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Draft Guide Preview: SP Outliers

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: March 19, 2020, 4:53 pm ET

Since before draft season began, we've been providing looks into our 2020 Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide to help give you the knowledge you need to make smarter decisions when your league's draft rolls around.

Complete with content covering various league types — from projections and rankings to tiers, ADP reports, mock drafts and exclusive expert columns — this year's edition is the finest we've produced.

Today, we'll be giving you a look at the guide's exclusive positional outlier column series with the below excerpt from the Starting Pitcher Outliers.

Take a look:



Starting PItcher Outliers


Starter Outliers

Matthew Pouliot had Mike Soroka 12. The composite ranking was 25.88.

The skepticism surrounding Soroka's ability to do it again is based mostly on his middling strikeout rate as a rookie. That's a valid concern, of course, but I think we've all been spoiled of late; it used to be that many of the game's best pitchers took time to become strikeout machines. Justin Verlander finished at 6.0 K/9 IP as a rookie before getting to 8.2 as a sophomore. Jon Lester went from 6.5 K/9 IP to 10.0. Corey Kluber went from 7.7 in 12 starts in 2012 to 8.3 in his first full season to 10.3 in his second. I don't think Soroka is on his way to becoming an elite strikeout pitcher, but I'd expect him to improve in that regard over the next couple of seasons while continuing to do a superior job of limiting walks and homers. – Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot)


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