Thursday, February 11, 2016


We continue on with a look at some late round values for 2016 fantasy baseball and today we concentrate on starting pitchers who could yield some very solid bang for the draft dollars this season.  With that said, let's see which guys could make the grade there.

Zach Wheeler:  Wheeler is now the forgotten man when it comes to the awesome New York Mets rotation as he missed all of 2015 recovering from Tommy John surgery.  The fact of the matter is that Wheeler was considered just as top a prospect as Matt Harvey or Steven Matz and his return in July could make him a terrific late season boost to your rotation. 

Kevin Gausman:  The progress has been slow but steady enough for Kevin Gausman with the Baltimore Orioles.  Still the guy has had big strikeout stuff in his career coming up the team's system and he was generally solid in 2015.  Could be yet another post-hype sleeper made good and the price is very affordable. 

Hyun-Jin Ryu:  Another guy who missed all of 2015 due to injury, the Korean import was a very solid pitcher since debuting with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.  While Ryu might not be ready for Opening Day as he recovers from shoulder surgery, he could turn out to be a swell SP 5 for you for the cost of pennies. 

Kris Medlen:  Now another season removed from Tommy John surgery, the Kansas City Royals have a rotation spot ready for veteran hurler Kris Medlen.  Even in his cameo with the team at the end of 2015, Medlen performed well with a 4.01 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.  Could be this year's Chris Young for the same club. 

Drew Pomeranz:  Very intriguing here as the hard-throwing Pomeranz moves to the San Diego Padres and Petco Park for 2016.  Pomeranz has had trouble staying healthy in his career but his stuff has elicited a high number of strikeouts and we all know how many assets come out of a San Diego rotation when pitching at home. 

Joe Ross:  The Nats have a real talent on their hands in Tyson's little brother.  Joe Ross has not thrown enough innings to have major pop when it comes to the draft so he could still come at a sizable discount relative to how good his numbers could be. 

Rich Hill:  We all saw how crazy good back from the dead Rich Hill pitched at the end of last season, striking out guys at a very high clip for the Boston Red Sox.  Hill signed with the Oakland A's during the winter and that puts him in a very friendly ballpark to build on his mini-comeback.  While I would not buy into those four starts much from last season, Hill still has stuff that can strike guys out. 

Drew Smyly:  Injuries have taken a huge toll on Smyly the last two seasons, pretty much ruining his 2014 and 2015 campaigns.  Still in between all the missed starts, Smyly has struck out a bunch of batters and has showcased very good stuff.  Very good upside play.

Jerad Eickhoff:  The Philadelphia Phillies have another young pitching talent to join Aaron Nola and it comes in the form of Jerad Eickhoff.  Eickhoff did a nice job in a late season promotion in 2015 and his stuff has been lauded while moving up the minor league system of the Phillies.  A classic late round potential gem starter. 


1 comment:

  1. Great piece, more like this please.

    Jon Neise can be added to this list.