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Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: BLAKE SNELL SP TAMPA BAY RAYS

                                                                   Blake Snell

When it comes to hyping rookie or very young starting power pitchers in fantasy baseball, often the common denominator with this class of players centers on developing control.  Or having to fight through zero control for that matter.  While these pitchers can hit 100 on the gun and rack up the K's, they often can't control where the baseball is going as the walks pile up, outings are cut short early, and the ratios skyrocket.  This is a class that once included BOTH Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw before they became the top two pitchers in fantasy baseball and it also includes green Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Snell.  While Snell has the fastball and high K-rate down pat, his control was brutal when he debuted in 2016 (5.16 BB/9) and ultimately it was going to be that issue that would allow him to sink or swim in 2017.  I myself was a big fan of the massive strikeout potential Snell possessed but I always said it with the caveat that the control needed improvement.  Alas that has not happened this spring as Snell currently carries a nasty 6.16 ERA and 1.74 WHIP which really makes it more likely he begins the year in the minors and not with the Rays.  Snell does not look ready and so his immediate fantasy baseball outlook is grim.  Yes the Rays could give him a shot but the way Snell is getting hit and walking everyone, we wouldn't suggest using him in any fantasy baseball league.


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