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6/29/1986 (30 y, 7 m, 26 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 18, Pick: 6, Overall: 538, Team: Florida Marlins
$5.8M / 1 Years (2017)
Koehler and the Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.75 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (1/13/2017)
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Tom Koehler seemingly had a pretty nice 2013 season as the fifth starter for a lousy Marlins team, finishing the season with a 4.41 ERA. Hey, it could be worse. Still, there is not much to get excited about with Koehler. His 15.3% strikeout rate and nine percent walk rate would be pretty good for a hitter -- not a good sign for a pitcher. Koehler does not seem to have been a notable beneficiary of batted ball luck in 2013, either, and the Marlins' pitcher-friendly park is not something many fantasy leagues take into account. He does not seem to have a severe platoon issue, perhaps due to his curveball, but that is still not enough to make him more than a likely mid-four ERA starter of the sort that is probably not hard to find after the draft even in deep NL-only leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Koehler is pretty useful as a back-of-the-rotation National League starter in real baseball, but that does not translate into being worth a draft pick in many fantasy leagues.
After posting an ERA of 3.18 (4.41 FIP) in his first 11 starts, Koehler pitched to a 4.16 (3.53 FIP) in his final 21. Down the stretch, he was a little more effective at controlling things he could: striking out more batters while cutting his walk rate. Koehler’s secondary offerings are just okay. His curveball -- thrown harder than most -- helps tamp lefty production down, and his slider is solid versus right-handed batters (.224 average against). Everything works off of Koehler’s fastballs, though, which have been hit hard at times, making his newfound command all the more important. Koehler seems like a good fit in Miami. He’s solid, and his ERA should be around league average. If the strikeouts stay up and he’s able to keep his walks down, a meeting in the middle of the two earlier numbers could be in order. Follow his command closely, if his second-half numbers hold he could become a rather useful option. (Landon Jones)
The Quick Opinion:
Koehler’s arsenal is limited, but decent enough to get by. He’s solid, and might show flashes of something more, but for the time being he’s a backend/streaming option.
Tom Koehler was the only Marlins starter to reach 130 innings in 2015, and if you exclude the now-retired Dan Haren, Koehler is the only one to reach even 110 innings. As such, the Marlins are probably happy with Koehler’s mid-rotation starter production, but despite his consistent workload, his performance has been anything but consistent. At home, Koehler enjoyed a 3.29 ERA that was 1.53 points lower than his road ERA. That’s not altogether surprising given that Marlins Park has a 97 FIP index, tied for the second lowest in baseball, and an 89 home run index, third lowest in baseball. Koehler in particular struggles with home runs allowed on the road. He had 15 in 97 innings last season. Still, even if you can use Koehler in only his home starts, his 7.1 strikeouts per nine and 3.6 walks per nine there are just average. You’re basically just relying on Marlins Park to keep fly balls in the park. In a league with that kind of depth, Koehler is a reasonable spot starter at home and against the right opponents, but there is little reason to keep him rostered for extended periods. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Tom Koehler was the Marlins’ most consistent starter in 2015, but that says much more about the Marlins’ rotation than it does about Koehler. Because of dramatic home/road splits, Koehler is at best a spot starter in fantasy in his home games.
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