We continue our countdown to fantasy baseball 2012 with a list of 11. These are 11 pitchers that I wouldn’t touch with a 60’6″ pole.
I’ll try not to say the same thing for all these pitchers, but for most of them there is a common theme, and it is absolutely worth mentioning.
CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees Seems like slow start CC’s slow starts are lasting longer and longer. I would tread with caution drafting CC in early rounds and waiting for a big second half, much like (bonus tidbit) fellow Yankee Mark Teixeira.
Ian Kennedy, SP, Diamondbacks This guy has a stellar season last year, and I am not saying that he will be terrible this season, but you absolutely need to have realistic expectations for him as he is a young gun that may come with limitations and growing pains.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, Rays I think Clave will have my back on this that Kyle Farnsworth’s unreal season last year was a complete anomaly. This is a guy with a career WHIP of 1.34 that posted a .99 last year. You might argue that he was trending down in WHIP the past three seasons, but he will not be a guy you can bank on next year.
Ricky Romero, SP, Blue Jays I actually like Romero, and it will set my brother off that he made the list, but it had to be done. Romero is a guy that might be able to turn the corner and really be a solid 2-3 best starting pitcher for fantasy teams, but it is more realistic that he continues to fall apart in the second half of seasons.
Mat Latos, SP, Reds This is where some of the same rules apply to pitchers as previously mentioned, as we are going to treat Latos with the same caution as Kennedy. He is a great young pitcher, but people may be close to figuring him out and he is moving to a park less friendly to pitchers, which will not bode well for some of those fly ball outs he had last year.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Phillies All his trash talking and antics may have caught up with him. It’s time to get back to letting your pitching do the talking. We’ll see if he still has it.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, Nationals Again, as previously stated, I’m never really a fan of pitchers leaving a pitcher friendly park, especially when they are young and still developing. Gio was saved on more than one occasion by Oakland Coliseum.
Andrew Bailey, RP, Red Sox Gosh, Bailey is 1– a pitcher leaving a friendly park for a short porch, 2– relatively young and unproven going into a big time baseball town in a tough market, and 3– an injury waiting to happen. 3 strikes and you’re out.
Trevor Cahill, SP, Diamondbacks I was actually really surprised that Cahill was traded, and I am not excited about the change of scenery for him. Cahill has a tendency to leave breaking pitches hanging, and in AZ they will be long gone.
Derek Holland, SP, Rangers Holland was a great find last year, and after that people may be willing to draft him too high next year. Let your league mates draft him and you take a more accomplished pitcher in the next round and you’ll not regret it.
Craig Kimbrel, RP, Braves Last I want to end with the guy who finished as the NL Rookie of the Year, and the best reliever fantasy wise. Do not spend an early pick on any relief pitcher. Just ask the guys who drafted the Beard last year.
There you have it. 11 Pitchers I wouldn’t touch with a 60’6″ pole.
Previously, we listed 12 players that will outperform projections next year.
What about you? Any pitchers you wouldn’t touch? Let us know in the comments.