Marc Rzepczynski's numbers took a step back in 2017, as he put up a 4.02 ERA in 31.1 innings, leaving him as exactly a replacement-level player according to fWAR. He generated an exceptional groundball rate (70 percent), which ranked third among all pitchers who threw at least 30 innings, one spot behind Zach Britton and three spots ahead of Dallas Keuchel. His groundball rate needs to remain at a high level for him to be effective, as he doesn't strike out many batters (18.3 percent) and he walks far too many (14.6 percent). As a lefty, Rzepczynski should be able to hang around for a while yet unless the walks take another step back. His value in most traditional fantasy formats remains minimal -- he has just two career saves -- but Rzepczynski did record a career-high 20 holds last year.
Rzepczynski allowed an earned run on two hits over one inning in Monday's 4-2 Cactus League loss to the White Sox. He also recorded a strikeout. One of the more reliable bullpen options for manager Scott Servais in 2017 -- especially in the first half of the season -- Rzepczynski has endured a couple of rocky outings thus far this spring. Monday was the latest example, as he was touched up for a solo home run by Zack Collins during his inning of work. Rzepczynski had also given up a pair of earned runs in a March 2 turn against the Brewers, but he's been able to notch at least one strikeout in each of his five appearances. Given his previous body of work, he should have ample opportunity to build on the career-high 20 holds he compiled last season while serving in a similar middle-inning/setup role in 2018.
Rzepczynski posted a 2-2 record, 4.02 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 20 holds and one save in 31.1 innings across 64 appearances in 2017. Rzepczynski was a dependable option for manager Scott Servais out of the bullpen for the majority of the season, although a couple of outings in which he gave up multiple earned runs conspired to sully his final numbers to a degree. The veteran right-hander posted a solid 3.31 ERA and .217 BAA in 16.1 first-half frames, but those numbers bumped up to 4.80 and .291, respectively, following the All-Star break. However, Rzepczynski also posted a career-best 20 holds and should have a secure role once again headed into spring training in 2018.
Rzepczynski notched his 19th hold in Friday's 3-2 win over the Athletics by pitching a clean one-third of an inning. Rzepczynski just keeps rolling along as one of manager Scott Servais' most consistent sixth-and-seventh-inning options. He's rattled off scoreless efforts in 15 of his last 16 appearances and has now set a new career high in holds. Given his secure role in the bullpen, he remains an option for those in deep AL-only formats.
Rzepczynski struck out Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Wednesday to record his first save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Orioles. After Edwin Diaz melted down once again trying to protect a three-run lead, Rzepczynski came in to face a dangerous left-handed hitter and close things out. The veteran isn't likely to get another save chance this season, but if Diaz's struggles continue and the Mariners resort to a committee approach at closer, he could suddenly find himself with a share of the job.
Rzepczynski notched his 14th hold in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Orioles, getting one out on three pitches. The veteran right-hander's ERA is now back under 3.00 for the first time since June 8, and he's posted three holds and a win over five August appearances. Rzepczynski has rattled off eight straight scoreless efforts as well and is just five holds away from eclipsing the career-best 18 he tallied in both 2011 and 2012 with the Blue Jays and Cardinals.