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.
Records 25th save
PCincinnati Reds
August 20, 2019
Iglesias didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two in the ninth inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Padres.
Iglesias was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the final frame and he came through with little trouble to earn his 25th save. He's now held the opposition scoreless in nine of his last 10 appearances after going through a rough patch in late July, during which he allowed at least one earned run in three consecutive outings. Things have taken a positive turn however, and Iglesias has now recorded eight of the team's last 10 saves and is being used predominantly as a traditional closer.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .240 386 92 39 82 13 1 15
Since 2017vs Right .185 431 148 33 73 15 0 11
2019vs Left .259 89 24 8 21 5 0 7
2019vs Right .214 131 44 12 25 6 0 2
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
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 2.43 1.03 115.0 5 7 43 10.0 2.7 1.0
Since 2017Away 3.36 1.27 85.2 2 9 40 11.8 4.0 1.4
2019Home 3.07 1.30 29.1 1 2 15 10.1 4.0 1.5
2019Away 5.01 1.20 23.1 1 6 10 13.5 2.7 1.5
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.
    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.
95.3 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
87.9 mph
Spin Rate
2279 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Picks up 24th save
PCincinnati Reds
August 15, 2019
Iglesias got the save against the Cardinals on Thursday, giving up one earned run on one hit over 1.1 innings before closing out the Reds' 2-1 victory. He struck out one and walked one.
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Nails down 23rd save
PCincinnati Reds
August 9, 2019
Iglesias gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his 23rd save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Cubs.
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Records final out for save
PCincinnati Reds
August 5, 2019
Iglesias struck out the final batter of Monday's contest against the Angels for the save.
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Nails down 21st save
PCincinnati Reds
August 3, 2019
Iglesias struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his 21st save of the season in a 5-2 win over Atlanta.
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Posts 20th save
PCincinnati Reds
July 31, 2019
Iglesias retired the Pirates in order during the ninth in a 4-1 victory to earn his 20th save of the season Wednesday afternoon.
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