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I wrote about James Shields in the Kansas City Royals team preview, but he is now a member of the Padres, which should improve his ratios. Especially in the new park, James Shields is a solid bet as a top 20 SP because of his proven track record with only minimal signs of decline.
I like Andrew Cashner’s velocity and stuff, but I am always slightly disappointed and surprised when I see his career strikeout rate is below 20%. There is no doubt that Cashner will be a solid member of your fantasy rotation, but he really should fan more hitters. Batters are making as much contact as ever off of Andrew Cashner, so it seems like he may end up as a good pitcher, rather than a great one that I thought he could be one day.
Tyson Ross only throws fastballs and sliders quite effectively, but the fact that he throws so many sliders could be bad for his arm. I really like his potential numbers in 2015, but it does make me flag him as an injury risk. His high strikeout rates will always appeal to me as well as the fact that Tyson Ross has truly developed into a quality pitcher over the past two seasons.
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