2023 Fantasy Outlook
How interested would you be in a relief pitcher who boasted a 100th percentile whiff rate, 30-plus percent K-rate and 55% groundball percentage? Well, Lange's curveball *and* changeup had the best whiff rates in the league for those pitch types (min 25 PA), at 57.8% and 56%, respectively. The curve was so effective, it became his primary offering that he threw nearly 50% of the time. The change (20% usage) has always been filthy, yielding just six hits (no homers) and a .115 BA over the past two seasons. The 27-year-old also ditched his 4-seamer for a 96-mph sinker (29%) that induced more grounders. If Lange can improve his walk rate (10.9% for his career), the Tigers could afford him an opportunity to close, especially after Gregory Soto was shipped off to the Phillies. The Tigers have yet to indicate their ninth-inning plans following Soto's departure, but Lange is likely to be the top internal option entering 2023. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $726,000 contract with the Tigers in March of 2023.
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