2023 Player Outlook
Since Flaherty’s breakout campaign in 2019, he’s missed time due to oblique, and shoulder issues, and numerous of the latter. He threw just 78.1 IP in 2021, and last season, he got a late start due to a shoulder issue, only to make three starts before heading back to the IL, missing nearly three months there. Upon his [second] return to the mound in 2022, he was better, posting a 3.86 ERA and 8.68 K/9 across 28 IP, highlighted by increased fastball velocity compared to his season debut and subsequent starts. Unlike in 2022, Flaherty is expected to enter spring training completely healthy, which means we should get a good look at him in spring training. He’s a high-risk, high-reward pick in fantasy baseball drafts because injuries have derailed his past couple of seasons, but we’ve seen him flash SP1/SP2 upside for long stretches, a la 2018 and 2019. Leading up to your fantasy draft, watch his spring training starts, and see where his velocity is checking in, and if it looks good, take the chance.