The Marlins have said they'll give Carter Capps a chance to unseat A.J. Ramos for the closer role this season, which is fitting. When it comes to dominant setup men in baseball today, Dellin Betances no doubt takes the top prize, but slotting in behind him now that Wade Davis has graduated to the closer role is Capps, whose lunging delivery makes his 98-mph fastball appear even faster, resulting in a 1.16 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 16.8 strikeouts per nine innings last year. There was nothing fluky about it either. His 1.10 FIP led all relievers with at least 30 innings, and the next closest was 1.73. Of course, he wouldn't have qualified if the threshold was 40 or 50 innings because he missed the final two months with a strained elbow, but the Marlins don't seem too concerned. While Capps enters as the underdog for the closer role, he'll be worth a late-round pick because of his top-five potential in it.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said he expects there to be an open competition for the closer job in spring training, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Capps baffled hitters with his dynamic fastball-slider combo and jump-step delivery in 2015, posting a 1.16 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 58:7 K:BB in 30 appearances before an elbow injury ended his season. Incumbent A.J. Ramos is also coming off a stellar season, but can get wild with his control, and will need to put together a strong spring in order to fend off Capps.
Capps (elbow) agreed to a one-year deal with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. While he won't open the year as the Marlins closer (that honor still belongs to A.J. Ramos), Capps should be drafted in most roto leagues, as his 49.2% K-rate was the best in baseball last year. Health is always a concern with Capps, but as long as he is healthy, and he is expected to be for spring training, his ratios and strikeouts can make a big difference. If Ramos were to struggle or get dealt, Capps would be the obvious replacement option in the ninth inning.
Marlins pitcher Carter Capps (elbow) is expected to throw one more bullpen session during the Marlins' upcoming home stand before being activated from the disabled list, the Miami Herald reports. He tossed a bullpen session Friday without issue and is now on track to get a couple of innings in with the Marlins before the season ends. Regardless of how much work he's able to get in over the final two weeks, 2015 was a success for the up-and-down flame thrower. He's posted a 1.16 ERA and 0.81 WHIP over 31 innings this season with a devastating 58 strikeouts in that time.
Marlins right-handed reliever Carter Capps (elbow) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday in Washington, the Associated Press reports. If everything goes well in the sim game Capps could return at some point next week, although there may not be enough time for him to make a notable fantasy impact.
Marlins relief pitcher Carter Capps threw a bullpen session on Tuesday without feeling any pain, according to the Miami Herald. Capps, who is on the 15-day disabled list, could return as early as next week.