Mound Musings: Assessing Emerging Opportunity
Mound Musings: Assessing Emerging Opportunity

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

As a pitching analyst, I always have to keep two distinct things in mind. Obviously, the first thing I need to evaluate is talent – that is, upside, ceiling and/or raw ability. But, there is another side to the coin. No matter how much ability your pitcher displays, he will require the opportunity to turn that ability into statistical assets. You will greatly enhance your scouting for fantasy purposes if you can determine the likelihood of the pitcher in question winning a fantasy relevant role.

Learning to Assess Emerging Opportunity

Here's an example of a question I am frequently asked: "Who do you like better for the rest of this season and for the future: Julio Urias or Brandon Finnegan?" It's a fair question to be sure, but, at least today, there are two different answers.

While both are very viable young pitchers if you look at skills alone, Urias has a higher ceiling with potentially dominating stuff. He could easily develop into an ace

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brad Johnson
For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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