Fantasy Baseball Sleeper : Jon Gray Starting Pitcher Colorado Rockies!

Coors Field starters can be scary, but Gray put some solid work on the tape last year. His ERA, like Ray’s, was iffy (4.60) but it was also backed by a sturdy FIP (3.60) that showed he fanned a ton of batters (9.9 K/9), kept the walks more or less in check (3.2 BB/9) and most importantly, he kept the ball in the park (1.0 HR/9).

Gray’s splits were a bit strange last season, as he allowed more fly balls but fewer home runs per fly ball in the second half, so that’ll certainly be a trend worth monitoring as he pitches half his starts in the thin Denver air. Last year at Coors, opposing batters hit just .235/.291/.383 against him — yet that still resulted in a 4.30 ERA.

That seems to be due for some positive regression. The top fantasy starter in Colorado might be a little like winning Homecoming King as a homeschooler, but this is a guy who throws a legit 95 mph fastball with a terrific slider (24.1 percent whiff rate). I’ll take a chance on that as the 47th pitcher off the board (No. 182 overall).

By Brandon Warne