This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
You'll recall, last week we started looking at pitchers who could be worth targeting for 2017. If you're out of the title hunt this year, you should be using these last couple of months prepping for next year. Maybe some tactical trades for value contracts if you are in a keeper/dynasty, or building a target cheat sheet for draft day in redraft leagues. We already looked at players to target in the National League, and this week we'll take a spin through the American League. This year's contenders might be salivating over your expiring or exorbitant contracts. That's a good thing. Here's your chance to land that blue chip kid at a very nice price. Let's see who tops the list of pitchers who are establishing themselves as players to target:
Yu Darvish (Rangers) – He came off the disabled list at the end of May after missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery. The Rangers have understandably been fairly conservative with his workload, but they have steadily, albeit gradually, increased how deep they let him pitch into games. So far, everything has gone as well as one could hope as he has posted numbers that are nearly identical to those of his last full season in 2013 – a 1.07 WHIP, with 2.75 ERA and strikeouts that would total about 269 if he kept this pace over 210 innings. Darvish could top the AL pitchers list next season.
Kevin Gausman (Orioles) – I'm standing squarely on the Gausman