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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
12.3 3.18 1.14 14 1 1 0 0.2
Birth Date6-13-1985
Height6' 1"
Weight220 lbs
Age32 years, 2 months, 3 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.22013
1.72014
1.72015
1.52016
1.42017
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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
2009 TEX MLB 7 0 7.0 0 0 0 6 4 9 0 .260 106 7.7 5.1 0.0 11.6 35% .353 .227 1.43 2.27 7.71 88 3.96 84.9 0.1
2010 TEX MLB 15 0 10.7 0 0 0 17 11 11 2 .247 115 14.3 9.3 1.7 9.3 35% .429 .354 2.62 6.79 10.12 108 6.21 140.3 -0.2
2011 BAL 0 12 0 12.3 2 0 0 8 3 12 0 .268 109 5.8 2.2 0.0 8.8 68% .258 .187 0.89 1.84 0.73 101 3.27 76.1 0.2
2011 TEX 0 11 0 9.7 0 1 0 7 7 9 0 .251 109 6.5 6.5 0.0 8.4 52% .259 .229 1.45 3.68 3.72 91 3.13 72.7 0.2
2012 BAL MLB 70 0 66.3 5 2 3 52 37 58 2 .267 105 7.1 5.0 0.3 7.9 64% .275 .231 1.34 3.54 2.44 96 3.61 82.6 0.9
2013 BAL 0 29 0 22.3 0 3 0 23 15 24 4 .266 98 9.3 6.0 1.6 9.7 52% .292 .329 1.70 5.53 7.25 81 3.07 73.4 0.4
2013 CHN 0 37 0 35.0 2 2 1 22 11 42 1 .263 104 5.7 2.8 0.3 10.8 53% .247 .208 0.94 2.27 2.83 81 2.79 66.9 0.8
2014 CHN MLB 65 0 61.0 2 4 2 40 25 71 2 .266 99 5.9 3.7 0.3 10.5 56% .268 .204 1.07 2.62 2.21 73 2.25 55.1 1.7
2015 CHN MLB 76 0 68.0 2 6 3 39 29 81 5 .268 97 5.2 3.8 0.7 10.7 53% .225 .208 1.00 3.19 2.91 77 2.66 62.1 1.7
2016 CHN MLB 54 0 47.3 2 2 0 27 15 60 4 .268 92 5.1 2.9 0.8 11.4 61% .221 .207 0.89 2.95 2.85 73 2.23 49.3 1.5
2017 CHN MLB 53 0 46.7 3 3 0 30 19 50 4 .269 99 5.8 3.7 0.8 9.6 65% .230 .213 1.05 3.51 2.51 85 2.84 60.5 1.2
2011 TOT MLB 23 0 22.0 2 1 0 15 10 21 0 .260 109 6.1 4.1 0.0 8.6 60% .259 .208 1.14 2.65 2.05 96 3.21 74.6 0.4
2013 TOT MLB 66 0 57.3 2 5 1 45 26 66 5 .264 102 7.1 4.1 0.8 10.4 53% .267 .261 1.24 3.54 4.55 81 2.90 69.4 1.2
CareerMLB4290386.31823927117642724.2661016.34.10.69.957%.259.2261.163.273.14832.9167.18.5

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-
2006 ASH A 11 0 13.2 2 1 0 10 5 13 3 .255 113 6.8 3.4 2.0 8.9 36% .227 .246 1.14 5.42 4.77 95 3.81 98.4
2006 CAS Rk 11 0 13.0 1 0 0 9 2 22 1 .266 91 6.2 1.4 0.7 15.2 53% .444 .205 0.85 1.99 2.08 0 0.00 0.0
2007 MOD A+ 48 0 54.7 5 2 7 43 29 75 4 .268 92 7.1 4.8 0.7 12.3 46% .310 .242 1.32 3.73 4.28 77 2.17 86.6
2008 TUL AA 7 0 7.0 0 0 3 6 4 7 0 .286 94 7.7 5.1 0.0 9.0 42% .316 .238 1.43 3.47 2.57 105 4.24 97.5
2009 TEX MLB 7 0 7.0 0 0 0 6 4 9 0 .260 106 7.7 5.1 0.0 11.6 35% .353 .227 1.43 2.27 7.71 88 3.96 84.9
2009 FRI AA 36 0 51.3 5 5 4 48 29 48 1 .251 114 8.4 5.1 0.2 8.4 53% .315 .238 1.50 3.44 4.39 95 3.48 91.7
2009 OKL AAA 11 0 12.7 1 1 1 13 4 13 2 .287 82 9.2 2.8 1.4 9.2 42% .324 .293 1.34 4.63 7.80 94 3.74 96.2
2009 GIG Wnt 2 0 2.3 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 .000 7.8 7.8 0.0 3.9 0% .222 .000 1.74 5.02 3.91 0 0.00 0.0
