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10/22/1986 (30 y, 4 m)
2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 29, Overall: 140, Team: Chicago Cubs
$0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Rusin has a leg up on other competitors for spots in the Rockies bullpen since he is out of minor league options, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. (2/21/2017)
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Yeah, Rusin's a lefty with multiple pitches and an above-average ground-ball rate who kept his ERA under four last year. Doesn't mean he's worth your time in fantasy. His fastball doesn't crack 90 mph, and against right-handers, only the change-up has above-average whiffs. The stuff is very fringy against opposite-handed hitters, and his spot in the rotation is one that the Cubs will be looking to upgrade all year. That upgrade could come in the form of Jake Arrieta or Arodys Vizcaino, or even Carlos Villanueva. (
The Quick Opinion:
Don't spend too much time looking at Rusin's 2013 numbers. Rather, call up some video and watch him pitch, and you'll know how he was barely hanging on. He can be valuable to a major league pitching staff, but it doesn't look like he's a starter for a competitive team.
Only two pitchers started more games for the Rockies last year than did Chris Rusin. Going just off that info, you would think he'd be a lock for the 2016 rotation. The truth is probably more layered than that though. Jorge De La Rosa, Chad Bettis and Jordan Lyles are all but locks for the rotation, and Jonathan Gray and Tyler Chatwood are strong candidates. That's five already, and we haven't talked about Eddie Butler or Tyler Matzek yet. Or David Hale. Or whomever the Rockies get in return for Carlos Gonzalez should they trade their star outfielder. The Rox have a lot of options to sift through, in other words. Rusin could end up being one of them, and based on 2015, he stands a better chance to land the fifth spot in the rotation than most anyone other than Chatwood -- and Chatwood may be treated delicately coming off of his second Tommy John surgery. If Rusin does land that spot, he just might do a serviceable job, but there isn't much to separate him from the other starters. Like most of the rest of them, he doesn't strike out a lot of guys, walks more than he should, and generates a lot of ground balls. But his strikeout rate actually is lower than most of them -- only Butler and Lyles had a lower K%. It might help that Rusin is a lefty, but with De La Rosa and Matzek around, Rusin isn't unique in this regard either. As a result, it would be hard to draft him, even in deep NL-only leagues. The Rockies need their kids to succeed, and will likely give them as many opportunities as possible to do so, and that will cut into Rusin's opportunities -- if not at the start of the season, then certainly by the end of it. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Part of the Rockies faceless no strikeout-all groundball army, Chris Rusin is perfectly serviceable, and may begin the year in the Rockies rotation. But with him already entering his age-29 season, and the Rockies making way for the kids, he faces long odds to finish the season in the Rockies rotation.
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