2014 Fantasy Baseball: 5 Surprising All-Star Pitchers

5 Surprising All-Stars

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Here are five All-Star pitchers that have absolutely shocked fantasy baseball owners throughout the 2014 season.

5. SP Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres

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5. SP Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres

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Ross has been one of the biggest surprises this fantasy season. The 27-year-old never pitched more than 125 innings in the bigs, but he has already racked up 122.2 innings this season to go along with 117 K’s and a nasty 2.93 ERA. Ross continues to throw gem after gem for fantasy owners and he has become the ultimate free agent pickup.

4. RP Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers

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4. RP Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers

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Everyone pegged Jim Henderson to run away with the closer role this season, but a poor spring showing allowed Rodriguez to take over the job. K-Rod has already racked up 27 saves on the year and currently owns a sizzling 2.28 ERA with a 0.88 WHIP. Rodriguez has even fanned 50 batters in 43.1 innings of work. His All-Star campaign has truly come out of nowhere this year.

3. SP Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays

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3. SP Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays

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Buehrle is another veteran to have a resurgent season in 2014. He has a 10-6 record, but has also added a nasty 2.60 ERA. He may not strikeout a ton of batters (5.19 K/9), but the veteran knows how to hit his targets. The mere fact that Buehrle is having a top-20 SP season is one of the biggest surprises at the turn.

2. SP Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics

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2. SP Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics

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Not many hurlers make a comeback at 30 years old, but Kazmir has proven to be the one exception of the rule. The aging starter is shockingly 11-3 on the year with a 2.38 ERA and a near spotless 0.98 WHIP. Kazmir has become the ace of the team’s rotation, while anchoring many fantasy lineups in the process. Not many fans expected to see the K-Man on the All-Star roster this fantasy season.

1. SP Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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1. SP Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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Cueto was a mess last year after suffering a midseason obloquie injury. Luckily, though, he has turned things around and has been absolutely dominant this season. He has a 9-6 record to go along with a 2.03 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. Hardly anyone expected Cueto to even finish the first half of the season, let alone be in the mix to start the All-Star game for the National League.


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  • Joseph Bliden

    Where exactly do you come up with these adjectives? 30-years-old is generally considered the prime of an athletes career, not “aging”, and unless a pitcher’s ERA is 0.00, it is by no means “spotless”.

    • AdamMcGill

      30 is the prime for a hitter…not a pitcher buddy.