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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
2013-09-29NYY@HOU01000200061016
2013-09-27NYY@HOU022101000132033
2013-09-19NYY@TOR0210000016713
2013-09-15NYY@BOS0001010003710
2013-07-04NYY@MIN1795050093972111
2013-06-29NYY@BAL164511000253661
2013-06-21NYYTBR11093040044161102
2013-06-15NYY@LAA11057121023765102
2013-06-09NYY@SEA163406001376299
2013-06-04NYYCLE1470070043864102
2013-05-29NYYNYM111301000151631
2013-05-24NYY@TBR1514713009356398
2013-05-18NYYTOR1772081154766113
2013-05-13NYY@CLE1952070004966115
2013-05-08NYY@COL197004002364884
2013-05-01NYYHOU1112405104295887
2013-04-26NYYTOR002219003334477
2013-04-21NYY@TOR054003000243862
2013-04-18NYYARI014202100133548
2013-04-13NYYBAL031206001173451
2013-04-06NYY@DET061402003232952
2013-04-01NYYBOS022100000141933