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8/29/1985 (31 y, 6 m, 25 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 21, Overall: 175, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
$11M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018)
Rzepczynski surrendered six runs (five earned) on five hits and two wild pitches over one inning in Monday's 14-3 rain-shortened Cactus League loss to the Royals. He struck out two. (2/28/2017)
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Year in Review:
Rzepczynski joined fellow southpaw rookies Brett Cecil and Ricky Romero in Toronto's starting rotation in 2009. A 2007 draft pick, Rzepczynski opened the year in Double-A, but found himself in Toronto by mid-season. He had a lot of success in the Majors despite questionable control (4.40 BB/9) by inducing a lot of ground balls, something he also did very well in the minors. Rzepczynski relied heavily on his fastball and slider in 2009, but he'll need to utilize his change-up more in the coming years.
The Year Ahead:
Rzepczynski was arguably the most impressive rookie hurler on the staff in '09 (sorry, Ricky), so he's all-but-assured of a spot in the '10 rotation. Rzepczynski was shut down in September after throwing a career-high 144.1 innings in 2009, so he'll probably not top 180 innings in 2010. He's going to struggle with his control but the ground-ball rates will help turn a lot of those walks into double plays. His fastball averaged out at 88 mph in '09 but scouting reports have hinted at more velocity than that. He’s a great sleeper pick in AL-only leagues, and you should definitely have him on your keeper squad. (Marc Hulet)
After a strong rookie showing in 2009, Rzepczynski was slowed by injuries in '10. When he returned to health, the sophomore southpaw struggled with his command. He came on strong late in the season for the Jays and also had a nice showing in the Arizona Fall League. With the trade of Shaun Marcum, Rzepczynski has a good shot at securing a gig in the starting rotation for 2011. There is an outside chance, though, that the club will decide that he's more valuable as a long man in the bullpen. If he starts, Rzepczynski should produce slightly above-average strikeout numbers and a high ground-ball rate. His heavy fastball helps him succeed in the potent AL East even when his command is not 100%. On the down side, he does tend to struggle with his control. The 25-year-old pitcher should be good for about 180 innings. Rzepczynski is not a great bet for mixed leagues at this point but he should certainly be considered a sleeper in AL-only leagues. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Rzepczynski recovered from a slow start to 2010 and finished strong after recovering from injury and inconsistency. He has the potential to be a real sleeper in AL-only leagues but he could also end up in the bullpen so monitor his situation closely.
Marc Rzepczynski, the relief pitcher whose last name gives us all fits. Scrabble, as he’s affectionately -- and efficiently -- known, put together a solid 2011 out of the bullpen for both Toronto and St. Louis, but especially the Cardinals. The left-handed relief pitcher induced ground-balls at an alarming rate in 2011 -- 64.8% -- and saw his strikeout rate jump to 11.12 in 22.2 innings once he joined the Senior Circuit. Rzepczynski’s sinker toyed with batters throughout the fall, and in the postseason Scrabble walked only one batter in 8.1 innings of relief. There’s a lot to like about him, and while there’s no doubt his walk rate needs to improve, the good outweighs the bad, and he could be worth your middle relief selection. Up and down with the Blue Jays, it seems Scrabble’s found a home in St. Louis. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Rzepczynski’s strikeout rate went through the roof once he became a National League relief pitcher, and that makes him a candidate to round out your fantasy team’s bullpen. Still only 26 years old, should he improve on his walk rate with the Cardinals in 2012, he could be that much more valuable. A valuable middle relief option.
Better known as “Scrabble,” the left-hander saw a drop in his strikeout numbers and an uptick in the number of home runs he allowed last year. That coincided with a heavier reliance on his fastball than he has shown throughout his career -- a career-high 72.3% fastball usage -- so perhaps he could get his strikeout rate to bounce back by leaning on his slider more. Even then, he only provides marginal value in holds leagues. (JP Breen)
Marc Rzepczynski's name gave me so many fits even Google's "did you mean?" option did not help me. He posted a small uptick in strikeout rate in 2013, although his platoon splits worsened. As a lefty specialist, he's a passable fill-in option in deep formats which count holds but he'd need a tremendously unique set of circumstances to be fantasy relevant in anything other than "Words With Friends" leagues. (
It might be easier to remember the spelling of Rzepczynski's last name than to figure out what in the world happened to the veteran Lefty One Out GuY in 2015. Career-highs in strikeouts and ground balls, a walk rate 1% better than his career norm, and a career-average home run rate -- all of that somehow led to a 5.66 ERA. Rzepczynski (copy/pasting this every time) struggled in Cleveland before being traded to San Diego at the deadline for Abraham Almonte, and it was there that things got even worse for the reliever they call "Scrabble." You can chalk up Rzepczynski's struggles in large part to tough luck on sequencing, as nearly half of Rzepczynski's baserunners came around to score. That's an unprecedented rate, a far cry from the 71% strand rate Rzepczynski has run throughout his career. With the bases empty, Rzepczynski held batters to an elite .595 OPS. When they did reach, though, he got tagged to the tune of an .877 OPS. These aren't the kinds of things we expect to continue. It's far easier to buy stock in his strikeout and ground ball gains than his sudden collapse with men on base. (
The Quick Opinion:
Rzepczynski had a weird year in 2015. The best peripherals of his seven-year career, and absolutely atrocious results to go along with them. Chalk it up to sequencing. Rzepczynski should be better in 2016 than the ERA showed in 2015, but given his role in the bullpen as a lefty specialist, you're doing it wrong (or playing in a fun league!) if you're looking at this page on draft day.
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