I’ll write a 2013 fantasy rookie post about Trevor Bauer, too. Â It’s inevitable. Â Even after Bauer was called up to the majors and produced a 6+ ERA, his stuff was still undeniable. Â There will be time to go over Bauer. Â Let’s shine some light on Tyler Skaggs so he doesn’t remain Barbara Hersey to Bauer’s Bette Midler. Â Sure, Skaggs doesn’t have the dazzling strikeouts like Bauer. Â He might not have the upside of a Cy Young contender like Bauer. Â Shoot, let’s just talk about Bauer… No! Â We’re gonna talk about Tyler. Skaggs plays second fiddle to no man, not even Steve Miller. Â Though, Skaggs was just as terrible in his major league call up as Bauer with a 5.83 ERA in 29 1/3 IP only without the beautiful Ks. Â Okay, enough about Bauer– But his Ks are really purdy– No, this is about Skaggs. Â So what can we expect for 2013 fantasy baseball?
I’m gonna write Skaggs’s 2012 off as nerves. Â Unlike Bauer, Skaggs doesn’t have severe control problems. Â He did have solid Ks in the minors, too. Â In Double-A, he had a 9+ K-rate. Â His fastball is only 89+ MPH though, so there’s no high expectation that he’ll be a 9+ K guy in the majors. Â In fact, in Triple-A, his K-rate dropped to 7+. Â Then in 29 1/3 IP last year in the majors, he K’d people just over 6 per nine. Â He reminds me of another Diamondback prospect that isn’t named Trevor Bauer, and isn’t even still in the Diamondbacks’ system. Â Skaggs reminds me of Jarrod Parker. Â The same Parker who gave top 40 starter value last year and had a K-rate just under 7. Â Parker is three years older than Skaggs, so the comparison isn’t quite there. Â Then again, Parker was in the AL…Then again again, the A’s play in a pitchers’ park and the Diamondbacks don’t. Â Then again again again, Parker needed some luck to have a 3.47 ERA. Â Then again again again again that means if Skaggs isn’t lucky he won’t have a 3.50-ish ERA. Â Then again ag– Skaggs will probably be around a 4 ERA guy with above-average Ks. Â That’s solid for an NL-Only pitcher, but he’ll be a wait-and-see for most mixed leagues. Â For 2013, I’ll give him the line of 10-7/4.10/1.29/140 in 180 IP. So, how about that Trevor Bauer?