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4/15/1985 (31 y, 10 m, 11 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 16, Pick: 11, Overall: 468, Team: Cleveland Indians
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Laffey was assigned to minor league camp Monday. (3/28/2016)
Starting Pitchers: June 21st
Mike Axisa (RotoGraphs)
Position Battles: Indians Rotation
David Golebiewski (RotoGraphs)
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Peter Bendix (RotoGraphs)
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Year in Review:
The low-octane lefty made a career-high 25 appearances and 19 starts for the Tribe in 2009, though his season was curtailed by an oblique injury which sidelined him from late May to early July. Laffey continued to miss few bats, posting a 4.4 K/9, but his customarily sharp control was absent. He issued 4.2 BB/9, giving him a mediocre 1.04 K/BB on the season. The sinker-ball pitcher was among the easiest pitchers to put the bat on the ball against, as his rate of contact within the zone ranked in the top 10 among starters tossing at least 100 frames. Laffey threw his sinker more than ever. He used the pitch 73% of the time in 2009, compared to 64% in 2008. After locating 52% of his pitches within the zone in 2008, Laffey caught the plate just 49% in 2009.
The Year Ahead:
Laffey isn't going to fool anyone with his stuff. As such, the ability to paint the corners and generate ground balls becomes paramount to his success. Perhaps the oblique injury was a season-long issue, throwing off Laffey's control. If the southpaw limits the walks and keeps the ball on the ground, he's a tolerable back-of-the-rotation arm and a fantasy consideration in deep AL-only leagues. But when Laffey is issuing in excess of four free passes per nine innings, he's a non-entity. It's questionable if possible reward justifies the risk here. Laffey was shut down with elbow inflammation in September 2008, and he missed time this past year with the oblique ailment. The upside with Laffey is a mid-to-high 4.00s ERA with few strikeouts. That's not worth a draft pick in most any league. (David Golebiewski)
Laffey seems to have very little value and it gets less with every passing year. He spent 2010 in three places: with the Indians, at Triple-A, and on the DL. While on the Major League club, he gave up the exact same number of strikeouts and walks at 28 in 55.2 IP, as well as a BB/9 and K/9 of 4.53. The strikeout rate was close to a career high, but the BB/9 value has gotten worse every year that he's pitched in the majors (2.19 to 2.98 to 4.22 to 4.53). The reason he's probably not throwing anything near the plate is that his fastball maxes out at a blistering 87 mph. He used to be a great ground-ball pitcher, but that has also degraded since he started in the Majors (62.4% down to 51.6%). His ERA and FIP actually don't look as bad as his rate stats say in 2010 (FIP = 3.92 and ERA = 4.53), but a HR/FB rate of under 2% is not sustainable, even for a ground-ball pitcher. I see him struggling to secure a job in 2010 and there is no reason to draft him in any league. There are better options (higher K/BB) available. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Laffey will need to improve dramatically in order to be a viable fantasy option.
Laffey is a left-handed reliever without a whole lot of talent. Have fun drafting him. (Zach Sanders)
Aaron Laffey started 16 games and threw 100.2 innings for the Blue Jays in 2012; that’s how desperate the situation was in Toronto. The lefty can’t do anything for your fantasy team. He doesn’t strike out enough batters, and he was torched by the home run last year. He signed a minor-league contract with the Mets during the offseason, to which you’re thinking, “Of course he did.” (Navin Vaswani)
If you are into swingers, Laffey is your guy. He has bounced between the rotation and the pen in recent seasons as, frankly, he's not good enough for either role. If he were right-handed, he wouldn't be around but long live lefties! He has a well-below average strikeout rate and a high walk rate as his approach is to work the fringes of the zone and entice batters to swing at borderline pitches. He has pitched for five teams in seven seasons as a pro, four of which have come over the past three seasons after he was traded to the Yankees in 2011. Pass like gas. (Jason Collette)
The Quick Opinion:
He has pitched for five teams in seven seasons as a pro, four of which have come over the past three seasons after he was traded to the Yankees in 2011. Pass like gas.
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