Felix Bautista

Felix Bautista

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After pitching at three levels of the Orioles' minor league system in 2021, Bautista made the Opening Day roster last season. The rookie showcased his big arm by throwing the seventh-most pitches (203) at 100 mph or greater. Control has always been an issue for Bautista, but he was able to harness it enough (3.2 BB/9) to quickly ascend Baltimore's high leverage ladder. The 6-foot-5 hurler was dominant in a setup role before the O's midseason trade of Jorge Lopez created a vacancy at closer. "The Mountain" made the decision easy for Brandon Hyde and finished 2022 with 15 saves, 14 holds and a 34.8% strikeout rate good for ninth among qualified relievers. Bautista's splitter generated a 53.3% whiff rate that was second best in the league on that pitch. He doesn't use his slider often (12% usage), but has a similarly good whiff rate (42.5%) should he decide to throw it more. There's some risk for 2023, but Bautista's upside should make him one of the top 10 closers off the board. Read Past Outlooks
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