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My Starting Pitching Targets

Starting Pitching is the most volatile position to draft in fantasy baseball in my opinion. I would rather spend an early draft choice or auction money on hitters since they play more and are less likely to suffer a season-ending injury.  Hitters don’t typically have Tommy John, Rotator Cuff, or Shoulder Labrum surgeries. I play in multiple leagues each season and tend to build up my lineup, then take pitchers on the upswing. Avoiding older pitchers is also a priority because they typically don’t go deep into games. WHIP and SO/9 are the metrics I pay attention to the most.  My viewpoint is based off what I believe they will do this year, not so much what they’ve done in the past. If my pitchers don’t pan out, the eject button is hit quickly for the next hot pickup. These are the pitchers that I will try to draft based off draft slot, auction price, and upside. Some of these pitchers are going to be late round lottery tickets.      

Yu Darvish

Luis Severino

Kyle Hendricks

Jacob deGrom

Aaron Sanchez

Noah Syndergaard

Gerrit Cole

Aaron Nola

Jose Berrios

Jose Quintana

Chase Anderson

Tyler Chatwood

David Price

Luis Castillo

Sonny Gray

Jon Gray

Kenta Maeda

Jameson Taillon

Luke Weaver

Miles Mikolas

Mike Minor

Matt Harvey

Johnny Cueto

Bryan Mitchell

Mike Clevinger

Daniel Mengden

Targeting Pitchers To Fill Out Rotations

Toronto Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez

I love him; hope to have him in every league.  Blister problems derailed his 2017.  Led American League with a 3.00 ERA in 2016. I’ll go up and spend a mid-round pick on Sanchez this year.

 

Milwaukee Brewers SP Chase Anderson

12-4 2.74 ERA 1.090 WHIP in 25 starts. Anderson missed time with a side injury.  Living in Milwaukee I’ve watched him warm up before games and long toss in the outfield. Has a very strong arm.  Ratio’s may serve as a career year, but worth a rotation spot in fantasy lineups. Club gave him a 2-yr $11.75 extension early this offseason.

 

Oakland Athletics SP Sean Manaea

12-10 with a 4.37 ERA 1.399 WHIP in 29 starts. A 9.17 ERA in 5 August starts brought down his numbers.  He won 3 games in May, June, and September.  Manaea is a mid-round flier with upside.

 

St. Louis Cardinals SP Miles Mikolas

Couldn’t break thru in 6 minor league seaons/3 Major League seasons in the Padres and Rangers organizations. Went to Japan and found himself.  31-13 with a 2.18 ERA 0.994 WHIP and 8.0 SO/9 in 3 seasons in Japan.  Cardinals gave him a 2-yr deal worth $15.5 million dollars. If the Cardinals are willing to spend money to bring him back to the Majors, He’s worth a late round flier for my fantasy teams.

 

Texas Rangers SP Mike Minor

Jon Daniels was willing to give out a 3-yr deal worth $28 million dollars to a pitcher that was dynamite in relief for the Royals last season.  The plan is for Minor to work as a starter. He did pitch well for the Braves as a starter back in 2013 until shoulder injuries derailed his career.  I’m willing to spend a late round flier on Minor.

 

San Diego Padres SP Bryan Mitchell

Gets a chance to win a rotation spot in San Diego.  Couldn’t break thru in rotation in the Bronx. 9.3 SO/9 in AAA last season. Worth an end of the rotation roll of the dice.

 

Oakland Athletics SP Daniel Mengden

Worth drafting for the Moustache alone. Was acquired by the A’s from the Astros as part of the Scott Kazmir trade in 2015.  Had a 1.54 ERA in 5 late season starts. Pitching in that ballpark is at least a streamer for home matchups.

 

Mets SP Matt Harvey

6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP along with a myriad of injuries sum up Harvey’s 2017.  Cubs were reportedly trying to buy low on Harvey in December. Worth a last round lottery ticket in case The Dark Knight returns.  I’ll keep tabs on his velocity in Spring Training.