2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Zack Greinke
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
While he may not be the sexiest pick in the bunch, there is safety in security and stability, and Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke provides just that. He’s logged 200 or more innings in four out of the past five years, and he’s won at least 15 games in all but two seasons (2010, 2016) in this decade. From 2014-2016, the strikeouts were teetering, declining after each season, but in his second and third season in the desert, he’s back closer to one batter per inning, including 9.56 K/9 in 2017. Last season, that mark fell to 8.62, but still solid for a multitude of reasons. He fell one strikeout shy of 200 last season and, while the strikeout numbers aren’t off-the-charts good, his volume of work allows him to continuously add to that category.
The big concern with Greinke is just how much longer he can be effective with a fastball that is declining by the year, and rather noticeably in recent seasons. The veteran right-hander has been a workhorse throughout his career, and for...