26-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Aaron Northcraft in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Northcraft, who cleared waivers Tuesday, will be a non-roster invitee to major-league spring training, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Aaron Northcraft.
It wasn't as if the Braves rushed Northcraft to Triple-A Gwinnett, as he had made close to 40 starts at the Double-A level by the time he was promoted halfway through the 2014 season, but the right-hander proved unprepared regardless. He went 0-7 with a 6.54 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 13 appearances (12 starts) with Gwinnett, spanning 64.2 innings, with his opponents' average rising close to 90 points between levels (from .228 with Double-A Mississippi to .317). Northcraft struggled to adjust to the competition at the Double-A level upon his promotion in 2013 but eventually figured it out, and he'll look to repeat that narrative in the International League in 2015, but his strikeout rate has dipped the past two years with his advancement through the system, and he doesn't project to be anything more than a back-end rotation option.
In his first season at the Double-A level, Northcraft posted a 3.42 ERA and a 2.37 K/BB across 26 starts. He didn't blow by hitters quite like he did in 2012, when the right-hander fanned 160 batters, tops in the Carolina League, but Northcraft still put up a very respectable 7.9 K/9, while also inducing a high number of groundballs (1.96 GO/AO). He can be erratic, and likely needs to show more in the minors, but it's conceivable Northcraft could get his first cup of coffee with the big club in 2014.