2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Sean Doolittle
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Last season proved to be one of mixed results for Sean Doolittle . He set a career-high with 29 saves, won a world championship but struggled through shoulder issues with inflated ratio statistics and did not close games down the stretch. Despite all of his ups and downs, Doolittle recorded 29 saves with six wins against five losses. He logged 60 innings with 66 strikeouts against 15 walks with a 4.05 ERA, 5.08 xFIP and 1.30 WHIP.
Throughout his struggles in 2019, manager Dave Martinez stayed loyal with Doolittle until September when he shared high leverage situations with Daniel Hudson . Less than optimal for a reliever taken in the top ten in average draft position in preseason drafts. However, Doolittle finished 12th in saves. It’s losing his status as a ratio eraser which hurt his status as an elite closer. In both 2017 and 2018, Doolittle owned a sub-1.00 WHIP.
Discerning what caused Doolittle’s volatility along with how he will fare in 2020 will make him a bargain to...