2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Josh Hader
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the relief pitcher during the 2020 MLB season.
For the second straight season, Josh Hader led all qualified relievers in strikeouts racking up 138 over 75.2 innings. His strikeout percentage rose to 47.8-percent but so did his home run per fly ball percentage to 21.4-percent. It’s amazing since Hader limited hitters to a 61 percent contact. Of course, batters cannot hit home runs when they swing and miss. Hader owned the best swinging strike percentage among qualified relievers of 22.7 percent. A perk to Hader’s resume, he tied for third in the majors with Aroldis Chapman with 37 saves.
Hader owned value due to his immense strikeout totals but also recorded a 2.62 ERA, 2.36 xFIP and 0.81 WHIP. Beneath these numbers, Hader recorded the best SIERA (1.78) and best strikeouts minus walks percentage (40.8) among relievers. Elevating fastballs and deploying a devastating slider fuels Hader’s arsenal. Here’s a look at his pitch plot from last season:
According to Statcast, Hader yielded 127 batted ball events including 16...