This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Not too surprisingly, this year, it seems like there have been even more (than usual) young, at least somewhat lesser known, pitchers finding work in starting rotations. Some have enjoyed some success, and that always leads to decisions on whether they should be added to your fantasy roster. Even good teams with the very best pitching prospects are at least considering promotions, but some veterans and their second-tier minor leaguers are likely to get their chances to show off. Even with good beginnings, most won't post long-term value, as the hitters build a book on them and uncover their flaws. However, some will take advantage of the opportunity, and so should you.
That said, I would like to feature a few pitchers who have impressed me with both solid numbers and future potential at this point in the season. Then, we'll flip the coin, and I'll feature pitchers who have posted impressive numbers so far but might not see a major league mound too many more times. Watch the warning signs on these guys.
You might consider adding these arms:
Joe Musgrove (Padres) – Just last week, Musgrove opened a lot of eyes by pitching the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history. That alone probably made him a challenging trade target, but that's okay, I want to look a bit behind the scenes. Consider that top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole toiled for the Pirates until 2017, and another blue chip young arm, Tyler Glasnow, was employed in Pittsburgh