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TDG’s 2024 TOP 200 STARTING PITCHERS: #51-#130

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#51-#60

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
51Hunter Brown52.8
52Jordan Montgomery53.5
53Shane Bieber54.7
54Bailey Ober56.7
55Cristian Javier56.9
56Nick Lodolo57
57Brandon Pfaadt58.8
58Mitch Keller59.9
59Ryan Pepiot76.8
60Chris Sale64.1

Jordan Montgomery is worth talking about for a hot minute. He was stellar in the Rangers playoff run which probably has a lot to do with why Jordan is still a free agent. He wants to get paid. When I look at the metrics, though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some regression in the near future. He has never been a big strikeout guy which takes away some fantasy value. He is an innings eater and that does bring value though, especially if you are able to have him as a third starter. 

I read on Twitter recently but can’t remember who the source was. The juicy info was that Shane Bieber has seen an increase in fastball velocity. Maybe it is my old brain playing tricks on me. The truth is I can’t find it now! Personally, I have lost confidence in Bieber. The news is exciting but is it going to be something sustainable long term? Two out of the last three seasons Bieber has pitched fewer than 130 innings. You need more production from a guy who is ranked this highly. I can’t recommend you keeping Bieber long-term in good faith. As Bieber’s fastball velocity has declined so have many of his other metrics.

Of all the guys that are on this list, the one that I am the most excited about is Pfaadt. I believe he has the potential to be the biggest riser from this group, but good luck getting your hands on him. Pfaadt really matured as the season progressed, to the point where the Diamondbacks advanced in the playoffs as he continued to perform in big moments. His offspeed stuff is solid, but for him to go the next step he needs to be more effective with his fastball. Be patient with Pfaadt as he starts his first full season in the rotation. 

Lodolo was injured early last year at the beginning of May and never came back. There was so much hope for Lodolo going into last season and so it comes as no surprise that he finds himself in this tier. I believe that Lodolo, like Pfaadt, is another guy who could climb up the rankings come this time next year. He struggles with walks and giving up home runs but this guy is still young with plenty of room for growth. If he can stay healthy he is definitely someone you should target in your drafts and consider acquiring in an existing league.

Javier finds himself right smack dab in the middle of this section. Javier had a career year in 2022 so I am not surprised by the regression. He was still a very serviceable starter. Here is what you need to consider with Javier. This past season his metrics across the board dropped significantly. Why is that? His offspeed stuff wasn’t anything to brag about. If you compare his metrics year to year, he has always had good offspeed stuff with a solid fastball. This past year he still had a solid fastball but hitters took advantage of his offspeed pitches. I say keep the faith.

(Brett Cook)

#61-#70

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
61Kyle Harrison65.2
62Michael King76.2
63Brayan Bello73.1
64Taj Bradley69.5
65Justin Verlander70.4
66José Berríos72.5
67Nathan Eovaldi73
68Reid Detmers73.8
69Yu Darvish74.2
70Aaron Civale77

This is a fun group of names in this range. We have everything from the old guard to the solid mainstays, and even some young potential aces.

Let’s start with the old guard. Here we have Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish, two starting pitchers who have done it all in their time, but alas, time is still coming. Tick tock. Verlander will be 41 when the season starts and could hang it up at any moment really. You will get a decent strikeout rate and a good walk rate over probably 150 innings pitched. Not the star of a few years ago, but solid production. Yu Darvish saw a bigger drop in quality during the 2023 season. He will be 37 years old and just saw his innings decrease by about 33% and his ERA jump by almost 50%, going from 3.10 in 2022 to 4.56 this past season. His walk rate plummeted, as well as his chase and whiff rates. Hopefully, injuries played a big part in the decline. If not, Darvish might see more tough games ahead in 2024. 

José Berríos, Nathan Eovaldi, and Aaron Civale are mainstays in your pitching rotation and just continue to put up useful innings and stats. Berríos had a huge bounceback in 2023, going 189.2 innings pitched, with a 3.65 ERA, and 184 strikeouts. Super underrated down here given those stats and still under 30-years-old. Eovaldi battled some in-season velocity question marks to still put up great stats all around, but only in 144 innings pitched. His fastball and cutter took big leaps in run value from 2022 in Boston to 2023 with Texas. As long as injuries or velocity issues don’t creep in again, another solid season should be expected from Eovaldi. Civale was amazing for Cleveland in 2023 to the tune of a 178 ERA+, but tanked in Tampa with an ERA+ of 78. Definitely a vast difference in success. Interestingly, his FIP was almost identical and his strikeout rate increased from 19% to an exceptional 29.2% after being traded to Tampa. Civale could be in store for his best season if Tampa can combine the two versions we saw last year. 