2010 TEX MLB 15 0 10.7 0 0 0 17 11 11 2 .247 115 14.3 9.3 1.7 9.3 35% .429 .354 2.62 6.79 10.12 108 6.21 140.3
2010 OKL AAA 39 0 42.3 1 2 13 32 14 57 1 .265 101 6.8 3.0 0.2 12.1 55% .307 .197 1.09 2.18 1.91 70 1.63 70.2
2010 GIG Wnt 5 0 4.3 0 0 0 8 2 7 2 .000 16.7 4.2 4.2 14.7 0% .500 .000 2.33 7.27 6.28 0 0.00 0.0
2011 BAL MLB 12 0 12.3 2 0 0 8 3 12 0 .268 109 5.8 2.2 0.0 8.8 68% .258 .187 0.89 1.84 0.73 101 3.27 76.1
2011 TEX MLB 11 0 9.7 0 1 0 7 7 9 0 .251 109 6.5 6.5 0.0 8.4 52% .259 .229 1.45 3.68 3.72 91 3.13 72.7
2011 ROU AAA 39 0 47.7 4 4 11 53 24 55 2 .268 106 10.0 4.5 0.4 10.4 57% .381 .246 1.62 3.59 3.59 88 2.61 82.9
2012 BAL MLB 70 0 66.3 5 2 3 52 37 58 2 .267 105 7.1 5.0 0.3 7.9 64% .275 .231 1.34 3.54 2.44 96 3.61 82.6
2012 ESC Wnt 8 0 9.7 1 0 4 4 2 8 0 .000 3.7 1.9 0.0 7.4 0% .154 .000 0.62 2.41 2.79 0 0.00 0.0
2013 BAL MLB 29 0 22.3 0 3 0 23 15 24 4 .266 98 9.3 6.0 1.6 9.7 52% .292 .329 1.70 5.53 7.25 81 3.07 73.4
2013 CHN MLB 37 0 35.0 2 2 1 22 11 42 1 .263 104 5.7 2.8 0.3 10.8 53% .247 .208 0.94 2.27 2.83 81 2.79 66.9
2013 DOM int 4 0 4.7 3 0 0 2 0 5 0 .000 3.9 0.0 0.0 9.6 0% .182 .000 0.43 1.48 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 CHN MLB 65 0 61.0 2 4 2 40 25 71 2 .266 99 5.9 3.7 0.3 10.5 56% .268 .204 1.07 2.62 2.21 73 2.25 55.1
2015 CHN MLB 76 0 68.0 2 6 3 39 29 81 5 .268 97 5.2 3.8 0.7 10.7 53% .225 .208 1.00 3.19 2.91 77 2.66 62.1
2016 CHN MLB 54 0 47.3 2 2 0 27 15 60 4 .268 92 5.1 2.9 0.8 11.4 61% .221 .207 0.89 2.95 2.85 73 2.23 49.3
2017 CHN MLB 53 0 46.7 3 3 0 30 19 50 4 .269 99 5.8 3.7 0.8 9.6 65% .230 .213 1.05 3.51 2.51 85 2.84 60.5

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
2009 127 0.3543 0.4646 0.5932 0.6667 0.3537 0.7667 0.4138 0.4068
2010 238 0.5000 0.4244 0.7129 0.5798 0.2689 0.7826 0.5625 0.2871
2011 373 0.5121 0.4370 0.7546 0.5812 0.2857 0.8288 0.5962 0.2454
2012 1097 0.4804 0.4467 0.7510 0.6129 0.2930 0.8700 0.5210 0.2490
2013 975 0.4421 0.4503 0.7130 0.6172 0.3180 0.8459 0.5087 0.2870
2014 876 0.4441 0.4726 0.6594 0.6195 0.3552 0.8174 0.4393 0.3406
2015 1036 0.4180 0.4624 0.6117 0.5820 0.3765 0.8294 0.3700 0.3883
2016 727 0.4333 0.4498 0.6361 0.5556 0.3689 0.8686 0.3684 0.3639
2017 759 0.4335 0.4480 0.6412 0.6201 0.3163 0.8284 0.3603 0.3588
Career62080.44770.4530.67750.60140.33130.83880.44870.3225

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
2014-05-07 2014-05-30 15-DL 23 20 Left Groin Strain - -
2013-05-24 2013-06-08 15-DL 15 14 - Low Back Strain - -
2008-04-19 2008-09-02 Minors 136 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2008-06-13

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 CHN $500,000
2018 CHN $5,850,000
2017 CHN $5,500,000
2016 CHN $4,400,000
2015 CHN $2,525,000
2014 CHN $1,325,000
2013 BAL $502,500
