Brad Hand Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 224 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/20/1990 (31)
Brad Hand Season Stats
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Brad Hand News
The New York Mets have claimed relief pitcher Brad Hand off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto designated Hand for assignment on Tuesday. A trade deadline acquisition by the Blue Jays, the veteran has pitched to a 4.21 ERA, a 4.87 FIP, 47 strikeouts, and 21 walks in 51.1 innings this season. He joins a Mets bullpen that also includes Aaron Loup, Seth Lugo, Trevor May, Jeurys Familia, Heath Hembree, and closer Edwin Diaz. Given how well Diaz is pitching this season, Hand probably only has value in deeper fantasy leagues where holds are part of the scoring.
The Toronto Blue Jays designated relief pitcher Brad Hand for assignment on Tuesday. Hand was acquired from the Washington Nationals prior to the trade deadline. He had really struggled during his time with the Blue Jays. Over 11 appearances and 8.2 innings, he posted a 7.27 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. He failed to convert his only save opportunity with the team. Jordan Romano is the primary closer for the Blue Jays right now and if he falters, Adam Cimber and Tim Mayza appear to be next in line.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Brad Hand was placed on the bereavement list Thursday. His grandfather passed away, and he will miss anywhere from 3-to-7 days. The southpaw has struggled in August, owning a 6.43 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 3.9 HR/9 over seven innings During the month. The Blue Jays acquired Hand at the trade deadline. Despite his recent struggles, Hand continues to be used in high-leverage situations. The 31-year-old has more fantasy value in leagues that reward solds (saves and holds) as Jordan Romano continues to handle closing duties.
Now with the Nationals, closer Brad Hand will retain his role as an MLB closer heading into 2021. With Cleveland in 2020, Hand again performed as a relief-ace. He posted a 2.05 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched while leading the MLB in saves with a perfect 16 saves in 16 attempts. Looking at his metrics, his fastball is not what it once was. In 2020, Hand's fastball velocity fell to 91.4 mph from 92.7 mph in 2019 (and 93.8 mph in 2018) dropping to the bottom third of the league. Additionally, the whiff rate on his fastball bottomed out to just 9.4% in 2020. Of course, Hand's slider, which generated a 25% put away rate and 38.8% whiff rate, remained elite. As a result, Hand threw his slider over 50% of the time helping him to post overall K% and BB% rates which were in the top-8% of MLB. Hand also allowed a minuscule xBA of .175 (top 4% of MLB) and wOBA of .213 (top-2% of MLB). Heading into 2021, Hand has job security and motivation to reestablish his market working on a one-year contract. With a 143 ADP, he is being drafted as the eighth or ninth closer taken off boards. This ADP is appropriate for a reliever who has amassed 103 saves over the past four seasons, particularly where there are only a handful of closers with the role solely to themselves. That said, managers should exercise caution. While Hand should post an 11.0 K/9, along with 25+ saves for a competitive team in 2021, we may see some ratio regression if fastball struggles continue. As a result, managers rostering Hand may want to handcuff him with Tanner Rainey later in drafts, just in case.