Strasburg, Masterson Headline San Diego State Fantasy Baseball Options

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.

Stephen Strasburg

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.

Justin Masterson

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.

Addison Reed

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.

Aaron Harang

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.

Addison Reed making noise in the Windy City

Former SDSU pitcher Addison Reed has had success with the Chicago White Sox. (San Diego Hall of Champions)

Former SDSU pitcher Addison Reed has had success with the Chicago White Sox. (San Diego Hall of Champions)

While Stephen Strasburg continues to make national headlines, another San Diego State baseball product is steadily making his name known in the big leagues.

Addison Reed, who played for the Aztecs from 2007-2010 and is now a closer for the Chicago White Sox, is making sure people know that San Diego State has produced more than just Strasburg.

He appeared in 62 games in 2012, and posted 29 saves with a 3-2 record and 54 strikeouts. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Reed worked hard to improve his off-speed pitches in the offseason, and he has shown immense improvement this year.

As of April 26, Reed has tallied seven saves in 21 games this season, and is currently tied for fifth in the MLB. He is on pace for approximately 54 saves, nearly doubling his total in 2012. The young right-hander  has an ERA of 0.90, and has also recorded 10 strikeouts, which has him on pace for over 70 this season.

For this “Aztec for life”, saving games is a breeze in the Windy City.

Addison Reed: Chicago Tribune story
Addison Reed: Player Profile

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