Jack Flaherty

Jack Flaherty

26-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The small samples that come with a 60-game season were always going to lead to some disappointing years from top players. Flaherty was most certainly among that group. The large number of doubleheaders the Cardinals were forced to play due to their COVID-related shutdown meant the young right-hander was able to make just nine starts, and he struggled to a disappointing 4.91 ERA in those outings. There are plenty of reasons not to be too worried about his future. His strikeout rate dropped slightly from 29.9% to 28.8%, his walk rate rose from 7.1% to 9.4% and his groundball rate increased from 39.5% to 42.6% -- these are all marginal differences, suggesting he was essentially the same pitcher in terms of skills. One awful start can completely tank a player's ERA in such a short season, and Flaherty's would sit at a much-better 3.13 if not for a nine-run blowup against the Brewers in mid-September. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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