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8/22/1976 (40 y, 7 m, 1 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 2, Overall: 54, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Wolf retired from baseball Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. (3/10/2016)
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Year in Review:
Wolf turned things around in 2008 when, after a trade to the Astros, he found a delivery that helped smooth out his mechanics. He finished 6-2 with the Astros with a 3.57 ERA, more than a full run better than when he was pitching in spacious PETCO Park. Wolf maintained that delivery in 2009 and had one of the best seasons of his career. His 3.23 ERA was his second lowest lifetime, as was Wolf’s 2.76 K/BB ratio. He is not throwing any harder with the new delivery, but his control has vastly improved. His 2.44 BB/9 is down nearly a full walk from 2007-08 levels. The results really show with his curveball, which became a plus pitch for the first time since 2002. His 1.66 wCB/C ranked 12th in the Majors last year and also helped make his fastball a better pitch.
The Year Ahead:
While Wolf enjoyed a fine season in 2009, he was also the recipient of some good fortune. His BABIP of .257 tied with Jarrod Washburn for the lowest mark in the league and was 37 points below his lifetime mark in the category. Additionally, Wolf had a 77.3 LOB%, the 16th-highest mark in the majors. His FIP was very close between 2008 (4.17) and 2009 (3.96), although his ERA dropped over a full run last season. But while Wolf’s ERA is likely to go up in 2010, he could see an increase in wins. Last year he had two losses and 10 no-decisions when he pitched a quality start. On the surface it seemed like Wolf enjoyed good run support with a 4.90 average, but 14 times he received three runs or fewer. (Brian Joura)
In 2010, NL starters averaged 7.0 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9. Over the last three years -- between stints with San Diego, Houston, the Dodgers, and Milwaukee -- Wolf has done this in 620.1 IP: 6.7 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 1.1 HR/9. Basically, what that gives you is the average-est of the average pitchers. Of course, there's value in starters who post league-average numbers while also tossing about 200 innings per annum -- and Wolf has done that for each of those three seasons. And if Milwaukee repeats as the NL's best offense (74.6 adjusted batting runs above average in 2010), that could mean something like 13-15 wins. On the other hand, his swinging-strike rates -- which are predictive of strikeout rates -- go like this over the last three seasons: 8.7%, 7.4%, 6.7%. Bottom line: he's not someone to reach on, but he's fine for a two-start week. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Is a candidate for Most Average Pitcher award. Pitching in front of above-average offense gives him some value, though.
One of the best things Wolf has going for him is that he’s playing on one of the best teams in a relatively weak division, meaning he’ll be in position to amass a good number of wins without having to pitch particularly well. Of concern is a strikeout rate that has dropped every year since 2007 and is now down under six, meaning Wolf’s value in most leagues is dependent on his ERA and WHIP. He’s been close to his career level in both categories over the last few years, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP, and if he’s close to those levels again, he’s a decent, back-end option in NL-only. But he is working his way out of playability in most mixed leagues. If he can reverse his trend of declining strikeouts, he becomes worth rostering in more formats. (Dan Wade)
The Quick Opinion:
If the Brewers were to add another starter, Wolf may well be the man who loses his job. If he does remain in the rotation, he’s playable in NL-only, but mixed players may end up using him less as a draft target and more as an injury replacement when someone inevitable tears a UCL during spring training.
Randy Wolf didn't really pitch as badly for Milwaukee as his 5.69 ERA would indicate, but he was considerably worse in 15 late innings for Baltimore, and it hardly seems to matter now. After October Tommy John surgery, Wolf will miss 2013, and we may have seen the last of the entertaining 36-year-old lefty. (
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