Mound Musings: Some of the Biggest Surprises so Far
Mound Musings: Some of the Biggest Surprises so Far

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

This year, it seems like there have been even more (than usual) young, at least somewhat lesser known, pitchers finding work in starting rotations. Some have enjoyed some success, and that always leads to decisions on whether they should be added to your fantasy roster. Veteran pitchers like Luis Severino, Mike Foltynewicz and Rich Hill missing the first month obviously opened some doors. As is fairly normal, teams with the very best pitching prospects aren't bringing them up yet, so their second-tier minor leaguers get their chance to show off. Even with good beginnings, most won't post long-term value, as the hitters build a book on them and uncover their flaws. However, some will take advantage of the opportunity, and so should you.

That said, I would like to feature a few pitchers who have impressed me with both solid numbers, and future potential at this point in the season. Then, we'll flip the coin, and I'll throw out some pitchers who have posted impressive numbers so far, but might not see a major league mound too many more times. Watch the warning signs on these guys.

You might consider adding these arms:

Chris Paddack (Padres) – Paddack is just one a handful of higher upside starters beginning to make their way to San Diego. He has very good stuff, pretty good command of that stuff, and, perhaps most notably, a mound presence beyond what you might expect from someone at his age and professional experience level. Those attributes

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Brad Johnson
For more than 30 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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