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Sunday, February 17, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: TYLER GLASNOW SP TAMPA BAY RAYS

The Tampa Bay Rays are known for a horrible ballpark, horrible attendance, and a knack for developing high-end power pitchers.  While the first two issues are undoubtedly negative, the third has been one that has resulted in some terrific fantasy baseball sleepers over the years and also the development of slam dunk aces as well.  The latest candidate for such development could very well be hard-throwing but erratic Tyler Glasnow who is already hitting 98 on the gun in the early stages of spring training.  Already lauded for a very potent fastball, Glasnow stalled out in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization due to some truly terrible control which ultimately led the team to deal him to the Rays last summer.  Still just 25, Glasnow pitched better once with the Rays last season and wound up finishing the year with a very impressive 136 K in 111.2 IP which will get the attention of anyone in the fantasy baseball community.  Add in the early velocity explosion and Glasnow is picking up steam as a prime sleeper this spring.

Digging in a bit more on Glasnow, the power repertoire is very obvious and the fact he averaged 97.3 on his fastball last season didn't get the attention it deserved.  That is likely due to the walks of which there have been plenty so far but that is par for the course with most young power arms in their early development.  The question is whether or not Glasnow can improve in that area but 2018 perhaps hinted that he very well could.  While Glasnow's 2018 4.27 BB/9 was ugly, it was vastly improved from the 6.39 and 5.01 marks the previous two seasons.  If Glasnow can further dip that number and combined with the tremendous 10.96 K/9 a year ago, we have something very interesting here.  Of course, the AL East is brutal and wins may be tough to come by but there is little debate Glasnow is an impressive arm who has the raw stuff to serve as a sizable sleeper this season.  Given that the price is not going to be overly high this spring, Glasnow should be a prominent name on your draft cheat sheets.

2019 PROJECTION:  10-7 3.75 ERA 1.32 WHIP 177 K  

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