2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Joe Musgrove
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
As a result of pitchers continuing to appear in the first three rounds of drafts, it will be important to identify later round upside targets to round out fantasy rotations. On the surface, it seems like Joe Musgrove disappointed again in 2018 with six wins among his 15 decisions, but hope lies in his ability to not only refine his arsenal, but stay healthy for 150-plus innings. Musgrove did strikeout 100 batters overs his 115.1 innings last year against only 23 walks for a tidy 15.8 strikeouts minus walks percentage.
He also maintained his swinging strike percentage over 11 percent for the second straight season and increased his O-Swing percentage (swings and misses outside the strike zone) to almost 36 percent. From his last start in June until August 18th, Musgrove surged to a 2.52 ERA, a 38:11 strikeout to walk rate, a 1.04 WHIP and limited hitters to a .221 batting average against. Within this streak, Musgrove used more sliders and cutters but reduced using his...