Thomas Szapucki
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets AA
Injury Arm
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Thomas Szapucki in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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Scratched from AFL roster
PNew York Mets  AA
September 6, 2019
Szapucki (arm) was scratched from the Arizona Fall League roster after ending the season on the 7-day injured list with Double-A Binghamton, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
It was a very successful first full season back from Tommy John surgery for the 23-year-old southpaw, but it ends on an ominous note. He logged a 2.63 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 72:26 K:BB in 61.2 innings across stops at Low-A, High-A and Double-A. Szapucki will need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, which is why the Mets pushed him aggressively to the upper levels of the minors. A Mets official told Healey that they are "going to give his arm a rest for a little while", so there is not necessarily an actual injury, it may just be general soreness for a pitcher who just set a career high in innings pitched. If he comes to camp healthy, Szapucki will likely open the year back at Double-A and could be an option to join the big-league rotation later in the summer.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in late July, Szapucki may not return to game action until 2019. At that point he will be entering his age 22/23 season with just 29 innings under his belt at Low-A. He has a blistering low-to-mid-90s heater with movement, which is at least a plus pitch from the left side. Szapucki also features a wipeout slider. Given that pitch mix and his age and experience, it is logical to project an eventual move to the bullpen. If he were kept on a starter's track, he would likely reach the majors as a 25- or 26-year-old after already being on the 40-man roster for a couple seasons. The lead time and bullpen risk makes him droppable in most dynasty leagues this offseason. He could end up being a late-inning southpaw who competes for saves in four or five years.
Szapucki was one of the top pop-up prospects in baseball last year, striking out more than 40 percent of the batters he faced across stops in the Appalachian League and the New York-Penn League. A run of three straight starts with double-digit strikeouts with short-season Brooklyn came to an end in mid-August when he was shut down with back stiffness -- an issue he has dealt with in the past. He operates with a mid-90s fastball with late arm-side run, a curveball with the best spin rate in the entire 2015 draft class that he can throw for strikes or use as a chase pitch, and a changeup that is still a work in progress. His low three-quarters delivery allows his pitches to explode on hitters and his left-handedness makes the whole package pretty unfair. There is no question he could be a lethal late-inning reliever, but the Mets will obviously continue to develop him as a starter. If he can prove himself to be durable and can improve his command, the repertoire and delivery would allow him to pitch atop a rotation.
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Fans nine at High-A
PNew York Mets  AA
July 23, 2019
Szapucki gave up four hits and two walks over five scoreless innings while striking out nine for High-A St. Lucie on Monday.
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Getting stretched out at Low-A
PNew York Mets  AA
June 29, 2019
Szapucki tossed four scoreless, no-hit innings for Low-A Columbia on Friday, walking one and striking out four.
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Ready to make up for lost time
PNew York Mets  AA
April 4, 2019
Szapucki is listed as healthy for Low-A Columbia, Mike Rosenbaum of reports.
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Out for season following Tommy John surgery
PNew York Mets  AA
July 20, 2017
Szapucki will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in New York on Thursday, Anthony DiComo of reports.
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Fans 10 at Low-A on Sunday
PNew York Mets  AA
June 26, 2017
Szapucki tossed six scoreless innings for Low-A Columbia on Sunday, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out 10.
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