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Jeremy Jeffress
Birthdate: 9/21/1987 (29 y, 6 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/205     Position: P
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 16, Overall: 16, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Contract: $2.1M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Jeffress and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. (1/13/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Jeffress falls into a group of closers with strong ground ball skills (Brad Ziegler and Sam Dyson) but whose strike rates are sub-optimal for the role. Jeffress' 60% ground ball rate is 11th-highest among qualified relievers. This high rate will keep his home runs down (0.3 homers per nine innings) and his ERA way below his FIP (2.33 ERA vs 3.28 FIP) since base runners will be station-to-station. The issue with Jeffress was his 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings last season. I could see his strikeouts increasing since his swinging-strike rate was at 10%, which normally points to a K/9 closer to 7.7. Even with the low strikeout numbers, he was able to accumulate 27 saves with the Brewers before being traded to the Rangers. The problem with Jeffress continuing to get saves is Sam Dyson. Dyson does everything Jeffress does, only just a bit better (65% vs 60% ground ball rate, 7.0 vs 6.5 K/9). I could see Jeffress becoming the setup man behind Dyson and slide into the closer's role if Dyson gets hurt or is ineffective. (Jeff Zimmerman)

The Quick Opinion: Jeffress has some fantasy value, but the exact nature is unknown until the Rangers bullpen gets situated.

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