Mound Musings: AL East Draft Day Targets
Mound Musings: AL East Draft Day Targets

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

Last week we looked at the NL East, and for the next five weeks I'll continue to throw out some names for your consideration, covering one division each week. When the dust settles, we should be looking at Opening Day, and hopefully have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2018 season. Let's get to it and look at the:

American League East

Baltimore Orioles – The O's are a team with a couple of solid starting pitchers, followed by a collection of huge question marks. We'll start with something all regular Musings' readers will find very familiar. It's time for me to make my annual trek to the Shrine of the Eternal Believer where I'll once more anoint Kevin Gausman with the "ace" tag. Some call me dedicated, some call me stubborn and some call me crazy. I suppose I could plead guilty to all counts, but I still see it. I admit my confidence wavered a bit as he was nothing short of awful into July of last year, but the light came on (he figured things out mechanically and regained his confidence). He should come at a significant discount, and if he pitches like he did in the second half, his value will be through the roof. Most owners will list Dylan Bundy as the top pitcher on the staff, and he did have a decent season last year, but I expect him to be somewhat overvalued again on draft day. The team just inked Andrew Cashner

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Brad Johnson
For more than 30 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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