Now for the young potential aces. Unlikely, but not out of the realm of possibility at this stage. Coming in here we have Reid Detmers, Brayan Bello, Taj Bradley, and Kyle Harrison. Detmers could be the ace of the Angels pitching staff, though that isn’t saying a whole lot at the moment. He did take a big step up, increasing his strikeout rate from 22.6% in 2022 to 26.1% last season. There is a good chance he will get to 175 innings pitched and 200 strikeouts. Holding him back may be his fastball, which wasn’t very good in 2023. On the flip side though, his breaking pitches are top-notch. Spring training could be a good gauge to see if he can have an improved fastball this season and take the next step. Bello needs to find the ability to strike batters out and it might come from a pitch usage change. His 4-seam fastball was hit hard and often, while his sinker was hit, but resulted in less damage, and the changeup was a great pitch. We might see fewer 4-seams and more sinkers in 2024. Bradley looks like he has ace stuff at times, but again, we saw a fastball and cutter get destroyed. This led him to end his rookie season with a 5.59 ERA, but a strikeout rate of 28%. A lot of his trouble came from leaving the fastball and cutter in the middle of the plate. He could have a big season if this moves more to the edges versus dead center. Harrison is a wild card. If he can put together the walk rates of his 34 innings for the Giants, with the strikeout rates he had in the minors, we could see a true ace. His walk rate dropped to 7.5% in the big leagues and was sometimes north of 15% in the minors. 2024 could see a big improvement in his development. 

(Daniel Labude)

#71-#80

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
71Nick Pivetta77.1
72Braxton Garrett77.2
73Triston McKenzie77.5
74MacKenzie Gore77.9
75AJ Smith-Shawver85.5
76Jeffrey Springs78.5
77Max Scherzer79.4
78Jacob Misiorowski80
79Andrew Abbott89.5
80Chris Bassitt83

We are deep into the pitcher rankings now. In a 15-team league, this tier sits right in between the bottom end of an SP4 and the top end of an SP5, but in reality, there is some real good value here. The prized stallion, so to speak, is Nick Pivetta, but there are some good-looking thoroughbreds like Braxton Garrett, Triston McKenzie, and MacKenzie Gore. There are even some young guns in AJ Smith-Shawver, Jacob Misiorowski, and Andrew Abbott. Rounding out the group we have the studs that have been put out to pasture, Jeffrey Springs, Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt. 

I’m buying into the improvements Nick Pivetta made in-season to make him a dominant starting pitcher once again. His first half of the season wasn’t much to write home about, as he made eight starts and 14 appearances out of the bullpen. Over those 22 games, he had 69 innings pitched, a 4.83 ERA, a 10.4% walk rate, and a 27.1% strikeout rate. During the second half of the season, he had another eight starts and 16 relief outings. During the second half he was much improved, throwing 73.2 innings, 3.30 ERA, 6.6% walk rate, and a monster 35.4% strikeout rate. With Pivetta, I think you can get SP2 strikeout numbers, and if his changes carry forward, maybe even SP2 numbers all around. 

Looking at the thoroughbreds, Triston McKenzie stands out the most. His 2023 season was mostly lost due to injury, but he did make four starts, two in June and two in September. In the limited number of games, he showed he could still be a dominant pitcher. During his first start, he faced the Minnesota Twins and went five innings, giving up just one hit, striking out 10 and walking one. In 2022, he was 19th among qualified pitchers in strikeout-minus-walk rate (K-BB%). If it looks like he could be back to that level for 2023 and beyond, getting him anywhere near this value feels like a steal. Braxton Garrett brings similarly good value as his 2023 was underrated. He threw 159.2 innings, with a 3.66 ERA, a 4.4% walk rate, and a 23.7% strikeout rate. While his strikeout numbers don’t put him into a SP2 or SP3 range, his K-BB% does. He doesn’t give up a lot of runs, doesn’t walk hitters, and gives you some decent strikeout stats. His innings this season for Miami could even approach 175 or more, making him more valuable this far down in the trenches. MacKenzie Gore isn’t as flashy as the others in this tier, but he is showing improvement and has the potential to jump up in innings pitched as well. In his first two seasons, he had an ERA of 4.5 and 4.2 respectively. While it is a little encouraging to see his ERA remain stable as his innings increased (70 to 136.1), his strikeout and walk rates improved as well. He went from a 23.3% strikeout rate in 2022 to 25.9% in 2023. Similarly, his walk rate dropped from 12% to 9.8% over that same time period. Watch for him to be a breakout candidate this season if the trends continue. 

