2014 Fantasy Baseball Breakout Candidate: SP Alex Cobb
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb was on his way to a career season last year, but a scary accident cut his season short. Cobb was able to make a return and pitch better than ever. Entering 2014, he has the chance to be a top-20 starting pitcher.
Cobb had a 6-2 record with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in the first two months of the season. He took a line drive to the head in mid-June and missed most of the summer. Cobb returned for his first start since the accident on August 15. In his final nine starts, he went 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He allowed just three total runs over the final three must-win games against the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.
The 26-year-old pitcher has a lot of upside heading into this season. He has the opportunity to reach 200 innings while keeping his ERA under 3.00. Cobb has had his K/9 average rise over the last three seasons. He had an 8.4 K/9 rate last season and could get close to the coveted 9.0 in 2014. With a curveball, slider and splitter, opposing batters will have a hard time hitting home runs off of Cobb.
As the No. 3 starter for the Rays, Cobb could be the compliment to David Price that the team has been looking for since James Shields was a part of the team. He will carry your team with his low ERA and WHIP while racking up 11 to 13 wins. Cobb will have great value in the middle rounds as a SP3.