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Tony Watson
Birthdate: 5/30/1985 (31 y, 9 m, 28 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/210     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 4, Overall: 278, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Contract: $5.6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Watson remains the Pirates' closer despite his recent struggles, GM Neal Huntington told SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio on Wednesday. "Watson has been one of the best performing relievers in baseball," Huntington said. "We're comfortable with him pitching in the ninth." (3/22/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Give him the "proven closer(TM)" label! Watson, a mainstay of the Pirates bullpen since 2011, ended 2016 by wrapping up 15 saves following the midseason trade of Mark Melancon. The lefty acquitted himself well, only blowing three saves after being moved into the 9th inning, putting up a 3.06 ERA for the season. The 3.06 mark was actually his worst in four years, highlighting how effective he has been the past few seasons. It wasn't quite all roses, as his peripheral stats took a bit of a hit in 2016, in part due to a concerning upward trend in walk rate every year since 2012. While certainly not a LOOGY, Watson does have some platoon issues (career wOBA versus righties is 30 points higher) that might give the Pirates pause in thrusting him back into the closer role in 2017 even if they don't find external help. Watson's fantasy draft value will be incumbent on whether he ties down save opportunities or not. If yes, he could be a nice value stopper late in drafts. If no, he'll likely be only on your radar screen if you play in deep NL-only leagues with holds. (Colin Zarzycki)

The Quick Opinion: In his sixth year in the Pirates' bullpen, Watson finally got a chance to be "the guy" after Mark Melancon was sent away at the deadline. He acquitted himself well, but as a lefty with solid, but unspectacular peripherals, he might fight an uphill battle to regain the same fantasy relevance in 2017, especially if he opens the door for Daniel Hudson or Juan Nicasio with any early-season struggles. 

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SeasonPitchPitchesABPAH1B2B3BHRBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPAVGminVelmaxVelVel
2011FA4831181362619502140281124.22083.294.491.1
2011SL581618310022060000.18881.487.284.1
2011CH471010310020010000.30082.185.784.3
2011FT3133101000010000.33380.891.683.3
2011SI622110000010000.50090.791.691.2
2012SI5811151362715912180230125.23585.696.893.4
2012SL222656810700320251000.15480.887.584.3
2012CH2733000000020000.00081.486.485.2
2012FA1011000000010000.00086.788.487.1
2013SI680147162332350570245124.22489.097.093.6
2013SL196495310640020161010.20481.487.384.3
2013CH1333941550002080000.12880.986.685.6
2013FA572424321000060001.12586.788.987.2
2014SI806169189403151390466148.23790.596.794.3
2014FA129434311910100110001.25686.694.187.8
2014CH1283136752003090110.22683.486.685.6
2014SL12331346401120130100.19479.692.182.9
2014FC1023000001020000.00084.793.990.6
2015SI8381872114336502160344316.23089.996.993.8
2015CH193606011820100160004.18381.687.184.9
2015SL591212000000070000.00079.094.083.4
2015FA2299110000050000.11186.690.587.6
2016SI6931461723922818170252346.26789.896.393.2
2016CH257747610630120250002.13580.387.785.2
2016SL922223320010081001.13683.087.885.7
TotalSI3604766872183128323206701531791329.23985.697.093.7
TotalCH785217226362570470610116.16680.387.785.2
TotalSL750195208322041780753111.16479.094.084.2
TotalFA7011952134131703140511126.21083.294.490.0
TotalFT3133101000010000.33380.891.683.3
TotalFC1023000001020000.00084.793.990.6

SeasonPitchPitchesBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2011FA48310.3 %20.6 %0.50.220.306.314.620.093.27011.7-3.6.28386
2011SL5811.1 %33.3 %0.33.188.278.563.840.375.1252.60.6.358141
2011CH470.0 %10.0 %0.00.300.300.9001.200.600.1432.61.5.506242
2011FT310.0 %33.3 %0.00.333.333.6671.000.333.5000.60.3.423184
2011SI60.0 %50.0 %0.00.500.500.5001.000.0001.0000.40.2.445197
2012SI58113.2 %16.9 %0.78.235.336.383.718.148.27515.90.4.319107
2012SL2222.9 %36.8 %0.08.154.191.292.483.138.1892.2-5.6.21341
2012CH270.0 %66.7 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.000-0.4-0.8.000-100
2012FA100.0 %100.0 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.000-0.1-0.3.000-100
2013SI6804.3 %14.8 %0.29.224.281.361.642.136.23514.2-3.6.28692
2013SL1963.8 %30.2 %0.13.204.250.286.536.082.3032.8-3.0.24160
2013CH1334.9 %19.5 %0.25.128.171.128.299.000.161-1.0-5.5.142-4
2013FA570.0 %25.0 %0.00.125.125.167.292.042.167-0.9-3.5.127-14
2014SI8064.8 %24.3 %0.20.237.297.331.629.095.30616.6-3.7.28487
2014FA1290.0 %25.6 %0.00.256.256.349.605.093.3233.2-1.4.26679
2014CH1288.3 %25.0 %0.33.226.286.290.576.065.3042.5-1.4.26069
2014SL1235.9 %38.2 %0.15.194.235.355.590.161.2782.3-1.4.25672
2014FC1033.3 %66.7 %0.50.000.333.000.333.000.0000.1-0.2.23053
2015SI8387.6 %16.1 %0.47.230.300.289.589.059.26615.9-7.9.26777
2015CH1930.0 %26.7 %0.00.183.183.267.450.083.2331.0-5.7.19430
2015SL590.0 %58.3 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.000-1.7-3.0.000-100
2015FA220.0 %55.6 %0.00.111.111.111.222.000.250-0.5-1.5.098-35
2016SI6939.9 %14.5 %0.68.267.345.500.845.233.26725.95.7.358129
2016CH2572.6 %32.9 %0.08.135.158.216.374.081.188-0.8-9.7.1637
2016SL920.0 %34.8 %0.00.136.174.273.447.136.1540.4-2.3.19528
TotalSI36047.7 %17.5 %0.44.239.311.367.678.128.27188.5-9.3.30097
TotalCH7853.1 %27.0 %0.11.166.191.253.445.088.2094.0-21.5.19630
TotalSL7503.8 %36.1 %0.11.164.208.303.510.138.2198.6-14.7.22550
TotalFA7016.6 %23.9 %0.27.210.265.292.558.082.26813.3-10.4.25267
TotalFT310.0 %33.3 %0.00.333.333.6671.000.333.5000.60.3.423184
TotalFC1033.3 %66.7 %0.50.000.333.000.333.000.0000.1-0.2.23053

SeasonPitchPitchesLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBStrikesBallsPitchesxMovzMovMov
2011FA48319.8 %37.4 %42.9 %17.9 %5.1 %31916448310.87.613.3
2011SL5810.0 %30.0 %60.0 %33.3 %33.3 %3919582.43.74.9
2011CH470.0 %22.2 %77.8 %28.6 %28.6 %23244712.15.513.4
2011FT3150.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %2293112.56.114.0
2011SI6100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %42610.57.513.1
2012SI58118.3 %39.8 %41.9 %28.2 %5.1 %35922258110.26.712.6
2012SL22212.8 %46.2 %41.0 %43.8 %18.8 %158642220.01.62.8
2012CH270.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %15122711.55.613.4
2012FA100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %551010.65.012.3
2013SI68023.8 %45.1 %31.1 %21.1 %13.2 %45622468011.26.113.0
2013SL19632.3 %35.5 %32.3 %10.0 %0.0 %126701960.32.12.8
2013CH13323.3 %46.7 %30.0 %55.6 %0.0 %953813312.65.713.9
2013FA5711.1 %50.0 %38.9 %28.6 %0.0 %40175712.24.913.5
2014SI80620.3 %55.3 %24.4 %33.3 %10.0 %54426280611.26.213.0
2014FA12916.1 %48.4 %35.5 %36.4 %9.1 %913812913.54.814.4
2014CH12830.4 %34.8 %34.8 %12.5 %0.0 %864212813.35.414.4
2014SL12326.3 %31.6 %42.1 %50.0 %12.5 %75481230.00.31.9
2014FC100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %821013.27.115.1
2015SI83825.8 %51.6 %22.6 %31.4 %5.7 %57326583811.35.912.9
2015CH19327.3 %34.1 %38.6 %23.5 %5.9 %1286519312.94.913.9
2015SL590.0 %80.0 %20.0 %0.0 %0.0 %3029591.30.82.7
2015FA220.0 %75.0 %25.0 %0.0 %0.0 %1842212.84.713.7
2016SI69320.8 %40.0 %39.2 %31.9 %17.0 %44924469311.15.212.4
2016CH25714.3 %51.0 %34.7 %23.5 %5.9 %1857225712.83.913.4
2016SL9214.3 %50.0 %35.7 %40.0 %20.0 %5933921.02.33.1
TotalSI360422.3 %46.9 %30.8 %29.1 %10.6 %23851219360411.06.012.8
TotalCH78521.2 %41.0 %37.8 %27.1 %6.8 %53225378512.84.813.8
TotalSL75019.5 %41.5 %39.0 %34.8 %15.2 %4872637500.51.72.8
TotalFA70117.4 %42.4 %40.3 %22.4 %5.2 %47322870111.46.713.5
TotalFT3150.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %2293112.56.114.0
TotalFC100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %821013.27.115.1

