There are quality starting pitchers that fall to the final rounds during every fantasy baseball draft. It happens every year and tends to produce some of the best sleepers at the position.
One of the best late-round starters to look for this spring is Ervin Santana of the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves have already suffered numerous setbacks this season. The team’s ace, Kris Medlen, recently had a second Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm and will be forced to miss the rest of the 2014 season. Unfortunately, the team lost starter Brandon Beachy to TJS as well this spring and he will also miss the entire the season.
Atlanta ended up adding Santana through free agency just days after learning about the injuries to Medlen and Beachy. The journeyman will walk into a rotation spot for the Braves and will have every opportunity to have another stellar fantasy showing.
Santana started 32 games last season for the Kansas City Royals and the right-hander ended up putting decent fantasy numbers. He threw 211 innings and finished with a career-low 3.24 ERA. It was a very impressive performance from a veteran that was previously written off and Santana proved that he still has fantasy value after the age of 30.
Santana is worth adding as a S5 or SP6 this spring. The veteran won’t be a weekly starter in most formats, but he will be one of the best flex options to count on down the stretch.