The ageless Bartolo Colon kept on ticking during his age-43 season, putting together another solid campaign with the Mets. Colon entered the year as the team's fifth starter and again provided consistent back-end value, producing his fourth consecutive season with at least 190 innings pitched. There's still no flash to his game, as his fastball tops out at around 90 mph, but he is effective when it counts. Colon posted a 16.2 percent strikeout rate and an impressive 4.1 percent walk rate en route to a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He'll pitch for his ninth MLB team in 2017, as the Braves inked the veteran to one-year deal for $12.5 million. Staying in the NL East is a good thing for Colon's 2017 fantasy value. We can likely expect his overall numbers to remain about the same as they have been for the past couple of seasons, though he may receive less run support and thus fewer wins.
Colon coughed up six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. He did get his pitch count up to 80, and there was some shaky glove work behind him, but there were still very few positives to take away from this outing for Colon. The 43-year-old insists he isn't worried about spring results, and in his defense, he's had a spring ERA lower than 5.00 just once since 2008. However, a 9.20 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 9:6 K:BB in 14.2 innings this March create at least a little doubt that he'll be able to extend his streak of seasons with at least 30 starts and 190 innings pitched to five.
Colon was tagged for five runs on eight hits and two walks over three innings while striking out one in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. More alarmingly, Pittsburgh trotted out a lineup full of prospects and younger players rather than its established regulars, but a bad outing in the middle of March is still nothing to be too concerned about. Colon will head into his 20th major league season with a secure spot in the Braves rotation, and could reach the 2,500 career strikeout mark late in the year.
Colon allowed one run on one hit and two walks over three innings while striking out three in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. The seemingly ageless Colon pitched at least 190 innings and won at least 14 games for the fourth straight season last year, and while he might not get the run support in Atlanta that he did with the Mets, the 43-year-old is still expected to provide the rebuilding Braves with a steady foundation for their rotation in 2017.
Colon threw two innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on three hits while striking out one. He ran into a spot of trouble in the second inning, after Toronto prospects Rowdy Tellez and Anthony Alford hit back-to-back doubles to begin the frame, but Colon got out of the jam without further damage. The 43-year-old is set to be an innings-eater for the Braves this season, and despite his advanced baseball age, there's no reason to think he can't make at least 30 starts for the fifth straight year.
Colon will get the start Saturday in the Braves' Grapefruit League opener against the Blue Jays, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He'll be followed in the spring rotation by Julio Teheran, R.A. Dickey, Mike Foltynewicz and Jaime Garcia, but at this point there's been no indication from manager Brian Snitker that the regular season rotation will line up the same way. The 43-year-old Colon heads into 2017 having pitched at least 190 innings in four straight seasons and won at least 10 games in five straight, and he's got a chance this year to pass Dennis Martinez as the all-time winningest pitcher from Latin America in MLB history.