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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
17 589 640.7 25 43 43 3.98 8.7
Birth Date12-10-1977
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1999 TBA MLB 6 6 30.7 0 4 0 35 13 32 7 .265 96 10.3 3.8 2.1 9.4 37% .333 .280 1.57 5.36 5.87 89 3.90 84.1 0.8
2000 TBA MLB 11 2 23.0 1 1 0 29 11 17 2 .264 94 11.3 4.3 0.8 6.7 42% .342 .298 1.74 4.57 5.48 106 5.72 111.9 0.1
2001 TBA MLB 13 0 17.7 1 0 0 30 5 12 3 .264 97 15.3 2.5 1.5 6.1 38% .403 .341 1.98 4.80 8.66 110 4.96 108.4 0.1
2003 NYN MLB 35 0 51.0 1 3 2 49 17 35 6 .260 97 8.6 3.0 1.1 6.2 48% .276 .249 1.29 4.19 3.71 101 4.66 100.8 0.4
2004 HOU 0 14 0 14.3 0 0 0 11 3 9 1 .253 95 6.9 1.9 0.6 5.7 45% .244 .194 0.98 3.44 2.51 0 0.00 73.9 0.0
2004 NYN 0 32 1 50.7 3 1 0 65 17 46 9 .257 97 11.5 3.0 1.6 8.2 41% .350 .286 1.62 4.45 4.80 0 0.00 91.7 0.0
2005 HOU MLB 71 0 73.3 2 3 3 53 19 69 7 .265 98 6.5 2.3 0.9 8.5 38% .242 .208 0.98 3.25 2.21 85 3.08 76.3 2.0
2006 HOU MLB 75 0 71.3 3 5 9 58 24 68 5 .266 95 7.3 3.0 0.6 8.6 38% .270 .223 1.15 3.21 2.52 94 3.68 83.4 1.6
2007 HOU 0 45 0 49.7 1 4 11 46 13 56 8 .261 104 8.3 2.4 1.4 10.1 37% .302 .239 1.19 3.92 5.07 0 0.00 80.9 0.0
2007 TBA 0 25 0 25.0 0 5 0 28 10 26 3 .273 102 10.1 3.6 1.1 9.4 41% .329 .277 1.52 4.11 5.76 0 0.00 80.8 0.0
2008 TBA MLB 70 0 66.3 5 6 13 44 22 53 10 .262 104 6.0 3.0 1.4 7.2 29% .190 .215 0.99 4.52 3.12 106 4.36 101.1 0.8
2009 TBA MLB 69 0 57.7 4 5 2 41 9 45 11 .261 105 6.4 1.4 1.7 7.0 33% .195 .215 0.87 4.53 3.28 97 4.83 0.0 0.3
2010 TBA MLB 64 0 48.3 2 4 3 36 16 46 7 .249 105 6.7 3.0 1.3 8.6 36% .232 .240 1.08 4.08 3.35 97 4.36 101.9 0.3
2011 BOS MLB 47 0 49.3 2 2 0 47 8 39 7 .264 111 8.6 1.5 1.3 7.1 33% .272 .238 1.11 3.81 4.38 103 4.02 100.5 0.4
2012 CLE MLB 12 0 12.3 0 0 0 17 7 2 3 .261 99 12.4 5.1 2.2 1.5 42% .286 .341 1.95 7.59 8.76 134 10.20 146.2 -0.8
2004 TOT MLB 46 1 65.0 3 1 0 76 20 55 10 .256 96 10.5 2.8 1.4 7.6 42% .328 .268 1.48 4.23 4.29 99 4.02 87.8 1.1
2007 TOT MLB 70 0 74.7 1 9 11 74 23 82 11 .265 103 8.9 2.8 1.3 9.9 38% .312 .253 1.30 3.99 5.30 83 3.40 80.9 1.7
CareerMLB5899640.725434358919455589.2621018.32.71.37.838%.273.2451.224.133.98974.1993.58.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1997 HUD A- 15 15 84.0 6 7 0 75 17 81 2 .000 8.0 1.8 0.2 8.7 0% .294 .000 1.10 2.62 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
1998 CSC A 29 29 181.0 12 14 0 206 29 136 16 .000 10.2 1.4 0.8 6.8 0% -1.050 .000 1.30 3.81 4.43 0 0.00 0.0
1999 TBA MLB 6 6 30.7 0 4 0 35 13 32 7 .265 96 10.3 3.8 2.1 9.4 37% .333 .280 1.57 5.36 5.87 89 3.90 84.1
