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3/20/1990 (26 y, 11 m, 7 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 6, Overall: 52, Team: Florida Marlins
$1.4M / 1 Years (2017)
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Hand walked nearly as many as he struck out last year and has a history of uninspiring strikeout and walk rates. With an extreme fly ball tendency to boot, he has a long way to go to be worth rostering if he manages to wiggle into the rotation. (Mike Podhorzer)
Brad Hand’s 2014 didn’t quite match up to his short, limited 2013. After posting an adjusted ERA well below average that year, he posted an adjusted mark of 19% worse than average last year. It’s difficult to see where he’ll get better, because he hasn’t shown the ability to put major league hitters away, posting a 15% career strikeout rate. Among starters with at least 100 innings pitched in 2014, only nine pitchers posted a lower strikeout rate. He was better in the second half than in the first, thanks to his improved control, but until he’s able to get right-handed batters out more effectively his production doesn’t seem likely to kick up a notch. (Landon Jones)
The Quick Opinion:
Hand seems likely to be delegated into streaming duty. His current makeup doesn’t present enough upside in the form of strikeouts to outweigh the risks of runs crossing the plate frequently.
For the last two seasons, Brad Hand has been a swing man for the Marlins. Over that period, he’s made 28 starts and 42 relief appearances. As a starter, Hand has struggled. Despite only 2.9 walks per nine, Hand has carried a 4.86 ERA and 4.41 FIP. As a reliever, he’s been a bit better with a 4.66 ERA and 3.48 FIP -- a low 66.4% strand rate and even lower 5.7% home run per flyball rate capture the bulk of that discrepancy. In truth, even long relief may be stretching Hand’s abilities. He throws a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup, but only his slider was a plus pitch in 2015. On a team with better pitching depth, the lefty Hand would likely best be served as a Lefty One Out GuY. For his career, Hand has allowed a .273 weighted on base average versus left-handed hitters compared to a .354 wOBA versus right-handers. Meanwhile, Hand has also benefited from the pitcher-friendly Marlins Park — his wOBA allowed at home is 59 points lower than on the road in his career. The splits are there to potentially eke some fantasy value out of Hand, but unless the Marlins change how they use him, it likely will not be possible. There are plenty of better reliever options to boost your ratios, even in deeper formats. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Brad Hand is a swing man for the Marlins, but even in his relief appearances, his numbers are not good enough to help your ratios. Unless the left-handed Hand becomes a situational lefty, look elsewhere in fantasy.
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