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Raisel Iglesias | Relief Pitcher | #26

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that he would be comfortable using Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani and Michael Lorenzen in the closer role.
Iglesias was the Reds' main closer down the stretch last season and fared well, and he's also the most talented pitcher of the aforementioned trio. But, while Iglesias is probably first in line for saves, Price seems to be leaning toward using all three pitchers in the role and often having them pitch multiple innings at a time. "I'd say right now that we have a series of guys that I'm comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen)," Price said. "Should we stay with this format – which I intend to do – all three of those guys and maybe more could have opportunities in save situations. At this point in time, there's no defined closer. There are multiple options and I'd like to stick with the philosophy that we're going to have our multi-inning guys, so we're going to need multi-closers." Dec 4 - 10:06 AM

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Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Dick Williams on Friday committed to using Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen as relievers next season.

It's no surprise, as Price indicated back in October that he might use the duo as potential multiple-inning closers in 2017. Both Iglesias (1.98 ERA, 54/19 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) and Lorenzen (2.88 ERA, 48/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) thrived in the bullpen in 2016. Iglesias probably as a leg up on the closer role.
Dec 2 - 6:00 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price hinted Sunday that he could use Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen in multiple-inning closing situations next season.

This is interesting on a few levels. Iglesias has been used as the club's main closer of late and has often gone a couple innings at a time. Lorenzen doesn't have any saves yet, but he's been excellent in relief and can also go multiple innings. Price didn't say anything about Tony Cingrani, who hasn't saved a game since September 10. It appears the Reds are committed to Iglesias as a reliever going forward.
Oct 2 - 1:08 PM

Raisel Iglesias picked up his fifth save of the season Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Iglesias worked two scoreless innings to close out the 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium. He surrendered a leadoff triple to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the ninth but induced two groundouts and a shallow pop-up to stymie that threat. Iglesias has taken over at closer for the Reds with Tony Cingrani hitting some late-season speed bumps.
Sep 28 - 11:17 PM

Raisel Iglesias struck out all three batters he faced Sunday to earn his fourth save.

Iglesias needed just 15 total pitches to carve up Chris Carter, Hernan Perez, and Orlando Arcia. The right-hander has now earned the Reds' last two saves with Tony Cingrani hitting a rough patch. Iglesias carries sneaky fantasy value into the final week.
Sep 25 - 5:30 PM

Raisel Iglesias struck out three while retiring all six batters he faced to earn a save in Monday's win over the Brewers.

Tony Cingrani hadn't pitched since Saturday and had thrown just once in four days, but Bryan Price elected to stick with Iglesias for two innings to close this one out. He's clearly the best reliever in the Reds' bullpen but probably still can't count on more than just the occasional save chance.
Sep 12 - 10:41 PM

Raisel Iglesias worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Thursday to earn his second save.

Iglesias struck out one in the frame, needing 10 pitches to finish off the Fish. The save was his second since August 9, but it seems as though the 26-year-old is still behind Tony Cingrani, who was off Thursday after having pitched each of the last two days, in the pecking order for saves. If Cingrani falters or is otherwise unable to close games, though, Iglesias appears to be next in line.
Aug 18 - 11:25 PM

Raisel Iglesias worked a perfect ninth inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday to earn his first save of the season.

Iglesias notched a strikeout while retiring the side in order. Where Reds manager Bryan Price goes from here is still unclear -- Iglesias was ostensibly only working the ninth because de facto closer Tony Cingrani had pitched the past two nights, but Cingrani also imploded in a bad loss to the Cards on Monday, possibly opening the door for a change in roles. Iglesias has certainly pitched well enough to earn a higher-leverage gig, posting a 2.09 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 60/19 K/BB ratio over 56 innings this season.
Aug 10 - 12:32 AM

Raisel Iglesias pitched two perfect innings out of the pen for his fourth hold Monday against the Giants.

Iglesias has been the Reds' best reliever since coming off the disabled list, but the team has continued to use him as a multi-inning guy, suggesting that he won't soon be a threat for saves. He's allowed just one run in 20 1/3 innings over his 10 appearances as a reliever.
Jul 26 - 1:56 AM

Reds activated RHP Raisel Iglesias from the 15-day disabled list.

Iglesias is back after missing almost two months with a shoulder issue. The Reds are trying to protect him, so he's coming back as a reliever. He figures to get eased into things, but it's not hard to imagine him emerging as the team's closer down the line.
Jun 21 - 3:45 PM

Raisel Iglesias is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola.

Iglesias is coming back from a right shoulder impingement. The 26-year-old earned a 3.49 ERA in five starts before getting hurt, though opponents hit .296 against him during that stretch. Iglesias will join the Reds' bullpen upon his return, which eliminates most of his fantasy appeal.
Jun 9 - 4:51 PM

Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) will be used as a reliever when he's activated from the disabled list.

The upside with Iglesias as a starter is easy to see, but the Reds think his shoulder has a better chance of holding up if he's used in relief. They haven't ruled out him eventually returning to a starting role, but he'll have to show he can stay healthy first. Iglesias is about three weeks away from a return.
Jun 5 - 11:12 AM

Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) is expected to resume throwing off a mound soon.

Iglesias has been throwing on flat ground for a week and is almost ready to try things from the bump again. The right-hander is coming back from an impingement in his right shoulder. He's still obviously a few weeks away from a potential return.
May 22 - 9:17 AM

Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) has resumed his throwing program.

He's been limited to playing catch so far, but it's a start. Iglesias was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement late last month. He says he's pain-free now but the Reds aren't going to rush him back. Tim Adleman is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA since taking over for Iglesias in the starting rotation.
May 14 - 10:38 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) is "completely pain-free."

Iglesias, on the disabled list since April 25 with a right shoulder impingement, will have a checkup with team doctors on Wednesday. "We’re hoping there’s a throwing program that will be set up and he can start here relatively soon," Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday afternoon. Iglesias had a 3.49 ERA and 27/9 K/BB ratio over his first 28 1/3 innings this season for the Reds. It sounds like he could be back by the end of May, but shoulder injuries are usually pretty unpredictable.
May 10 - 6:48 PM

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C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Juan Graterol
4Stuart Turner
5Rob Brantly
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Jose Peraza
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Steve Selsky
3Jesse Winker
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Arismendy Alcantara
3Phillip Ervin
RF1Scott Schebler
2Aristides Aquino
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Brandon Finnegan
4Dan Straily
5Tim Adleman
6Robert Stephenson
7Cody Reed
8Nick Travieso
9Barrett Astin
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Tony Cingrani
4Blake Wood
5Jumbo Diaz
6Wandy Peralta
7Ariel Hernandez
8Lucas Luetge