My favorite part of this tier is the young guns and the top of those for me is AJ Smith-Shawver. He was pushed to the major league level by the Atlanta Braves in 2023 at just 20 years old. He had a 4.26 ERA in just 25 innings before being sent back down to Triple-A. His big skill is his strikeout abilities and they were on full display in the minors, where he had a 44.2% strikeout rate at High-A and a 31% rate at Double-A. His call-up to the majors was more of a band-aid type move, as the Braves’ rotation was hurting with injuries and poor performances. Expect him to start back at Triple-A and force his way back up to the majors at some point this season. Jacob Misiorowski has similarly high strikeout potential (35% across three levels in the minors) and was aggressively pushed to Double-A last year. His walk rates are a little concerning though and too high to see him reach the majors this year (13.4%). Andrew Abbott was pushed to the majors by the Cincinnati Reds, more as a need to help stabilize the starting rotation while injured players got healthy. His stay was longer, throwing 109.1 innings, with a solid 3.87 ERA, and a 26.1% strikeout rate. Expect Abbott to jump up to the thoroughbred level of this tier, if he can hold onto a spot in the Reds rotation this season and he should. 

Moving to the studs that are out to pasture, Jeffrey Springs is at a low point after being at his career high prior to the 2023 season. He underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after the 2023 season began and will miss much of, if not all of, the 2024 season. He could be a good buy-low candidate the closer he gets to returning from injury, until then it’s just a wait-and-see type of player. Max Scherzer is almost 40 years old and beginning the season on the injured list with a herniated disc. He can still sling it when healthy, in 2023, he pitched 152.2 innings, with an ERA of 3.77, a strikeout rate of 28%, and a walk rate of 7.2%. For him, it’s just a matter of staying healthy and how long he wants to continue to pitch. Chris Bassitt had a 3.6 ERA in over 200 innings pitched in 2023. He has been highly consistent, posting an ERA below 3.85 in every season from 2018 to 2023. Last year, however, was his first season over 182 innings pitched. With his durability and age (almost 35) a factor, he is someone I will be avoiding altogether in dynasty leagues unless his value gets below an SP5.

(Brian Labude)

#81-#90

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
81Eduardo Rodriguez85
82Merrill Kelly87.1
83Hurston Waldrep88.7
84Brandon Woodruff88.9
85Robby Snelling89.8
86Lucas Giolito90.1
87Nestor Cortes91.9
88Robbie Ray92.2
89Dylan Lesko92.5
90Edward Cabrera92.9

This tier holds four targets for me at this value range: Hurston Waldrep, Robby Snelling, Lucas Giolito, and Edward Cabrera. Waldrep is the high riser and shiny new player from first-year player drafts. His splitter is from another world and is the reason he was my hot take of the offseason, which was that he will wind up being the best pitcher from the 2023 MLB draft class. He had a 34.7% strikeout rate in college last year, but a high 12.7% walk rate. His key to becoming a SP1 in fantasy leagues will be his ability to command and control his fastball. He is a pitcher you can build a rotation around in the future. Robby Snelling was one of the highest risers from the 2022 MLB draft, both in rankings and in minor league levels. He pitched at Low-A, High-A, and Double-A in 2023. In 103.2 innings he had an ERA of 1.82, a 28.4% strikeout rate, an 8.2% walk rate, and a 20.2% strikeout-minus-walk rate (K-BB%). He is another pitcher to build your team around in dynasty leagues. Lucas Giolito pitched for three teams in 2023 and didn’t do very well; 184.1 innings, an ugly 4.88 ERA, but he did pass the 200 strikeout mark. If you can stomach the ups and downs, as well as the bloated ERA, then he should be a pitcher to get you strikeouts and can do so in bunches, just be prepared for the occasional blow-up, surrendering seven or more runs in an outing. Edward Cabrera is one of those pitchers who can be just as frustrating as Giolito but provides dynasty value. The demon on his shoulder is walks, a massive 15.2% walk rate in 2023 dragged down his value, leading to an ERA of 4.24 and a WHIP of 1.44. The value he brings is in the strikeout category, he did well in that department with a strikeout rate of 27.2%. If you need a cheap source of strikeouts, he can be your guy, but at the expense of most of the other categories.

