Cincinnati Reds starter Tyler Mahle is also a fit for the Colorado Rockies
Tyler Mahle is another a fit from the Cincinnati Reds rotation for the Colorado Rockies.
Mahle, 27, had a very good season for the Reds. He made 33 starts and he had an ERA of 3.75 with an ERA+ of 127, FIP of 3.80, a WHIP of 1.233, and an average of 3.2 walks and 10.5 strikeouts. He had a rWAR of 5.2.
In 2020, Mahle made 10 appearances (nine starts) and he pitched to a 3.59 ERA with a 137 ERA+, a 3.88 FIP, a WHIP of 1.154, an average of four walks and 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He had an rWAR of 1.0.
However, prior to 2020, Mahle had a spotty track record. In 52 starts from 2017 (his rookie year) through 2019, he made 52 starts and he had an ERA of 4.88 with a FIP of 4.86 and an ERA+ of 91.
Unlike Castillo and Gray, Mahle is not a big groundball pitcher as his groundball rate since 2019 (among starters with 300 or more innings) is 37th among 60 starters.
Mahle is entering his second year of arbitration so the Rockies would have one or two years of control, depending on how the new CBA determines when free agency would be.
Our Colorado Rockies trade target series continues through the National League Central with the reigning NL Central Champion Milwaukee Brewers up next.