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.