The avoids here for me are Nestor Cortés, Robbie Ray, and Brandon Woodruff. All three are 29 years old or older and are either rehabbing a major injury or have just come back from a major injury. The risks with them are too great for the return you might get. Cortés came back last year and pitched only 63.1 innings due to rotator cuff injuries. During those innings, he had a 4.97 ERA and good strikeout and walk rates, 25.2% and 7.5%. Having only once reached over 100 innings in a season, there is just too much risk here for my liking. Ray is in the midst of rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and will miss a large chunk of the season, as he is hoping to return during the summer. He reached career bests in innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA in 2021 (193.1, 248, and 2.84 respectively). In 2022, those numbers tumbled back to his norms, 189, 212, and 3.71. He is someone who I am avoiding until he has some good quality games under his belt in 2024 and 2025. Woodruff is out all year after having shoulder surgery. His value should continue to drop until next offseason and could be a buy-low candidate at that time.

Then we have Dylan Lesko. He is a prospect pitcher that I like more and more every day. He has a big fastball and a really good changeup, which is something I look for in prospects. He didn’t total many innings (only 33) so he could be in for a monster breakout this season. With an already elite ability to miss bats and a strikeout rate over 35% in 2023, he could jump into the top 50 of our prospect rankings much quicker than anyone thought he would.

(Brian Labude)

#91-#100

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
91Cristopher Sánchez102.3
92Drew Rasmussen100.2
93Noah Schultz102.1
94Shota Imanaga104.9
95Griffin Canning109.8
96Yusei Kikuchi107.2
97Clayton Kershaw108.4
98Ranger Suárez110
99Daniel Espino110.2
100Marcus Stroman111.4

We as a dynasty baseball community are probably too low on Christopher Sanchez and I bet in the mid-season update he will climb the ranks into the top-60 SPs. His breakout last year came on the heels of a 4% walk rate, which he`ll have to continue if he wants to remain in this tier.

Noah Schultz and Daniel Espino are the wildcards in this group of course, in Schultz, you have a premier talent who is just starting their journey as a professional, but in a horrible, no good, organization. You can only hope that they figure out how to get the most out of him, but if history tells us anything, they probably won`t. Espino is a true wild card, coming back from a shoulder surgery from May of `23 lends the timeline of him returning to action in the June-July timeframe. When Espino is pitching its lights-out, his last time on the bump in Double-A saw him have 35 strikeouts to four walks in just over 18 innings pitched. If he can put the injuries past him, watch out.

Canning has been receiving a lot of (deserved) hype this offseason as someone to watch, and for good reason. He finally showed what he hasn`t been able to since he was drafted, handling a starter`s workload. He threw the most innings he ever had last year, hitting 127 frames. He also sustained a 1mph increase on his fastball velocity from previous years, getting up to that magical 94mph line that is so important with four seamers.

It will be interesting to see how Imanaga fares stateside, he was a bit homer-prone in NPB which is notoriously light on the #dingers. He has a low-90`s fastball, that has good ride and deception that will be a big question mark coming into the season.

Stroman is what he is at this point; he`s going to give you probably an above-average ERA and little else. What I`ll be paying attention to is how he handles the fans when they get on him after a bad performance.

Kershaw should probably be ranked lower, I mean how much more can one man take. I guess if Clayton Kershaw is going to pitch, he needs to be in the Top-100 because he is still going to throw up solid ratios and continue to confuse hitters *barring 90% of his playoff appearances*.

(Ryan Epperson)

#101-#110

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
101Noble Meyer112.6
102Drew Thorpe112.8
103Chase Hampton121
104Reese Olson119.5
105DL Hall112.9
106Trevor Rogers113.2
107Max Meyer115.5
108Tink Hence118.4
109Jared Jones118.7
110Kutter Crawford119.7

This is an eclectic group of pitchers, and in that spirit, this will be a rather eclectic write-up with one overriding school of thought.  There are as many ways to analyze and project pitchers as there are fantasy baseball analysts.  I, like many others, start with K%, BB%, and Swinging Strike %, which is why my advice from this group is to roster and hold Drew Thorpe and Chase Hampton.  Last year each had a K% over 30% and kept their walks under 10%.  The scouts like Hampton’s fastball better than Thorpe’s, their secondary pitches grade out pretty similar and Thorpe has better grades on his command.  I’ve been all in on both of these pitchers.  I agree that Noble Meyer should be talked about with these two, his fastball is similar and he has higher grades on the slider and change, and if he continues to develop his command of these pitches, he could be the class of this group.

