Hansel Robles, RHP
Player Data: Age: 26, B/T: Right/Right, Free Agency: 2021
2016 Primary Stats: 6-4, 3.48 ERA, 77.2 IP, 36 BB, 1.352 WHIP, 85 K
Hansel Robles‘ 2016 season got off to a spectacular start. It finally seemed as if Robles was going to maximize his potential and put it all together, but it was another up and down season overall.
Through the month of April, Robles had a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched during 12 appearances. The Mets thought that Robles could finally be that reliable shut-down reliever during those critical 7th innings, but as the season went on, he just could not be trusted in big spots.
There have been too many times where Robles gave up the big hit that doomed the Mets. Whether that was him giving up a two-run homer to Tyler Saladino of the Chicago White Sox, blowing the lead to the Arizona Diamondbacks in August or having a complete meltdown against the Yankees, courtesy of Mark Teixeira.
The most frustrating thing about Robles is that he has the talent to be a dominant reliever, but it has not come to fruition yet. His greatest attribute is that he does not shy away from the bright lights and high-pressure situations, which is key for a reliever that wants to pitch late in the games.
Robles’ undoing is most definitely his inconsistency. One night he looks unhittable, hitting all of his targets and blowing away the oppositions. Then on other nights, he is reminiscent of Aaron Heilman, giving up the big hits at the most inopportune times due to a lack of command.
2016 Grade: C+
I expect that he will have a similar role next season as he did this past season. Occasionally Robles will be asked to get big outs in big spots. I anticipate that sometimes he will and other times he won’t. Even before the disappointing news about Jeurys Familia it was widely reported and Sandy Alderson said himself that adding a late-inning reliever would be a top priority. That’s essentially a function of Robles not stepping up as the team had hoped.