1999 ORL AA 9 9 58.0 3 0 0 56 8 53 7 .000 8.7 1.2 1.1 8.2 0% -.721 .000 1.10 3.49 3.26 0 0.00 0.0
1999 DUR AAA 14 14 82.3 7 5 0 103 25 58 16 .000 11.3 2.7 1.7 6.3 0% -.879 .000 1.56 5.45 4.92 0 0.00 0.0
2000 TBA MLB 11 2 23.0 1 1 0 29 11 17 2 .264 94 11.3 4.3 0.8 6.7 42% .342 .298 1.74 4.57 5.48 106 5.72 111.9
2000 DUR AAA 26 26 150.3 5 11 0 183 42 91 35 .000 11.0 2.5 2.1 5.4 0% -.876 .000 1.50 5.81 5.63 0 0.00 0.0
2001 TBA MLB 13 0 17.7 1 0 0 30 5 12 3 .264 97 15.3 2.5 1.5 6.1 38% .403 .341 1.98 4.80 8.66 110 4.96 108.4
2001 ORL AA 3 3 16.0 0 2 0 15 6 12 2 .000 8.4 3.4 1.1 6.8 0% -.619 .000 1.31 4.63 2.81 0 0.00 0.0
2001 DUR AAA 18 10 65.3 3 5 0 72 11 39 11 .000 9.9 1.5 1.5 5.4 0% -1.000 .000 1.27 4.66 5.24 0 0.00 0.0
2001 LGu Wnt 6 3 19.3 1 1 0 31 4 9 9 .000 14.5 1.9 4.2 4.2 0% -1.000 .000 1.81 9.02 9.33 0 0.00 0.0
2002 GWN AAA 27 25 155.0 9 6 0 163 42 110 23 .000 9.5 2.4 1.3 6.4 0% .288 .000 1.32 4.57 4.65 0 0.00 0.0
2003 NYN MLB 35 0 51.0 1 3 2 49 17 35 6 .260 97 8.6 3.0 1.1 6.2 48% .276 .249 1.29 4.19 3.71 101 4.66 100.8
2003 NOR AAA 22 5 45.7 4 2 4 48 16 44 4 .000 9.5 3.2 0.8 8.7 0% .328 .000 1.40 3.61 3.94 0 0.00 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 14 0 14.3 0 0 0 11 3 9 1 .253 95 6.9 1.9 0.6 5.7 45% .244 .194 0.98 3.44 2.51 99 3.28 73.9
2004 NYN MLB 32 1 50.7 3 1 0 65 17 46 9 .257 97 11.5 3.0 1.6 8.2 41% .350 .286 1.62 4.45 4.80 99 4.23 91.7
2004 NOR AAA 5 0 7.3 1 0 0 8 2 10 0 .000 9.9 2.5 0.0 12.3 0% .421 .000 1.37 1.33 2.47 0 0.00 0.0
2005 HOU MLB 71 0 73.3 2 3 3 53 19 69 7 .265 98 6.5 2.3 0.9 8.5 38% .242 .208 0.98 3.25 2.21 85 3.08 76.3
2006 HOU MLB 75 0 71.3 3 5 9 58 24 68 5 .266 95 7.3 3.0 0.6 8.6 38% .270 .223 1.15 3.21 2.52 94 3.68 83.4
2006 USA wor 2 0 3.0 0 0 0 2 1 5 1 .000 6.0 3.0 3.0 15.0 0% .200 .000 1.00 5.42 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 HOU MLB 45 0 49.7 1 4 11 46 13 56 8 .261 104 8.3 2.4 1.4 10.1 37% .302 .239 1.19 3.92 5.07 83 3.40 80.9
2007 TBA MLB 25 0 25.0 0 5 0 28 10 26 3 .273 102 10.1 3.6 1.1 9.4 41% .329 .277 1.52 4.11 5.76 83 3.39 80.8
2008 TBA MLB 70 0 66.3 5 6 13 44 22 53 10 .262 104 6.0 3.0 1.4 7.2 29% .190 .215 0.99 4.52 3.12 106 4.36 101.1
2009 TBA MLB 69 0 57.7 4 5 2 41 9 45 11 .261 105 6.4 1.4 1.7 7.0 33% .195 .215 0.87 4.53 3.28 0 0.00 0.0
2010 TBA MLB 64 0 48.3 2 4 3 36 16 46 7 .249 105 6.7 3.0 1.3 8.6 36% .232 .240 1.08 4.08 3.35 97 4.36 101.9
2011 BOS MLB 47 0 49.3 2 2 0 47 8 39 7 .264 111 8.6 1.5 1.3 7.1 33% .272 .238 1.11 3.81 4.38 103 4.02 100.5
