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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT BUST: STEPHEN STRASBURG SP WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Maybe we should rename the "Fantasy Baseball Draft Bust" the "Stephen Strasburg Fantasy Baseball Draft Bust."  This would make sense since Strasburg has made our BUST list each of the last FOUR seasons and this spring makes it five and for good reason.  Despite annually carrying very expensive draft capital, Strasburg has almost always gone down as an overall disappointment due to massive injuries and an ERA that always seems to be a bit too high given the overall potency of his stuff.  Rightfully lauded as a supreme power pitching prospect when he first arrived on the scene, Strasburg was breathtaking in his ability to seemingly strike out everyone with mind-bending velocity and movement. Unfortunately, Strasburg has NEVER been able to stay healthy and as sure as the sun coming up in the morning is, so is his annual DL stint and maybe more than once as well.  Put it all together and Strasburg is not for the faint of heart. 

Now in terms of 2018, here is where Strasburg came in with his numbers:

10-7
3.74 ERA
1.20 WHIP
.237 BAA
10.80 K/9
2.63 BB/9
1.25 HR/9
.309 BABIP

Looking at the above numbers, you can see trouble almost everywhere for Strasburg and yes he spent more time on the DL last season in amassing just 130 innings.  Already a lousy investment based on the low inning totals and ongoing injuries, Strasburg's .237 BAA and 3.74 ERA were far from that of the supposed ace.  While still just 30, Strasburg's injuries appear to be taking a bite out of his stuff as his 95.2 average fastball velocity was a career-low and it is not just a coincidence that his HR/9 went up to a very scary 1.25.  So while Strasburg remains on a very good team capable of helping him win games and also still possessing impressive strikeout ability, the guy has become such an annual headache that you really should do your best to avoid this potential landmine.  We have seen this story way too many times now to think it will be any different this season. 

2019 PROJECTION:  12-8 3.56 ERA 1.23 WHIP 167 K  


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