2012 BAL $482,500
2011 TEX $416,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$9,651,000
2017Current$5,500,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$15,151,000
2 yrFuture$6,350,000
9 yrTotal$21,501,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 156 dLegacy Agency2 years/$11.85M (2017-18), 2019 option

Details
  • 2 years/$11.85M (2017-18), plus 2019 club option. Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 2/24/17, replacing one-year deal signed 2/11/17. 17:$5.5M, 18:$5.85M, 19:$6.25M club option ($0.5M buyout). Previous deal: 1 year/$5.5M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/11/17 (avoided arbitration, $6M-$4.6M).
  • 1 year/$4.4M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.525M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/6/15 (avoided arbitration, $3M-$2M).
  • 1 year/$1.325M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5025M (2013). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/8/13. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Baltimore 7/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4825M (2012). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/10/12.
  • 1 year/$0.416M (2011). Re-signed by Texas 2/27/11. Claimed by Baltimore off waivers from Texas 9/1/11.
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2010). Re-signed by Texas 3/4/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Signed by Texas as a free agent 11/8/08 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 8/27/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Colorado 11/20/07. DFA 9/12/08.
  • Signed 2002 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.5 1.8 0 42 0 61.6 37 20 72 5 .230 0.93 2.22 2.52 10.8 1.2
80o 2.5 1.8 0 42 0 55.5 36 19 65 5 .245 1.00 2.56 2.9 9.0 1.0
70o 2.4 1.8 0 42 0 51.3 35 19 60 5 .255 1.06 2.81 3.19 7.6 0.8
60o 2.4 1.9 0 42 0 47.7 35 19 55 4 .264 1.11 3.02 3.43 6.5 0.7
50o 2.4 1.9 0 42 0 44.5 34 18 52 4 .272 1.16 3.23 3.66 5.4 0.6
40o 2.3 1.9 0 42 0 41.3 33 17 48 4 .280 1.21 3.43 3.9 4.3 0.5
30o 2.3 2 0 42 0 38.0 31 17 44 4 .289 1.27 3.66 4.15 3.1 0.3
20o 2.3 2 0 42 0 34.2 30 16 40 4 .300 1.33 3.93 4.45 1.7 0.2
10o 2.2 2.1 0 42 0 29.1 27 15 34 3 .314 1.43 4.30 4.88 -0.3 -0.0
Weighted Mean2.41.9042043.93318514.2701.153.203.635.50.6

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 8/16/2017 12:09 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0.7 0.5 0 12 0 27.4 16 9 32 2 .224 0.91 2.22 2.5 3.0 0.3
80o 0.7 0.5 0 12 0 22.0 14 8 25 2 .238 0.98 2.56 2.88 2.5 0.3
70o 0.7 0.5 0 12 0 18.3 12 7 21 2 .249 1.04 2.80 3.16 2.1 0.2
60o 0.7 0.5 0 12 0 15.1 11 6 17 1 .257 1.09 3.02 3.4 1.8 0.2
50o 0.7 0.5 0 12 0 12.3 9 5 14 1 .266 1.14 3.22 3.63 1.5 0.2
40o 0.6 0.5 0 12 0 9.5 7 4 11 1 .274 1.18 3.42 3.86 1.2 0.1