2011 PAW AAA 3 0 4.7 0 0 0 3 2 7 1 .261 104 5.8 3.9 1.9 13.5 10% .222 .218 1.07 4.31 1.93 96 4.07 99.7
2012 CLE MLB 12 0 12.3 0 0 0 17 7 2 3 .261 99 12.4 5.1 2.2 1.5 42% .286 .341 1.95 7.59 8.76 134 10.20 146.2
2012 COH AAA 36 0 42.7 3 3 5 38 13 30 4 .248 112 8.0 2.7 0.8 6.3 39% .262 .222 1.20 4.10 2.32 111 5.54 111.3
2013 OMA AAA 11 0 15.0 1 3 0 28 5 10 3 .263 97 16.8 3.0 1.8 6.0 45% .439 .382 2.20 5.84 9.00 109 5.92 116.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 943 0.5408 0.4899 0.7900 0.6471 0.3048 0.8545 0.6288 0.2100
2009 772 0.5363 0.4443 0.8163 0.5700 0.2989 0.8941 0.6449 0.1837
2010 712 0.4803 0.4452 0.7539 0.6170 0.2865 0.8626 0.5377 0.2461
2011 775 0.4684 0.4929 0.8010 0.6419 0.3617 0.8755 0.6846 0.1990
2012 253 0.4585 0.4150 0.9238 0.6552 0.2117 0.9342 0.8966 0.0762
Career34550.50510.46570.80070.62310.30570.87560.64580.1993

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-09-08 2011-09-29 DTD 21 20 Right Forearm Stiffness - -
2011-05-05 2011-05-20 15-DL 15 13 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2002-08-07 2002-08-21 Minors 14 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2001-07-07 2001-07-16 Minors 9 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 CLE $900,000
2011 BOS $3,000,000
2010 TBA $3,500,000
2009 TBA $3,200,000
2008 TBA $2,875,000
2007 HOU $2,100,000
2006 HOU $930,000
2005 HOU $365,000
2004 NYN $311,500
2000 TBA $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$17,381,500
10 yrTotal$17,381,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 90 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/11/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Kansas City 5/13. Retired 2/14.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2012). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/26/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.9M in majors. Contract purchased by Cleveland 4/4/12. DFA by Cleveland 5/14/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/16/12.
  • 1 year/$3M (2011), plus 2012 club option. Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/18/10. 11:$3M, 12:$3M club option. Option guaranteed at $3M with 65 games in 2011, $3.25M with 70 games in 2011. Boston declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 3 years/$10.5M (2008-10), plus 2011 club option. Signed extension with Tampa Bay 4/1/08 (replaced 1 year/$2.875M deal signed 1/15/08, avoiding arbitration). 08:$2.8M, 09:$3.2M, 10:$3.5M, 11:$4M club option, $1M buyout. Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 65 games.
