Heading into the 2013 fantasy baseball season many pegged Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer as a solid second starter. He was coming off his third consecutive season in which he threw over 187 innings, but the fact that he posted four straight years with an ERA over 3.50 caused his fantasy value to slip a little.
Well, after starting the season off 11-0 it is clear that Scherzer has matured into a true fantasy ace. He has a 3.05 ERA to go along with an untouchable 0.91 WHIP. Scherzer has even outperformed SP Justin Verlander all season long, despite being picked several rounds after the 2011 AL MVP in drafts this past spring.
Scherzer is also strking out 10.63 batters per nine innings of work and has dominated hitters with his fastball. According to FanGrpahs, though, he has also used his changeup 18.9 % of the time and his filthy slider 16.2 %. Scherzer’s fastball averages 93.5 MPH, but the fact that both of his breaking pitchers are averaging 84 MPH has helped him rack up unprecedented strikeout totals.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the 28-year-old fireballer will be much more expensive next year. Scherzer most likely fell out of the third round this spring and was lucky to be drafted within the top-20 starters. However, after his outstanding start, you can bet he will easily be drafted as a top-10 hurler in 2014.
If you are lucky enough to have Scherzer on your roster, enjoy it while it lasts because he won’t come nearly as cheap next season.