By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on May 8, 2014
Fantasy baseball dynasty league owners are always looking for the next young pitcher to stash away for future seasons. To help those fantasy owners with a long-term plan, here are five of the best young hurlers to lock up now.
Paxton may have only started two games this season before hitting the DL with a back injury, but he looked very impressive in the limited sample size. He won both starts and surprisingly struck out 13 batters in 12 innings of work. The 25-year-old has also posted a glimmering 2.25 ERA with a 0.67 WHIP. Paxton will be back very soon and the southpaw proved that he deserves a spot in the team's rotation.
Of all the young pitchers this month, Treinen may be the most underrated. He was throwing some serious heat in his debut as a starter this past week and the righty was shockingly touching 98 MPH. The 25-year-old has already been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, but he likely won’t be there with long considering his raw power. Stash this kid away now and expect him to lock up a full-time spot sooner rather than later.
After seven innings of one-run, 10-strikeout ball, Elias followed it up with a three-run hiccup. Either way, Elias doesn’t seem to be leaving the rotation anytime soon. The 25-year-old has a respectable 3.27 ERA and he has still struck out 37 batters through 41.1 innings of work. He will be worth locking up for a couple years this off-season, so grab him now.
Ray was a popular streaming option this week, but not everyone drank the Kool-Aid. However, the youngster displayed some serious poteial in his major league debut. Ray pitched 5 1/3 inning of one-run ball, and while he didn’t get a decision, the 22-year-old certainly turned some heads. Ray’s next start will come this Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, which just screams fantasy potential. If he is sitting on the wire still, add him immediately.
As I predicted, Alvarez pitched a gem against the Mets this past Tuesday. The right-hander pitched nine scoreless innings and struck out a season-high seven batters. It was his second complete game over his last four starts and lowered his ERA to a very respectable 2.62. If Alvarez is still sitting on the wire after his latest outing, it is about time someone scooped him up.
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