  • 1 year/$2.1M (2007). Re-signed by Houston 1/07 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Houston 7/28/07.
  • 1 year/$0.93M (2006). Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.365M (2005). Re-signed 2/05. Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.3115M (2004). Acquired in trade from NY Mets 8/04.
  • 1 year (2003). Signed as a free agent (minor-league contract). Recalled 6/03.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 1996 (34-1,024) (Central Arizona).

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201511.68.37.23.40.2out of baseball30.7

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Once the closer for the Astros and Rays and one of the more underrated relievers in baseball, Wheeler's career may be winding down. He was excellent as recently as 2010 and very good as recently as 2011, but he took a bit of a nosedive in 2012, spending most of the season in the minors. His stuff was way down, and he never had exceptional secondary offerings to begin with. He used to be a good strike-thrower with command of his fastball to both sides of plate, but he lost a bit of that in 2012. It seems the years of pitching 70-plus games are starting to catch up him. The Royals have rolled the dice on broken relievers in the past, and have inked Wheeler to a minor-league deal.
2012 Wheeler started the year poorly, posting an ERA of 11.32 with four homers allowed through May 4, but following a stint on the DL for a calf strain, he was the Wheeler Boston thought they were getting when they signed him for $3 million. In his final 39 frames, Wheeler posted a K/BB of 4.4 and an ERA of 2.54. The problem was that manager Terry Francona didn't seem to notice, utilizing Wheeler almost exclusively in situations considered to be low-leverage, even when the rest of the 'pen struggled. This also caused Wheeler to face lefties far more often than a ROOGY should: nearly 40 percent of his batters faced were left-handers, despite a career record that says that is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.
2011 Either Wheeler ran over Joe Maddon's dog or the Rays' skipper grew wary of his extreme fly-ball tendencies, because his innings total was his lowest in eight years despite full health, and his leverage score (1.16) was much lower than at any time during his second go-round in Tampa Bay. Obviously, the arrivals of Rafael Soriano, Joaquin Benoit, and even grounder-friendly Chad Qualls (1.27 LEV) had something to do with Wheeler's reduced time in the spotlight, but it was surprising nonetheless. Speaking of leverage, while Wheeler's Type-A free-agent status could have been expected to rob him of his, the Red Sox willingly surrendered their second-round pick (the Rays also nabbed the Sox' first-rounder when Boston signed Crawford) to ink him to a one-year, $3-million deal.
2010 Wheeler didn't spend any time closing for the Rays in 2009 as he had in 2008, but he was the team's most valuable reliever according to WXRL. That isn't saying much, considering that his total would have ranked fourth a year earlier. Because Wheeler works higher in the strike zone than most, he gets opposing hitters to put the ball in the air with a frequency few can match; after finishing with the majors' third-lowest ground-ball rate among pitchers with at least 50 innings in 2008, he ranked 18th in 2009. Unsurprisingly, many of those left the yard, more than the number of guys he walked, which was weird but not unprecedented: 28 others have done that in the Wild Card era, one-quarter of them Twins.
2009 Wheeler made a nice recovery from a tough 2007 campaign that was his only bad year in the last five. He lives off of his 88-92 mph cut fastball; if you're right-handed he mixes in a slider, for left-handers it's a changeup. If he has one weakness, it's location, and when he misses, he misses up, and the balls fly out of the yard. He's with Tampa Bay for the next two years with a club option for a third; consistently good relievers can be worth their weight in gold.
2008 After back-to-back excellent years with the Astros, Wheeler was given some save opportunities early in 2007 when Brad Lidge struggled. After experiencing some struggles of his own, he wound up back with the team that drafted him in exchange for Ty Wiggington. Wheeler's walk and strikeout rates were better than ever last year, but he suddenly became more hittable, especially when it came to giving up the long ball. It's a coin toss as to whether or not that was a one-year fluke or a cause for concern. The Rays have the time to find out.
