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David Phelps | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 202
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 14 (0) / NYY
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Marlins activated RHP David Phelps from the bereavement list.
Phelps was away for a few days following a death in the family. The Marlins have discussed moving him into the rotation, but he'll presumably return to the bullpen for now. May 26 - 8:13 AM

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Marlins placed RHP David Phelps on the bereavement list.

Phelps will miss the Marlins' two-game series against the Athletics following a death in his family. The 30-year-old right-hander has posted a cool 3.68 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 22 innings of relief this season for Miami and could soon move into the starting rotation.
May 23 - 4:59 PM

David Phelps is a candidate to start Sunday against the Dodgers.

Odrisamer Despaigne is also being considered. The Marlins need someone to take the place of Tom Koehler, who was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Despaigne started in the minor leagues before his call-up while Phelps has amassed 64 big league starts including five last season. Phelps isn't stretched out so he'd probably be limited to four or five innings if he gets the call on Sunday.
May 18 - 10:53 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly hinted Wednesday that the organization is considering moving David Phelps from the bullpen into the starting rotation.

There's a serious starting pitcher crunch on the Marlins' roster with Wei-Yin Chen fighting an elbow injury and Adam Conley and Tom Koehler both sitting at Triple-A New Orleans due to ghastly results in Miami. Mattingly said if the Marlins make Phelps a starter, they'll keep him a starter for the remainder of the year. The right-hander has been sharp over the last three weeks after struggling for a bit in early-to-mid April and makes for a worthy stash in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Phelps holds a 2.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts over his last 105 2/3 innings with Miami.
May 17 - 10:51 AM

David Phelps surrendered four runs in two innings to take a loss in relief Friday against the Padres.

Phelps was a monster out of the pen last year, but he's already given up three homers in 10 innings this season after allowing just six in 86 2/3 innings in 2016. On the plus side, he's struck out 12 with no unintentional walks (two IBBs) to date. He still figures to be a valuable reliever for the Marlins.
Apr 22 - 1:01 AM

David Phelps won his arbitration case against the Marlins and will make $4.6 million in 2016.

Miami's front office had filed at $4.3 million in January. It's a well-deserved raise for the 30-year-old right-hander, who registered a stellar 2.28 ERA and 114/38 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings (five starts, 59 relief appearances) last season for the Marlins. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says Phelps attended the arbitration hearing, though that's not really an uncommon thing. He'll have one more year of arbitration in 2018 before hitting free agency.
Feb 9 - 1:46 PM

David Phelps' arbitration hearing with the Marlins has been set for February 8.

Phelps, who broke out with a 2.28 ERA and 114/38 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings across five starts and 59 relief appearances in 2016, required $4.6 million and was offered $4.325 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The arbitration panel will rule on one salary or the other for the 2017 season.
Jan 31 - 1:35 PM

David Phelps requested $4.6 million and was offered $4.325 million by the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

With such a small discrepancy between the two figures, it wouldn't be surprising to see them reach an agreement in the middle rather than heading to the hearing. Phelps had been projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5.2 million, so it looks like the Marlins will be getting a discount either way.
Jan 13 - 9:09 PM

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that he hopes to keep David Phelps in the bullpen in 2017.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but the Marlins signed Edinson Volquez on Thursday and additional rotation depth will solidify Phelps in a middle relief role, where he enjoyed a breakout in 2016. "Ideally, if we can keep a deep bullpen, we can keep him as that multi-inning effective bridge to the back-end guys," said Hill. "He impacts more games for us that way. But we know he has the versatility if he has to move into the rotation to do that seamlessly and not miss a beat." Phelps saw an uptick in velocity this past season while posting a 2.28 ERA and 114/38 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings across five starts and 59 relief appearances.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 08:22:00 PM

David Phelps allowed a hit but hung on to record a save in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

A.J. Ramos was unavailable after pitching the last two days and three of the last four, so Marlins manager Don Mattingly looked to Phelps to protect a one-run lead. He yielded a one-out infield single but then got a strikeout and fielder's choice to close things out. Phelps was used as a starter before going on the disabled list with a strained oblique last month and pitched well, but he's back to a setup role for the stretch run.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 09:31:00 PM

Marlins activated RHP David Phelps from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll presumably rejoin the Marlins' rotation, although it's unclear when that will happen. Phelps was on the shelf for the last couple weeks with a strained left oblique.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 12:41:00 PM

David Phelps (oblique) said Wednesday that he will begin throwing again in four days.

Phelps strained his left oblique on August 27 and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday evening. He indicated that he only expects to miss a few starts, but a more concrete timetable should be knocked into place once he is further removed from the initial injury. Oblique strains typically require four weeks of rest and rehab for starting pitchers.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 06:31:00 PM

Marlins placed RHP David Phelps on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 27, with a left oblique strain.

Phelps was scheduled to start Wednesday night against the Mets, but the Marlins will have to go with Jake Esch instead. Oblique injuries typically require 4-6 weeks of rest and rehab for pitchers, so this could very well end Phelps' season. He was sporting a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 101/32 K/BB ratio through 78 2/3 innings (five starts, 50 relief appearances) this year with Miami.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 03:39:00 PM

David Phelps was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

After turning in four straight promising starts since his return to the rotation, Phelps delivered a dud on Friday. He actually held the Padres hitless (with two walks) over the first three innings before things fell apart for him in a 24-pitch fourth inning. It was a disappointing performance for the 29-year-old considering the promising matchup, but he has the Mets and Phillies coming up next.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 12:20:00 AM

David Phelps struck out nine over six scoreless innings in a 3-1 Marlins victory over the Pirates on Saturday.

Phelps yielded just two hits while walking two in the contest, leaving the Pirates offense without an answer for most of the evening. The right-hander has now allowed just three runs in four starts since moving to the rotation in the beginning of August, lowering his season ERA to 2.28. Phelps has always been a slightly intriguing pitcher for his strikeout ability, and he can't be overlooked in deeper mixed leagues given recent results. Phelps will next take on the Padres on Friday.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 10:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Justin Bour
2B1Dee Gordon
2Christian Colon
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Miguel Rojas
3J.T. Riddle
3B1Martin Prado
2Derek Dietrich
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Christian Yelich
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
2Ichiro Suzuki
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Edinson Volquez
3Dan Straily
4Jeff Locke
5Jose Urena
6Justin Nicolino
7Tom Koehler
8Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1A.J. Ramos
2Kyle Barraclough
3Brad Ziegler
4David Phelps
5Junichi Tazawa
6Dustin McGowan
7Nick Wittgren
8Jarlin Garcia
9Brian Ellington
10Drew Steckenrider