Six MLB starting pitchers with a lot to prove in 2019

Six MLB starting pitchers with a lot to prove in 2019

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Six MLB starting pitchers with a lot to prove in 2019

Sep 22, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (28) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds haven’t had a good starting rotation for a number of years, and they’ve been actively trying to fix. General manager Dick Williams has already acquired Tanner Roark and Alex Wood to serve as building blocks for 2019, and he’d probably like DeSclafani to join the party, too.

He was one of the few bright spots for the Reds’ starting staff in 2015 and 2016 (5.1 combined fWAR). Unfortunately, he proceeded to miss all of 2017 and part of 2018 due to elbow and oblique injuries. He produced a disappointing 4.93 ERA and 0.6 fWAR in 115 innings upon finally getting back on the hill.

Although he did allow hard contact at an alarming 41.9% rate, there were some positive signs. His 22.3% strikeout rate was actually a career high, while his 6.2% walk rate fell within his career norms. Overall, a 3.96 SIERA is at least encouraging as he continues to get himself back to normal.

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