Possible Keepers for Sleeper (Fantasy Style): Pitchers
The following players were on the Sleeper roster at season's end and all have a chance to make the squad in 2009. Starting pitching is more valuable for this quad and has an array of up and coming hurlers to choose from.
However a couple pitchers did not make the list because they're not worthy of being kept. Unless you can convince me that Russ Springer or Odalis Perez deserves consideration.
A true ace, and a young one at that. But will his heavy workload cause a set back?
Last seasons numbers were arguably Halladay's best. However back in 2003 was the only other time the Toronto pitcher threw over 245 innings and won 20 games. Significance?
The following season in 2004, Halladay pitched in only 21 games and had an ERA in the low fours.
The Rays pitcher really made a name for himself in the 2008 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox but will that be enough to shoot him off into baseball greatness?
Flashes of greatness make it hard to dismiss Morrow as a possible keeper.
Talk about vanilla. Only Colorado's Aaron Cook threw more innings with fewer strikeouts. If Maholm were on a better team, his wins would be higher.
In 14 starts last season, the rookie gave up more than three earned runs only once. But struck out more than four batters more than once. High upside.
The new closer for the Cleveland Indians is coming off his best season as a reliever. The question with him is and always will be his durability.
Gonzalez didn't begin pitching until the middle of June last season and his September ERA was 5.84. Still, his K/9 rating was 11.75. Only Brad Lidge had more saves and a higher K/9 rating.
The new closer for the Angels will have tough shoes to fill from the vacancy of Francisco Rodriguez's record setting year and a September ERA of 3.38 suggests that hitters might start to figure him out.
Balfour's season was ridiculously good and was completely unexpected as coming into last season he'd never had an ERA below 4.15. The drastic change in stats is too wide to think he'll repeat in 2009.