- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 237 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/6/1986 (33)
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jake McGee doesn't seem like anything too special this season, but he's actually second in the league in a category. McGee tossed a shutout inning on Saturday, but like most of his innings this season, it wasn't the kind of dominant relief inning one would expect from a high-leverage reliever with an ERA of just 1.35. He didn't strike anyone out and allowed two baserunners. In fact, McGee is only striking out seven batters per nine innings, and his xFIP of 5.00 is horrific and implies a time bomb is waiting. That said, McGee's secret weapon is when batters don't hit home runs against him. McGee has a strand rate of 100% in 20 innings pitched this season. Only Yoan Lopez of the Diamondbacks still has a 100% strand rate with more innings pitched, and this rate is a big part of why McGee's xFIP is so high. League average is around 72% and his career rate is 75%, but the former closer doesn't seem to care this year. For fantasy purposes, his lack of strikeouts make him less than desirable, but his ability to buckle down when runners are on is an impressive trick.
The Colorado Rockies received some positive news Thursday as a pair of their pitchers threw successful bullpen sessions. Jake McGee has been out for a month with an MCL sprain in his knee, but he threw a successful bullpen session as he inches closer towards a return. The 32-year-old has made just two appearances for the big league club this year. Chris Rusin, meanwhile, has been sidelined with a back injury since late March but has been steadily progressing, with the latest move being the aforementioned bullpen session on Thursday. The 32-year-old posted a 6.09 ERA last season in 49 appearances.
A little over two weeks since landing on the injured list with a left knee MCL sprain, Colorado Rockies reliever Jake McGee is taking his first steps towards a return. The 32-year-old is playing catch and ramping up his strength for the week before the next steps are decided. McGee has experience as both a closer and a setup man, racking up 20 holds in 2017 and 19 saves back in 2014 with the Tampa Bay Rays. In two appearances this season, he gave up two runs but no hits.