Updated: Mar 8
#100 - Stephen Strasburg (RHP) Washington Nationals
Strasburg’s career is very disheartening. You feel for the guy with so many injuries especially considering the hype the baseball world has put on him since his prospect days. Throwing him on this list out of respect but I don't see him making a career resurgence especially while still on the Nationals who look like they are going to be a bottom-dweller of the league for the foreseeable future. If he can get back to form he will be only 33 years old and can bring some solid overall numbers. I just don’t think you will see the innings out of him and I’ve read he can even make more appearances out of the bullpen going forward.
2021 Stats: W 1 / QS 1 / K 21 / ERA 4.57 / WHIP 1.38
2022 Projections: W 3 / QS 4 / K 68 / ERA 3.89 / WHIP 1.16
#99 - Bailey Ober (RHP) Minnesota Twins
Many outlets covering the fantasy world have pegged Ober as a sleeper. I don't even think Ober should be considered a sleeper, just a starter to target later in drafts. I don’t need to discuss the value of drafting a 26-year-old who had solid numbers last year and is going around ADP #294.
2021 Stats: W 3 / QS 2 / K 96 / ERA 4.19 / WHIP 1.20
2022 Projections: W 6 / QS 9 / K 114 / ERA 3.96 / WHIP 1.19
#98 - Zach Eflin (RHP) Philadelphia Phillies
Eflin is being drafted at slot 429 on average due to a lingering knee injury and might miss some time to open the season. When he returns he should be a cheap source for wins and quality starts. Monitor his ratios as they are inconsistent and his value will come in favorable matchups.
2021 Stats: W 4 / QS 11 / K 99 / ERA 4.17 / WHIP 1.25
2022 Projections: W 7 / QS 10 / K 107 / ERA 4.38 / WHIP 1.25
#97 - Corey Kluber (RHP) Tampa Bay Rays
We all know what the 2x Cy Young Award winner is capable of doing to opposing lineups. Kluber will be 36 come April and the question on everyone's mind is if he will continue to deal with injuries or be able to get back to the mound on a consistent basis? We are hoping Kluber stays healthy but being real with our IP expectation. I see Kluber as a late round (ADP 289) sleeper who can help with solid ratios no matter how many innings we see out of the perennial All-Star. A few extra wins isn't out of the question as Kluber now calls Tampa Bay home.
2021 Stats: W 5 / QS 4 / K 82 / ERA 3.83 / WHIP 1.34
2022 Projections: W 5 / QS 6 / K 86 / ERA 3.41 / WHIP 1.12
#96 - Alex Cobb (RHP) San Francisco Giants
Last year Cobb recorded his personal best K/9 ratio of his career with a 9.5. He did this over 93 innings pitched. If Cobb stays healthy, fantasy managers will not be disappointed with drafting him. Cobb now calls San Francisco home and will be pitching for a team with playoff aspirations which should also help in the wins column.
2021 Stats: W 8 / QS 4 / K 98 / ERA 3.76 / WHIP 1.26
2022 Projections: W 9 / QS 6 / K 107 / ERA 3.68 / WHIP 1.22
#95 - Yusei Kikuchi (LHP) Seattle Mariners
Kikuchi is a solid starter and will find himself somewhere in the Mariners rotation. Seattle is coming off a 90 win season and looking like they will be a contender once again. This will help Kikuchi in the wins column. As for where Kikuchi will find himself in the rotation is a little bit of a mystery. The Mariners went out and signed the reigning Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray to bolster the rotation. Also in the mix Marco Gonzalez, Chris Flexen and a few notable youngsters Logan Gilbert, Matt Brash and George Kirby.
2021 Stats: W 7 / QS 14 / K 163 / ERA 4.41 / WHIP 1.32
2022 Projections: W 9 / QS 10 / K 161 / ERA 4.57 / WHIP 1.34
#94 - Marco Gonzales (LHP) Seattle Mariners
Gonzales finds himself in a similar situation to Kikuchi when it comes to finding his spot in the rotation. Seattle has a ton of options with their rotation and are looking like a contender especially with all of their young talent coming along. One thing to note here is Gonzales is a work horse and will pitch north of 130 innings.
2021 Stats: W 10 / QS 13 / K 108 / ERA 3.96 / WHIP 1.17
2022 Projections: W 8 / QS 10 / K 118 / ERA 4.02 / WHIP 1.23
#93 - James Kaprielian (RHP) Oakland Athletics
Oakland is looking like a seller and this will never help a pitcher in the wins category. There are too many unknowns with the A's right now for me to get excited but you can expect a decent amount of strikeouts from Kaprielian who owns a career 9.3 K/9.
2021 Stats: W 8 / QS 8 / K 123 / ERA 4.07 / WHIP 1.22
2022 Projections: W 8 / QS 9 / K 118 / ERA 4.06 / WHIP 1.23
#92 - Cristian Javier (RHP) Houston Astros
Entering his 3rd season at the age of 25 there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the Houston youngster. Drafting Javier will bring you a ton of strikeouts, a solid ERA and an above average WHIP. Playing for a contender is also never a bad thing. Looking forward to seeing how the Astros use Javier as he can start games or for multi-inning relief stints.
2021 Stats: W 4 / QS 3 / K 130 / ERA 3.55 / WHIP 1.18
2022 Projections: W 7 / QS 8 / K 153 / ERA 3.49 / WHIP 1.18
#91 - Drew Rasmussen (RHP) Tampa Bay Rays
Rasmussen finds himself in a position of need. Tampa is right now looking at a rotation consisting of an aging Corey Kluber, three young arms in Shane McClanahan, Shane Baz and Luis Patino.....then Rasmussen. Look for Rasmussen to make a jump in his game as Tampa seems to have a way with developing their pitching. Rasmussen is only 26 years old and is looking to break into his prime.
2021 Stats: W 4 / QS 0 / K 73 / ERA 2.84 / WHIP 1.08
2022 Projections: W 7 / QS 8 / K 120 / ERA 3.07 / 1.15