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Thursday, March 7, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: JACK FLAHERTY SO ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Want a true dark horse contender to win the 2019 NL Cy Young Award?  Try the St. Louis Cardinals' hard-throwing righty Jack Flaherty who in 2018 stamped his claim as one of the very best young pitchers when baseball when he put up the following number:

8-9
3.34 ERA
1.11 WHIP
10.85 K/9
3.52 BB/9
1.19 HR/9
.257 BABIP

When you look at the numbers above, the strikeouts quickly jump out and certainly the point is driven home when you see that Flaherty punched out 182 batters in just 151 innings.  What is interesting about Flaherty's stuff is that his 93.8 average fastball velocity a year ago is not overly potent but it is the knee-buckling offspeed stuff that nets a ton of swings and misses.  In particular, Flaherty's slider is about as good as there is in baseball and the curveball is just as impressive.  The wicked movement does lead to walks as shown by the high 3.52 BB/9 but Flaherty seems absolutely capable of sailing past the 200-K plateau this season and in the process become a top 10-15 fantasy baseball starter overall.  There are warts such as the walks and also the fact Flaherty's .257 BABIP last season was on the lucky side but at just the age of 23, there is some immense growth possibly remaining on the kid as he continues to develop.  This may be the last chance to ever buy Flaherty this cheaply though so be sure to get on board this spring. 

2019 PROJECTION:  14-8 3.38 ERA 1.14 WHIP 215 K  


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