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Sleeper Pitchers in the Draft
Written by Gregory Paget

In a standard 5x5 league draft, the list of guys who can help you in all pitching categories (W, ERA, K, WHIP, S) is a short one.  Last I checked I saw it was a big, fat goose egg’s worth.  My apologies to Smoltzie and The Eck, but even they didn’t put all 5 together successfully in one season. If you’re looking to round out your staff with guys that will excel in at least 3 categories, read on for some sleepers you may have missed…

John Lannan, SP - Lannan took 15 losses square on the chin last season pitching for a very unthreatening Nats squad. He did post 9 wins against those losses and ate over 180 innings, checking in at a 3.91 ERA coupled with a 1.34 WHIP. Lannan should break 200 innings this year, improve upon his steady ratios, and with a little help from the offense for once, could post 12-15 wins.

Chris Volstad, SP - Volstad was a popular pick up late last summer for fantasy teams ravaged by injuries. The former first round pick kept a sub 3.00 ERA, posted a 6-4 record and had a WHIP of 1.33. His 52 strikeouts against 36 walks were far from ideal, but Volstad is young (23) and looks to be slotted 3rd in the rotation for a much underrated Marlins staff.

Armando Galarraga, SP - Huh? Who’s that? For a disappointing Detroit team last year, Galarraga posted the following line: 13W / 3.73 ERA/ 126 K/ 1.19 WHIP in only his first full season. Starting to ring a bell?

Anthony Reyes, SP - Reyes never quite lived up to his billing in St. Louis, but moving north did him some late season good. He settled in with the Tribe, posting a 1.83 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 6 starts down the stretch. He’s a polished pitcher who throws a heavy ball to contact. His strikeout numbers won’t blow you away but nor will anyone else’s on this list, except maybe the guy’s below. Also a former USC Trojan and friend of the FBA!

Heath Bell, RP - Bell trimmed down this in the winter months and looks to take over the vacancy left by Trevor Hoffman. San Diego won’t win a lot of games, but the ones they do win should undoubtedly be close. His career ERA is 3.57 and his 278 K in 279.2 IP over that span spells C-L-O-S-E-R.  


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:37 )