Wilmer Font
Wilmer Font
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Font had some hype in analytical circles as a 27-year-old "prospect" coming into last season due to his high-strikeout, low-walk profile in the minors. He ended up allowing 13 runs in 10.1 innings for the Dodgers and 11 more in 6.2 innings with the Athletics. Home runs were a big problem, as he gave up 10 of them in 17 total innings. A move to Tampa Bay seemed to finally get him on track, as he threw 27 innings for the Rays, averaging three innings per appearance while posting an excellent 1.67 ERA and allowing just two homers. Unfortunately, a lat strain cut his season short in late July, adding risk for the upcoming season. A healthy Font could have fringe deep-league value for a Rays team that will continue to deploy him in interesting ways, but both his 18.7% strikeout rate and 10.3% walk rate in Tampa were worse than league average. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2019. Traded to the Mets in May of 2019. Traded to the Blue Jays in July of 2019.
Solid again as opener
PToronto Blue Jays
August 21, 2019
Font threw two scoreless innings as the opener against the Dodgers on Wednesday, giving up one hit, striking out four and walking two as the Blue Jays eventually fell 2-1.
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Font continues to thrive in the opener role, as he's now yielded just two earned runs over his last 17.1 innings, lowering his ERA from 5.85 to 4.27 over that stretch. He's certainly pitched well since arriving to the Blue Jays, but as long as he remains in his current role it carries little fantasy value.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .263 200 43 20 47 11 1 12
Since 2017vs Right .252 289 66 23 66 19 0 14
2019vs Left .260 111 29 15 25 9 0 6
2019vs Right .230 164 41 8 35 12 0 6
2018vs Left .263 81 13 4 20 0 1 6
2018vs Right .263 111 23 12 26 6 0 6
2017vs Left .286 8 1 1 2 2 0 0
2017vs Right .455 14 2 3 5 1 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-52%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.01 1.30 59.1 4 2 0 8.9 3.3 2.0
Since 2017Away 5.70 1.47 53.2 1 4 0 8.4 3.5 2.2
2019Home 3.24 1.11 33.1 2 1 0 10.0 3.2 1.6
2019Away 5.34 1.44 32.0 1 2 0 9.3 3.1 1.7
2018Home 6.00 1.42 24.0 2 1 0 7.5 3.4 1.9
2018Away 5.85 1.40 20.0 0 2 0 7.2 3.2 3.2
2017Home 22.50 3.00 2.0 0 0 0 9.0 4.5 9.0
2017Away 10.80 3.00 1.2 0 0 0 5.4 16.2 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Wilmer Font compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.04
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
94.3 mph
 
ERA
4.27
 
WHIP
1.27
 
BABIP
.296
 
GB/FB
0.97
 
Left On Base
78.5%
 
Exit Velocity
90.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.1%
 
Spin Rate
2265 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.2%
 
Swinging Strike
12.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Font is the rare 27-year-old prospect who is legitimately interesting. He received his cup of coffee from the Rangers way back in 2012, and to date, has just seven major-league innings to his name. The right-hander was out of affiliated baseball entirely in 2015, but Font reestablished himself as one to watch at Triple-A Oklahoma City last year, posting a 3.42 ERA (2.98 FIP) in 134.1 innings. He struck out 32.1 percent of the batters he faced while walking just 6.3 percent. He'll likely open the season in a long-relief role with the big club, but could be in line to make a number of starts, assuming the Dodgers continue their liberal use of the 10-day disabled list this season. Wherever he pitches, Font is a good candidate to provide a solid strikeout rate, and those Ks give him appeal in a variety of formats.
Font fully transitioned to a relief role in 2013, making 26 appearances at Double-A Frisco and 16 appearances at Triple-A Round Rock. On the whole, he fanned 71 batters in 52 innings, but he also walked 34. Control has always been an issue for Font, and it figures to limit his effectiveness once he reaches the majors. His upside is a middle-to-late-inning reliever, but his control issues will keep him out of ninth-inning mix despite some solid strikeout numbers.
Font missed the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery, but his return to the mound in 2012 couldn't have gone much better. His composite line, spent largely at High-A Myrtle Beach, also included 10 relief appearances at Double-A Frisco, and was solid (98.1 innings, 67 hits, 138:44 K:BB). The control is an issue, but you can't ignore 29 strikeouts in 15 innings at Double-A Frisco. He switched between a starting and relief role, and two of his final three appearances of the season were three inning relief appearances, but he's expected to get his initial exposure to the major leagues as a reliever. With the departures of both Mike Adams and Koji Uehara via free agency, in addition to Alexi Ogando moving back to a starting role, there is plenty of opportunity for Font to emerge as a late-inning setup option to Joe Nathan when the season begins.
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Starting in bullpen game
PToronto Blue Jays
August 21, 2019
Font will serve as the Blue Jays' opening pitcher in Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.
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Saddled with first loss as Jay
PToronto Blue Jays
August 18, 2019
Font (3-3) took the loss after surrendering one run on three hits while striking out three over two innings Sunday against the Mariners.
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Will open Sunday
PToronto Blue Jays
August 16, 2019
Font will work as an opener Sunday against the Mariners, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Thriving as opener
PToronto Blue Jays
August 14, 2019
Font gave up one hit and two walks over two scoreless innings while striking out two in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
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Opening Tuesday
PToronto Blue Jays
August 13, 2019
Font will serve as the opener for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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