Fantasy Baseball Advice: Deep League Pitching Prospects

Matthew BeckCorrespondent IJune 27, 2009

CHICGAO, IL - APRIL 22:  Jose Contreras #52 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on April 22, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Yankees won 9-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Deep League Pitching Prospects

When you are in a deep fantasy league, you are always looking for a diamond in the rough.  I have come across a handful of pitchers that have been above average over the last month of the season.  These players are most likely available in almost all formats of fantasy leagues and should be picked up if you are looking to improve your pitching staff.


Starting pitchers of interest

Brad Bergesen SP (BAL):  Bergessen is one of many of the youngsters that have been called up by the Orioles this season.  Over the past month he has three wins and a 2.35 ERA bringing his season totals to a 4-2 record with a 3.94 ERA. 

This is Bergesen’s first season in the Orioles rotation so expect there to be some rough outings.  But he should finish the season with above average production, leading to a good finish to the season.

Fernando Nieve SP, RP (NYM):  Nieve has been an unexpected surprise for the Mets this season, after being moved from the bullpen to the rotation a few weeks ago due to the injuries to the starting pitchers.  In his only three starts of the season, he has put up a perfect 3-0 record with a 1.31 ERA. 

He is really making it difficult for the Mets to take him out of the rotation after the original starters return.  If he continues to lead the Mets to victory, he should have a permanent spot in the starting rotation.

Kevin Correia SP, RP (SD):  Over the past month of the season, Correia has been nothing but dynamite.  He recorded three wins out of his last four starts, while averaging five strikeouts per game. 

As long as he gets solid run support Correia is a great option to round out your fantasy rotation.  The only downfall is that he pitches for the worst offensive team in all of baseball.

Jose Contreras SP (CWS):  After a stint in Triple-A, Contreras has regained his dominance at the big league level.  Since returning to the White Sox he has recorded two wins while posting a 1.23 ERA. 

Though his strikeout totals aren’t what they used to be, Contreras can still put up around five strikeouts a game.  If you are not sure about picking him up, follow his outings for the next few weeks to make sure he is definitely back to his old form.

Vince Mazzaro SP (OAK):  After only joining the starting rotation at the beginning of the month, this youngster has quickly begun to turn heads.  Through his first five starts he has pitched at least six innings in each game. 

He has recorded only two wins in those five starts, but he is an inning-eater and has high strikeout potential.  If you are looking for a solid young pitcher, give Mazzaro a look.


Relief pitchers of interest

J.P. Howell RP (TB):  Howell has been great since the loss of Troy Percival to the disabled list.  Over the last month of the season, Howell has a zero ERA with 18 strikeouts to go along with three saves. 

Howell may be a long shot at this point in some leagues, but you may be able to pick him up off of the waiver wire.  He has the potential to be the full time closer for the Rays by the end of the season.

Dan Meyer SP, RP (FLA):  With the Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom placed on the disabled list, the door has opened up for Meyer to receive save opportunities.  Meyer has posted a minuscule 0 .79 ERA over the last month of the season along with posting one win and one save. 

A good sign for his success was that the first night after Lindstrom was placed on the disabled list, Meyer was asked on by the coach to close the game.  If he keeps pitching great, he would be a great boost to anyone’s fantasy team.