4 SF starters who could be great in 2023

Eric Williams, USA Today Sports

As of now, these four are slated to be the sixth man (or at least in contention for sixth place) in their team’s tournaments. Since it’s mid-December, these positions are all subject to change so one or more of them could break camp with a rotation spot in hand. Even if they don’t, they might be the first guy to go up when someone goes down. And I’m not trying to be pessimistic, it’s always a “when,” not an “if” because teams simply don’t use the same five starters for an entire season.


Hunter Brown | the new

The 24-year-old had a stellar breakout season with a 2.55 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 21% K-BB in 106 innings pitched at Triple-A along with a terrific cup of coffee (0.89 ERA in 20 IP). He has an excellent heat (96.7 mph fastball) and two power balls that have helped him consistently miss the bat throughout his rise to the minor league, hitting a K-rate of 31% in 230 innings pitched. He has a 12% BB rate as well, so there’s some control crunch to iron out, though it’s down to 10% in AAA/MLB this year. Brown also has impressive groundball averages throughout his career, including 54% in Triple-A and then a banana-mark of 68% in his MLB sample.

he is same models After, after Justin Verlander And although he’s still a long way from becoming his mentor, JV’s departure boosted Brown from seventh start to sixth. No team uses only 5 SP these days and there are some health risks in the current 5, namely Lance McCullers Jr, which is awesome but only has one season north of 130 IP. I have no problem with Brown getting 15 players even without a starting role and am open to taking him in shallower formats that have deeper seating and allow players to be players.

David Peterson | NYM

Speaking of JV, he’s now part of the Peterson block. Verlander is one of three key players to rotate this off-season (along with Kodai Senga and Jose Quintana), so they leave Jacob DeGrumAnd the Chris BassettAnd the Taeguan Walker I made no room for Peterson and another favourite, Taylor Miguel. I prefer Peterson over Miguel because I think he’s the number one guy to have Miguel’s health issues and the fact he threw less than 60 IP last year while Peterson had 132 between MLB and AAA.

Peterson was big for the Mets in a hybrid role last year, with 19 starts and 9 relief appearances totaling 106 IP, during which he posted a 3.83 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 17% K-BB. His K-rate of 28% ranked 20th among 140 pitchers with at least 100 runs (tied for seventh-highest total), but his BB rate of 11% ranked 135th (third-highest). Walkers have been a presence throughout his MLB career (11% career average), but he’s been 7% in the minors, so maybe there’s a way to improve. The fastball command would be key if he lowered his walking rate. The bright slider gives him a great foundation to build on even if he keeps walking a lot.

I’m a little surprised the Mets feel the need to sign enough players to put Peterson out. Of course, as I just mentioned in the Browns’ book, you need depth to pass 162 as a major league team. Running 8-9 already deep in December (Main 5, Peterson, Miguel, Joey LucchesiAnd the Eliezer Hernandez) a good place to be in, but I’m surprised Peterson hasn’t been put into the fifth with Quintana’s signature shift into the bottom end arm playing that deep. Unlike Houston, their fifth grader is full of dangers, both in terms of age and injury. Senga is the only person under the age of 30 who will change hands on January 30th. JV and Scherzer are 40 and 38, respectively. Carlos Carrasco He’s 36 and has only gone over 100 IP since 2019 (which is only 1 out of 3 because 2020 doesn’t really count, but still…) due to injuries and Quintana turns 34 on January 24th.

Hayden Wisinski | CHC

the Cubs List Resources Page Currently Wesneski – returning from the Yankees Scott Efros Trade – from abroad looking with Adrian Sampson Sampson Penciled in the role of 5 SP on it and Keegan Thompson (which I could also have included in this piece). The truth is, it’s likely to be an open battle between the three come spring training, however Jason Martinez decided to enter the biggest trio of the moment. Wesneski was the best of the skill group last year with a 20% K-BB average, though he came in at just 33 IP, well below Thompson (115 IP) and Sampson (104). Wesneski had a 15% K-BB average in two Triple-A shutouts (both in the International League, though) and consistently missed at bats throughout his minor league career with a 26% K-BB average and a swing average of 12% – 19% in 269 IP runs for work. .

The 25-year-old is also the youngest bunch to work against a man at times as teams give the veterans a chance despite their less talented side. It shouldn’t be a file Pioneer Keep in mind here though that all three have minor league options, so there is no risk of losing them if they get kicked out. We’ll have clarity on the Cubs’ rotation by the time the recruiting season peaks in March, and if Wisinski nabs the job, his 279 ADP will skyrocket, so if you’re a die-hard fan of him, the winter drafts are a good time to buy!

late additionThere are reports that the Cubs are about to re-sign Drew Smillie, too, which is another bad news for Wesneski and Thompson fans…and I guess Sampson fans, but maybe those are more rare. Smyly has struggled with his health throughout his career so while no one expects him to top the 115-120 IP, he will almost certainly be given a rotation spot straight away, joining Marcus StrowmanAnd the Jameson TellonAnd the Kyle HendricksAnd the Justin Steele.

Silseth hunt | LAA

Silseth was Double-A during his first five starts of the season, allowing just 5 ER (1.73) with a small 0.85 WHIP and an astounding 37% K average in 26 IP. Instead of moving to Triple-A, the Angels brought him to the majors. He shot down six scoreless innings in Auckland during the debut. The A team brought him back down to earth a week later in Los Angeles (4.3 IP/3 ER/8 runners-up) and after another 6 ER in 6 IP across his next starts against TOR and at PHI, he was once again sent down to Double-A. He was a yo-yo between the two levels from early June until the trade deadline, and continued to excel at Double-A while swinging the majors.

He spent the last two months in Double-A, shutting out strong and finishing with a 2.28 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 26% K-BB in 83 IP. His major league sample put him to a 6.59 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 9% K-BB in 29 IP. I’m not entirely sure why they never put him in Triple-A, but they probably didn’t want him to contend with the PCL’s hard-hitting periphery. We didn’t get to see him flex his swing and miss things in the majors, but I believe the 23-year-old is right. He has solid speed (95.6 mph) and two high-quality secondary performances (slider/split) that can make him a peak mid-spinner. He needs development and will likely start the season at Triple-A, but he’s someone I’d love to get into the Champions League draft (50-round draft with hold) and put on my watch list in all other formats. Finding more “life” on the fastball and consistently working on second phases could make it a viable fantasy as early as 2023.

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