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1/20/1983 (34 y, 1 m)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 23, Pick: 10, Overall: 686, Team: Houston Astros
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Albers agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. (1/31/2017)
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Matt Albers acted as the right-handed bridge to Josh Bard and Jonathan Papelbon, typically appearing in the 6th to 7th innings. He’s really only useful in leagues counting holds. He struggles mightily versus lefties and while he managed to have a breakout season relative to his strikeouts, his miserable walk rate and swinging strike rate of 6.6% should leave enough suspicions for you to look away. (Michael Barr)
I can't be the only one who, every time Matt Albers enters a game, wants the announcer to say, "Hey HEY HEY! It's MATT Albers!" right? I mean, this has to be the single most common sentiment when his name is called. Other than, "How does a guy who strikes out less than seven per nine and walks more than three per nine post even decent ERAs?" Albers' .276 batting average on balls in play last year was a big step up from .224 the year before, and his extreme ground-ball rate (63.8% last year) helps him keep damage limited in those rare cases when he does give up a hit. But when a guy's walk rate and strikeout rate are marching towards each other, he is flirting with disaster. The Astros will take their chances with him in 2014, but you probably shouldn't. (
The Quick Opinion:
He has posted 2.39 and 3.14 ERAs the last two years. He also struck out only five per nine last year while continuing to walk more than three per nine. Disaster is on the horizon.
This veteran righty lost a chunk of his season due to a finger injury, but it certainly didn't sap his effectiveness. In 37.1 innings, Albers posted a 1.21 ERA, giving him back-to-back seasons of small sample success. With a three-to-one strikeout-to-walk rate and a ground ball rate that can touch the 60s, Albers goes to his sinker first and his sinker second to try to induce weak contact. Said sinker lost a few ticks last season, averaging below 90 mph for the first time, but he still got whiffs on 17.4% of swings and ground balls 62% of the time a ball was put in play. He's not as good as his recent ERAs suggest, but he should be a reliable arm, and he's rarely struggled with the long ball. Still just 32, Albers is the type of low cost veteran who should find a home closer to spring training, though he shouldn't find a home on any fantasy team. (Blake Murphy)
The Quick Opinion:
Back-to-back seasons have been heavily abbreviated but resulted in strong surface stats. He's not as good as those recent ERAs, but he should find a home as a low cost ground ball specialist.
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Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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