by Frank Masterson
As the two best former Aztecs in the MLB right now, it is no surprise to see that Stephen Strasburg and Justin Masterson are also the top fantasy baseball choices. However, a pair of other arms could also make an impact in fantasy land at some point during the 2014 season. Here is a look at what to expect from all four former San Diego State pitchers.
Injuries held him back a bit last year, but Strasburg is still considered one of the best fantasy baseball pitchers out there. Not only can he post a pretty low ERA, but he is one of the best strikeout pitchers in the game. He is pretty much unanimously though of as a top 10 pitcher, with some rating him as a top five option. If healthy, he could give Clayton Kershaw a push for the National League Cy Young Award.
Despite being the ace of the staff for the Cleveland Indians, Masterson has never been really liked by fantasy baseball players. He strikes out his fair share of hitters, but his ERA is usually on the high side and his WHIP can climb close to 1.40. For that reason, he usually goes in the later rounds around the 40-50 range among pitchers.
When the Chicago White Sox traded Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks, many people assumed that he would get the closer’s role. It became official last week, when manager Kirk Gibson made the announcement. Obviously, that makes him pretty valuable, as he is currently rated as about the 12th to 15th best RP in the game. Right now, Reed is sometimes going ahead of Masterson in drafts because of his ability to pick up saves now.
Masterson and Harang never played together at San Diego State, but they will be teammates this season in Cleveland. That is, unless Harang decides to opt out of his contract and look for employment elsewhere. He can still be an effective pitcher, but the Indians do not currently have a spot for him on the MLB roster.
San Diego State celebrates after beating New Mexico to win the 2013 Mountain West Tournament.
9 was impressive. 10 was amazing. 11 was borderline absurd.
12 conference championships is just not fair.
San Diego State continued its winning ways on Sunday as the baseball team beat No. 13 New Mexico to claim the school’s 12th conference championship in the 2012-13 school year. The Aztecs beat the Lobos 9-4 to win the 2013 Mountain West Tournament championship.
SDSU was led by freshmen standout Ty France, who was named the conference tournament MVP for his stellar play. In six tournament games, France went 16-21 with two home runs, eight RBI and nine runs. His 16 hits were a conference tournament record.
The Aztecs now advance to the NCAA Regional in Los Angles where they will face No. 10 UCLA on Friday, May 31.
The SDSU Track and Field team won the MW Indoor Championships in February, but weren’t satisfied with just one trophy.
The San Diego State track and field team won the Mountain West Indoor Championships in February, but that wasn’t enough.
The Aztecs wanted more.
As a school, San Diego State won its tenth conference championship on Friday when the softball team defeated UNLV, but that also wasn’t enough.
Once again, the Aztecs wanted more.
The track and field team won the MW Outdoor Championships on Saturday, securing the 11th conference championship for San Diego State during the 2012-13 academic school year.
As if raising another trophy wasn’t enough, the Aztecs earned some conference honors as well. Head coach Shelia Burrell was named the Women’s Coach of the Year, and junior Allison Reaser was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
Freshman LaQuisha Jackson won the 100 meters and 200 meters. Other individual winners included Reaser (100 hurdles), senior Deyna Roberson (400 hurdles) and junior ShaniekaThomas (triple jump). Jackson, Roberson, Thomas and junior Maderia Toatley also placed first in the 4×400-meter relay.
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