This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
You might be in a pennant race or you might be looking forward to 2020. If your season is slipping away (or slipped away earlier), that doesn't mean your job is done. This is a great time to do your homework for next year, and even lay the foundations for a big season in 2020. This week we'll look at players to target next spring. Keep in mind, these won't necessarily be the "best" pitchers next season. These are pitchers who could potentially offer considerable value on draft day. They could be difference makers. The big name aces likely will post excellent numbers next season, but in the majority of leagues, you'll pay full price for those stats. We're looking for valuable arms you can buy at a discount. Let's see who tops the list of pitchers establishing themselves as players to target on draft day next season:
Yu Darvish (Cubs) – Sometimes fantasy owners forget the old adage, "What have you done for me lately?" and base their buying targets on the full season statistics of the pitcher in question. Right now, Darvish offers a rather pedestrian 4.25 ERA with a reasonably solid 1.14 WHIP. What those peripherals don't say is that he suffered through an inconsistent first half (5.01 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at the All-Star break). The big difference has been the rediscovery of his excellent command as he has rounded back into form following a couple injury-plagued seasons. Over the past two months, his K/BB rate