A look at the Tampa Bay Rays fourth-highest rated fantasy baseball player for 2020, SP, Tyler Glasnow.
Fantasy baseball is fun. It’s even more fun when you can find good values on your favorite players. There’s a difference between being a homer and being smart, so don’t dive in too early or overpay for a Tampa Bay Ray. You want Rays but make sure you don’t overpay for them.
We’ve already taken a look at the Rays’ top three fantasy options heading into 2020. In the following article, we will take a look at the Rays’ fourth highest-ranked player at ESPN, Tyler Glasnow.
2019: 60.2 IP // 76 SOs // 1.78 ERA // .89 WHIP // 6 Wins in 12 starts.
Tyler Glasnow is the 93rd overall ranked player and the 24th ranked pitcher. He’s positioned with the following pitchers:
He’s in good company. Surrounded by a mix of up and coming stars and proven veterans with a former Cy Young winner. Glasnow presents a great opportunity to pair with an established ace or to wait a little on pitching and take him as a top option, assuming you believe the hype.
If you add him with a top ten guy then you have the potential for a double whammy. If last season was any indication, the sky is the limit.
While nobody expects him to duplicate his 1.78 ERA and .89 WHIP, he still has top-ten potential.
Glasnow’s 11.3 K/9 is right in line with his 11.0 over 111.2 innings in 2018 with the Pirates.
His FIP indicates some regression might be in order on the ERA, but not much. Last season his FIP was a mere 2.26. He gave up an incredible .6 HRs per nine innings.
If Glasnow gives you 170 innings next season he would surpass 210 K’s with his current rate. He looks like a worthy risk toward the ninth or tenth round. Lineup construction dictates when the right time to pounce will be for your, but if you go with a bat-heavy approach, Glasnow should be there for you if you trust the stuff.
Last season Glasnow average 96.9 mph on his four-seam fastball and brought his BB/9 down to a sizzling 2.08. He’s drinking the Rays Kool-Aid and it’s working for the formerly highly-touted prospect.
His 2.08 walks per nine was the lowest of any of his professional seasons… at any level.
The risk with Glasnow is he’s never pitched more than 111.2 innings in the Majors, but there are plenty of injury-risks associated with the veteran pitchers like Darvish and Kluber, near him in the rankings. Glasnow may provide one of the highest ceilings of any pitcher outside of the top ten.
If you are a Rays fan, take comfort in moving him up a couple notches. The K-rate is a nice parachute in case the ERA fluctuates. If he’s learned anything from Charlie Morton and Blake Snell, then Glasnow owners could be in for an exciting ride in 2020.
Which round are you taking Glasnow in? Let us know in the comments below!