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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: BRAD PEACOCK SP HOUSTON ASTROS

Whenever a team wins a World Series in any given year, there undoubtedly are surprise contributions supplied from all corners of the roster to help put the team over the top.  For the 2018 Houston Astros, Brad Peacock was that guy from the pitching standpoint as the veteran put forth an unexpected career-year as a swingman between the rotation and bullpen, highlighted by some tremendous work in the playoffs.  The end result were the following numbers in Peacock's 132 innings with Astros last season:

13-2
3.00 ERA
1.19 WHIP
10.98 K/9 rate

Looking at the numbers, Peacock was terrific for the Astros and what really stands out was the strikeout rate as those really piled up to the tune of 161 whiffs in 132 innings.  What is interesting is that Peacock is no prospect as he heads into the 2018 fantasy baseball season at the age of 30 and only now has cemented a spot with the team's rotation after years of going back-and-forth from the minors to the majors with unimpressive results with the big-league club.  Like with rotation-mate Charlie Morton, Peacock picked up velocity midway through his career and the results showed with a sizable leap in his K/9.  While there could be some outlier to Peacock's strikeouts a year ago, his stuff surely carried some nice bite to it last season and his 0.68 HR/9 rate was impressive as well considering how many home runs went sailing out of ballparks in 2017.  The issue now is that as it currently stands, Peacock doesn't have a spot in the Astros rotation as they are set with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers, Dallas Keuchel, and Morton.  However in particular with the cases of McCullers and Keuchel, injuries will likely be a factor again for the Astros rotation this season and so Peacock will surely find himself in the rotation before too long.  Prior to that, Peacock will be used out of the bullpen where he can really pick up the K's by the bunches and thus help in inning-capped leagues.  So overall, Peacock is well-worth checking out as a late-round pick who has some rare upside for a veteran pitcher an d this is the case even though he doesn't currently have that rotation spot as of this writing.


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