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Monday, June 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JACOB FARIA LOOKS LIKE NEXT BIG POWER ARM

Three starts into the Major League career of Tampa Bay Rays top pitching prospect Jacob Faria in 2017 and the kid has three wins.  Plus a tiny 1.37 ERA and a 10.07 K/9 to boot.  Want more?  How about not yet giving up a home run or posting a sell 1.83 BB/9.  No matter where you look, Faria has excelled and already the hype is growing for the former 2011 tenth-round pick.  Still just 23 years of age, Faria has built on a dominant Triple-A run (3.07 ERA, 12.89 K/9) to immediately put himself into every start status this season in fantasy baseball but maybe we should have seen this coming.  For one thing, Faria has some extremely potent strikeout stuff and he has been a double-digit K/9 guy at every step of the way.  He also had going for him the optimal environment for a young power arm to grow in the Tampa Bay system.  Consider that the Rays over the years have churned out David Price, Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, and others who came right out of the minors piling up strikeouts by the boatload and Faria seems to be on his way toward joining that group.  Again the stuff has been overpowering so far and Faria still has his best years ahead of him.   The one struggle he has coming up the minor league ladder was free passes but so far that has not been an issue.  As long as he keeps that at bay, Faria will likely continue to be a high-impact fantasy baseball arm who can be a sizable asset the rest of the season.


1 comment:

  1. Picked him up after your wrap up post and dropped Lance Lynn

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