Maton heads into camp as a favorite to land more high-leverage innings in 2018, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old cruised through the minor leagues without posting an ERA north of 3.00, but he struggled a bit in his first taste of the majors last season. Home runs were Maton's biggest issue, as he served up 10 of them in 43 frames. His high strikeout totals in the minors have him lined up as a potential closer of the future for San Diego, but he needs to prove he can keep the ball in the park before he can be trusted in fantasy.
Maton recorded two outs before surrendering a walkoff two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Twins.
Home runs continue to be Maton's Achilles' heel this season, as Wednesday's homer marked the ninth he has given up in just 37 innings (2.2 HR/9). The rookie reliever has flashed some potential at times, but the results (4.62 ERA) have been far too inconsistent to be relied upon for fantasy purposes.
Maton was shelled to the tune of three runs (two home runs) in an inning of work against the Reds on Thursday.
Ouch. The rookie has now given up six runs off of four homers over his previous three appearances, watching his ERA balloon from 2.78 to 4.68 in the process. It wasn't that long ago that Maton's name was mentioned by manager Andy Green as a potential replacement closer post-trade deadline, but with his recent string of poor outings and the retention of Brad Hand, the 24-year-old's fantasy value has reached an all-time low.
Maton fired 1.1 perfect innings while striking out three and picking up his fifth hold in Thursday's win over the Mets.
Brad Hand took over as the Padres' closing role as expected, but he remains a candidate to be traded before Monday's deadline. If that were to happen, Maton -- along with Kirby Yates -- would be a potential replacement in the ninth. Those speculating for saves may want to take a flyer the rookie in the event he is seeing save opportunities following the trade deadline.
The 24-year-old has experienced modest success in the majors (3.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.0 K/BB), so it is not shocking that manager Andy Green is considering him as a potential replacement in the ninth. That said, Brad Hand and Kirby Yates have been more dominant in larger sample sizes this season, so Maton figures to be the underdog in the competition for saves. If Hand is dealt at the deadline -- as he is rumored to be -- then the rookie reliever would see an increased chance to take over as the Friars' closer down the stretch.
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