SeasonPitchPitchesO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%SwStr%pVALpVAL/C
2011FA48327.9 %60.0 %46.2 %74.1 %87.9 %84.3 %56.9 %7.3 %5.81.2
2011SL5848.4 %63.0 %55.2 %60.0 %76.5 %68.8 %46.6 %17.2 %-0.9-1.5
2011CH4718.5 %60.0 %36.2 %80.0 %91.7 %88.2 %42.6 %4.3 %-2.3-5.0
2011FT3130.8 %72.2 %54.8 %0.0 %61.5 %47.1 %58.1 %29.0 %0.10.4
2011SI6100.0 %50.0 %66.7 %50.0 %100.0 %75.0 %66.7 %16.7 %-0.1-0.9
2012SI58122.6 %63.3 %45.3 %72.4 %88.3 %84.8 %55.8 %6.9 %3.40.6
2012SL22246.5 %69.4 %57.7 %34.0 %82.7 %62.5 %48.7 %21.6 %3.41.5
2012CH2729.4 %80.0 %48.2 %40.0 %62.5 %53.9 %37.0 %22.2 %0.51.8
2012FA1037.5 %0.0 %30.0 %33.3 % 33.3 %20.0 %20.0 %0.21.6
2013SI68032.7 %65.2 %49.6 %75.7 %92.2 %86.9 %51.9 %6.5 %5.90.9
2013SL19638.1 %64.8 %50.5 %50.0 %81.4 %68.7 %46.4 %15.8 %0.00.0
2013CH13348.7 %84.8 %64.7 %69.4 %54.0 %60.5 %44.4 %25.6 %5.13.8
2013FA5750.0 %91.3 %66.7 %64.7 %66.7 %65.8 %40.4 %22.8 %3.35.9
2014SI80629.9 %67.5 %49.8 %68.4 %85.7 %80.8 %52.7 %9.6 %9.01.1
2014FA12946.4 %81.7 %62.8 %62.5 %73.5 %69.1 %46.5 %19.4 %0.40.3
2014CH12840.3 %82.4 %57.0 %48.4 %78.6 %65.8 %39.8 %19.5 %1.10.9
2014SL12337.5 %62.8 %48.0 %33.3 %78.1 %57.6 %41.5 %20.3 %-0.3-0.3
2014FC1050.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %100.0 %40.0 %40.0 %30.0 %0.33.3
2015SI83831.9 %68.4 %51.4 %82.3 %85.7 %84.7 %53.6 %7.9 %10.61.3
2015CH19346.6 %83.3 %58.0 %48.4 %72.0 %58.9 %31.1 %23.8 %6.13.2
2015SL5934.0 %66.7 %40.7 %43.8 %75.0 %54.2 %20.3 %18.6 %1.93.2
2015FA2262.5 %83.3 %68.2 %70.0 %60.0 %66.7 %27.3 %22.7 %1.46.2
2016SI69324.3 %67.8 %48.6 %66.2 %92.0 %86.4 %56.0 %6.6 %-2.6-0.4
2016CH25752.4 %77.0 %60.7 %46.1 %67.2 %55.1 %33.9 %27.2 %10.03.9
2016SL9246.7 %81.3 %58.7 %46.4 %88.5 %66.7 %34.8 %19.6 %1.41.5
TotalSI360428.8 %66.6 %49.2 %73.7 %88.6 %84.6 %53.9 %7.6 %26.20.7
TotalCH78545.8 %79.8 %58.2 %51.3 %68.6 %60.0 %36.6 %23.3 %20.52.6
TotalSL75041.7 %67.6 %52.8 %42.5 %81.6 %63.9 %42.8 %19.1 %5.50.7
TotalFA70135.8 %65.6 %51.4 %68.3 %82.5 %77.8 %52.2 %11.4 %11.11.6
TotalFT3130.8 %72.2 %54.8 %0.0 %61.5 %47.1 %58.1 %29.0 %0.10.4
TotalFC1050.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %100.0 %40.0 %40.0 %30.0 %0.33.3