30o 0.6 0.5 0 12 0 6.6 5 3 8 1 .283 1.24 3.65 4.12 0.9 0.1
20o 0.6 0.6 0 12 0 3.3 3 2 4 0 .293 1.30 3.90 4.42 0.5 0.1
Weighted Mean0.70.5012011.685131.2631.123.193.61.50.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
23% 46% 20% 9% 94%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20183331060063462769755.2711.153.844.376.53.89.81.00.5
20193431062066482774755.2791.143.724.246.53.710.11.00.7
20203531052055422160755.2831.153.824.356.93.59.91.20.5
20213621037039311641555.2841.213.994.547.23.79.51.20.3
20223721032034271437455.2891.193.954.507.13.79.71.00.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Scot Shields 2008 4.12
2 88 Luke Gregerson 2016 3.59
3 87 Jonathan Papelbon 2013 3.36
4 87 Sean Marshall 2015 0.00 DNP
5 86 Michael Gonzalez 2010 4.01
6 86 Brian Fuentes 2008 3.16
7 84 Hideki Okajima 2008 2.61
8 83 Jesse Crain 2014 0.00 DNP
9 83 Rafael Soriano 2012 2.26
10 83 Jose Valverde 2010 3.43
11 83 Peter Moylan 2011 3.24
12 83 Heath Bell 2010 2.19
13 82 Tippy Martinez 1982 3.69
14 82 Jim Kern 1981 3.00
15 82 Francisco Cordero 2007 3.27
16 82 Joe Smith 2016 3.60
17 81 John Hiller 1975 2.67 DNP
18 81 Craig Breslow 2013 2.41
19 80 Damaso Marte 2007 2.78
20 80 Jason Frasor 2010 4.24
21 80 Kyle Farnsworth 2008 4.77
22 80 Matt Lindstrom 2012 3.26
23 80 Troy Percival 2002 1.92
24 80 Kevin Gregg 2010 3.66
25 79 Fernando Rodney 2009 4.52
26 79 Brandon Lyon 2012 3.10
27 79 J.J. Putz 2009 5.52
28 79 Eric Gagne 2008 5.44
29 79 Armando Benitez 2005 5.10
30 79 Tom Wilhelmsen 2016 6.99
31 78 Joakim Soria 2016 4.27
32 78 Brendan Donnelly 2004 3.00
33 78 Jim Johnson 2015 4.72
34 78 Ryan Dempster 2009 4.23
35 78 Jim Brewer 1970 3.64
36 78 Casey Janssen 2014 4.34
37 78 Mike Marshall 1975 3.79 DNP
38 77 Jose Veras 2013 3.30
39 77 Jon Rauch 2011 4.85
40 77 Ryne Duren 1961 6.32
41 77 Pedro Feliciano 2009 3.94
42 77 Ronald Belisario 2015 7.88
43 77 Grant Balfour 2010 2.60
44 77 Jeremy Affeldt 2011 3.21
45 76 Santiago Casilla 2013 2.52
46 76 Randy Myers 1995 4.04
47 76 Arthur Rhodes 2002 2.45
48 76 Joe Page 1950 5.16
49 76 Justin Duchscherer 2010 3.54
50 76 Michael Wuertz 2011 6.68
51 76 Matt Guerrier 2011 4.21
52 76 Matt Wise 2008 6.43
53 76 Francisco Rodriguez 2014 3.04
54 75 Mike Adams 2011 1.59
55 75 Jason Christiansen 2002 5.40
56 75 Jonathan Broxton 2016 4.37
57 75 Jared Burton 2013 3.95
58 75 Chad Qualls 2011 3.75
59 75 J.P. Howell 2015 1.84
60 75 Octavio Dotel 2006 11.70
61 75 Huston Street 2016 6.45
62 75 Danys Baez 2010 5.85
63 75 Matt Albers 2015 1.45
64 75 Scott Linebrink 2009 5.46
65 74 Paul Shuey 2003 3.00
66 74 Aaron Heilman 2011 7.13
67 74 Cesar Ramos 2016 6.61
68 74 Bruce Ruffin 1996 4.65
69 74 George Sherrill 2009 1.70
70 74 Shawn Kelley 2016 3.05
71 74 Ramon Ramirez 2014 0.00
72 74 Will Ohman 2010 3.86
73 74 Gary Lavelle 1981 4.52
74 74 Doug Corbett 1985 6.65
