3/11/1988 (29 y, 15 d) Bats/Throws:
PContract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
Baez (thumb) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday before throwing again Sunday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. (3/24/2017)Injury:
|Profile: On the surface, Baez looks like a really good reliever who could, one day, become a closer. He doesn't walk a lot of hitters, strikes out a lot and has elite velocity. But once you dive deeper into the numbers, it gets ugly. Baez had a the 20th-worst HR/FB rate and has poor command in the strike zone. Often, his fastball leaks out over the plate and it gets hammered. Major League hitters will catch up to velocity, no matter how hard a pitcher throws. He was better when he came back from a brief stint in the minors. While in Oklahoma City, he learned the term "slow the game down," didn't literally mean "slow the game down." Baez thought that and had an MLB-high 30.2-second pace. He was given the moniker, "The Human Rain Delay," because of this. Baez doesn't have a lot of fantasy value because Kenley Jansen gobbles up all the saves in Los Angeles. And even if Jansen didn't, Baez isn't the next in line to get that chance. If he can harness his command in the zone and use his offspeed stuff more effectively, then maybe he can reach his ceiling as a true late-inning, high-leverage reliever. Until that time, he'll continue to be more effective in the sixth- and seventh innings than he will with the game on the line in the eighth- and even ninth inning. (Dustin Nosler)|
The Quick Opinion: Baez is truly an enigma. He has the stuff and talent to be a great reliever, but he hasn't been able to put it all together at the same time. And time virtually stopped when he was on the mound thanks to confusion behind "slow the game down." Still, he has a lot of talent and stuff to always be at least intriguing on the fantasy landscape.