As we head into June and the associated swoon for pretenders, plenty of solid pitching prospects are available across most leagues. When evaulating pitching I analyse four areas: Potential, Historical, Recent Performance and Strikeout/Walk ratio.
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We have eight starters for you this week, along with two relievers.
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Roy Oswalt Texas- Does Oswalt have anything left? We will get to see four minor league starts which will give us a gague, but is not always indicative of what to expect at the big league level, especially with an older veteran like Oswalt.
Dillon Gee NY Mets- Gee has posted three decent starts in a row, going 2-0 in the process. Gee allowing only six runs with an impressive 20 strikeouts in 20 and a third innings of work. Gee was 13-6 last season after a sensational debut late in 2010.
J.A. Happ Houston- Since blowing up @ Pittsburgh on 5/12, Happ has had four decent starts with a 2-2 record. Happ has the strikeout pitch going with 27 k's over 25 and a third frames. Happ was knocked around last season after a promising season and a half in Philadelphia.
Felix Doubront Boston- Need strikeouts? This is definitely your man. Doubront is among the league leaders in K's with 66 in 62 and a third innings. Doubront's control is the only thing keeping him on waivers. Only eleven earned runs over his last six starts has caught the attention of many.
Nathan Eovaldi LA Dodgers- Called up Memorial Day weekend, Eovaldi has posted a pair of impressive starts. The Dodgers bailed on the Oswalt sweepstakes and opted instead for the youngster. Although losing both starts, Eovaldi allowed only two earned runs in each appearance.
Stephen Pryor Seattle- The future closer in Seattle. Pryor is a flame throwing right hander that can hit triple digits on the radar gun. He has shut down all comers in Double-A and Triple-A on the way to show. Pryor got his feet wet over the weekend. Get ahead of the curve like I did on this guy.
Casey Crosby Detroit- A fifth round selection in 2007, Crosby was ranked one of the top-50 prospects by Baseball America as recently as 2010. Crosby has three plus pitches, but has injury concerns already having undergone Tommy John surgery. Was hit pretty good in his major league debut, but worth a watch.
Garrett Richards LA Angels- With Jared Weaver hitting the DL, Mike Scoscia called up one of the Angels elite pitching prospects. Richards has dominated minor league hitters, but struggled during a call-up in September. The 24 year old is durable and can hit upper-90's with his four seamer.
Drew Hutchinson Toronto- This is my favorite "sleeper" option. Hutchinson absolutely owned minor league hitters with an 18-9 record, sub 2.50 ERA and more than a strikeout per inning. Other than getting rocked in Tampa on 5/22, Hutchison has had four excellent starts, including wins over the Yankees and Boston.
Ernesto Frieri LA Angels- I added Frieri in case you are in a smaller mixed league or if your owners are asleep at the wheel. This is the American League version of Aroldis Chapman, uhittable! The Angels soured on Jordan Walden after one blown save and Scott Downs is more suited for a setup role.
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