2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Pedro Strop
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Chicago Cubs interim closer Pedro Strop and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Surprise seasons can occur in both real baseball and fantasy. When Brandon Morrow succumbed to injury last year, Pedro Strop not only stepped up for the Cubs, but for fantasy owners as well. Strop won six of his seven decisions with 13 saves, 57 strikeouts, a 2.26 ERA, 3.43 FIP and 0.99 WHIP in 59.2 innings. His strand rate proved generous at just under 84 percent, but Strop limited hitters to a 67.4 contact rate with a swinging strike percentage of 16 percent.
Strop’s flown beneath the radar the last three years with a solid total of 13 wins and 13 saves, 183 strikeouts, a 2.62 ERA, 3.23 FIP and 1.02 WHIP. His strikeouts minus walks percentage of 17.8 goes well with his swinging strike percentage of 16 and a 65.7 contact rate. Trying to predict how many saves he will accrue this year will depend on opportunity and effectiveness.
Using Strop’s data from Statcast, here’s a look at his arsenal in the form of a plot map:
Strop keeps left-handed hitters off balance with...