2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jack Flaherty
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
For years, when you thought of the St. Louis rotation a guy named Adam Wainwright came to mind. For years to come, it’s looking like Jack Flaherty is the name everyone will know. He flashed some glimpses of stardom in 2018, but in 2019, he got even better. His 11-8 record doesn’t do his 2019 campaign justice, but a 2.75 ERA, 10.59 K/9 and 2.52 BB/9 surely do. He posted a sub-1.00 WHIP (0.97) and behind his strikeout stuff and improved command, he posted the 12th-highest strikeout to walk ratio among qualified starters last year.
Despite his ground ball rate dropping for the second consecutive year, he was able to induce more soft contact than ever before, and his average exit velocity was in the top nine percent of the league last year. Overall, barrel rate was slightly elevated, but not enough to be concerned about. He continues to ride his fastball, but has a good slider, curveball and sinker to work behind that.
His fastball is elite and one of the game’s best, and that...