By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Fri, Jan 9th 5:58pm EST
Scouts believe that Sabathia is a smart pitcher that learns from scouting batters and has aggressively sought new ways to pitch. These traits will be useful for the 35 year old that has been on and off the DL for the past two years. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Over the 12 years of his career, Sabathia was the model of a workhorse, posting eight seasons with 15 or more wins and seven seasons with 200 or more innings. The past two seasons have been rough, though, as he has had a 17-17 record and a 4.87 ERA, missing much of the 2014 season with a knee injury that limited him to only eight starts. Although his velocity on his fastball has declined, dropping from 94 mph in 2009 to 88 mph in 2014, Sabathia has maintained an 8.2 K/9 ratio in that five year period, mixing in a cutter in the past two seasons. If Sabathia is able to keep developing as a crafty veteran and if his knee problems do not flare up again, both huge question marks, there is potential for him to be a good rebound pick in the 16-19th round of the draft.