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Raisel Iglesias | Relief Pitcher | #26

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Raisel Iglesias pitched two scoreless innings for his sixth save Tuesday against the Yankees.
Iglesias walked two and threw just 18 of his 35 pitches for strikes, but he gave up only one hit, a single. His ERA stands at 0.98. It should be noted that Iglesias probably won't be available Wednesday after this. Michael Lorenzen also pitched two innings tonight, so Drew Storen might get a save chance if one is present Wednesday. May 9 - 10:40 PM

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Raisel Iglesias recorded a two-inning save Sunday as the Reds came back to beat the Cardinals.

Iglesias walked Stephen Piscotty to lead off the eighth and allowed a single to Kolten Wong to lead off the ninth, but the Cardinals couldn't do anything with those chances. They blew a 4-0 fifth-inning lead. Iglesias now has four saves on the season along with a shiny 1.26 ERA.
Apr 30 - 5:58 PM

Raisel Iglesias allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 1 2/3 innings but finished off the Reds' victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

Iglesias didn't get the save because he entered the game with the Reds leading by four runs. Cincinnati wound up winning 7-5. The earned run was just the second charged to Iglesias in 2017. He's rocking a 1.59 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 11 1/3 innings.
Apr 23 - 3:45 PM

Raisel Iglesias allowed one run in two innings and was credited with the win versus the Brewers on Saturday.

The Reds are employing some unusual bullpen strategies this season and today was a perfect example. Iglesias is considered the leader of the team's closer committee but is sometimes used in multi-inning stints earlier in the game. He pitched the fifth and sixth innings today. He leads the team with three saves. Michael Lorenzen got the save today and Drew Storen also gets save chances. The situation is frustrating for fantasy owners but makes good sense for the Reds and manager Bryan Price.
Apr 15 - 6:03 PM

Raisel Iglesias notched a save after throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Pirates.

Reds manager Bryan Price used Iglesias for a two-inning save over the weekend and asked him to get the final five outs of this one after Blake Wood got into a jam. Iglesias gave up a two-out single in the ninth but otherwise escaped unscathed, helping himself out with a terrific play on a swinging bunt from Starling Marte. He's probably not going to earn as many saves as other top closers with his multi-inning usage, but Iglesias has a chance to be one of the better relievers in the game.
Apr 12 - 12:23 AM

Raisel Iglesias held the Cardinals scoreless while notching a six-out save Friday.

It was a strong showing. Iglesias retired the side in order in the eighth. He struck out two and worked around a walk in the ninth to finish off the victory. Iglesias threw 23 out of 32 pitches for strikes in his two innings of work and induced seven swinging strikes along the way. The 27-year-old hurt his elbow and hips during a fall in the shower toward the end of spring training, but he has eased any concerns with three straight scoreless outings (and two saves) to begin the year. He could be a rock-solid closer in fantasy leagues if he can stay healthy.
Apr 7 - 11:24 PM

Raisel Iglesias (elbow, hips) threw a side session without issue on Tuesday.'s Mark Sheldon reports that Iglesias will break camp with the team. Iglesias slipped in the shower a few weeks ago, injuring his right elbow as well as both of his hips. The Reds haven't announced a closer but Iglesias is the favorite for the majority of ninth-inning work out of the gate.
Mar 28 - 3:53 PM

Raisel Iglesias (elbow, hips) played catch Saturday and is expected to resume throwing off a mound soon.

Iglesias fell in the shower a few weeks ago and has dealt with a sore pitching elbow and hips since, but he's making nice progress. Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Sunday that the reliever has a shot to be ready for Opening Day. Iglesias is first in line for saves if healthy, although the Reds aren't planning to name a set closer.
Mar 26 - 11:58 AM

Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago.

That explains why Iglesias hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14, and why he underwent an MRI on the elbow of his throwing arm earlier this week. The results of that MRI came back negative, but Iglesias is questionable-to-doubtful for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Michael Lorenzen, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen could all be in line for save opportunities out of the gate in Cincinnati. Reds manager Bryan Price spoke this winter about wanting to use a matchups-based approach at closer in 2017, and this Iglesias injury -- even if it's minor -- gives Price all the more reason to follow through with that plan.

An MRI on Raisel Iglesias' injured right elbow revealed no structural damage.

Iglesias last worked in a spring game on March 14. He has been shut down with elbow and back concerns ever since. With his MRI coming back clean, the 27-year-old right-hander will begin a throwing program on Sunday. Iglesias' availability for Opening Day is looking less and less likely, but it sounds like he won't out for too long after assuming he is able to progress through his throwing program without setback.
Mar 22 - 7:44 PM

Raisel Iglesias was scheduled to have his right elbow and back examined on Monday.

It's unclear when the right-hander's elbow and back started bothering him, but the Reds don't seem to be concerned at this point. "He should be OK," manager Bryan Price said. "We're going to do a bit more of a thorough once-over today with both the elbow and back. There's no reason to slow him down completely." It doesn't look like this is anything serious, but it's worth noting that the reason Iglesias was made into a full-time reliever is because the Reds doubted his ability to hold up physically as a starter. The club isn't expected to name a regular closer going into 2017, but Iglesias will get the first crack if he's healthy.
Mar 20 - 8:10 PM

Raisel Iglesias went two scoreless innings Sunday in a Cactus League appearance versus the Angels.

Iglesias induced three groundouts in the bottom of the fourth and a groundout and two flyouts in the bottom of the fifth. The right-hander has now gone four scoreless innings to open the spring. He is the favorite to open the 2017 regular season as the Reds' closer, though there is some talk of a matchup-based committee approach. It is perhaps notable that both of Iglesias' appearances in the Cactus League so far have been of the multi-inning variety.
Mar 5 - 5:24 PM

Reds GM Dick Williams said the team's closer will be determined at spring training.

Raisel Iglesias has to be considered the frontrunner after putting up a 1.98 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 50 innings as a reliever in 2016 and finishing out the year as the Reds' ninth-inning man, but newcomer Drew Storen is also apparently going to get a shot. Tony Cingrani and Michael Lorenzen may be in the running here too. It's something we'll be tracking throughout the spring.

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."
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 10:06:00 AM

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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 06:00:00 PM

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Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Drew Storen
4Tony Cingrani
5Blake Wood
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