Pittsburgh Pirates: Non-Tendered Pitchers Worth Pursuing
By Noah Wright
In the last two seasons the Los Angeles Angels found a diamond in the rough in Hansel Robles. He tossed 108 innings out of the ‘pen for the Halos between the two seasons putting up extremely impressive surface numbers including a 2.67 ERA, 3.01 FIP and 1.12 WHIP.
2019 was when he did most of his damage. He had a 2.48 ERA, 2.88 FIP and 1.02 WHIP in 72.2 innings. His walk rate was a fantastic 5.7% rate while striking out 26.5% of the batters he faced. He also only allowed six home runs.
Now granted, there was some regression expected for Robles. He had a 3.54 SIERA, 3.89 xFIP and 3.67 DRA, but Robles struggled more than expected. The hard throwing right hander only threw 16.2 innings and surrendered 19 earned runs on 19 hits including four home runs. Robles saw his walk rate jump to 12.5%
Robles averaged 97.2 MPH on his fastball in 2019, but an injury kept him from reaching that velocity in 2020. He was also in the top 10% of all pitchers in baseball in multiple stats like wOBA, xwOBA and expected ERA.