The 2015 MLB season is right around the corner and with it comes everyone’s second favorite pastime: fantasy baseball. Leagues are to be won, bragging rights will be had and maybe even some money will go someone’s way. The best way to win your league? Sleepers.
Sleepers are the epitome of how owners win their leagues. Getting the jump on someone in the later rounds of the draft or in free agency could make or break a season. Here are three starting pitchers to keep an eye on this season.
Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles Angels
The key piece going from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Angels in the Howie Kendrick trade this off-season, Heaney is projected to have a very good first year in the MLB. Some analysts and scouts have him winning the AL Rookie of the Year this season and also have him being a key part in helping the Angels get back to the playoffs this season. Heaney hasn’t marveled in his two Major League starts but has the stuff to become a number two starter in the Majors. Look for him in the middle rounds to bolster your pitching depth.
Joe Kelly, Boston Red Sox
This off-season, Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly predicted that he would win the American League Cy Young this season. The odds are against Kelly’s prediction, but a little motivation never hurt anyone. This will be his first full season in Boston and with the Red Sox needing all the help they can get from their pitchers this year, Kelly is a candidate to step up and potentially be one of the best starters on their staff. Kelly will be available in the middle to later rounds and could be a low risk, high reward pick.
Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
A former reliever, Gausman has the stuff to be a well rounded starting pitcher for the O’s. He is a very good strikeout pitcher as he had 88 last season and also has a high ceiling in Baltimore. Look for Gausman to potentially be a good late round pick or free agent pickup.