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2/15/1984 (33 y, 6 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 30, Overall: 170, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
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Boggs was released by the Braves on Sunday. (6/8/2015)
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Boggs was one of several relievers to get a crack at the Cardinals' closer job last season, saving four games before it was someone else's turn. In three nearly full seasons as a big leaguer, the 26-year-old righty has shown that he will consistently strike out roughly seven batters per nine while being somewhat liberal with the free pass (3.38 walks per nine over the last two seasons) and generating a ground ball more than 50% of the time. Boggs appears to be slated for more middle relief in a somewhat stacked Cardinals pen next season, though he has more big league experience than most of this bullpen mates, so he could see some higher leveraged work if he sees an uptick in his peripheral stats. Don't count on hims to be anything more than a decent holds candidate in 2012, in part because we still don't know how new manager Mike Matheny will manage his relievers. That's the x-factor here. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Boggs is one of many power arms in the St. Louis bullpen, but he hasn't shown the strikeout ability of some of his teammates in recent years. He's a decent holds candidate, but it's hard to expect more going into the new season.
Mitchell Boggs finally found success in the Cardinals' bullpen last season, lowering his walk rate to 2.58 walks per nine thanks to an improved ability to throw first-pitch strikes. His 64.2% F-Strike% was by far the highest of his career and was the largest reason his WHIP (1.05) and ERA (2.21) were stellar. Of course, the .245 batting average on balls in play and 82.4% strand rate also helped -- though considering the Cardinals do not project to have anything more than a middling defense (+13 DRS and -20.4 UZR last season), expect his WHIP and ERA to adjust accordingly. In addition, his value doesn’t project to impact standard roto leagues because Jason Motte has a stranglehold on the closer’s role. No other Cardinals pitcher recorded a single save in 2012. He does have value in holds leagues, though that could even be lessened if Lance Lynn transitions to the bullpen once more. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
Boggs is a hard-throwing reliever who doesn’t strikeout as many as one would expect and should not see many save opportunities, if at all. Is that valuable in your fantasy league?
The Cardinals seem to grow pitching on trees. As such, their tolerance for failure is decidedly lower than that is in most organizations. When Boggs started the season in disastrous fashion, they quickly cut him loose. There was still reason for optimism though. Boggs only allowed runs in eight of his 18 outings with the Cardinals. His ERA looked repugnant though, because in three of those eight times he allowed multiple runs, including one outing during which he allowed seven runs in 1/3 of an inning. If you're wondering why a pitcher would be allowed to face so many hitters when he didn't have anything working, well, that's why a lot of people don't have a lot of faith in Mike Matheny's managerial capabilities. That aside, Boggs' performance after he reached Colorado was still concerning. He walked a batter in five of his nine appearances for the Rockies, and his walk rate remains a concern. Boggs has never had a better-than-league-average strikeout rate, so it's of paramount importance that he keeps his walk total under control. Until he shows that he can do that, he'll be a liability.
The Quick Opinion:
Boggs was never as good as his 2012 ERA made him seem, but his complete meltdown in 2013 was more regression than could have been anticipated. Boggs will land a job as a set-up man, but he has likely missed his chance at becoming a closer, and is not likely to warrant much consideration from a fantasy perspective -- especially if he can't get his walk rate under control.
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