Jared Jones and DL Hall are rising up a lot of lists, and both are in good positions with their respective organizations.  I like the move to Milwaukee for Hall especially for the opportunity he’ll have this year.  Jones doesn’t have much blocking him in Pittsburgh and it isn’t hard to envision him in a rotation with Skenes and Priester soon.

The two Marlins on this list, both coming back from injuries, are worth taking a chance on, especially Max Meyer.  I know we are all wary of early spring training reports (best shape of his life, went to drive line, etc.) but I was glad to hear that Trevor Rogers has been throwing without pain and should be ready for the season.  I don’t think either of these has SP1 or SP2 potential, but in a fifteen-team league, I’d be willing to roster either of these pitchers.

Going back to the K%, BB%, and swinging strike % metrics, it turns out that Kutter Crawford and Reese Olson are the same pitcher.  Each strikes out 24% of hitters, each walks 7.7% of hitters, and each has a swinging strike percentage of 12%.  So, does that make them Tier Twins?  (I just made that up, I think it will catch on.)  No, they are not Tier Twins, because there is a Tier Triplet!  Last year Tink Hence struck out 24% of hitters, walked a slightly higher 8% of hitters and had a 12% swinging strike percentage.  Although I enjoy watching Olson and Crawford pitch, I don’t often roster either of them other than in the deepest of leagues, so you can guess how I feel about Hence.  If you have Hence rostered, find a manager who hasn’t read this and still believes he’s a top prospect and make a deal.  I do think Hence’s fastball would play well in a bullpen role, if the Cardinals make that move he could have good value in save/hold leagues.

(Drew Klein)

#111-#120

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
111Ben Brown120.5
112Luis Severino120.5
113Kenta Maeda120.6
114Dustin May121
115Jon Gray125.7
116Sean Manaea123
117Gavin Stone123.5
118Tyler Mahle124.2
119Chase Silseth126
120Seth Lugo127.9

This is the Tier of Risk and if you’re looking at any of these pitchers for a dynasty roster, be aware that you’re looking at a lot of high-risk/moderate reward propositions, with two exceptions.

First the good news, there are two under-ranked prospects here, and if these rankings reflect the market price, you may be able to get a good deal in a trade for Ben Brown or Gavin Stone. Brown is the real steal here, with a nice K-rate (32.6% over two levels last year).  He does need to lower his walks to keep moving up this list, but I already have him in the top 100 in my personal ranking (97).  As for Gavin Stone, I’ll take a chance on a Dodger prospect who struck out 120 in 100 innings in Triple-A.  He and Sheehan will fight for the last rotation spot/first man up when needed this year and Stone projects to be a mid-rotation guy in a lineup that will give him a lot of support.

And now it’s time for some risk assessment:

Luis Severino will only be 30 years old this year, but injuries have been holding him back. He put up encouraging numbers in 2021, pitching only 102 innings but amassing 112 strikeouts. Last year he was limited to 89 innings and was not as effective.

Kenta Maeda will be 36 years old and has aged fairly well.  In the last two years he averaged 105 innings and 115 strikeouts.  He won’t accumulate volume, but that’s a decent strikeout percentage.  By moving to Detroit he’ll be in a pitcher’s park which might help him lower his ERA.

Charlie Morton is 40 years old, but in the last 3 years he averaged 174 innings and 199 strikeouts.  He’s always been a compiler, and there’s no arguing that he’s tough as nails, but can this continue? You might roll the dice on him this year, but it’s tough to project three more years of success in a dynasty format.

Dustin May has pitched 191 innings total over the past 5 years.  In those 191 innings, he only struck out 174 hitters.  The injuries are a shame, but even when healthy,  he hasn’t been dominant.

Jon Gray will be 32 years old and he’s been out of Colorado for the past two years.  However, his numbers haven’t really been better than they were during his time in Colorado.  For his career, he averaged 1.14 HR/9 as Rockie, and 1.24 HR/9 as Ranger.  150 innings at 9 K/9 is a best-case scenario and he’s not going to provide any help for your ratios.

