Nestor Cortes Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 11" / 210 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/10/1994 (28)
Nestor Cortes Season Stats
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Nestor Cortes News
The New York Yankees and left-handed starting pitcher Nestor Cortes agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million deal to avoid salary arbitration on Friday. The 28-year-old Cuban southpaw made the All-Star team for the first time in 2022 in his fifth major-league season and second with the Yanks. He went 12-4 with a career-best 2.44 ERA (3.12 FIP), 0.92 WHIP, career-high 163 strikeouts and 38 walks in 158 1/3 frames over his 28 starts. Cortes suffered a left groin injury while pitching in the American League Championship Series, but he should be fine for the start of 2023. Fantasy managers should consider him a fringe top-30 fantasy starter.
New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes (groin) left his start in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series early on Sunday against the Houston Astros with a left groin injury. He was pulled immediately after he allowed the game-tying three-run home run to rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena, who went on to win the ALCS Most Valuable Player honors. The 27-year-old All-Star southpaw only made it through two innings and allowed the three runs on two hits while walking three and striking out one. The Yankees ended up getting swept by the Astros in four games. Cortes made three postseason starts for the Yanks, going 1-0 with six earned runs allowed on 11 hits while walking seven and striking out seven in 12 innings. He should be fully recovered in time for spring training next year.
New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes will get the ball in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday after Monday's game was postponed due to inclement weather. The Yankees were slated to go with right-hander Jameson Taillon on Monday, but they'll shift to Cortes with the game being moved back a day. Cortes will be going on three days of rest after he took the ball in the Game 2 loss on Friday, when he allowed two earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out three in a no-decision in his first career postseason start. The 27-year-old southpaw was an All-Star in 2022, but he'll be on a short leash in this one on short rest. Expect Taillon to be available out of the bullpen to piggyback Cortes, if needed.
New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes showed signs of actually being an outstanding pitcher by posting a strong 26.5% K% and 6.2% BB% in 2022. It isn't easy to put up a K-BB% above 20% over an entire season. The downside with Cortes is that he may have benefited from some ball-in-play luck. His 34% ground-ball rate is meager- especially for a guy pitching in Yankees Stadium half the time (although being a left-hander helps a little bit there). He was one of the most successful pitchers in the league at keeping fly balls in the park (and 8.2% HR/FB per FanGraphs - much better than this career 12.7% mark). The xFIP was more than a run above the ERA because of this at 3.63. Cortes is tough to rank in 2023, given the good fortune we just talked about and the fact that his great season was unexpected. However, the 20% K-BB% is the most crucial factor here, making Cortes a fine pick with his ADP near 115.