The New York Mets have a lot of hope coming into the 2014 season, and starting pitcher Dillon Gee is a big reason for that.
Gee is being taken late in fantasy baseball drafts, and that makes him a true “sleepers” for the upcoming season.
» Dillon Gee, SP (current ADP: #272):
Dillon Gee is arguably the best healthy pitcher returning to the Mets rotation this season.
After losing stud Matt Harvey to Tommy John surgery, the Mets will lean on Gee as a front-of-the-rotation guy.
Yes, Zack Wheeler has “the stuff”, but he’s entering just his first full season in the league and won’t have the dependability that Gee possesses.
Newcomer Bartolo Colon is 40 years old and has a number of question marks surrounding his previous PED use, and Jonathon Niese is already dealing with “elbow discomfort” this spring. Not a good sign.
In steps Gee, who is coming off the best season of his four-year career.
In 2013, the 27-year-old was 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA and 142 K.
In each of his seasons (setting aside his rookie campaign), Gee has made improvements to nearly every facet of his game.
Beginning in 2011, his ERA has gone from 4.43, to 4.10, to 3.62, and his strikeouts have gone from 114, to 97 (in only 17 starts), to 142.
Last year, his HR/FB% decreased from 12.8 to 10.1 and he bested his previous career high in innings pitched by nearly 40 frames, which included two complete games.
Coming into his age 28 season, he is in the midst of his prime, and should continue to provide owners with solid, reliable production.
With the additions of Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, and a fully healthy David Wright, Gee should also be in line for some better run production from his offense. In 2013, Gee received the 19th-worst run support (3.66/game) in all of baseball.
At his current ADP of 272, Dillon Gee is a much safer pick than guys like Ubaldo Jimenez (224) and Dan Haren (229), who have had more bad seasons than good ones over the last few years. Saving some cash by purchasing Gee at his $1 auction price will make you say, “Gee whiz, why didn’t I think of this sooner?”
2014 Projections: 14-9, 3.60 ERA, 154 K, 1.23 WHIP, 200.0 IP
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