Brad Hand Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 224 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/20/1990 (31)
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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brad Hand recorded his fifth save of the year on Wednesday night, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three in one inning of work. A solo home run off the bat of Javier Baez was the lone mistake of Hand's outing, as he now owns a 3.14 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings of work this season. Hand has been struggling a bit this month with five earned runs allowed in 5 1/3 innings of work, but for now he is still the main closer in Washington.
Washington Nationals closer Brad Hand earned his first save of the 2021 season on Monday. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two. It was his second appearance of the season and first save opportunity. The Nationals have only played seven games so far this year and have only two wins. Expect to see Hand start to get more save opportunities in the coming weeks. He seems to have a solid hold on the team's closer role. If he falters, Daniel Hudson and Tanner Rainey would likely be next in line.
Washington Nationals closer Brad Hand, catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, and infielder Jordy Mercer were all reinstated from the injured list Friday. Infielder Carter Kieboom was the biggest name optioned to make room. Hand should slide right back into his closer role and be returned to lineups, although he may not pitch until Saturday. With the catchers, who are only relevant in two-catcher leagues, it's interesting to note that the Nationals are keeping Jonathan Lucroy around for now, making three on the roster. So even in those two-catcher leagues, none are likely to be great options in the near future.
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.