Fantasy Baseball Profile: Is Barry Zito Back?
Barry Zito had a revival or sorts last year. After struggling with a combined 21-30 record with a 4.83 ERA, he rebounded with a 10-13 record and a 4.03 ERA. Perhaps even more impressive were the 154 strikeouts, which were the most for Zito since 2005.
He was brilliant from mid-July through August with a 4-2 record and a 1.92 ERA. He had 45 strikeouts in 56.3 innings (7.2 K/9).
Things aren’t all peachy though as he closed out 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA. Even with a few rough outings down the stretch, to go along with a rough April and June, there were positives to take away from Zito’s 2009 season.
I don’t see him bouncing back to pre-San Francisco Giants numbers, but I do think he can be used as a spot starter. I wouldn’t necessarily draft him, but I would monitor him. He was streaky last year, and if he shows signs of heating up, go ahead and ride him while he’s hot.
Prediction: 11-14, 4.10 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 140 Ks
Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs: Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians: Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins: Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros: Lance Berkman
Kansas City Royals: Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers: James Loney
Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart
Minnesota Twins: Joe Nathan
New York Mets: Jason Bay
New York Yankees: Robinson Cano
Oakland A’s: Kevin Kouzmanoff
Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates: Octavio Dotel
San Diego Padres: Everth Cabrera