Oldies but goodies list: Pitchers
February, 15, 2013
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda turned 38 years old this past weekend, but you'd hardly know it by the way he pitched last season. In fact, the underrated Kuroda finished the 2012 season No. 19 on ESPN's Player Rater among starting pitchers, ahead of Zack Greinke, Mat Latos, Adam Wainwright and others who will be selected considerably higher than him in drafts over the coming months.
Kuroda might never earn proper respect in fantasy circles because, let's face it, he can't get younger, and as we see in drafts across all fantasy sports and as noted in Thursday's blog entry on older hitters being ignored or downgraded for no other reason than the date on their birth certificate, there's inherent bias against older players. Let's keep the theme going with relevant pitchers who have passed the age of 35! Kuroda was 33 when he made his big league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, after years of dominating in Japan, and his worst ERA in five seasons here is 3.76, his worst WHIP 1.21. He's not a fantasy ace, not with a modest strikeout rate, but focus on what he is, especially at the reduced draft-day price his age provides.
William Perlman/US PresswireHiroki Kuroda has been one of the most quietly effective pitchers for fantasy leagues since he came over from Japan.