News came out early this morning, that Matt Wisler has agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants on a 1 year, 1.15 million dollar deal, and the Giants will be able to control Wisler now for well below market value until the end of 2022.
Wisler had the first terrific seasons of his career in 2020, pitching only out of the bullpen, and being used as an opener, he finished the season with a 1.09 ERA and 413 ERA+. The peripherals are a little frightening, as he has a BB/9 of 5.0, which helped his FIP sit at 3.35. Besides the walk problem, Wisler was in the top tier of relievers last season, ranking in the top 89th percentile in strikeout percentage (at 12.4), and registering a top 92nd percentile finish in Whiff percentage.
Wisler is a little worrisome, mostly because he does not have any sustained success in the league, but that is the primary reason the Giants, signed him to a short term, team friendly contract. Before 2020, Wisler’s career ERA was 5.61, and lacked any form of consistency in his role, switching between reliever and starter all the way up until last season. Moving forward, Wisler will know his role going into 2021, as a right handed reliever who tosses up nasty sliders, and uses his below average fastball, to catch the hitter leaning attempting to predict the slider, and pound him in.