Raisel Iglesias

Raisel Iglesias

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Nine months after signing a 4-year pact with the Angels, Iglesias was traded to Atlanta in a surprising deadline deal that saw the veteran's role change from closer to setup man. Perhaps Los Angeles was scared off by a slight dip in velocity - Iglesias averaged 95 mph on his fastball; a 1.3 mph drop from 2021 - but the righty was still very effective and posted numbers right in line with his recent seasons. It was his fourth straight year with a strikeout rate over 30% and sixth season (of eight in his career) that he posted a sub-2.75 ERA. Iglesias was especially dominant over the final two months of 2022, which may have flown under the radar since he wasn't closing for Atlanta. In 26.1 innings (28 appearances) with the Braves, the Cuban native only gave up one run (0.34 ERA) while recording a 0.84 WHIP and 15 holds. Atlanta clearly had long-term plans for Iglesias upon acquiring him, but whether that's as a closer or setup man still remains to be seen. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a four-year, $58 million contract with the Angels in November of 2021. Traded to the Braves in August of 2022.
Tallies 17th save
PAtlanta Braves
August 13, 2022
Iglesias allowed a walk but retired the final two batters of the game to earn the save in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
ANALYSIS
Iglesias was called upon to protect a four-run lead with runners on first and second, which he did successfully to record his 17th save of the season and first since joining Atlanta. Kenley Jansen was unavailable after earning the save in the first game of the twin bill, and Kirby Yates allowed two of the first three batters he faced to reach base prior to giving way to Iglesias. Since July 14, Iglesias has turned in scoreless efforts in 10 of his 11 appearances. Overall, he has a 3.70 ERA with a 55:10 K:BB across 41.1 innings on the campaign.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Raisel Iglesias generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Raisel Iglesias generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .215 263 84 9 53 9 0 9
Since 2020vs Right .196 340 123 22 61 12 0 8
2022vs Left .200 109 32 5 20 3 0 4
2022vs Right .206 137 46 9 26 7 0 1
2021vs Left .223 118 41 3 25 5 0 5
2021vs Right .194 155 62 9 28 3 0 6
2020vs Left .235 36 11 1 8 1 0 0
2020vs Right .167 48 15 4 7 2 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-80%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-36%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.05 0.91 83.1 8 6 31 13.0 1.9 1.3
Since 2020Away 3.25 0.98 69.1 4 8 28 11.3 1.7 0.6
2022Home 0.85 0.82 31.2 1 2 12 11.7 1.7 0.6
2022Away 4.15 1.12 30.1 1 4 5 11.0 2.4 0.9
2021Home 3.00 0.98 42.0 5 3 16 14.4 1.9 1.9
2021Away 1.93 0.86 28.0 2 2 18 11.6 1.0 0.6
2020Home 1.86 0.93 9.2 2 1 3 11.2 2.8 0.9
2020Away 4.09 0.91 11.0 1 2 5 11.5 1.6 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Raisel Iglesias compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.57
 
