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Brad Hand
Birthdate: 3/20/1990 (27 y, 8 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-2/185     Position: P
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 6, Overall: 52, Team: Florida Marlins
Contract: $1.4M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Manager Andy Green said that Hand will make the Opening Day roster as a member of the Padres' bullpen. (2/19/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Hand had, quietly, one of the best seasons of any reliever in baseball in 2016. He led qualified relievers in innings pitched and appearances, and he pitched to the 19th-best WAR. His worst month came in June, when he posted a 4.50 ERA and still struck out almost a quarter of the hitters he faced. He also posted the first positive WPA of his career, and it also ranked 19th-best among relievers. He was murder on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .124 batting average and struck them out almost 34 percent of the time. He added a slider that he threw 30.3 percent of the time and almost completely ditched his curveball (7.5 percent) and changeup (1 percent). If he played outside of San Diego, he might get some more recognition. And before you say he benefited from playing in Petco Park, he was actually much better away from the friendly confines (2.43 ERA, 2.20 FIP away; 3.33 ERA, 3.65 at home). With Brandon Maurer and Carter Capps in the fold, Hand might not get many save opportunities, but he's a valuable piece and, if he's anything like he was last season, could find himself as prime trade bait come July. (Dustin Nosler)

The Quick Opinion: A breakout season for Hand resulted in him being a Top-20 reliever in baseball. His strikeout rate skyrocketed to 30.5 percent without his walk rate following in turn. He held hitters to a sub-.200 average and established himself as one of the premiere left-handed relievers in the game -- and no one knows who he is.

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