75 74 Frank Francisco 2012 5.74
76 74 Jeff Fassero 1995 4.86
77 74 Tyler Yates 2010 0.00 DNP
78 74 Mike Henneman 1994 7.01
79 74 Cliff Politte 2006 9.00
80 73 Stan Belinda 1999 5.48
81 73 Jeff Nelson 1999 4.15
82 73 Mike Timlin 1998 2.95
83 73 Fernando Rodriguez 2016 4.20
84 73 Roberto Hernandez 1997 2.79
85 73 Jeff Russell 1994 5.53
86 73 Brandon League 2015 0.00 DNP
87 73 Mike Jackson 1997 4.08
88 73 Bobby Seay 2010 0.00 DNP
89 73 Dan Wheeler 2010 3.72
90 73 Hoyt Wilhelm 1955 4.75
91 72 Joel Hanrahan 2014 0.00 DNP
92 72 John Franco 1993 5.94
93 72 Matt Thornton 2009 2.74
94 72 Eric Plunk 1996 2.32
95 72 Todd Coffey 2013 0.00 DNP
96 72 Joe Nathan 2007 2.01
97 72 Jeff Montgomery 1994 4.23
98 72 Todd Jones 2000 3.94
99 72 Brad Lidge 2009 7.82
100 72 Tony Sipp 2016 5.80

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .179 .303 .324 .240
11 vs R (Multi) .170 .244 .246 .195
18 Split (Multi) .009 .059 .079 .045
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .143 .269 .339 .232
31 vs R (2016) .173 .233 .236 .193
38 Split (2016) -.030 .035 .103 .039
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Part of the Scott Feldman-Jake Arrieta trade in 2013, Strop has been exceptional in his time with the Cubs, posting a 2.63 ERA since moving to the north side, but with Hector Rondon locking down the closer role, Strop is not in line to receive many closing opportunities. Strop increased his slider usage each of the last three years, but in 2015 crossed the Rubicon, tossing the pitch just shy of 50 percent of the time, making it his most-used pitch for the first time since 2011. The pitch's characteristics (velocity, movement) haven't changed much in recent years, and there's no reason to mess with it: Among relievers who threw at least 200 sliders last year, only Will Smith induced more whiffs per swing on his slider than Strop (and in 2014, Strop was way out in front, 3 percentage points ahead of Smith), and just four got more grounders per ball in play. It's a weapon, in other words, and as long as he can keep throwing it effectively, he can keep locking down the eighth inning for the Cubs.
2015 The question with Strop has always been whether he could keep opponents off the basepaths via the free pass. As a groundballer with a good strikeout rate, he doesn't need to be Greg Maddux to be a successful reliever; he just needs to avoid being late-career Carlos Marmol. So far with the Cubs, he's done that. He also possesses one of the nastiest pitches in baseball: his slider. The pitch was used to get 58 of his 71 strikeouts in 2014 and his 63 percent whiffs-per-swing rate was bested by only a few pitches (min. 50): Rich Hill's curve (67 percent), Logan Ondrusek's splitter (74) and Aroldis Chapman's changeup (95; yes, that's the percentage, not the velocity).
