This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
"The Next _______" can be an exercise in futility as well as one that puts an unfair label on players. We see it quite a bit in real-life sports as people look for the next great name in a sport. Fantasy baseball is no different, and we see it every year, but mainly in a hindsight manner; with some regrets, we should have seen the breakout/bust coming. This very question was raised to me by Jeff Erickson as we shared a table at the back of the room at First Pitch Arizona.
The discussion evolved from discussing the tweet below where I showed how my respective teams finished the season:
Jeff asked me some of the contributing factors to my success in pitching, hypothesizing that Robbie Ray was on many of the teams. Ray, in fact, was on several of my rosters based off some work I had done with him to prepare for a podcast very early in the offseason. I was initially excited for him in 2020 with a re-worked delivery, but after watching a single outing early in the season, that excitement went out the window. What did get my interest late in the season was how Ray re-worked his delivery with positive results — in-season