Raisel Iglesias
Raisel Iglesias
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
At first glance, 2018 appears to be Iglesias' best season. His 30 saves were a career high, and while that total may seem underwhelming, consider that the Reds won 67 games and were outscored by 123 runs. Similarly, he posted career-low ratios, with a 2.38 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. But if you dig a little deeper, some of his underlying skills declined. He gave up 12 homers in 72 innings after allowing only five the year before, nearly tripling his HR/9 rate and more than doubling his HR/FB rate from 8.3% to 18.8%. His hard-hit rate skyrocketed from 24.2% to 34.8%. The primary culprits were his sinker and four-seamer, as both lost about a mile per hour. Opposing hitters clubbed nine of those homers and slugged .544 against those two pitches. He threw his four-seamer less than ever, mixing in his changeup more, perhaps as a result. With these underlying numbers, there's a risk of a drop-off in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $24.13 million contract extension with the Reds in November of 2018.
Grabs 10th save
PCincinnati Reds
May 21, 2019
Iglesias allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to record the save Tuesday against the Brewers.
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Iglesias was called upon to close out a three-run lead in the ninth inning. After allowing a leadoff single, Iglesias slammed the door shut by inducing a line out and double-play to end the contest. After starting the season on a shaky note, Iglesias has turned in six consecutive scoreless appearances, during which he's struck out seven batters across 6.2 frames.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-36%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .233 338 81 36 69 10 1 12
Since 2017vs Right .186 360 124 24 62 15 0 9
2019vs Left .222 41 13 5 8 2 0 4
2019vs Right .250 60 20 3 14 6 0 0
2018vs Left .214 147 33 11 28 4 0 6
2018vs Right .185 144 47 14 24 5 0 6
2017vs Left .256 150 35 20 33 4 1 2
2017vs Right .163 156 57 7 24 4 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.38 1.00 98.1 4 7 33 9.8 2.4 1.0
Since 2017Away 2.80 1.26 74.0 2 6 35 11.9 4.1 1.2
2019Home 3.55 1.42 12.2 0 2 5 8.5 3.6 2.1
2019Away 3.09 1.03 11.2 1 3 5 16.2 2.3 0.8
2018Home 2.63 0.90 41.0 1 4 14 10.3 2.2 1.5
2018Away 2.03 1.29 31.0 1 1 16 9.6 4.4 1.5
2017Home 1.81 0.96 44.2 3 1 14 9.7 2.2 0.2
2017Away 3.45 1.31 31.1 0 2 14 12.6 4.6 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Raisel Iglesias 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.
K/BB
4.13
 
K/9
12.2
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
3.33
 
WHIP
1.23
 
BABIP
.336
 
GB/FB
0.65
 
Left On Base
86.1%
 
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
11.1%
 
Spin Rate
2286 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
The Reds wanted to move away from a traditional closer setup in their bullpen in 2017, with up to four different relievers available to close games and/or work in multiple capacities. It didn't quite work out that way, not necessarily because the bullpen plan wasn't working, but rather because the starting rotation was so awful that the best parts of the bullpen frequently had to come into the game in critical early situations. As a result, Iglesias ended up getting 28 of the Reds' 33 saves, blowing just two chances. He was fantastic for most of the season, though he gave up runs in his final four outings. Don't let recency bias override your general perception of Iglesias, however -- his velocity wasn't down in those outings and he allowed just one homer in that stretch. He'll be the unquestioned closer on a team that appears to be on the upswing, meaning that his opportunities won't be as sparse.
A popular breakout candidate last year, Iglesias indeed achieved a good deal of success in 2016 but it was out of the Reds' bullpen rather than in the rotation. He hit the DL with a shoulder impingement in early May and pitched exclusively in relief upon his return, and the team has already committed to Iglesias staying in the bullpen in 2017. While a permanent move to the bullpen should help preserve Iglesias' shoulder, he now has a firm ceiling on his fantasy upside as all relievers inherently do. Complicating matters is the fact that manager Bryan Price has suggested he will keep roles fluid at the back end, using his best relievers in the highest-leverage spots regardless of the inning, and sometimes for multiple frames. Iglesias was used for multiple innings out of the bullpen 17 times last season and while more innings mean more Ks and a greater weight on the ratios, it also means Iglesias may have to share save opportunities with the likes of Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen and Tony Cingrani.
It was tough to pin down a reasonable expectation for Iglesias entering 2015. His contract suggested that he would get a shot to contribute, but early reports pointed toward the bullpen and the presence of Aroldis Chapman meant it wouldn't be a high-impact role. Iglesias made one start before going to Triple-A for a couple weeks. Then he split May between the rotation and bullpen before suffering an oblique injury that cost him over a month. He spent his final two months starting and impressed in the role. His 3.82 ERA in that span is a product of small sample volatility because the skills were tremendous (0.99 WHIP, 27.8-percent K rate, 6.7-percent walk rate, and 53.1-percent GB% in 70.2 innings). Unfortunately, his season ended with shoulder fatigue, though that was precautionary to manage innings. There are still questions about him holding up for 30-plus starts, but the skills are such that even 25 starts would be very valuable.
Iglesias has precious little professional experience, having just signed as a Cuban defector in late June, but he could climb the ranks of the Reds' organization quickly. He was clocked at 92-94 mph with his fastball in the Arizona Fall League and displayed an excellent curve. Given his contract (seven years, $27 million) and experience in Cuba, it wouldn't be a shock if he were working out of the Reds bullpen at some point in 2015, if not even the beginning of the season.
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Bags save against Cubs
PCincinnati Reds
May 16, 2019
Iglesias picked up the save against the Cubs on Thursday, striking out two with no hits and no walks over a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory for the Reds.
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Converts eighth save
PCincinnati Reds
May 12, 2019
Iglesias threw a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Giants, striking out two batters to get his eighth save of the year.
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Grabs seventh save
PCincinnati Reds
May 9, 2019
Iglesias allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one across a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against Oakland.
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Complains about usage
PCincinnati Reds
May 6, 2019
Iglesias complained before Monday's game about how he's being used more often in non-save situations, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "You can see the other closers, they don't pitch in tie games," Iglesias said. "I'm the only one who comes in tie games and I've given up homers and I'm losing some games. I feel really bad. I already have five losses, something that hasn't happened (to anyone else) in the big leagues. Five losses in the first month of ball. That shouldn't be like that."
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Rough stretch continues
PCincinnati Reds
May 5, 2019
Iglesias (1-5) recorded just two outs while allowing two runs on two hits, taking the loss against the Giants on Sunday. He struck out one batter.
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