Fantasy Impact: Roy Oswalt Back In The Big Leagues

By Mike Block


Roy Oswalt
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Roy Oswalt will back in the majors after being called up to make a start as a member of the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

Oswalt is coming off a season with the Texas Rangers that had many people wondering if he would call it quits at season’s end. The 12-year pro had his worst season of his career and appeared to be losing some speed on his fastball. Oswalt finished with the highest ERA (5.80) and WHIP (1.53) of his career and was eventually demoted to the bullpen mid way through the season.

The 35-year-old signed a minor league contract last month and has made five starts with Double-A Tulsa. Oswalt has been extremely impressive in his appearances (3-2, 2.16 ERA, 0.93 WHIP), and had even been reported hitting 95 mph on the radar gun.

Despite the poor numbers from the 2012 season you cannot ignore the experience of Oswalt. Once considered one of the top pitchers in baseball, Oswalt has appeared in three All Star games and finished in the top six for the National League Cy Young Award six different times.

Fantasy owners should take a chance on Oswalt, as he is facing off against a struggling Washington Nationals team that is currently 28th in the majors in batting average. Even if Oswalt has a slight chance of turning back the clock, the potential upside he brings to the table outweighs the risk.

Oswalt is owned in only 20 percent of CBS fantasy baseball leagues.

Michael Block is a featured sports columnist for Rant Sports  You can Follow him on Twitter @Blockski12

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