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Fantasy Baseball 2012: Minimum Numbers for Drafting Pitchers

Toronto's Brandon Morrow (203 strikeouts last year) needs to make more WHIP cuts to become a top-35 fantasy starter.
Toronto's Brandon Morrow (203 strikeouts last year) needs to make more WHIP cuts to become a top-35 fantasy starter.Abelimages/Getty Images
Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 9, 2014

Are you having trouble making sense of the 171 publications—give or take a few—devoted to fantasy baseball this spring (print and web)?

More specifically, can you tell the difference between a draft-worthy or non-draftable starting pitcher prospect? Well, here are my across-the-board, or minimum targets, for selecting pitchers in 12-team roto leagues—in terms of 2012 projections.

(NOTE: Jeremy Hellickson and Brandon Morrow are exempted from these baseline measures—the residual perks of minor league man-crushes from back in the day.)

Mixed Leagues

WHIP: 1.27 (the 1.40-plus guys will absolutely kill you)
Strikeouts: 160
Ratios: K/BB (2.5-to-1), K/9 (8.7)
ERA: 4.03 (don't let 4.10-plus pitchers off the hook)
Wins: 13 (I'm the least militant about this one—since pitchers have little control over wins)

AL or NL-Only Leagues

WHIP: 1.31
Strikeouts: 155
Ratios: K/BB (2.25-to-1), K/9 (8.4)
ERA: 4.12
Wins: 12

Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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