Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
from so many unlikely sources highlighted the Orioles improbable run to the AL
East title and propelled many who invested in Orioles to fantasy league titles.
Having to pick one highlight, Zach Britton would be the choice. He seized the
closer role, ratcheted up the fastball to an average velocity of over 95 MPH
and notched 37 saves with a 1.65 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.
Markakis is gone, likely to be replaced in RF by Steven Pearce. Alejandro De
Aza will be around all year and man LF and Matt Wieters should return from
Tommy John surgery though his effectiveness and ability to catch every day will
be a huge question throughout 2015.
Orioles not named Adam Jones or Chris Davis to struggle at the plate. Davis
will be undervalued as people look at his drop from 53 homers to 26 and his
paltry .196 batting average. Smart owners however will see a guy who is a
veritable sure thing to hit 30+ HR, will recognize that his PED suspension for Adderall
had nothing to do with his huge 2013 and his .247 BABIP will likely return to a
number close to his career average of .324 and take his batting average with
it. Will he hit .300 no? Will he hit for a good enough
average for someone with that power? Yup.
is the year Kevin Gausman lives up to the hype. Like Garrett Richards before
his 2014 breakout, Gausman was hurt by being shuttled between the rotation and
the pen. Also like Richards, Gausman throws gas, averaging close to 95 MPH on
his heater. This is exactly the type of pitcher who will be on many fantasy
baseball title winners this year. Invest.
|2||New York Yankees||25||16|
|3||Tampa Bay Rays||23||23|
|4||Boston Red Sox||22||21|
|5||Toronto Blue Jays||19||26|