Every day this spring training I am going to take a look at one guy that Fantasy Baseball owners should be excited about or a guy that you should be backing away from as your drafts near.
I’m going to start with Minnesota Twins’ starting pitcher Phil Hughes as I believe there’s a lot of reasons to get excited about the former New York Yankee.
After a miserable 4-14 season in New York in 2013, that saw Hughes post a whopping 5.19 ERA, I like him to rebound in a big way in 2014.
First of all, his velocity seems to be back to pre-injury levels, and his control has always been pretty solid. (Top-10 in strike-throwing percentage in 2013).
But the biggest thing to like about Hughes this year is the move to Minnesota and Target Field compared to Yankee Stadium.
He’s moving from a park that wasn’t great for his style of pitching to one that should play very favorably into his favor. Hughes has an HR/9 of 0.86 on the road for his career, compared with a 1.69 while he was pitching at Yankee Stadium, and his FIP ERA on the road is 3.78 for his career.
Those alone are numbers that should make you feel confident in a rebound from Hughes if he is healthy.
The Twins offense likely won’t do him many favors in terms of run support, but he should be a back-end of your rotation option with upside in 2014.
Hughes currently has an ADP of 354.3, which means he is a guy you should target in the late rounds as if you end up with Hughes as your sixth or seventh starting pitcher option, you will reap the benefits from a potential bounce back season.