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Pitching 3D: Starting Pitchers 22-30

Doug Thorburn

Doug started writing for RotoWire in April of 2015. His work can be found elsewhere at Baseball Prospectus and RotoGrinders, and as the co-host of the Baseballholics Anonymous podcast. Thorburn's expertise lies on the mound, where he tackles the world of pitching with an emphasis on mechanical evaluation. He spent five years at the National Pitching Association working under pitching coach Tom House, where Thorburn ran the hi-speed motion analysis program in addition to serving as an instructor. Thorburn and House wrote the 2009 book, “Arm Action, Arm Path, and the Perfect Pitch: Building a Million Dollar Arm,” using data from hi-speed motion analysis to tackle conventional wisdom in baseball. His DraftKings ID is “Raising Aces”.

It's said a rolling stone gathers no moss, but moss can be good to the fantasy gamer, in the sense of “boring” predictability based on a cleaner (yet often less impressive) track record. Let's say that a team started with Strasburg and Carrasco as the top two pitchers on staff, then suddenly a mossy rock (a Jose Quintana type) looks much more attractive. Other teams will be looking for risk/reward, the type of player that could vault up the rankings during the season but whose draft-day cost is discounted due to warts of uncertainty.

Due to the nature of this ranking system there will be disparity at the top in terms of points, but those with single, specific weaknesses will fall into a bin around 32-34 points. The perceived value of these players might match up to a certain point value, but their impact on specific stat categories can vary widely. This is why I find it necessary to begin

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