2011 MLB Spring Training Pitching Stars

Mar 13, 2011


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As baseball season approaches, many of us look to the spring training statistics to get some players worth taking in our fantasy drafts. Let’s take a look at some of the leaders and weigh their draftability.
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Phil Coke, Detroit Tigers:  Coke is 2-1 with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He has nine strikeout in 13.0 innings. He’s worth a flier in deep leagues.
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Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins:  Pavano is 1-0 with a 0.77 WHIP and seven strikeouts in 13.0 scoreless innings. He’s 22-15 with a 3.97 ERA in 44 starts with the Twins. Last year he was 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA. He’s been a workhorse averaging 6.7 innings in those 44 starts. With an ADP of 292, according to Mock Draft Central, he’s a good value pick.
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Gio Gonzalez, Oakland A’s:  Gonzalez is 1-0 this spring with a 0.96 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. Batters are hitting just .133 against him. He’s making the 15-9, 3.23 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .229 BAA he posted last year look legit. He’s upped his game with 13 strikeouts in 9-1/3 innings. With an ADP of 173, he’s a solid option to fill out your rotation.
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Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants:  Bumgarner is looking to follow up a solid rookie campaign (7-6, 2.90 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), and is having spring success. He’s 1-2, but sports a 3.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and  has 12 strikeouts in 11.0 innings. One thing I’d like to see is a lower BAA for Bumgarner. It was .272 last year and is .269 this spring.
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Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees:  Colon is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts in nine innings. It’s unlikely that he finds a spot in the Yankees’ rotation, but he could be useful if one of their starters goes down.
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Jonathon Niese, New York Mets:  Niese is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, a .225 BAA, and ten strikeouts in 11-1/3 innings. With an ADP of 205, he could prove to be a solid value.
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John Lackey, Boston Red Sox:  Lackey is1-0 with a 1.74 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and .268 BAA. He was 1-1 last spring with a 1.35 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and .236 before going 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He was 11-5 last year at home with a 4.34 ERA and 1.39 ERA, which nearly mirrors his career 4.78 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in Fenway. He will likely get you wins, but his ERA and WHIP could prove to be too harmful considering his ADP of 167.

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