Joe Sheehan's Pitching Picks: Special Excerpt For RotoWire
Joe Sheehan's Pitching Picks: Special Excerpt For RotoWire

Joe Sheehan has been a frequent guest star at RotoWire.com. He currently hangs his hat at Sports Illustrated. But he also has his own newsletter at JoeSheehan.com, which we highly recommend subscribing to. Here's an excerpt from his recent work highlighting the pitchers he expects to exceed their lower expectations.

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Here are some guys I think could be newsmakers during the season:

Felipe Paulino, Rockies. The single biggest steal of the winter, Paulino was acquired for nothing, a 32-year-old utility infielder likely to be non-tendered. For that meager price, the Rockies got a pitcher who has struck out just shy of 20% of the batters he has faced in the majors, with a better than 2:1 K/BB, and who had the third-best fastball of any starting pitcher in the majors last year. Pauiino's heater averaged 95.5 mph, behind only Ubaldo Jimenez and Stephen Strasburg. Velocity isn't everything, but when you look at the starters had the best fastballs in the majors, it's clear that it is something: Paulino was the only starting pitcher in the majors to average 94 mph on his fastball and not have a good year.

Paulino's season-ending ERA of 5.11 is misleading, inflated by five outings out of the bullpen, two disastrous, at the end of the season when he was working his way back from a strained rotator cuff. Through June 20, when he went on the DL, he had a 4.40 mark with seven quality starts in his previous

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Joe Sheehan
Joe Sheehan is a contributor to Sports Illustrated and runs his own newsletter at JoeSheehan.com. Previously, he was a founding member of Baseball Prospectus. He's been a contributing writer to RotoWire since its inception and can frequently be heard as a guest on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM Radio.
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