Mound Musings: AL Central Draft Day Targets
Mound Musings: AL Central Draft Day Targets

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

Three divisions down, and three to go. This week, we move to the AL Central to take a look into the crystal ball and search for draft day bargains. I'll continue to throw out some names out 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 2019 season. We're past the halfway point, so let's look at the:

American League Central

Chicago White Sox – The young but maturing White Sox will hope their pitchers can move ahead this year as well. I'm optimistic about a couple, but not so much on others. To start, with injuries, timing can be everything. Carlos Rodon, missed part of 2017, and didn't pitch until June last year. Not surprisingly, his command was shaky, and his stamina was reduced. That puts the talented righty on schedule to take a significant step forward this year. I'm buying. Once the hype of fantasy circles, Lucas Giolito struggled again last season, displaying very inconsistent command. He has again reworked his mechanics, so perhaps he'll rediscover the abilities that lead to the hype. I'm cautiously optimistic, but I would need a Plan B. And, speaking of big hype guys, Michael Kopech made just four MLB starts before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He'll miss this year, but file him away in the "for the future" file. Reynaldo Lopez, was also very inconsistent with command of his secondary

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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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