3 Young Pitchers Excelling in the AFL

Oct 21, 2008

Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

Three of the games top young pitchers have made 2 starts thus far in the Arizona Fall League, excelling to say the least.  Let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • Max Scherzer – 0-0, 12.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 13 K, 8 H, 2 BB
  • Phil Hughes – 1-0, 10.0 IP, 0.90 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 10 K, 5 H, 6 BB
  • Clay Buchholz – 1-0, 8.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.38 WHIP, 7 K, 1 H, 2 BB

Those numbers for Buchholz are extremely impressive, no matter how small of a sample size.  Considering that he is the same pitcher that went 2-9 with a 6.75 ERA in the major leagues this season, you have to like what you are seeing here.  Obviously, it’s not against the same type of talent, but you have to take notice.  We’ll track his progress as the AFL continues, but as of right now I’d recommend taking a flier on him in the late rounds of your draft.

Hughes, while he’s pitcher well, has struggled with his control, which has to be a concern.  He needs to get that corrected if he is going to be able to rebound at the major league level.  It’ll be interesting to see if the Yankees opt to move him in the off season as part their grand scheme of rebuilding and getting back to the playoffs.  Where he ends up will definitely play a major factor in what I’d consider doing with him next season on draft day.

As for Scherzer, what else is there to say?  Those who have read the site know my feelings on him and he just continues to impress every step of the way.  He should be owned in all formats next season and has the chance to be one of the elite strikeout artists in the game.

Like I said with Buchholz, we’ll continue to track all three of these guys progress this winter, as it certainly will influence on valuable they will be for fantasy owners in 2009.

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    October 21st, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    wonder if the Red’s Bailey will get it going next year?

  2. Eugene
    October 21st, 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    Nice article. Thanks. :) Eugene

  3. LestersLegends
    October 21st, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    3rd- hard park to pitch in
    eugune – eric did well

  4. Eric Stashin
    October 22nd, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    I’m honestly not that high on Bailey myself. The Reds have a very deep rotation at this point, with Harang, Arroyo, Cueto, Volquez & Owings, so barring a trade, there really isn’t a spot in the rotation for him.

    Plus, he was terrible at Triple A last season, going 4-7 with a 4.77 ERA. I wouldn’t take a very big gamble on him, I think there are other pitchers who could have not only more opportunity to succeed, but a bit of a higher upside at this point.

  5. LestersLegends
    October 22nd, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    Thanks for the insight Eric.

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