Since I’m focused mostly on 2022 fantasy baseball, and how guys can help us next year, whenever next year is, Roansy Contreras moved up on the radar, because the Pirates’ puzzling moves at the end of the year to bring up their guys. It was almost like a showcase for the Rays. “So, do you like Roansy for a middle reliever? Right…Who do you want to send us? Garrett Whitlock for Roansy and Oneil Cruz? Okay, but it says here the Rays don’t have Garrett Whitlock that he’s on the Red Sox. The team media guide is wrong? Okay, that sounds fair then, we’ll send you Roansy and Oneil for a player we’re not sure you have on your team.” Jokes aside, for the life of me, I can’t understand why Roansy Contreras was called up for one day at the end of the year, then sent back down a day later, but maybe someone has a better idea than me. Either way, since the Pirates did that, it means the Pirates are at least considering Roansy Contreras for the 2022 Pirates’ rotation, which puts him on our radar. So, what can we expect from Roansy Contreras for 2022 fantasy baseball?

In Roansy Contreras’s random three MLB innings, I remember watching him and being impressed. He broke off a 97 MPH fastball followed by an 85 MPH slider, and it was like, “Okay, this guy needs to be traded for Chris Archer, pronto.” The speed, first:

Now the slide piece:

Those are both 60 grade pitches by my eye, others are calling them 55. Tomato-tomato said with a different emphasis.

Roansy Contreras’s stats in the minors this year have been almost as eye-popping: 12.6 K/9, 2 BB/9, 2.65 ERA, 0.90 WHIP in 54 1/3 IP in Double-A. That’s a huge improvement on whatever he was doing in the Yankees’ system (7+ K/9 in Single-A). All the mocking of the Pirates should be couched with true praise at recognizing a pitcher who looked pretty much like a 40-grade arm for the Yanks, and how he’s developed into a 60-grade arm. Who are the real chumps, the Pirates or the Yanks? The Yankees spent $300 million to play one extra game. Of course, what the Pirates do with their payroll is much worse, but is it dumber? Hmm, there’s the question. Here’s another:  When do we see Roansy Contreras in the majors?

Bringing up Roansy Contreras at the end of last year was perplexing, but leaving him in the minors now would be even more head-scratchy. Maybe he spends a week or two in the minors until they need a fifth starter, but if they go with some of the guys pencilled into their rotation now, it would just be a rehash of all the problems with the Pirates. He is crazy young — Roansy just turned 22 in November — but he did have a 132 1/3 IP season in 2019, so he’s put innings on his arm. Last year, he only had 61 IP, because of a forearm injury, which sounds scarier than it likely was. It was a muscle strain, and, as far as I can see, no one really was worried about it because it wasn’t a ligament. He missed two months from July to September, but returned in fine form. For 2022, I’ll give Roansy Contreras projections of 7-12/3.83/1.29/131 in 117 IP with lots of room for upside.

  1. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I own one share of the former Yankee, acquired by Hans Crouse sucking..Ya see Philly wanted to take out Crouse for a season ending test drive, first pitch, dude gives up a homer. I see Pitt is calling up Contreras for a test drive. He pitches well. Bye Hans, hello Roansy.

    I believe Roansy is an Itch fav.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Itch put me up on Roansy as well

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        We are all slaves to the Itch

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          Itch knows his stuff
          Great to have him on Razzball

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agreed!

  2. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome!

    a. Roansy. Honestly I thought he was yet another washed up / failed unrestricted free agent signing from Venezuela or the Dominican Republic. So thank you for your intelligence. He’s now #35 on MiLB list, right after Luciano and just before Ji-Hwan Bae.

    b. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for Wake for November 19, 2021

    ‘Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was killed over the weekend in prison. What Dahmer just before his death? He told his killer just before “Hey, man. I used to eat guys like you for breakfast”‘

    c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for November 19, 2021

    ‘Yippee, Jerry Rubin died last week. Oh, I’m sorry that should read Yippie Jerry Rubin died last week.’

    d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for November 19, 2021

    Groucho: ‘Don’t ever become an agent. You waste half your time being annoyed by small-time hams looking for work.’

    Copacabana, 1947

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Nice!
      B. Hahaha
      D. Ha

    • Wake Up says:
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      HA!

      • galica123 says:
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        Wake!!

        [HA]*3!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

  3. Sport says:
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    Happy Friday Grey! Sweet write up. I was really curious to see who it would be today and you did not disappoint. I’m really hoping he slides in my upcoming dynasty draft.

    Well deserved AL MVP for Ohtani. Vlad had a great year, but it was fun experiencing such a historic season from Ohtani as a baseball fan.

    I really wish there was someone who could look at the ballots though, and decide if it’s an idiot’s ballot, or someone with no agenda. For example, “Oh you put Zunino in your top 10 and didn’t put Salvador Perez on there? I’m sorry, we don’t count idiot ballots.” or “Oh, so you actually put Eovaldi in your top 10 for AL MVP? hahahahahahha. I’m sorry you’re ballot doesn’t count and you’re not allowed to vote ever again.”

    Both of those scenarios actually happened! If Zunino and Eovaldi got to cast their own ballots I will let it slide!

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Yeah, Ohtani had it wrapped up by July…Good too bc his 2nd half wasn’t that great…Still solid

      Yeah, an idiot ballot clause would be smart…Like the person from Philly who only put Juan Soto 7th so Bryce Harper would have it easily

  4. Manormachine says:
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    To paraphrase old school Grey: I will be watching Roansy like a cyclops with a monocle (or a biclops with just a regular pair of glasses, but really intently.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yes!

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