26-Year-Old Pitcher – St. Louis Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
While Wacha has not developed into an ace as some expected, the right-hander has performed at an above-average level when on the field over the past four seasons, and he may not be done improving. He ...
Michael Wacha Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Cardinals in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Wacha (5-1) got the win over the Phillies on Friday, giving up two earned runs on five hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking two as the Cardinals trounced Philadelphia 12-4.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Michael Wacha||3-Year Averages||29||28||0||161.7||163||74||17||141||52||12||7||0||0||0||4.12||1.33|
|Career (View All)||130||121||1||706.3||682||297||65||628||231||50||31||0||–||–||3.78||1.29|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.8 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.8 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
9 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.5 IP/G
Michael Wacha Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|Next 7 Days||0||1||5.6||8.47||2.40||3.53||0.75||–||73.8%||–||3.46||3.19||.320|
|Rest Of Season||0||24||136.3||8.01||2.96||2.71||0.84||–||72.8%||–||3.78||3.61||.312|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Michael Wacha||3-Year Averages||29||28||161.7||7.85||2.89||2.71||0.95||–||71.2%||–||4.12||3.79||.317|
Michael Wacha Defensive Stats
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2018 Stat Review for Michael Wacha As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)
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St. Louis Cardinals Roster
MajorsBader, Harrison (OF)
AAAEllis, Chris (P)
AAArozarena, Randy (OF)
A+Bean, Steve (C)
ACarlson, Dylan (1B)
RookieCedeno, Leandro (1B)
Michael Wacha: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Things went from bad to worse for Wacha when an inflamed shoulder sent him to the DL for over a month from August to September. There had been high hopes that he'd be ready to take the next step in establishing himself as a solid major-league starter, but a 4.62 ERA and 1.44 WHIP built over 24 starts did just the opposite. He also managed to average just 5.5 innings per start while his strikeout rate fell for the third straight year. Wacha's array of struggles have sparked conversations about transitioning him to a relief role and dropping him from the rotation altogether, and based off last season's performance, St. Louis has every right to do so. Opponents owned a .289 batting average and .800 OPS when facing Wacha, both of which are career-highs for the 25-year-old righty. He'll likely stretch out during spring training in case injuries impact the Cards' projected starting five, but Wacha's 2017 may feature a transition to a super-relief role.
If one were to look at Wacha’s ERA by halves, it looks like he started strong and then faded with a 2.93/4.01 split, but that doesn’t really tell the story. First off, he had a 2.69 ERA through August before a really rough September (7.88). His first six starts yielded a 2.09 ERA, but just a 4.4 K/9 which left many skeptical. He then ran off an ace-like 19-start stretch of 2.88 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 8.7 K/9 in 119 frames before September. That’s where the wheels come off with seven home runs allowed and a 1.1 K:BB ratio in 25 innings. It looks a lot like normal fatigue of a young pitcher grinding through his first full season as the velocity dropped and homers spiked. Now just 24, Wacha will be eyeing his first 200-inning season as the reins should be off entirely. We’ve seen the premium strikeout rate in spurts every year. If he can hold it over a full season, he will be a budding ace, but even if he stays in that mid-7.0s range, he’s still a top-30 arm.
One of the most popular picks in 2014 fantasy drafts, Wacha was limited to just 107 innings in 2014 after dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder for much of the summer. Wacha was not impressive in his four September starts after returning form his injury, but prior to hitting the disabled list he looked even better than he did in 2013, posting a 2.79 ERA and 1.12 WHIP while striking out 83 batters in 90.1 innings. Still just 23 years old and with a clean bill of health, Wacha should be in line for another excellent season in 2015, and will likely be available later than he was in 2014 drafts due to injury concerns and recency bias. Wacha will likely slot in as the second or third starter for an improved Cardinals team in 2015.
Wacha didn't receive a full-time shot in the rotation until September and he quickly locked up a spot in the rotation for 2014 by being nearly unhittable while leading the Cardinals into the playoffs and to the World Series. Wacha made things look very easy at times, nearly throwing a no-hitter, and holding opposing hitters to a .198 batting average against him during his five September starts while striking out 28 across 31.1 innings. The 22-year-old will start 2014 near the top of the Cardinals' rotation, likely as the team's No. 2 or No. 3 starter. His ceiling won't be much higher, but his floor is extremely high for a pitcher his age and he should be a very good starting pitcher for years to come.
Things moved fast for Wacha last year. After going in the first round in June, he was with Double-A Springfield by August. The 21-year-old right-hander only pitched 21 innings in the minors last year, but nobody could hit him, as he posted video-game stats of 0.86 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and an out-of-this-world 40:4 K:BB. He's on the fast track to St. Louis and could be pitching in their bullpen sometime this season. Don't forget him on draft day.