This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
As regular readers are probably aware, I play almost exclusively in keeper and dynasty leagues. And, not surprisingly, there is a huge benefit to identifying and acquiring excellent pitching talent just before they arrive in the major leagues. That certainly still applies when the current baseball season is on hold.
This is typically my last column of the season, and hopefully it will be again this year. The problem is, you might be reading it as you prepare to sit down to a big Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, and sweet potatoes in 2020. With a resumption date still uncertain, I felt it might be interesting to do an "Early Edition" to update shifts in the food chain (it's a very fluid list with pitchers constantly moving higher and lower).
Over the past few years there has been an unprecedented rush of young pitchers to the major leagues. And, with the push for more offense, lack of minor league seasoning can be very problematic. Now, with the minor league season likely gone for this year, teams will need to weigh the anticipated impact on their best pitching prospects of coming to the majors a bit too soon against practically losing a year of developmental time. Neither scenario is ideal to say the least. I'll remind you that the pitchers below are primarily guys who likely will arrive (if they haven't already) in the next year, or two at the most, regardless of their status this season. Let's get started: