2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Max Scherzer
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from him during the 2020 MLB season.
What a difference a year makes for Max Scherzer . In 2019 preseason drafts, he went as high as fifth in many drafts representing the first pitcher selected in drafts and now his present NFBC average draft position rates him the fifth pitcher taken so far in live drafts. Concerns about workload along with some injury issues last season seem to merge in driving down Scherzer’s price point. So how should fantasy players valuate him?
Scherzer’s overall numbers from last season do not jump off the page with an 11 - 7 record over 27 starts spanning 172.1 innings. He finished with 243 strikeouts versus 33 walks with a 2.92 ERA, 2.88 xFIP and 1.03 WHIP (his first WHIP over one since 2014). However, Scherzer notched a career high swinging strike percentage (16.3), kept his contact rate below 70 percent and maintained his O-Swing (outside the strike zone) percent above 35 percent. His strikeout percentage of 35.1 ranked third among his qualified peers while his reduced walk rate of 4.8...