Don’t miss these pitchers in your draft

It’s easy to enter your draft by targeting aces such as Corbin Burnes, Gerrit Cole or Max Scherzer.

It doesn’t take a lot of skill. Neither is aiming for the next level of pitchers, like Zack Wheeler and Lucas Giolito, or mid-range gems like Chris Bassitt or Charlie Morton.

What will set you apart from your competition is identifying starting pitchers ready to take their production to a new level, like Roto Rage favorite Logan Webb did in 2021. Studying a player’s background and identifying stats that show the ability to follow those early picks without the fuss will help you find that breakout potential and set your rotation up for success.

Among pitchers with a minimum of 80 innings pitched, Patrick Sandoval of the Angels ranked 12th in swing hitting (15.2%). To put that number into perspective, he was higher than Cole (14.5) and a few percentage points behind Scherzer (15.9) and AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray (15.5).

Opponents had an average exit speed of 85.4 mph against the southpaw, the third-lowest mark in the majors (behind Wheeler and Ryan Yarbrough). Opposing offenses came in at just 0.214 against him, the 26th-highest mark in the majors.

Patrick Sandoval throws a pitch against the Astros.
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In 14 departures from May 17 to August. 13, before a season-ending back injury, Sandoval was 3-6 with a 3.39 ERA, 86 strikeouts, .625 OPS, 1.18 WHIP and a .215 average.

Sandoval has a fastball that can hit 96 mph, but that’s not even his best pitch (or the one he uses most often).

Sandoval dominates with his change (arguably one of the best in the game). It’s a pitch he threw 29.6% of the time, with opponents hitting .139 with 56 strikeouts and a .522 OPS. He had a ridiculous 28.7% hit rate and 51.4% smell rate with the pitch, which was also his put away pitch 31.3% of the time.

Sandoval also had success with his slider, a pitch he used 17.2% of the time, with opponents hitting .188 against him with a .525 OPS and 38.3% smell rate.

Are there any issues with Sandoval, 25? Sure. He struggles to command, as evidenced by the nearly 10% walk of batters he’s faced over the course of his career, and although he was deemed healthy, his 2021 season ended in due to a left lumbar stress reaction.

Back injuries tend to reoccur (hello, Clayton Kershaw).

Should these problems dissuade you from taking Sandoval? No, especially not with his average draft position of 212.52, according to Fantasy Alarm. He’s the type of young player ready for a breakout, and he should be targeted in these final rounds.

Logan Gilbert pitcher.
Logan Gilbert pitches for the Mariners.
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Roto Rage’s other favorite breakout target is Logan Gilbert of Seattle (164.72) – who was 6-5 with a 4.68 ERA, 128 strikeouts, 12 strikeout rate, 4% and 1,173 WHIP in 24 starts as a rookie. He has elite command, walking just 5.6% of the batters he’s faced (only percentage points behind Burnes, Scherzer, Wheeler and Aaron Nola). He also had a FIP of 3.73, indicating that he was unlucky.

Gilbert also has a dominant slider (opponents hit .211 against him with 47 strikeouts and just four walks), and a fastball that averages 95 mph but can reach 99.

Remember, this is a guy who went 23-3 with a 2.48 ERA with 11.2 strikeouts per nine over three years in college, and 11-5 with a 2.12 ERA , 10.9 strikeouts per nine and 2.1 walks per nine over two seasons in the minors. . With an improved roster backing him up, Gilbert should be in for a big season – and it won’t cost that much to have him in your rotation.


Braun’s supremacy


1. Corbin Burnes, Mil

2. Gerrit Cole, NYY

3. Max Scherzer, NYM

4. Walker Buhler, LAD

5. Brandon Woodruff, Mil

6. Lucas Giolito, CFS

7. Zack Wheeler, Phi

8. Julio Urias, LAD

9. Max Fried, ATL

10. Robbie Ray, Sea

11. Shane Bieber, Key

12. Sandy Alcantara, Mia

13. Shohei Ohtani, LAA

14. Freddy Peralta, Mil

15. Aaron Nola, Phi

16. Logan Webb, SF

17. Jose Berrios, Tor

18. Trevor Rogers, Mia

19. Lance Lynn, CFS

20. Kevin Gausman, Tor

21. Yu Darvish, SD

22. Luis Castillo, Cine

23. Jack Flahery, StL

24. Charlie Morton, ATL

25. Alek Manoah, Tor

26. Joe Musgrove, SD

27. Chris Sale, Boston

28. Justin Verlander, Hou

29. Chris Bassitt, NYM

30. Luis Garcia, Hou

31. Carlos Rodon, SF

32. Joe Musgrove, SD

33. Dylan Cease, CFS

34. Shane McClanahan, TB

35. Framber Valdez, Hou

36. Ian Anderson, ATL

37. Frankie Montas, Oak

38. Blake Snell, SD

39. Jacob de Grom, NYM

40. Mike Clevinger, SD

41. Logan Gilbert, Sea

42. Nathan Eovaldi, Bos

43. Shane Baz, TB

44. Eduardo Rodriguez, Det

45. Lance McCullers Jr., Hou

46. ​​Clayton Kershaw, LAD

47. Sonny Gray, min.

48. Jean means, Ball

49. Casey Mize, Detective

50. Zac Gallen, Ari

51. Pablo Lopez, Mia

52. Sean Manaea, Oak

53. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tor

54. Noah Syndergaard, LAA

55. Marcus Stroman, ChC

56. Tarik Skubal, Det.

57. Michael Kopech, CFS

58. Anthony DeSclafani, SF

59. Patrick Sandoval, AAL

60. Triston McKenzie, Key

61. Tanner Houck, Bos

62. Marquez German, Col

63. Jose Urquidy, Hou

64. Aaron Civale, Key

65. Tony Gonsolin, LAD

66. Tyler Mahle, Cine

67. Zach Plesac, Key

68. Huascar Ynoa, Atl

69. Kyle Hendricks, ChC

70. Adam Wainwright, STL

71. Alex Wood, SF

72. Ranger Suarez, Phi

73. Stephen Strasbourg, Was

74. Josiah Gray, Was

75. Jon Gray, TX

76. Marco Gonzales, Sea

77. Chris Paddack, SD

78. Yusei Kikuchi, Tor

79. Luis Severino, NYY

80. Steven Matz, StL

81. Taijuan Walker, NYM

82. Patrick Corbin, Was

83. Cristian Javier, Hou

84. Jameson Taillon, NYY

85. Carlos Carrasco, NYM

86. Jesus Luzardo, Mia

87. Zack Greinke, QC

88. Dinelson Lamet, SD

89. Sixto Sanchez, Mia

90. Luis Patino, TB

91. Brady Singer, KC

92. Dane Dunning, TX

93. Adbert Alzolay, ChC

94. James Kaprielian, Oak

95. Zach Eflin, Phi

96. Bailey Ober, min.

97. Alex Cobb, SF

98. Wade Miley, ChC

99. Jordan Montgomery, New York

100. Hunter Greene, China

101. Kenta Maeda, Min

102. Tyler Glasnow, TB

103. Chris Flexen, Sea

104. Mike Soroka, ATL

105. Daniel Lynch, QC

106. Griffin Canning, AAL

107. James Paxton, Bos

108. Dylan Bundy, Min

109. Antonio Senzatela, Colonel

110. Josh Fleming, TB

111. Elieser Hernandez, Mia

112. Tylor Megill, NYM

113. Drew Rasmussen, TB

114. Eric Lauer, DS

115. MacKenzie Gore, SD

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