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David Phelps
Birthdate: 10/9/1986 (30 y, 5 m, 20 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/185     Position: P
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 14, Pick: 28, Overall: 440, Team: New York Yankees
Contract: $4.6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Phelps tossed two shutout innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, giving up one hit and striking out two. (3/11/2017)
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Profile: It was easy to attribute Phelps' velocity bump in 2016 to his permanent move to the bullpen. Pitching exclusively in relief, he picked up about 3.5 mph on his four-seamer and sinker and a tick or two on all of his off-speed pitches. (Important because, as one Carson Cistulli noted, "as with most other pitchers, Phelps at 94-95 is markedly different than Phelps at 91.") Yet Phelps started five games in August and pumped 94 throughout, all but dispelling the notion that the bullpen's exclusively to thank. Even in short relief, his four pitches induced whiffs on swings about 50% more often than before. For reasons unthinkable, Miami will reportedly rely on other arms (presumably Justin Nicolino/Jeff Locke) to fill out its rotation, seemingly content to not find out if Phelps can replicate his 2.97 xFIP in his (very brief) stint as a starter that was even better than his 3.22 xFIP as a reliever. His walk rate raises concerns, but guys like Tyson Ross and Drew Pomeranz have made free passes work in conjunction with excellent strikeout rates. Alas, the middle-of-the-road Marlins may forgo a marvelous opportunity to cultivate a potentially 3-WAR player. Injuries and ineptitude could probably open the door for Phelps to re-enter the rotation, but the Marlins seem steadfast. He's a name to remember this year in case he returns to the bump, but until then, he won't be much more than a middle-relief strikeout machine and, thus, not really a draft day consideration. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Phelps suddenly became a flame-throwing strikeout machine who produced a 3.15 xFIP despite issuing too many free passes. Unfortunately, the Marlins reportedly don't plan to use him in the rotation at all in 2017, so it's hard to get excited about his potential. He's a name to remember, but it's hard to justify drafting and stashing him outside of dynasty or NL-only redraft leagues.

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DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2012-08-18NYYBOS1115307111326395
2012-09-12NYY@BOS192405003345993
2012-08-27NYYTOR195307006286088
2012-05-03NYY@KCR193105001305585
2012-10-02NYYBOS167214001365086
2012-09-19NYYTOR1683160014565110
2012-08-13NYYTEX168223005275178
2012-04-21NYY@BOS067202008264066
2012-05-09NYYTBR156313001355489
2012-04-14NYYLAA056204001294978
2012-09-23NYYOAK041010000101727
2012-07-30NYYBAL041001002162036
2012-06-29NYYCHW042305002234164
2012-05-23NYYKCR042002000162440
2012-04-28NYYDET042002000141832
2012-09-06NYY@BAL137503001294473
2012-09-01NYYBAL135203101485098
2012-05-28NYY@LAA023201003122133
2012-05-19NYYCIN021003102152540
DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2012-05-14NYY@BAL022101002101626
2012-04-25NYY@TEX022501200223153
2012-04-10NYY@BAL021004003102232
2012-09-28NYY@TOR014001002101626
2012-08-06NYY@DET0100010007411
2012-07-28NYYBOS011203002112233
2012-07-22NYY@OAK01100300071219
2012-07-19NYY@OAK01201400181927
2012-06-02NYY@DET011100000369
2012-04-08NYY@TBR010001000246
2012-09-16NYYTBR0020010005712
2012-08-09NYY@DET0021000006612
2012-07-25NYY@SEA00200200461420
2012-07-04NYY@TBR102308100344781