2023 Fantasy Outlook
Swanson emerged as one of the league's best setup men, compiling a 1.68 ERA (2.15 SIERA), 0.91 WHIP and 70:10 K:BB ratio over 53.2 innings. The right-hander improved his strikeout rate by nearly 10 percent and he finished fifth among qualfied relievers with a 29.5% K-BB%. Swanson's fastball-splitter combination was devastating to opposing hitters, as his 73.6% in-zone contact percentage was 4th-best among relief pitchers despite losing 1.1 mph on his 4-seamer (93.6 mph). The contact he did give up wasn't hard, as his 85 mph average exit velocity was a 98th percentile ranking. Swanson's high-leverage role is secure in Toronto, who thought enough of the reliever to trade Teoscar Hernandez for his services. While his path to saves is just as cloudy as it was in Seattle, he's still worth drafting in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues for ratio stability. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2022. Traded to the Blue Jays in November of 2022.
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