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Jason Hammel
Birthdate: 9/2/1982 (34 y, 6 m, 22 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-6/200     Position: P
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 10, Pick: 2, Overall: 284, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Contract: $16M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Hammel (elbow) tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut Saturday. (3/4/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: The 2016 season was an interesting one for Jason Hammel, and not necessarily in the most positive sense. There were a number of trends that took place that don't necessarily favor him moving forward. His fastball usage continued to decline, instead relying more on his curveball. The results featured a decreased strikeout rate, with his 7.78 strikeouts per nine serving as his lowest total since 2013. His 2.86 walks per nine innings was also his highest rate since that season. For the third straight season his line featured an increased WHIP, which came in at 1.21. Also increasing over that span, and perhaps more alarmingly, is his opponents' penchant for the long ball. His home runs allowed per nine innings continue to increase, with a 1.21 mark in 2016, along with a 13.8% home run-to-fly ball ratio. Obviously, opposing hitters are generating a lot of contact in the air, but they're also making solid contact. His 32.5 Hard% was the ninth highest among National League starters. A 4.48 FIP to back up a 3.83 ERA that had increased for a third consecutive year didn't do him any favors. With the way things have transpired for Hammel over the last two or three seasons, it's difficult to rationalize him as a viable starting pitching option moving forward. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: Despite making 30 starts in 2016, it's difficult to project Jason Hammel too favorably moving forward. He's serving up a good deal of strong contact, with increasing walk and homer numbers against decreasing strikeout numbers, leaving his viability as a fantasy option in serious question.

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