FanGraphs+ Player-Profile Game: Question #4

Play the player-profile game again tomorrow — in this case, at the scheduled time of 1:00pm ET. We’re giving away a free annual subscription to FanGraphs+ to the first reader who guesses correctly the identity of that day’s mystery player. (Limit one copy per customer).

As Eno Sarris announced recently, FanGraphs+ is once again available to the sexy, teeming masses.

In celebration — and to the end of nearly relentless promotion — we’re playing the player-profile game I introduced in these pages a few offseasons ago.

The game is easy: one person (me, in this case) offers the text of single player profile, being careful to omit any proper names that might reveal the identity of the player in question. The other person (you, the reader) attempts to identify the player using only the details provided in the profile.

First reader to guess correctly (in the comments section below) gets a free annual subscription to FanGraphs+ — approximately a $1000 value!

Today’s entry comes to us courtesy of Mr. Patrick Dubuque.

Who is it?

It is unlikely that you have come to FG+ needing to know about [BLANK]. Late at night, in the darkness, we all know [BLANK]: he is us, what we will someday become. That said, [BLANK] wasn’t horrible last year, posting his best FIP (3.91) since 2006, and adding quality starts in half his outings. Perhaps most importantly, he saw his fastball move up a tick (averaging 90 mph) after a trend of dwindling down into the high 80s. [BLANK’S] shoulder gave out on him late in the year, and depending on the length of the rehab, he was mulling retirement in the offseason. But there are plenty of bad teams with innings to be eaten, and far worse pitchers than him collecting paychecks, including on [BLANK’S TEAM]. He’s not worth drafting, but depending on the park he ends up in, it’s not totally inconceivable that you could find yourself looking at his name on the waiver wire, reminiscing of better days and considering a spot start pickup in your deepest league.

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11 years ago

joe blanton