2019 MLB Draft Guide: The Value of Strikeouts
James Grande takes a look at how strikeouts can be one of the most important features of a pitcher with relation to using them in fantasy baseball leagues.
Since 2000, we’ve seen just three seasons in which at least 16 pitchers have struck out 200-plus opponents and coincidentally enough, it’s been three of the last four seasons excluding the 2016 campaign. It seemingly doesn’t matter anymore if you put the ball in play, but when you do, does it leave the yard? The strikeout is such a fascinating aspect of today’s game because it matters, but at the same time it doesn’t. We all want to roster the Max Scherzer ’s and Chris Sale ’s of the world but the same goes for Giancarlo Stanton , Joey Gallo , and Khris Davis on the opposite end of the spectrum yet they strike out 175-plus times a year, but hit 40 homers so it’s kind of irrelevant. Adapting to this style will only benefit us in the long run, our teams especially.
Want to know how much the punch out is worth these days? The first eight pitchers according to this year’s ADP all struck out 200-plus batters. Number nine? Clayton Kershaw . Kershaw only made 26 starts in 2018 and...