There is always a run on young starting pitchers each fantasy baseball season. Owners flock to them. This year will be no different, and there is no shortage of young fireballers to keep an eye on. To help you identify which kids to go after this month, here are five young arms to go all-in on this fantasy season:
Dustin May, Los Angeles Dodgers
May received some serious MLB expereince last season as the 22-year-old bounced between the bullpen and the rotation last year. The right-hander’s fastball lived in the mid-90’s and the kid really got the feel for his cutter as the season progressed. He has all the making of an elite strikeout pitcher and will be one of the top young arms to look for outside of the top-50 this summer.
Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers
Urias finally started to look like the promising young arm we have been waiting for. His fastball has jumped up to 95.2 MPH, while his secondary pitches are extremely misleading with an 84.6 MPH slider and 82.2 MPH changeup. Urias has an amazing repertoire and will be primed to put up All-Star numbers in 2020. Urias will be an absolute bargain as a SP3-SP4 in standard leagues this summer.
Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves
Soroka burst onto the scene last season. He recorded a glimmering 1.08 ERA (50.2 innings) through his first eight starts and quickly matured into a front of the rotation arm. The right-hander did falter somewhat down the stretch, as he posted a 4.00 ERA through five starts in September, but the youngster has a very bright future in Hotlanta. Soroka will fly off the draft board this summer and will have huge upside as a SP3/SP4.
Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins
Berrios has become a true fantasy workhorse. He has posted190 innings/ sub-4.00 ERA in back-to-back seasons and the kid struck out a career-high 194 batters in 2019. The Puerto Rican sensation tends to be an all-or-nothing fantasy option, but his good games greatly outweigh his bad ones. View as a top-20 arm with the potential to creep into the top-15 when it is all said and done.
Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
Giolito’s value has skyrocketed this off-season. He recorded an abysmal 6.13 ERA in 2018 over 173.1 innings of work. In 2019, though, the former top-tier prospect bounced back with a 14-9 record to go with a 3.41 ERA and 228 strikeouts in 176.2 innings of work. LG has quickly established himself as a one of the top young arms in the game and will be a steal as a SP2 this month.