Sean Manaea is also 32 years old.  (how did that happen? It must have taken longer to get out of Oakland than I thought).  Last year’s 9.79 K/9 was the highest of his career but so was his 3.21 BB/9.  I project that the strikeouts will regress to his career average of 8.3. He and Jon Gray are Tier Twins (see, as I predicted, it’s catching on).

Tyler Mahle looked to be a budding ace, at least a very good SP2 before his Tommy John surgery last year.  He’ll be out at least until July this year, and you’re taking a risk if you’re counting on much production in 2024 upon his return.  For dynasty purposes, he’ll be 30 at the start of 2025 and if your rosters have room for a stash, this isn’t a bad risk to take.

Speaking of risks, remember the Angels 2021 draft when they drafted 20 pitchers?  Chase Silseth was their 11th-round pick and first to make it to the majors.  He dominated Double-A in 2022 but has yet to experience that level of success in the majors, with 80 Ks in 81 innings.  Major league hitters have an 84% contact rate in the zone, slightly above league average, he’s going to have to miss more bats to move up this list.

(Drew Klein)

#121-#130

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
121Alek Manoah130
122Frankie Montas131.3
123Tekoah Roby133.2
124Bubba Chandler133.7
125Andrew Heaney134
126Rhett Lowder137.9
127Cade Cavalli152.2
128Dean Kremer144.7
129Luis Garcia138.6
130Jameson Taillon139.1

Hey, I’m back! I’m sure you checked out the first part of our SP Rankings 131-200 and hoped that I really wasn’t part of these rankings as well. Oh? You didn’t read the previous rankings? Well…. I got nothing… but this will be great… maybe.

For the gentlemen who fell between the 121st through the 130th slots. I decided to give them my Bumble online dating approach. Yeah, I’ll wait for you to grab a pen to take notes…. go ahead. I’ll wait. You aren’t going to are you?

Seth Lugo. A little bit on the older side but I like the 23.2 K% but the 10.1 SwStr% is a little worrisome. What the hell. Experienced can be a good thing. Swipe Right.

Alek Manoah. I finally saw you at Blue Jays’ Spring Training a week ago. Looking good but your GM didn’t know where you were last season! I’m not getting ghosted! Left.

Frankie Montas. Ehhh. You’ve been out of the game for a year and you had a 4.00 xERA and .242 xBA in your last full season. Couple that with a .4 Pitching Run Value? No thanks. Left.

Tekoah Roby. I don’t see it. You look alright by the numbers. Nice pitch mix but nothing elite. And wait! He plays in St. Louis.? That’s pretty far. Yeah, that’s a deal breaker. Left.

Bubba Chandler. Double Right Swipe. Take all my FAAB, Bubba. I can look past your 4.75 ERA in High-A last season. I know what makes you…. You. Shit. That was good. I got to use that next time on Bumble. 

Ahhh.. Andrew Heaney. One of my exes. Left.. wait. Maybe he put himself back together after a decent ’23. But I always think that! He always burns me with either injuries or inconsistencies or both. But he did look good the last time I saw him and is from a good team. Sometimes you need to give someone a chance.. again… and again. Swipe Right.

Rhett Lowder. High floor, good numbers, great change, low ceiling, superb hair… at this part of the rankings. Yeah, I’ll swipe Right just to that.

Luis García. I knew a Luis García in D.C. that I already swiped right on. I wonder if they know each other? Well, this Luis García had a 29.1 Whiff% and a 24.4 K rate with a 10 Pitching Run Value just a year ago. Hmmm, and he will only be 28 years old when he comes back next season. I’ll swipe Right. I can always stash this one to the side in the meantime.

Jameson Taillon. Looks like he has a lot of baggage and will take all my money. He just looks like trouble with 27 HRs given up in 154.1 innings coupled with a 4.70 xERA and .259 xBA last season. Left and Block.

Michael Wacha. He takes it “slow” with a 92.0 fastball velocity yet he still had a 6 run value last season. Along with an offspeed value of 12 and a 35.5 HardHit%. How can I go wrong with the 130th-ranked SP? Also, no one swiped right on me yet so I’m just going to swipe right from now on! Right.

I told you that you should have taken notes. I’ll let you figure out which approach I used for your Mom.

(Ryan Felix “I’m a damn catch” Fernandes)

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