (1.64 HR/9). Cecil also pitched with a knee injury (tears in his MCL). Both his fastball and slider were inconsistent at the MLB level but historically they've been his best pitches. Like fellow southpaw rookie Ricky Romero, Cecil historically produces a solid ground-ball rate, although he left too many pitches up in '09. He posted a 6.31 ERA on the road.
The Year Ahead:
If things go as planned, Cecil should spend at least half the year in Triple-A, which is not something that fantasy managers necessarily want to hear. However, with Roy Halladay now gone, an opportunity may present itself sooner than expected. If Cecil continues to struggle as a starter in the Majors, Toronto always has the option of converting him back to a closer, or set-up man. At this point, Cecil is a player that should be monitored by AL-only league managers and his best value comes in keeper leagues. (Marc Hulet)
Cecil, 24, wasn't a fantasy stud in 2010 despite 15 wins. His strikeout rate was just 6.10 K/9 and his ERA sat at 4.22. Cecil succeeded by receiving solid run support while also producing average rates (hits allowed, ground-ball rate, home-run rate). He did, though, display above-average control (2.81 BB/9) for a sophomore hurler. With the trade of Shaun Marcum, Cecil will slide up one spot in the starting rotation and will face higher expectations in 2011. After pitching 183.2 innings in '10, the lefty should be good for 200 innings, if he can stay healthy. If he can continue to show improvements in his four-pitch repertoire in 2011, Cecil could see improvements in his strikeout rate, which will improve his fantasy value. As is, he has value in AL-only leagues but is a late-round pick in mixed leagues. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Cecil won 15 games but didn't post great secondary numbers. He should improve in 2011 but he's probably not more than an AL-only contributor.
After winning 15 games in 2010 to lead the Blue Jays, expectations were high for Brett Cecil to take his place alongside Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow in leading the Toronto rotation. Sometimes, things don’t work out as planned. The former college closer struggled badly in 2011, as his ground-ball rate dipped below 40% and his home run rate climbed to 13.3%, one of the worst in the American League. Velocity has always been an issue for Cecil, and he’ll never be confused for an overpowering pitcher. An interesting fact: in 2011, Cecil dominated left-handed hitters, but couldn’t get right-handed hitters out; all 22 home runs Cecil allowed last season came against those batting from the right side of home plate. Cecil’s going to be fighting to fill out the Toronto rotation in 2012, and his marginal fantasy value makes him only a late option in your deeper leagues. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Cecil’s lack of velocity, low ground-ball rate, and high fly ball rate caught up to him in 2011. He was hit hard, and hit often (especially by right-handed hitters), and comes into 2012 fighting to fill out the Toronto Blue Jays rotation. Cecil doesn’t strike out enough batters to be worthy of much fantasy consideration.
For Brett Cecil, 2010 must seem like a lifetime ago. He won 15 games that year as a starter, and posted a 4.22 ERA and 4.03 FIP. Life was good. Well, it got worse in 2011, and even worse in 2012, when he struggled both as a starter and reliever. Unless Cecil can turn back time, he has little to no fantasy value, even in AL-only leagues, even though he might be more relied upon by the Blue Jays out of the bullpen if Darren Oliver retires or is traded. (Navin Vaswani)
Cecil, a first-round draft pick in 2006, was once a fairly promising starting pitcher for Toronto, but poor performances in 2011 and 2012 ended that dream. His few relief appearances in 2012 were not encouraging either. But many a failed starter has turned out to be a good reliever, and in 2013 Cecil looked like another one. It should hardly be surprising at this point when a pitcher's numbers in almost every category improve once he only has to pitch an inning (maybe two) a game, often in situations tailored to his platoon tendency, where he does not have to conserve energy for the long haul, and where he can focus just on his best pitches. As a starter, Cecil mixed mediocre strikeout rates with poor control while allowing a high number of home runs. Much of his trouble was that, despite a nominally varied repertoire, he simply got crushed by right-handed batters out. That is sort of a problem for a starting pitcher. As a reliever only seeing batters once, he has been able to focus on hit fastball and cutter while using his not-so-awesome slider and change less. He dominated lefties as a reliever in 2013, and though he still walks too many righties, he was not useless against them. He is not quite a LOOGY at this point. In real baseball, the Jays have probably found a useful left-handed reliever in Cecil. Does this translate to much fantasy value? Not much. But Cecil will probably continue to rack of the strikeouts and might have an ERA in the low threes. He could be worth a $1 bid or end-of-draft pick to fill out a roster in a deep AL-only league.(Matt Klaassen)(Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Brett Cecil becomes the latest in a long, long line of failed starters to find success as a reliever. He should continue to be a good reliever in 2014, but with at least two pitchers ahead of Cecil in line for saves in Toronto, it probably won't translate to much value outside of very deep AL-only leagues.
Brett Cecil was once a fairly promising pitching prospect, but it simply was not working out. In 2013, the Blue Jays kept him in the bullpen with impressive results, although he faced a disproportionate numbers of lefties, which may have skew the numbers. In 2014, Cecil faced a greater proportion of right-handed hitters than in the past and was even better, with a 2.70 ERA and peripherals to match. His control is still a bit of an issue, particularly against right-handed hitters, but with a double-digit strikeout rate, you can live with it. The last two years, Cecil has pretty much ditched his lousy slider and used his change less frequently as well. Instead, he has begun using his hard (mid-80s) curve as his main offering to go with a fastball that sometimes touches the mid-90s. Yeah, that will work. The usual caveats about reliever volatility apply, of course. The biggest news with Cecil is that, at the moment, he looks like he has the inside track on the Blue Jays' 2015 closer job. That obviously would take him from "good setup man" to "extremely valuable" in category leagues, but it is not a done deal yet. Cecil is good enough as a setup man to be a good pick in that role in AL-only leagues, at least, given that he might end up getting a few saves anyway. If he becomes the closer, he should be drafted in all category leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
After a second season of excellent work in relief, Cecil has transformed himself from a high-end LOOGY to the Blue Jays' likely 2015 closer. He's good as a setup man, but if he does end up as Toronto's closer, you know what that means for his value in category leagues.
Since moving to the bullpen full-time in 2013, Brett Cecil has just gotten better and better. His fastball is decent, and his cutter can be very impressive at times. He also throws a sinker. Cecil's hard curve dominates his repertoire, though, against both lefties and righties. The curve also helps keep his ground ball rate up. What was particularly stunning in 2015 was that his strikeout percentage was right up there (actually slightly better) with 2014, but his walk rate was only half of the previous season, and by far the best of his career. That bodes well for Cecil's value. However, the Jays have never given him an especially long look in the closer role, which, as most middle relievers, limits his fantasy value. As far as middle relievers go, though, Cecil is one of the best at the moment. How that plays out in fantasy depends on depth and whether or not holds count in your league. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Brett Cecil has been one of the better middle relievers in baseball since 2013, and had his best season yet in 2015. Middle relievers do not have much value in most leagues, but Cecil is one of those worth considering.
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