The Rangers needed cheap starting pitching depth with upside. They now have cheap starting pitching depth with upside. Also, does anyone else think that he should have been a police officer? FisterCuffs would make a great nickname.
After a terribly underrated five year stretch in which he was (probably) a top 20 MLB starting pitcher, Doug Fister has spent the past three seasons hopping from organization to organization. Fister was incredibly fun to watch during his prime, due to his elite control and general lack of strikeouts. Once his velocity began to fade over two years ago, Fister was no longer able to dominate with control. He has recently emerged with new results, boasting an increased strikeout rate with an equally ballooned walk rate. This intrigues me immensely. If he can keep the ball inside Arlington, he might give them a 4.3 ERA over 100 innings. I would not expect much more from Fister, given the injury history and his inability to strike guys out. However, we have seen the man dominate this league with mediocre stuff, and I will be interested to see if his approach changes in 2018.
But seriously, FisterCuffs.
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