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 Post subject: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:18 am 
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#Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger from the Rays for RHP Curtis Taylor.

@Brad_Boxberger was an All-Star in 2015, leading the American League with 41 saves.

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:37 am 
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@Brad_Boxberger was an All-Star in 2015, leading the American League with 41 saves.


He also had 10 losses that year. Have I mentioned the save is a stupid stat ? ;)

Actually Boxberger isn't a bad pitcher, and he closed out the season strong last year, which I'm sure had something to do with the D Backs going to get him.

He'e heading into his age 30 season, and has two years of control left. Slated to make about 2M in arb in 2018. He missed a lot of time the last two years with various injuries

So.......
What's he throw ?

Well, up until 2015, he was strictly a 2 pitch guy: 4 Seam FB/ Changeup
Starting in 2016 he started mixing in his slider about 9-12% of the time.

How does he throw it ?

On average, just shy of 93 MPH, and about 1 MPH less than he did in 2014-15. Likewise he Maxes out at about 96, which is also 1 MPH shy of is 14-15 Max. Considering the measurement system might have given the league in general a 1 MPH overall bump, the actual loss might have been a little more than 1 MPH.

His Vertical and Horizontal movement have dipped slightly, but nothing major. Overall pretty good swing and miss percentages.

He strikes out a lot of guys, and usually doesn't walk too many, BUT he gives up a lot of homers

In fact, since 2014, among relievers with at least 170 IP, he ranks 7th worst in HR/FB % (14.7) and was 24th highest out of 113 in Fly ball % overall (41.3), and so of course his 1.24 HR/9 is 12th worst among MLB relievers since 2014

One other thing to note about Boxberger: He has pretty strong reverse splits. While I often say ignore reverse splits, that goes for hitters, not pitchers so much.



SplitPARH2B3BHRBBSOSO/WBAOBPSLGOPSBAbiptOPS+
vs RHB497639615018651602.46.230.341.395.736.321120
vs LHB47049798213481372.85.193.281.318.599.25079



Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/30/2017.

Summary: Boxberger gets plenty of swing and miss, plenty of K's, and when healthy his command seems ok. He has lost a tick of velocity and is a homer prone FB pitcher. So not walking guys is going to be key for him, as it is for all pitchers. But especially him. Of the 31 career homers allowed, 16 have come with men on base. The guy we gave up, Curtis Taylor was a 4th round pick 2 years ago, and was looking like a guy that will need to move to bullpen according to mlbtrade rumors

Thats not a high price to pay for established major league reliever with a track record of moderate success pitching in the AL East.

Just keep in mind Fernando Rodney only gave up 3 HR last year. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
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So Boxberger is cheaper than Rodney would be. Thus, Boxberger will be the 8th inning guy and Bradley will pitch the 9th, and they let Rodney walk?

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
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Ok pick up for the cost, but he's already homer prone and he's going from a tough HR environment in Tampa to one of baseball's top HR havens.


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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
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Ryan wrote:
So Boxberger is cheaper than Rodney would be. Thus, Boxberger will be the 8th inning guy and Bradley will pitch the 9th, and they let Rodney walk?


Most likely. I can't see how they have room for Rodney's 4-5M Salary. We're poor ya know. (see sig)

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:47 am 
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He missed a lot of time over the last 2 years with lat/oblique/ab issues. If he has figured out how to throw without straining those areas and can stay healthy then this should be a very good trade for AZ. If it's something he injures over and over then of course we won't like the trade. Hopefully, AZ did their diligence to determine that he can stay healthy.

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
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He missed a lot of time over the last 2 years with lat/oblique/ab issues. If he has figured out how to throw without straining those areas and can stay healthy then this should be a very good trade for AZ. If it's something he injures over and over then of course we won't like the trade. Hopefully, AZ did their diligence to determine that he can stay healthy.


He also suffered a Flexor strain in his elbow in April.

THAT is the one to be concerned about of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
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I missed that one when I looked back through his old news. Definitely a concern, but hopefully it's fine if he pitched the 2nd half last year.

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
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shoewizard wrote:
Oden wrote:
He missed a lot of time over the last 2 years with lat/oblique/ab issues. If he has figured out how to throw without straining those areas and can stay healthy then this should be a very good trade for AZ. If it's something he injures over and over then of course we won't like the trade. Hopefully, AZ did their diligence to determine that he can stay healthy.


He also suffered a Flexor strain in his elbow in April.

THAT is the one to be concerned about of course.


Same injury that kept Delgado out for the 2nd half of the season. It will be important for the Dbacks not to run him into the ground too early.

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 Post subject: Re: Dbacks acquire RHP Brad Boxberger
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Easier to control his usage if he's not the closer. I think I'd rather see Archie closing and Boxberger setting him up, but they will need "co set up" to protect Boxberger's usage perhaps

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