This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
You might be in a pennant race, or you might be looking forward to 2022. 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 2022. 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 will likely 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 who are establishing themselves as players to target on draft day next season:
Jameson Taillon (Yankees) – I don't often put a high school pitcher at the top of my kid's watch list; there are usually too many variables that can change the outlook before they are ready to contribute. I made an exception in 2010 when Taillon came out. Even as a teenager, he displayed a far more developed repertoire and stuff that was far beyond his years. Now, 11 years later, he has accumulated just 589 MLB innings and offers a laundry list of injuries including two Tommy John surgeries and a bout with cancer. He missed all of 2014, 2015 and,