Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Breakout Pitchers- Kevin Gausman

Kevin Gausman, RHP.  DOB:  1/6/1991.  6'3", 190 lbs.  Organization:  Orioles

4-7, 4.25, 112.1 IP, 8.25 K/9, 2.32 BB/9, GB/FB= 1.17, Avg. FB Velocity= 95.3, FIP= 4.10, xFIP= 3.80.

Gausman was the Orioles first round draft pick in 2012, #4 overall.  He is a bit of an enigma in that almost everybody agrees that he has premium stuff and he backs that up with good looking peripheral stats, but he has always tended to underperform his peripherals.  The Orioles are hoping he's finally found some traction at the end of last season.  Over his last 5 starts, he gave up 11 runs in 30 IP with 10 BB and 33 K's.  I know he was a pretty significant asset for my Savvy Vets fantasy team down the stretch.  It is possible that pitching in a bandbox park in the AL East with a poor defensive team behind him will always cause him to underperform, but he is also entering the theoretical prime years of his career with premium velocity and stuff intact.  He should be available late in most fantasy draft formats and should provide excellent surplus value.

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