2007 Wheeler functioned as the de facto closer during Brad Lidge`s various mercy breaks and did a reasonable job. That says something about the way the `only certain pitchers have the fortitude to close` lobby has overstated its case; the Astros have gone through a series of closers and have never had the slightest problem promoting the next guy into the role. A more accurate truth would be that not all pitchers have the fortitude to close, but many do. Consider Wheeler one of baseball`s best-kept secrets; since the Mets trade him to Houston for no-hit minor league outfielder Adam Seuss in August 2004, Wheeler has assembled the following line: 159 innings, 122 hits, 46 walks, 146 strikeouts, and a 2.38 ERA. Wheeler will likely close again sometime, especially if the Astros find someone willing to give Brad Lidge a change of scenery.
2006 Shaking the home run bug made Wheeler an outstanding setup man. However, there`s nothing in his statistical record that predicted the dramatic drop in his hit rate, so some rebound is likely. His splits are fairly even, both on the lefty/righty and home/road axes. According to one scout, `He`s learned to change speeds without tipping his pitches, so he`s just going to get better.` Could well be.
2005 Wheeler nearly out-Lidged Brad Lidge in the NLCS, throwing seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts and no walks against the Cardinals. Not bad for a guy who spent most of his year throwing mop-up relief for the Mets. He's tough on righties, which is particularly useful in a division with lots of righty-heavy lineups.
2004 You'd think the Mets could help the rest of the league out by distributing some of these faceless, decent righty relievers, given the supposed shortage of arms some people keep whining about. Heath Bell, Grant Roberts, Dan Wheeler... after a while only their moms can tell them apart.
2001 After jumping from Double-A to the majors in 1999, Dan Wheeler was expected to be a big part of the 2000 Devil Rays. That plan didn't survive April, as he joined Ryan Rupe in getting battered and demoted. He doesn't have Rupe's stuff or upside and surrendered 35 bombs in 150 1/3 innings at Durham last year, so the near-term outlook isn't so great. He should have been given the uniform number 18?
2000 A former 34th-round pick, he made more progress in 1999 than any other prospect in the Rays' system. Wheeler cemented his status with an exceptional performance in the Pan Am Games, earning a six-start audition with the parent club in September. He throws strikes and has decent breaking pitches that he mixes with a low-90s fastball, but gives up a lot of hits due to wildness within the strike zone. Rothchild was impressed and intends to give him a clean shot at the rotation in spring training. I expect him to struggle and would rather see him begin the season working out of the bullpen, as he did for Team USA.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see in prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero of the Mets? How will they fair in an up and coming rotation that already has an ace in Matt Harvey and a young stud in Dan Wheeler? Will the Mets have the best starting rotation in the NL East in the next couple of years?
(Eric R. from North Carolina)
Matt Harvey > Zack Wheeler > Noah Syndergaard > Rafael Montero >>> Dan Wheeler (Ben Carsley)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Why are the Mets using Izzy over Parnell? Don't you need to close games in order to "be trained" how to do so? I've been holding onto Parnell all year waiting for this opportunity. WHY??? :)
(Jim from Kansas)
Because the Wilpons didn't think it was enough to piss off Mets fans so they decided to piss off fantasy owners as well. Izzy is the clear loser in the skills category, but they're going to let him do it for now. Closing is all about opportunity - you don't need to be trained for the role. The Rays have had 7 different relievers lead the team in saves over the past 7 seasons and that includes the likes of Tyler Walker, Dan Wheeler, and now Kyle Farnsworth. (Jason Collette)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)We already know Epstien is one of the best GMs in baseball. Can't argue with 2 rings in 10 years. What do you think of how his moves from last off season are panning out?
