Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 Second Year Pitchers
Jason's Fantasy Baseball Analysis: Top 10 Second Year Pitchers
February 24, 2014
Top 10 Second Year Pitchers
Rookie pitchers took fantasy baseball by storm in 2013, and here is a quick look at which of those pitchers will be the best fantasy options in 2014.
1. Jose Fernandez - Fernandez was down right filthy last year as he posted a 12-6 record with a 2.19 ERA while striking out 187 hitters in 172.2 innings. The Marlins are tired of losing and Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton are out to change the culture of the Marlins' locker room. Fernandez won the ROY award for his performance last year, and there is no reason to believe he will slow down in 2014.
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2. Michael Wacha - Wacha was called up late in the season last year as he only started 9 games and posted a 4-1 record with a 2.78 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. What fantasy owners and baseball fans will remember most is the fact that he was even better in the postseason. Wacha won the NLCS MVP in his first stint as a full time MLB starter, and now he is ready to take his game to the next level.
3. Tony Cingrani - Cingrani turned into a strikeout machine last year as he had 120 Ks in 104.2 innings. As a rookie Cingrani produced a 7-4 record with a 2.92 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Cingrani has been working on improving his slider this year and there is plenty of reason to believe he can produce similar numbers in 2014.
4. Trevor Rosenthal - The Cardinals did not rely on Rosenthal to closeout games until the playoffs rolled around and he responded by posting 11.2 shutout innings. Rosenthal was stellar during the regular season as well as he had 108 Ks in 75.1 innings to go along with a 2.63 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Rosenthal is looking like a legitimate closer and there is no reason to think he won't be considered one of the game's elite closers by the time the 2014 season comes to an end.
5. Julio Tehran - Tehran finally proved he was ready for the big show in 2013 as he acheived a 14-8 record with a 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Tehran's numbers could have been better if not for a rough April, in fact, his ERA was below 3.00 from May - August. The Braves were so satisfied with Tehran's performance last year that they decided to lock him up, and now he will enter the 2014 season as a staple in the Braves starting rotation.
6. Shelby Miller - Fantasy owners may be scared away from Miller on draft day this year because he was not allowed to start in the postseason last year. Fantasy owners should not base too much on that fact and instead they should remember Miller posted a 15-9 regular season record with a 3.06 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Miller is another great prospect in the Cardinals seemingly unending farm system, and he should improve in his sophomore season.
7. Hyun-Jin Ryu - Ryu caught a lot of fantasy owners by surprise last year, and he is still being undervalued this year. Ryu pitched very well last year, and despite the fact he slowed down a little as the season progressed, he still posted a 14-8 record with a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP for the season. Ryu will once again be in the middle of the Dodgers starting rotation and will have the support of a very strong lineup. Ryu is poised to have another solid season in Los Angeles.
8. Chris Archer - With all the big time pitching prospects that make their way to the big leagues last year, Archer was a bit overshadowed. However, Archer turned in a fine pitching performance for the Rays with a 9-7 record and a 3.22 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in the tough hitting AL East. The Rays are another organization that has a strong track record of finding great young pitching and Archer should be another example of the strength of the Rays farm system.
9. Gerrit Cole - Cole was a key component in the Pirates' breakout season last year, and now Cole will be called on to do even more since A.J. Burnett has signed with the Phillies. Cole is another one of the strong pitching prospects that joined the majors last year, and he was also able to prove he belonged by posting a 10-7 record with a 3.22 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
10. Zach Wheeler - Wheeler received a nice bit of fantasy hype before joining the Mets last season, and if it were not for all the great young pitching that was also called up last year, Wheeler would be one of the more hyped young pitchers entering the 2014 season. Wheeler pitched very well as a rookie posting a 7-5 record with a 3.42 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Wheeler may have a tough time finding run support in 2014, but he should be able to keep up with this elite class of pitchers.
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