2014 Armed with a heavy upper-90s fastball and a power slider, Cubs fans hope Strop is the late-inning gold into which Scott Feldman was spun—although his shaky control may well expose him as pyrite. Strop has never had problems lobbing thunderbolts and racking up strikeout victims, while the sinking action on his fastball provides the added benefit of numerous groundball outs. However, the estimable walk rate he posted during his brief Wrigley audition is a complete outlier, and it ain’t a-gonna last. Strop may become Chicago’s closer, but he’ll be an Axford-class closer, swinging from dominance to combustibility depending on the state of his relationship with the strike zone.
2013 Despite a sparkling ERA and the second-highest leverage index on the team last season, Strop seems unlikely to engage in a repeat performance unless he can improve his control. At least his sinker generates 73 percent groundballs, which mitigates some of that walk damage via double plays—12 percent of runners reaching first were doubled-up, and even that seems low. He's still got great stuff and additional strikeout upside. Both his two- and four-seam fastballs were up three ticks to an average of nearly 98 mph, which he complements with a swing-and-miss slider and a splitter that he primarily uses as a strikeout pitch to lefties. This all adds up to a good middle-innings option even without improvement, and there’s closer upside here.
2012 Acquired from the Rangers in the Mike Gonzalez deal, Strop is an interesting darkhorse candidate to close for the O's next season if they have indeed seen enough of Kevin Gregg in the ninth and Jim Johnson moves to the rotation. He has an electric fastball—which managers love to see in a closer—that he pairs with a plus splitter and a developing slider. As is the case with many high velocity youngsters, control will be his biggest obstacle, but it's not such a sore spot that it renders him ineffective.
2011 Strop has electric late-inning stuff, but he hasn't yet shown it in the bigs, regardless of the inning. The converted infielder possesses an exceptional arsenal, including a plus-plus fastball with some life, a biting two-plane slider, and a trap-door splitter, but when placed on the biggest stage, Strop’s arsenal becomes diluted and his control disappears. If inexperience or major-league jitters are the culprit, then the solution is simple and the payoff is valuable: let him pitch.
2010 A converted shortstop, Pedro Strop has a mid-90s fastball, but the list of positive things to say about him pretty much ends there.
2008 Strop was a career .212/.276/.298 hitter as a shortstop, which is all the explanation you need for why he's now in the pitcher section. In his first full season on the mound, Strop was darn good at High-A, limiting Cal League hitters to a .215 average with a high strikeout rate. Strop is a bit undersized, but he has two plus pitches with a 92- to 95-mph fastball and a hard slider. If he refines his control, he projects as a late-inning, high-leverage reliever.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-01-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would there be any way to factor in quick-pitches (hello Pedro Strop) or varying timing in mechanics (Cueto) from pitch to pitch? Always been curious if these changes in timing actually make a difference. If it does work from time to time, perhaps it is just an outside variable regarding the tunnel data.
(rushingbaseball from Chicago)
we do keep track of pacing so we can look to see how that impacts things. Might be hard to accurately pinpoint a quick-pitch, but on aggregate maybe we can get close enough to explore. All we can really get on pacing is time between pitches/events, nothing about the mechanic/delivery speed/time from set to throw etc (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these Theo Epstein trade fleecings: 1. Rangers - 2 trades (recevied Hendricks, Villanueva, Edwards, Grimm, Ramirez, and Olt for Dempster and Garza rentals (resulted in 0 WS)). 2. Orioles (received Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. 3. A's (received Addison Russell (!), Billy McKinney, and Dan Straily for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel (who promptly returned to Cubs in FA)). Also, are you still a little in shock that Billy Beane traded Addison Russell?
(Mark from Bleacher Nation)
That's a fun question.

The Arrieta trade, the Russell trade, and the Rangers trade. I was not in shock about it (nothing Beane does is on the shock level) but I was very surprised. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any predictions on how the Cubbies closer situation works?
(Royal All-Stars from Stuffing the Ballet Box)
PAGING MATT COLLINS AND THE CLOSER REPORT. I'm not qualified to answer this question. (I think Pedro Strop gets most of the chances, but I expect Maddon to use this opportunity to mix-and-match based on the situation. In short, I expect it to be maddening for fantasy owners.) (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Is Hector Rondon the new closer for the Cubs and if so is he good enough to keep it the whole year?
