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2012 Fantasy Baseball Toronto Blue Jays Starting Rotation Preview

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Ricky Romero (credits below)

Looks like the Blue Jays are happy with the young starting pitching staff they have assembled as they did virtually nothing this winter in the free agent market to help the staff with the exception of adding a steady closer in Sergio Santos. Ricky Romero is poised to take the next step as the team's ace and he will be followed most likely by Brandon Morrow and a slew of young talented arms. 

RICKY ROMERO – Romero finished last season with 15 wins and a 2.92 ERA. He finished 6th in the American League in ERA and 10th in wins. Ricky has gotten better each year in all Roto categories and had a very low BABIP. I like Romero to perform in the same range as last year although he still remains a mid-round draft selection.  

BRANDON MORROW- Morrow was one of my top sleeper picks last year and unfortunately he was asleep for most of the season. He did mange 11 wins and 203 strikeouts but a 1.29 WHIP and a 4.72 ERA made him a major disappointment. Tough call once again this year, I like the upside with him and if you can get him late he is worth a chance. 

HENDERSON ALVAREZ – The rookie showed some promise in his 10 starts last year for the Jays. He had a 3.53 ERA, an excellent ground ball rate and showed great control with only 8 BB's in 63.2 innings. His critics do not like the fact that he doesn't strikeout many batters and pitching in the AL East  is not a great spot to be in. He is worth a late round flier. 

BRETT CECIL – Cecil had a huge regression from his stellar 15 win 2010 year with a terrible 4-11 record and a severe drop in his velocity numbers. Brett also lost his last seven decisions last year after returning from a stint at the AAA level. Early discussions say he is motivated to bounce back this year but I will need to see a hot start to have any faith in him. Not worthy of drafting but keep an eye on the waiver wire.

KYLE DRABEK- Drabek was a popular sleeper last year than just never made the grade. He showed terrible control in walking more batters than he struck out while posting a 1.81 WHIP. Opposing hitters nearly hit .300 against him as well. If he can re-establish the strike zone and become more aggressive this time around he has a chance to post some decent numbers. Take a wait and see approach with Kyle this year. 

DUSTIN MCGOWAN- McGowan signed a one year contract with the Jays in the off season and will most likely compete for a 5th starter role on the team. Dustin sat out nearly three years with multiple arm injuries and has no value as a fantasy player at this time. 

Written by John Marino exclusively for www.thefantasyfix.com

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(September 18, 2011 – Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images North America) 


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