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7/12/1983 (33 y, 7 m, 8 d)
2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 45, Pick: 6, Overall: 1333, Team: Cleveland Indians
$18M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018)
Sipp is the lone MLB-proven left-hander in the Astros bullpen as the team enters spring training, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. (2/4/2017)
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Sipp was once the future closer of the Indians, but he has settled in as a solid lefty out of the pen. He'll provide an ERA in the mid threes, with decent strikeouts and holds. (Chad Young)
Sipp was once the closer of the future for the Indians, but never really put it all together. He's managed decent strikeout numbers, but walks far too many and has had a consistent problem with the long ball, giving up more than 1.4 home runs per nine each of the last three years. And now he is moving from a relatively neutral pitchers park to Arizona, although Cleveland was particularly kind with regards to home runs by lefties. Perhaps the move to the National League will help, and if you need holds, Sipp may accrue some. Still not a strong reason to own him in most fantasy leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Sipp probably made his biggest contribution to the 2013 fantasy season by playing a small role in getting Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati and Trevor Bauer to Cleveland. Beyond that, don't expect much.
The left-handed Sipp was one of the lone bright spots for the Astros in 2014. The former Indians prospect saw a large jump in the strikeout department, fueled by a two mph fastball velocity spike (and corresponding swinging strike rate increase). He also managed to cut down on the number of free passes he allowed, posting the lowest walk rate of his career. The whole package led to the southpaw posting a 2.43 SIERA, well over a run lower than his career average. He was far from a Lefty One Out GuY material as well, fanning nearly twice as many righties as lefties. Pedigree and peripherals make Sipp a candidate to repeat in 2015 and therefore an interesting name in holds leagues. Unfortunately, Houston's lavish reliever spending spree (Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek) as well as the return of incumbent Chad Qualls mean saves may be difficult to come by for the 31-year-old. (
The Quick Opinion:
Operating out of Houston's bullpen, Sipp finally showed some of the promise that made him a coveted prospect a few years ago. While some of his gains should be sustainable, he's mired amongst many other decent relievers on a bad team so he'll carry little fantasy value outside of super deep leagues or those with scoring systems rewarding middle relievers.
Tony Sipp signed a three-year deal to stay in Houston, which is nice for him. On the back of good velocity and a devastating forkball, he's put up the strikeout and walk rates to deserve the contract. But with a reverse platoon split on his best secondary pitch, he's a bit miscast as a lefty specialist. And with Ken Giles, Luke Gregerson, and Josh Fields ahead of him, he probably won't see that many saves. Maybe some holds! (Eno Sarris)
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