(scott from az)
Yes, Rondon is the closer. He had a shaky outing on Sunday but then Pedro Strop had an even worse one the other day. Yes, Rondon is talented enough to keep the job all year. Often, though, it's less a matter of talent and more a matter of manager confidence. I'll feel better about Rondon if/when he racks off a few saves in a row without blowing one before confidently proclaiming him closer. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)If I wanted to start non-closers in my RP slots (akin to something like the LIMA Plan), which relievers would you target this year?
(Big L from NJ)
the aforementioned Cody Allen. Pedro Strop, Junichi Tazawa, there's a host of Set Up guys that would make good options here. Those are the top three that came to mind for me, though. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any good non-closer RP that should be targeted in NL only for $1?
(craneplace from The Present)
In NL-only for $1 you really could grab a number of quality middle relievers and be happy. If you're asking from a saves perspective, I like Vic Black on the Mets, Mark Melancon on the Pirates and Pedro Strop on the Cubs. I don't know if any of those guys will go for $1, but they could get saves. A.J. Ramos is another guy who could be a "post-hype" saves guy and pick up a few or get the job if Steve Cishek gets traded or is ineffective. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for saves in 2014, how many of these guys are capable/likely to grab 20+ saves next season: Trevor Rosenthal, David Robertson, Cody Allen, Jake McGee, Brian Wilson, Luke Gregerson, Pedro Strop, Drew Storen, Ryan Cook, Carlos Martinez, Vic Black, Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz, Steve Delebar, Kelvin Herrera, Carter Capps, and/or AJ Ramos?
(J-Qwellin from Deplorable Future Leaders of America Club)
J-QWELLIN!!!! Interestingly enough, I'm working on such a piece re: 2014 closers. From your group, I'd go Rosy & D-Rob, but honestly any of them have the capability. I know that's a little copout-y, but that's the nature of the beast with relievers. (Paul Sporer)
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)How come Goofy can talk and walk and live on his own but Pluto is someone's pet and can't talk or live on his own? Both are dogs.
(Free Boosie from ATL)
So it looks like the Orioles in the last hour or so, per reports, have indeed traded from their quantity of starting pitching. Reports have them getting Scott Feldman as part of a deal sending Jake Arrietta and Pedro Strop to the Cubs. I think it's somewhat of an upgrade but I still think their lineup offers places for more predictable improvements.

Oh, and Free Boosie indeed. (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pedro Strop's fastball had great armside movement last night. Who has the best tail on their fastball in the majors?
(Matt from Chicago)
I think Chris Sale. Fernando Rodney for the relievers. Check out our leader board tool, use the HMOV sort (keep in mind Tampa's PFX system is a little off so their lefties seem to get extra tail) http://www.baseballprospectus.com/pitchfx/leaderboards/ (Harry Pavlidis)
2012-08-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)How do the Baltimore Orioles keep winning? They're 14 games over .500 despite a -46 run differential. What is the best record for a team that was outscored by its opponents?
(Eric from DC)
I don't know the answer to your second question off the top of my head, though I fondly remember the '07 Diamondbacks, who won 90 games and the NL West despite being outscored by 20 runs. The Orioles are doubling down on flukiness this year. They're winning one-run games at an incredible rate, which has a lot to do with luck. It also has a lot to do with the bullpen, and the Orioles have a successful one, but even that is kind of fluky, both in the sense that building a good bullpen is hard to repeat and in the sense that oh man have you looked at Jim Johnson's and Pedro Strop's BABIPs lately? It shouldn't be working, but it is, and maybe it'll keep up just long enough. Sam Miller wrote an excellent article on this very topic earlier this week, so I don't know why you're still reading this sentence instead of that. I would link to it, but my normally reliable internet connection is refusing to cooperate (maybe related to the drilling upstairs), so I can't. But don't let my lousy connection prevent you from reading it. (Ben Lindbergh)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Pedro Strop has thrown 6,724 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2017, he has relied primarily on his Slider (85mph), Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Cutter (89mph). He also rarely throws a Splitter (89mph).