2012 Fantasy Baseball Toronto Blue Jays Starting Rotation Preview
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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