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Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: DILLON PETERS AND JACK FLAHERTY COULD BE MAJOR PITCHING SHOTS IN THE ARM DOWN THE STRETCH

Prospect hounds went into delirium Friday night as not one but TWO upper-level pitching arms made their MLB debuts in the form of the Miami Marlins' Dillon Peters and the St. Louis Cardinals' Jack Flaherty.  The timing is key here due to the fact that the 2017 fantasy baseball season is in its last month and with injuries piling up all around baseball, many are on the lookout for some pitching reinforcements to get them to the finish line.  Both Peters and Flaherty have the talent to do so and Friday night could be just the start of some very helpful pitching lines to finish out the season.,

As far as Peters is concerned, he had the more impressive debut as 7 shutout innings in giving up just 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Clearly a smashing debut in every sense of the word and the Marlins are almost forced now to put him back out there again.  In terms of history, Peters was originally a 10th round pick back in 2014 and he took awhile to get himself to where he is now due to some sizable injury problems (including a fractured thumb this season).  In fact Peters was widely considered to be a first-round talent but an elbow injury prior to the draft caused him to fall to the 10th.  Be that as it may, Peters' vast pitching arsenal has generated nothing but tremendous ratios in his minor league career and that includes a 2.46 ERA in A-Ball in 2016, followed by a 1.97 in Double-A prior to his promotion.  The strikeouts stood out in Peters' debut but he also has excellent control and tends to keep the baseball in the park.  Those are all recipes for success and so Peters should be added in all formats to see what direction this takes.

Meanwhile Flaherty was a former first round pick (34th overall) in the same 2014 draft Peters was taken in and while he struggled some in his debut (4 IP, 5 ER , 8 H, 1 BB, 6 K), the ceiling is vast here.  Coming into this promotion, Flaherty dominated at both Double-A (1.42 ERA) and Triple-A (2.74); while putting up K/9 rates of 8.81 and 8.91 respectively.  Capable of reaching the high-90's with his fastball to go with knee-buckling offspeed stuff, Flaherty has future ace attached to his name.  The control checks out here for sure and although Flaherty does tend to give up home runs, he can get outs via the strikeout to wiggle out of trouble.  Again pick up Flaherty in all formats and look past his rough first outing.  The kid will be terrific.


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