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Friday, March 3, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: ROBERT GSELLMAN SP NEW YORK METS

The New York Mets cleared up any murkiness when it came to the back-end of their starting rotation to begin the 2017 season when on Friday they reported that Zach Wheeler would be left behind in extended spring training as he continues to inch his way back from those lost years to Tommy John surgery.  With Wheeler's absence now a given to begin the year, manager Terry Collins has endorsed late-2016 revelation Robert Gsellman to be the team's fifth starter.  No one could argue with that move as Gsellman literally saved the Mets' season last August and September as he helped eat innings in the team's ravaged rotation.  Pitching to a splendid 2.42 ERA and 8.46 K/9 rate, Gsellman won 4 crucial games as the Mets won the wild card.  Fast forward to spring training and Gsellman pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in his first exhibition outing so cement his status further.

Now in terms of fantasy baseball, those who rode Gsellman down the stretch last season are believers but now we have to see if the rest of us should get on board.  At just 23, Gsellman is only now starting to come into his own as a pitcher and his upside is decent.  Gsellman was originally just a 13th round pick of the Mets in 2011 but he was terrific at Double-A both in 2015 (3.51 ERA) and 2016 (2.71 ERA).  A few things to note on Gsellman is that he has not been a big strikeout guy in the minors and in fact the 8.46 K/9 rate with the Mets last season was a professional best.  That means we got to take that number with a grain of salt and honestly, Gsellman is unlikely to make a huge impact there like the rest of the Mets rotation.  On the positive side, Gsellman has good control and excellent ground-ball tendencies that negates home runs.  Put those two together and Gsellman has the stuff to be a decent ERA and WHIP guy.

Overall Robert Gsellman has very good SP 5 fantasy baseball value in all mixed leagues and in NL-only you can bump him up even more.  While I wouldn't run out to get him, Gsellman is being given another run to show 2016 was not a fluke.  We don't think it totally was.




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