2013 Fantasy Baseball: Felix Hernandez is Worth First Round Pick

By Adam McGill
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SP Felix Hernandez has been a rock for the Seattle Mariners over the last couple years, but he has also been a rock for fantasy baseball owners as well.

Hernandez has shockingly thrown 232 innings and 217 strikeouts in four consecutive seasons. He has matured into one of the most reliable fantasy pitchers and many forget that he is just 26.

Hernandez has also posted 16 complete games in the past three seasons, including five complete game shutouts last year alone. King Felix seems to go the distance more than any other pitcher in fantasy, so you can expect him to easily eclipse the 220-inning plateau.

Hernandez is also likely to pitch in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for the Venezuelan team. This should only give the innings-monster a chance to perfect his arm before heading to Spring Training. This may be one of his best fantasy campaigns yet.

Additionally, this is one of the most potent Mariners teams to ever be behind Felix, with hard hitters like Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak, and the newly added Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales. Hernandez will get some of the best run-support he has ever seen since being anchored in the Mariners rotation, so fantasy owners can expect him to finally rack up the wins in Seattle.

Hernandez will once again be one of the most dominant fireballers in the 2013 fantasy baseball season. He is one starter that is absolutely guaranteed to go over 200 innings, strikeout over 200 batters, and keep his ERA very close to 3.00. He is the ideal first round pitcher.

King Felix may carry a hefty first round tax, but he has proven to be one of the only pitchers worth it each year.

Adam McGill is the Fantasy Sports Network Manager at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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