The 2015 MLB season might be a few months away, but many fans are already taking a look at who could be breakout candidates at different positions. One position that always seems to have a few nice rookies is starting pitcher. There is some real talent in the minors, and that means a handful could challenge for the Rookie of the Year award in each league. Here’s a look at the three best who have huge fantasy baseball upside on FanDuel.
Any pitcher who is a former #1 overall pick is going to have hype surrounding him, and Appel’s main focus is to try and deliver. During the 2014 season, people were disappointed with his high ERA. Perhaps he just needed to settle in a bit, as he excelled in the Arizona Fall League. Houston needs arms, and he will get an opportunity by the middle of the season at the latest if he shows progress in the minors.
The White Sox were pretty pleased when Rodon fell to them in the 2014 draft, as they fell like he has the potential to be an ace down the road. With Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija, they don’t need him to take on that role right away. Rodon is already an advanced pitcher, and that should allow him to have success whenever they call him up.
Owens is another left-handed pitcher who has started to really take off in the minors. Unlike the other two mentioned who are on rebuilding teams, Owens is a guy who could crack the rotation for the Boston Red Sox on their way to a World Series push. He went 17-5 in the minors in 2014, and his ERA was well under 3.00. It has taken him a little bit of time to develop, but that just means he will be more polished when he finally arrives in the majors.