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Doug Fister | Starting Pitcher | #58

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 7 (0) / SEA
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Doug Fister lost to the Rangers after allowing two runs in six innings on Wednesday.
It was still a better outing for Fister. He gave up a two-run homer in the second, but he was otherwise strong and got a bunch of groundball outs. He's still not much of a fantasy option at the moment. Apr 21 - 12:53 AM

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Doug Fister fell apart in the sixth inning Thursday, allowing five runs in the frame and six in total in a loss to the Royals.

Fister was facing Lorenzo Cain with a runner on first base and two outs when the trouble began. A single by Cain and consecutive doubles by Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon made it 5-0, and a Salvador Perez RBI single spelled the end for the right-hander. It was an ugly end to what had been a decent start to that point. Fister finished with nine hits allowed to just two strikeouts. He and his 7.59 ERA will take on the Rangers in Arlington on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 10:55 PM

Doug Fister won his Astros debut Saturday, allowing three runs over five innings against the Brewers.

Fister wasn't extra sharp, giving up five hits -- including a home run -- and two walks in the start, but it was good enough to earn the victory. On the plus side, he struck out six. Fister draws the defending-champion Royals in his next scheduled start Thursday.
Apr 9 - 11:15 PM

Doug Fister was tagged for six runs over 4 2/3 innings of work on Monday against the Braves.

He gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out three. That Fister's velocity has been improved this spring is encouraging, and he has managed 16 strikeouts over 17 1/3 frames. However, he's also put up an 8.27 ERA and 1.84 WHIP. He's not looking like a terribly appealing fantasy option.
Mar 28 - 9:14 PM

Doug Fister was tagged for five runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Friday.

Fister has looked like a legitimate bottom-of-the-rotation guy with his velocity back up a bit this spring. We're not going any higher than that right now. Even with him throwing regularly in the high-80s, he's sporting a 6.94 ERA.
Mar 18 - 4:34 PM

Doug Fister surrendered three runs in three innings Sunday versus the Braves.

He gave up six hits, four of them coming in the three-run third. He also struck out thre. Fister's velocity has been better this spring, which is far more important than whatever his ERA ends up being. Still, we want to see more before touting him as a mixed-league sleeper.
Mar 13 - 4:52 PM

Doug Fister pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four, as the Astros topped a Phillies split-squad 3-2 on Thursday.

Whether it's worth betting on Fister this year will come down to velocity, and ESPN's Jayson Stark claimed he was throwing 87-90 mph on the stadium gun today, which would be a clear improvement over where he was last season. The TV broadcast didn't offer any velocity readings. It'll be something to watch all spring, since a Fister averaging 88-89 mph with his sinker would be quite a sleeper.
Mar 3 - 4:46 PM

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, Doug Fister will "probably be penciled in as the Astros' No. 4 starter."

Fister spent part of last year pitching out of the Nationals' bullpen but the Astros didn't pony up $7 million for another relief pitcher. He'll slot in behind Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Lance McCullers with Scott Feldman and Mike Fiers competing for the fifth spot in Houston's starting rotation.
Jan 28 - 1:24 PM

Astros signed RHP Doug Fister to a one-year, $7 million contract.

He's already passed his physical and will be introduced at a press conference on Thursday. His base salary is $7 million but he can earn up to $12 million through incentives. Fister was hoping for a deal in the two-year, $22 million range but that never materialized. The Orioles were also in the running and may shift their attention to Yovani Gallardo now that Fister is off the market. It's a smart deal for Fister, who has a chance to rebuild his value ahead of next year's weak class of free agent starting pitchers. He'll join a stacked Astros' rotation that already includes Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers and Scott Feldman.
Jan 28 - 12:16 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros are "exploring the possibility" of signing Doug Fister.

Fister's peripherals and velocity have been heading in the wrong direction, but he can probably be had relatively cheaply. The Astros' rotation looks full at the moment, but it's not surprising that they're seeking reinforcements with Scott Feldman's (shoulder) health less than a sure thing. Houston has also been connected to Yovani Gallardo and Alfredo Simon.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 24 - 12:14 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are considering free agent right-handers Doug Fister and Alfredo Simon.

The Marlins recently signed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, but they are still on the lookout for another veteran arm for their rotation. Fister is coming off a disappointing season in which he posted a 4.19 ERA over 103 innings with the Nationals, but he's reportedly looking for a two-year contract in the range of $22 million. Simon, 34, had an ugly 5.05 ERA and 117/68 K/BB ratio over 187 innings with the Tigers last season. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald hears that Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee are among the other veteran names the Marlins are considering.
Jan 20 - 3:08 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Orioles may have interest in Doug Fister.

Rosenthal cites sources in the organization who like the free agent right-hander. Fister makes for an attractive target because unlike Yovani Gallardo, he isn't tied to draft pick compensation.
Jan 16 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Doug Fister is seeking a two-year contract in the $22 million range.

The 31-year-old right-hander had an underwhelming 4.19 ERA in 103 innings last season for the Nationals. Fister could potentially bounce back in 2016, although his strikeout rate and velocity have been declining at an alarming rate. The Blue Jays, Phillies and Tigers have been connected to him.
Jan 15 - 2:06 PM

Doug Fister has offers on the table from multiple teams, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Olney says those proposals are of the one- and two-year variety, and Fister may be holding out for three. The 31-year-old right-hander had an underwhelming 4.19 ERA in 103 innings last season for the Nationals, missing time with a flexor tendon strain, but he registered a 2.41 ERA across 164 innings for Washington in 2014. Fister is a decent bet for a bounceback in 2016 and beyond, assuming his elbow is fully healed. Toronto, Philadelphia, and Detroit are among the clubs with reported interest.
Jan 4 - 1:50 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are interested in free agent right-hander Doug Fister.

Fister is coming off a disappointing season in which he posted a 4.19 ERA and 63/24 K/BB ratio in 103 innings across 15 starts and 10 relief appearances. There's some thought that he could take a one-year deal in hopes of reestablishing his value and Philadelphia could be a decent situation to do that. If he bounces back, the Phillies could have themselves a good trade chip in July.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:39:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Max Stassi
3Erik Kratz
1B1Tyler White
2Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Preston Tucker
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
6Scott Feldman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Ken Giles
3Pat Neshek
4Tony Sipp
5Will Harris
6Josh Fields
7Chris Devenski
8Michael Feliz