Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 week ago

Diekman retired the only two batters he faced to close out the eighth inning in Texas' 7-6 victory over Toronto on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Diekman has only given up one run in his last seven outings and has racked up five holds and ten strikeouts during that time. Along with posting a career-best in ERA (2.51) and WHIP (1.05), the lefty is showing great command this year with an impressive 2.51 BB/9. The 29-year-old has a firm grasp on late-inning relief work for the Rangers and has a chance to lead the team in holds this season.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 2 months ago

Diekman closed out Texas' 7-3 win over Anaheim on Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Diekman has pitched well this season and would be the co-favorite (along with Sam Dyson) to emerge as the closer if Shawn Tolleson's recent struggles continue for a bit longer. He needed just 12 pitches to retire the final three batters Friday, striking out a pair.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 4 months ago

Diekman agreed to a one-year, $1.255 million contract with the Rangers on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Diekman struggled in his time with the Phillies before a change of scenery occurred midseason when both he and Cole Hamels were sent to Arlington and the Rangers. A strong finish to the season (2.08 ERA, 0.93 WHIP) earned him some decent pay in his first year of arbitration. While the 29-year-old southpaw should remain one of the better left-handed options out of the Rangers' bullpen, he likely won't see many (if any) save opportunities, and a 3.60 FIP certainly leaves reason to temper any expectations.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 11 months ago

Diekman was recalled from Triple-A prior to Thursday's game, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

He had a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings of relief with the Phillies earlier this year, and while he had a solid 26.9 percent K-rate, it's hard to predict a ton of success for Diekman this time around in his middle relief role.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 12 months ago

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Diekman will return to the Phillies "as soon as possible," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Phillies optioned Diekman to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. They want him to work on commanding his pitches and throwing inside more to lefthanded hitters before they bring him back to the majors. It sounds like he could be back up in short order if he finds immediate success in the minors.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 12 months ago

Diekman was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Thursday's loss to the Reds, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

The demotion might have just been a measure to give the lefty a rest, as he was used in a third consecutive game Thursday and for the fourth time in six days. Diekman owns a woeful 6.75 ERA on the season, but has been one of the league's more proficient strikeout artists among relievers. He's whiffed 29 batters across 21.1 innings.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 year ago

Diekman allowed two hits and an earned run in a third of an inning Sunday against the Nationals.

Diekman's struggles continue. He has an 8.04 ERA and has put 35 runners on base in 15.2 innings. His fastball velocity and strikeout rate are both in line with last season, but he has struggled to locate his pitches. He has even been touched up by lefties this season, which has not been an issue in the past.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 year ago

Diekman has been working with Phillies bullpen coach Rod Nichols on keeping his right shoulder from flying open at the end of his delivery, the Phialdelphia Inquirer reports.

The mechanical fix is intended to help Diekman throw more strikes. He has struggled to locate this season and has been very hittable. He has the potential to be a valuable piece in deeper fantasy leagues thanks to a solid strikeout rate, but he will need to get the walks under control before that value returns.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 year ago

Diekman said he cannot pinpoint the source of his struggles this season, the Phialdelphia Daily News reports. "I feel good," Diekman said. "I don't know what it is. I just don't know."

Diekman allowed two runs on two hits Tuesday raising his ERA to 10.00. His velocity remains solid, but he has struggled to locate. He has given up 13 hits and walked 9 in his nine innings of work this season.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 year ago

Diekman allowed seven runs on six hits and a walk in one-third of an inning against the Yankees on Friday.

Diekman's spring ERA rose from 3.86 to 12.27 after the outing. He is in no jeopardy of losing a roster spot. He is locked in a setup role along with Ken Giles in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.