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1/24/1984 (33 y, 1 m, 2 d)
2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 15, Overall: 15, Team: New York Mets
$48M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018)
Kazmir, according to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, looked far better in his second live bullpen session Friday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. (2/24/2017)
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Year in Review:
The 2009 season was the most trying year of Kazmir’s career. Coming off a down season in ‘08, Kazmir went through a horrendous stretch in which he looked nothing short of broken. At one point he exited a game to an array of boos from the hometown Tampa crowd, something unfathomable up till that points (the boos part, not a crowd being present at the Rays game). Kazmir went to the disabled list because of a quad injury and met with former pitching coach Rick Peterson. Upon his return, Kazmir looked better – albeit not as good as his 2007 or even 2008 forms. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an August waiver move – slipping through due to the risks associated with his arm and contract.
The Year Ahead:
Kazmir figures to start 2010 as the Angels’ third or fourth starter given the pending departure of John Lackey. In the olden days, expecting a strikeout per inning wasn’t a stretch, but his downed velocity and flattened stuff both make that unreasonable heading forward. He should still be an above-average starter. However, he’s not remarkable in any sense. Kazmir’s inefficiency at putting batters away in a timely manner will lead to shortened outings. During the ’09 playoffs, it looked like Kazmir was tipping his pitch grips from the stretch to runners at second base, so hopefully that has been corrected. In some fantasy drafts, he could be pricey based on name value instead of production. (R.J. Anderson)
The Angels are stuck with Scott Kazmir, but luckily that does not require you to be as well. It was another poor season for Kazmir in 2010 as his downward slide progressed. The strikeouts continued their plummet in 2010 while his walks remained at their already high level. In fact, they nearly equaled each other after a peak of over three to one in 2006. Injuries have sapped Kazmir of his fastball and his effectiveness. Even if he regained some of the skill, you cannot count on him to stay healthy enough to record a worthwhile amount of wins or strikeouts. The ERA might come back down, but Kazmir has never been stingy with the walks and so his WHIP has never been elite, even when the rest of his stats were. He might be worth monitoring as a pick-up during the season if he is showing some life, but he is not worth a draft pick. (Matthew Carruth)
The Quick Opinion:
The fall of Scott Kazmir is a reminder that all pitchers are volatile and even the young and great ones are not immune to decline.
For my money, there was no better story in 2013 than the re-emergence of Scott Kazmir. From 2006-2008, Kazmir established himself as one of the best in the game, striking out more than a batter per inning and posting ERAs under 3.50 from ages 22 to 24. In 2009 he regressed badly; In 2010, the wheels came off, and by the end of 2011 he was essentially done, throwing just 1.2 innings in the ,ajors. But in 2013, despite a mediocre 4.04 ERA, Kazmir was back. He struck out 9.23 per nine, and walked just 2.68 per nine, the latter of which actually marked a career-best. He got back the giddyup on his fastball, throwing it over 92 mph on average for the first time since 2007. He caused batters to chase pitches outside the zone more than ever before and their contact rate against him plummeted closer to where he was in his prime. He found the strike zone at a career-high rate. And, as he heads to a cavernous new home park, he will take the mound as a 30-year-old. Despite having seemingly pitched for a while and gone through his decline phase, he is theoretically still in his prime years. The biggest knock on Kazmir at this point is that he fell apart before, so maybe he'll fall apart again. But if his new park helps and the batting average on balls in play regresses to a more normal level, there is no reason to think he can't repeat his bounce-back performance. (
The Quick Opinion:
Kazmir's comeback was remarkable, but fantasy owners are more interested in repeatable than remarkable. There is nothing in the 2013 statistical profile that scares me, and although you can't ignore the risk inherent in a guy with his track record, I'd expect another solid year.
Throwing 190 innings for the second time in his career and the first time since 2007, Scott Kazmir showed that his 2013 comeback wasn't a fluke. He managed to take the hill 32 times and posted an impressive 3.55 ERA backed up with 3.35 FIP. He certainly benefited from pitching half of his games in the spacious Oakland Coliseum, as Kazmir's 7.8% home run per fly ball rate beat his 9.2% career average and was tied for the 22nd-lowest mark in the majors. His 7.75 strikeouts per nine innings rate placed him just outside the top 30, ranking 33 among qualified starters, as did his 9.3% whiff rate, which tied for 34. His fly ball tendencies — only 30 qualified starters posted a higher fly ball rate — work for him at home as well as in two out of four away divisional parks, Anaheim and Seattle. Kazmir rates as a great third starter in fantasy and despite his tribulations, is still only pitching in his age-31 season in 2015. With a retooled offense and defense around him, Kazmir may not reach 15 wins again, but his strikeouts and strong rate stats should be make him a reliable starter. (
The Quick Opinion:
Expect Kazmir to get his share of strikeouts as well as posting a strong ERA. His home park works with his fly ball pitching profile and look for Kazmir to post a third straight useful fantasy season.
Scott Kazmir’s career has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride during this decade: from struggling and ultimately flaming out with the Angels due to shoulder troubles to signing a (relatively) massive three-year pact with the Dodgers this offseason, the coaster has started and ended in Southern California. Kazmir began last season with the Athletics on the second year of a two-year deal, and was absolutely brilliant. As Oakland fell out of contention, Kazmir was shipped to the Houston Astros, where he didn’t pitch as well as advertised down the stretch. While you could point to the change in ballpark or defense behind him, Kazmir’s failings could simply have to do with workload, as he also struggled down the stretch for the A’s in 2014. A brilliant first half and mediocre to bad second half leaves fantasy players with a real conundrum: pay for Kazmir’s season-long numbers, pay more for his first half alone, or pay less because he can’t be trusted in August and September? The easy answer would be to pay market prices and try to move Kazmir come the end of July, but once the season starts, it’s hard to count on the ability to move a player -- let alone having the emotional fortitude to stomach the year he could have should his ability play up. Moving to the National League should help Kazmir, as he won’t have to face a designated hitter, so a full season repeat of his 2015 stats is a good place to start. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Scott Kazmir was once one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball, and seven years later, he may very well be again. Kazmir can struggle down the stretch with a heavy workload, but his upside exists, and he could be amazing in the first two-thirds of the season once again.
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