2022 Player Outlook
Stratton boasted elite spin rates last year, with a fastball coming in at the 99th percentile and curveball in the 98th percentile. He rode elite spin rates to a productive 2021 season that resulted in seven wins, eight saves, a 3.63 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in 79.1 innings pitched. Stratton ramped up his curveball usage to a career high 25.3 percent, resulting in a 30.3 percent whiff rate, and the diminished use of his slider allowed it to post an exceptional 36.1 percent whiff rate. He suffered a massive jump in fly ball rate, so it will be interesting to see if home runs hurt him in 2022 if that trend continues. David Bednar will be the team's closer to begin the year, but Stratton could easily get some save opportunities, or either he or Bednar is traded in July to a contending team. That's how it goes with Pittsburgh pitchers, especially relievers. If his curveball thrives like it did last year, Stratton could be a valuable arm for fantasy managers and push for 100 strikeouts in a relief role, despite wearing the yellow and black.