2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Raisel Iglesias
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Raisel Iglesias to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Cincinnati Reds closer during the 2020 MLB season.
Despite leading the Reds in saves in each of the last three seasons, fantasy owners treat Raisel Iglesias with some skepticism. It seemed like he lost his grip on the closer role in 2019 but spoke up in interviews telling reporters he wanted the ball in the ninth inning. Iglesias recorded 34 saves with only three wins versus 12 losses over 67 innings last year with an 89:21 K:BB ratio, 4.16 ERA, 3.72 xFIP and 1.22 WHIP. Beneath the losses, Iglesias adjusted his arsenal while reaching a career best in strikeout percentage and repeated his 15.3-percent swinging strike rate from 2018.
Noting his change in pitches will be important when projecting him since Iglesias struggled at times. However, he surged in September with seven saves, a 1.69 ERA and impressive 15 strikeouts against one walk in 10.2 innings. Perhaps things clicked for Iglesias? He traded his sinker for a four-seam fastball. Iglesias upped his four-seam usage to 37.3-percent last season compared to 18.1-percent in...