2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jack Flaherty
Colby Conway takes a closer look at St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
In the current landscape of fantasy baseball, having an ace is incredibly important. There’s no denying that. However, one could argue that landing a second starter that could also be an ace is just as important. Finding a guy with big time upside is key, and St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty not only could be, but will be your ticket in 2019.
Despite having just 172.1 innings at the big league level under his belt, Flaherty will have a full workload this season and shouldn’t be capped by any means, seeing as he threw over 180 innings combined between the bigs and Triple-A last season. While his strikeout rate may decline a bit in 2019, it will remain above a batter per inning, and the likelihood of that walk rate dropping is higher than many may believe.
In the spring, we’ve seen glimpses from Flaherty of what could be in 2019, especially with his command, pitch usage and overall results. Through his first 13 spring innings, Flaherty has 19 strikeouts, which is...