Sean Doolittle
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
While Doolittle was instrumental in the Nationals' well-documented turnaround, he ceded the closer job to Daniel Hudson come playoff time. Effective early, Doolittle notched three wins and three saves in 13.1 innings by April 30, with a 1.35 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Doolittle cruised through late July before the wheels came off. From July 29 on, Doolittle registered a 7.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 17 innings, and made a trip to the IL with knee soreness. During his absence, Hudson took over closing duties. The two shared the role in September before Hudson claimed it outright. Doolittle's fastball sat around 93.4 mph all season, so fatigue doesn't appear to be a factor for his slide despite him working 60 frames after averaging 45.1 a year the three previous campaigns. Hudson returned and the team also signed Will Harris, so Doolittle's leash will be short. With durability and performance issues, he's at best a second closer in mixed formats. Read Past Outlooks
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