Tom Koehler went 9-13 with a 4.33 ERA for the Marlins in 2016, roughly in line with his career marks (35-48, 4.16 ERA). He has never displayed great control and 2016 was no exception: he walked 83 batters, fourth most in the majors. Koehler's fastball clocks in around 92 mph without much movement, so he relies heavily on his breaking balls, throwing offspeed 53 percent of the time last year, up from 42 percent in 2015 and 40 percent in 2014. It's easy to understand why, as opponents put up a .953 OPS against his fastball in 2016. The Marlins don't have much in the way of starting pitching depth, so Koehler should be in line for another full season of starts in 2017 despite his mediocrity. At age 30, his declining fastball usage and effectiveness should give fantasy owners some concern when considering Koehler, especially given his poor command.
Koehler allowed five runs on four hits and three walks over three innings, striking out five, in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. His spring ERA now stands at a bloated 8.31, with a 2.08 WHIP, through four appearances and 8.2 innings. Koehler was thought to be the favorite for the Marlins' fifth starter spot coming into camp, but he's doing everything in his power so far to get the team to consider other options.
Koehler gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out one in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. He's now got a 4.76 ERA this spring through three appearances and 5.2 innings. Koehler was considered one of the favorites to round out the Marlins' revamped rotation this season, but he'll need to turn things around over the next few weeks to avoid getting relegated to long-relief duty.
Koehler got the start in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, allowing one run on one hit and two walks over two innings with one strikeout. The 30-year-old posted a career worst 4.23 BB/9 and 1.47 WHIP last season, and Koehler will need to improve his control through the rest of spring training if he wants to remain in the competition for the Marlins' fifth starter job.
Koehler and the Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.75 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Koehler's ratios last season -- a 4.33 ERA and 1.46 -- were unspectacular and both fell for the second year in a row, but he did start 30 games for the third straight season and finished the campaign with a career-best 33 starts. Koehler's dependability is more useful to the Marlins than it is to fantasy players, and he will need to cut down on the baserunners he gave up last year in order to be an option in standard leagues.
Koehler (9-13) was lit up for four runs on six hits -- including two homers -- over just 3.2 innings Tuesday against the Mets. He walked four and struck out three in the loss. Koehler has now allowed seven home runs over his last four starts (17.2 innings). The right-hander surrendered a deep fly in just six of his 23 starts to begin the season. Since then, Koehler has given up a longball in eight of nine outings. The epidemic is devastating when considering the 30-year-old owns a 1.45 WHIP. It seems that his risky style of working out of jams has finally caught up to him.