All over the country millions of fantasy baseball owners are scouring the free agent pool for the next great starting pitcher. This week one of the most added pitchers in fantasy has been Seattle Mariners SP Brandon Maurer.
It is not too often that the fantasy community trips over themselves to grab a Mariners starting pitcher, but that is exactly what has happened in the first week of the season.
Regardless of his sudden popularity, the youngster had a miserable opening game. In his first start of the season, the 22-year-old faced the always-tough Oakland Athletics. Maurer lasted a respectable six innings, but other than that, he didn’t give fantasy owners much else to get excited about.
Maurer allowed eight hits and six earned runs in the less than stellar performance. He didn’t issue any walks, but that is most likely because everything he threw around the strike zone was put into play. He also struck out just one batter in his first MLB loss and the righty may not be the superstar that the fantasy world was hoping for just yet.
Maurer is a strong prospect, but he is simply too risky of a starter at this point in his young career. He could be worth stashing for the long haul, but he won’t warrant many spot starts during the 2013 season.