K/9
11.3
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
2.47
 
WHIP
0.97
 
BABIP
.297
 
GB/FB
0.91
 
Left On Base
75.5%
 
Exit Velocity
80.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.6%
 
Spin Rate
2272 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.4%
 
Swinging Strike
17.1%
 
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Reds manager David Bell seemed intent on expanding Iglesias' role and Iglesias made it clear that he wasn't particularly fond of his usage, noting to the media that he preferred the traditional closer role. Cincinnati didn't want to pay him anyway, so it sent him to the Angels last winter for reliever Noe Ramirez (who didn't make the cut out of spring training for the Reds). His new manager got the memo and mostly deployed Iglesias as a traditional closer, to stellar results. Iglesias earned 34 saves in 39 chances and fanned 103 against a mere 12 walks. Iglesias liked the fit so much that he decided to return to the Angels in free agency, inking a four-year deal after declining the qualifying offer. The union is perfect from a fantasy standpoint, as Iglesias is a Proven Closer pitching for a manager who values his Proven Closer.
Reds fans will no longer have Iglesias to blame for a slow start to their season, as the closer was sent to the Angels prior to the Winter Meetings in December in a cost savings measure. Aside from a badly blown save in St. Louis and a second blown save in Pittsburgh where he fell one out short of recording the five requested of him, Iglesias had a pretty good season for the Reds, converting eight saves while earning four wins and two holds. His K% jumped from 31.9 to 34.1, his swinging strike rate went from 15.6% to 19.2%, and his average fastball velocity actually increased from 95.5 to 96.2 mph. More importantly, he allowed just one homer in the regular season. He moves to a better ballpark in Anaheim and is the undisputed closer, though manager Joe Maddon is notorious for being just as "creative" in his bullpen management as David Bell is with the Reds.
We warned of a dropoff for Iglesias, and it came to fruition, as the Reds closer gave up 12 homers, saw his ERA climb from 2.38 to 4.16 and was saddled with 12 losses. He really struggled in non-save situations, and blanched at manager David Bell's usage patterns early in the season. And yet ... fantasy owners weren't punished for his shortcomings. He had a career-high 34 saves and struck out 89 batters, good for a career-best 31.9 K%. Moreover, his fastball velocity remained constant (95.2 mph in 2018, 95.5 mph last year) while he adjusted his pitch mix to throw more four-seamers than sinkers. He really needs to junk the sinker altogether - according to Baseball Savant, opposing batters hit .394 while slugging .758 against it. The Reds intend to beef up their bullpen over the offseason, which could threaten his closer job, or instead allow him to pivot to a traditional closer's role.
At first glance, 2018 appears to be Iglesias' best season. His 30 saves were a career high, and while that total may seem underwhelming, consider that the Reds won 67 games and were outscored by 123 runs. Similarly, he posted career-low ratios, with a 2.38 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. But if you dig a little deeper, some of his underlying skills declined. He gave up 12 homers in 72 innings after allowing only five the year before, nearly tripling his HR/9 rate and more than doubling his HR/FB rate from 8.3% to 18.8%. His hard-hit rate skyrocketed from 24.2% to 34.8%. The primary culprits were his sinker and four-seamer, as both lost about a mile per hour. Opposing hitters clubbed nine of those homers and slugged .544 against those two pitches. He threw his four-seamer less than ever, mixing in his changeup more, perhaps as a result. With these underlying numbers, there's a risk of a drop-off in 2019.
The Reds wanted to move away from a traditional closer setup in their bullpen in 2017, with up to four different relievers available to close games and/or work in multiple capacities. It didn't quite work out that way, not necessarily because the bullpen plan wasn't working, but rather because the starting rotation was so awful that the best parts of the bullpen frequently had to come into the game in critical early situations. As a result, Iglesias ended up getting 28 of the Reds' 33 saves, blowing just two chances. He was fantastic for most of the season, though he gave up runs in his final four outings. Don't let recency bias override your general perception of Iglesias, however -- his velocity wasn't down in those outings and he allowed just one homer in that stretch. He'll be the unquestioned closer on a team that appears to be on the upswing, meaning that his opportunities won't be as sparse.
A popular breakout candidate last year, Iglesias indeed achieved a good deal of success in 2016 but it was out of the Reds' bullpen rather than in the rotation. He hit the DL with a shoulder impingement in early May and pitched exclusively in relief upon his return, and the team has already committed to Iglesias staying in the bullpen in 2017. While a permanent move to the bullpen should help preserve Iglesias' shoulder, he now has a firm ceiling on his fantasy upside as all relievers inherently do. Complicating matters is the fact that manager Bryan Price has suggested he will keep roles fluid at the back end, using his best relievers in the highest-leverage spots regardless of the inning, and sometimes for multiple frames. Iglesias was used for multiple innings out of the bullpen 17 times last season and while more innings mean more Ks and a greater weight on the ratios, it also means Iglesias may have to share save opportunities with the likes of Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen and Tony Cingrani.
It was tough to pin down a reasonable expectation for Iglesias entering 2015. His contract suggested that he would get a shot to contribute, but early reports pointed toward the bullpen and the presence of Aroldis Chapman meant it wouldn't be a high-impact role. Iglesias made one start before going to Triple-A for a couple weeks. Then he split May between the rotation and bullpen before suffering an oblique injury that cost him over a month. He spent his final two months starting and impressed in the role. His 3.82 ERA in that span is a product of small sample volatility because the skills were tremendous (0.99 WHIP, 27.8-percent K rate, 6.7-percent walk rate, and 53.1-percent GB% in 70.2 innings). Unfortunately, his season ended with shoulder fatigue, though that was precautionary to manage innings. There are still questions about him holding up for 30-plus starts, but the skills are such that even 25 starts would be very valuable.
Iglesias has precious little professional experience, having just signed as a Cuban defector in late June, but he could climb the ranks of the Reds' organization quickly. He was clocked at 92-94 mph with his fastball in the Arizona Fall League and displayed an excellent curve. Given his contract (seven years, $27 million) and experience in Cuba, it wouldn't be a shock if he were working out of the Reds bullpen at some point in 2015, if not even the beginning of the season.
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Added by Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
August 2, 2022
Atlanta acquired Iglesias from the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for pitchers Jesse Chavez and Tucker Davidson, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
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Navigates trouble for save
PLos Angeles Angels
July 30, 2022
Iglesias earned the save in Saturday's 9-7 win over the Rangers, striking out one and allowing a hit and a walk in one scoreless inning.
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Velocity down again in loss
PLos Angeles Angels
July 13, 2022
Iglesias (2-6) took the loss against Houston on Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out one over one inning. His velocity has been down recently, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
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Blows save against Orioles
PLos Angeles Angels
July 8, 2022
Iglesias (2-5) allowed three runs on four hits and no walks while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss in Friday's game against the Orioles.
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Serving suspension Sunday
PLos Angeles Angels
Suspension
July 3, 2022
Iglesias' suspension was reduced to one game and he will serve it during Sunday's matchup with the Astros, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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