(Puppy-D from BAWSTON)
I was a bit stunned to see Sam Fuld still outhitting Carl Crawford a few days ago. I think he is pretty delighted to have Adrian Gonzalez on his squad, though, and eventually Crawford will turn it around. Now, if they can just get Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler healthy, the offseason could look about as good as it did in March. (R.J. Anderson)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I crazy to think that the Twins can put together a darn good bullpen even with losing Crain, Guerrier, Rauch, and Fuentes (assuming they all leave)? I think it's very funny that Twins fans complain that Jose Mijares is inconsistent but also worry that Crain will leave; call for Anthony Slama and Rob Delaney for nearly two years, but now fear the bullpen will be awful when they might get a chance; and don't trust any low-cost options when a guy like Guerrier was originally claimed off waivers. If the Twins can sort through the many options, they could piece together a very effective group. That being said, any established relievers you would recommed for relatively cheap?
(russadams from St. Paul)
You're not crazy, and you can find the next Matt Guerrier. I think Grant Balfour's worth getting, and Arthur Rhodes and Chan Ho Park or even Kevin Gregg are names worth spending seven figures for. Kerry Wood, Dan Wheeler, an NRI for Justin Duchscherer... it's still a buyer's market as far as finding relief help, given the multiplicity of alternatives. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dan Wheeler was an extremely important player last year for the Rays. Can David Aardsma be that type of guy for the Mariners?
(DV from TN)
Six walks in 11 innings, a .148 BABIP, and we saw this act a year ago when he had supposedly become a key guy for the Red Sox. I'll say no. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Troy Percival sucks, Dan Wheeler isn't much better and J.P. Howell and Grant Balfour haven't been good...yet. What do you make of the early struggles of the Rays pen?
(Tommy from DRaysBay)
Wait, a bullpen couldn't repeat its performance from last year, one which was above and beyond expectations during its successful run? I liked the Rays to be better than last year for reasons outside of their bullpen. I think we'll see Howell and Balfour pick it up a bit, but if you expect them to replicate last year again, you're in for a long season. (Marc Normandin)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)If the Rays are looking to add a reliever, why would they deal Dan Wheeler, who has been one of their best relievers?
(Tommy from Outsperswing)
It's a value equation. "Cardiac Dan" has been supplanted as an 8th inning guy/CIW by Grant Balfour, but has good numbers and is seen by the league as a premium setup guy. That has a pretty big value, considering someone like Brian Fuentes would cost a David Price to acquire. If you can trade Wheeler, get a RH bat, and plug in one of the available guys or even Price in September, shouldn't they consider it? (Will Carroll)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)How about Edgar Renteria and Ivan Rodriguez for Dan Wheeler and another arm?
(havybeaks from Michigan)
Doesn't seem to fill a need for the Rays. (Will Carroll)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on the Rays bullpen, we knew it was going to improve from being historically bad last year...but best in the majors? Eh? JP Howell has suddenly found a niche, Dan Wheeler refound his slider and Percival has been lights-out. Too early to be excited or do the stats comparing 'pens from the last 2 years show some real growth?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
Pens are fickle from year to year. I prefer when teams use in-house options and cheap alternatives over high-priced guys, and the Rays built their pen this way for '08. I'm not sure if it's the best in the league, but it's improved from last year, which is a start. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day Onedianagramr (NYC): Anagram of "Dan Wheeler": Leeward Hen

No fair using those well-honed Scrabble skills, D. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneCompletely useless trivia but Dan Wheeler is the son-in-law of Rays TV play-by-play man Dwayne Staats, who I've always felt should be the voice of sabermetrics. (John Perrotto)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneDan Wheeler, wan dealer

Threw his share of strikes

A lead-sealer and strike-stealer

But rarely does he deal with mics. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneDan Wheeler sort of rhymes with "wan dealer." (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesSorry folks, had an unavoidable phone call. Rays threatened in the 8th, but we go to the ninth with Dan Wheeler on the mound with three outs to go and a three run lead. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Dan Wheeler threw 4,205 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), also mixing in a Slider (86mph), Curve (78mph) and Splitter (85mph).