Hamels finished the 2012 season with a very strong 17-6 record. He also had a 3.05 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and struck out 216 batters in 215.1 innings of work. He may not draw the attention of Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee in drafts, but Hamels outscored them both in fantasy points last season.
Hamels’ win total has gone up in each of the past four seasons. Hamels seems to be on the verge of having a 20-win season, so this could finally be the year for the highly paid southpaw. Philadelphia is finally looking healthy and will finish much better than their 81-81 debacle from last season, which will only give Hamels more chances to win games.
Hamels has also shockingly managed to keep his ERA under 3.07 for three consecutive seasons and even registered a WHIP of 0.99 in 2011. Finding pitchers with a low ERA/WHIP is one of the most important aspects of a fantasy ace, so Hamels has certainly carried the torch for fantasy owners in recent years.
The 29-year-old also has unbelievable control from a lefty. He only walked 52 batters all of last year and has become one of the most reliable pitchers from the bump in all of fantasy.
Hamels will be a great fantasy ace to target in the early second round in drafts this summer. Keep him near the top of your cheat sheets this off-season, because he won’t fall far past the top 30 players in 2013.