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Blake Treinen
Birthdate: 6/30/1988 (28 y, 9 m)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 15, Overall: 226, Team: Oakland Athletics
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Treinen was named Nationals closer by manager Dusty Baker on Thursday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. (3/30/2017)
Profiles:  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Zach Britton. Blake Treinen. Sam Dyson. These are the super-sinkers in baseball -- all three have similar velocity and drop that are unmatched by other throwers out there. Treinen found his by accident -- a grips ball with finger placement advice on it plus a childhood injury that robbed the Nationals' righty of movement in his thumb ligament combined to produce his version -- but Treinen's superpitch is no worse than those of the other two relievers. The depth charts (right now at least) say that Treinen is second in command to Shawn Kelley in Washington's pen. By the time you read this, they may have even found another closer that should shoulder the major load at the back end of the Nats pen. But don't despair if you're a Treinen guy. Like it turned out with Dyson and Britton before him, the highest floor and decent ceiling that a super-sinker closer provides might be just the right fit for his manager's acid reflux problems. Treinen won't give up homers, even if managers in the past have preferred pitchers that didn't allow balls in play. One-dollar the 28-year-old, put him on your bench, file the name away for later: Treinen has an elite pitch and is part of a bullpen in upheaval. That's the sort of thing you have to look for. (Eno Sarris)

The Quick Opinion: Opportunity and talent. Treinen has the first because the Washington Nationals didn't sign a big-name closer in the offseason. Even if they trade for one at some point, Treinen has the second because he has one of the three-best sinkers in the game. That's enough to bet on.

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Blake Treinen Pitch% vs All Batters
Season: 2016-04-04 to 2016-10-01 | Count: All Counts | Total Pitches: 977 | View: Pitcher
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