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"Clay Buchholz finally named Opening Day starter by the Red Sox" Peter Abraham @PeteAbe (Source: Peter Abraham via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If you were looking for an Ace for the Red Sox pitching staff, now you have one. Its no surprise that Buchholz was given the Opening Day start as he is the oldest and longest tenured member of Boston's starting 5. Buchholz has had a solid spring so far to the tune of a 3.60 ERA and 18 K's over 15 innings. If he finds some measure of consistency in 2015 he could provide solid pitching production for a late round pick.


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Friday against the Braves, Clay Buchholz pitched 5 innings allowing 4 ER on 12 hits. He struck out 6 batters while only walking one.

Fantasy Impact: Friday's start against the Braves was by far the worst for Buchholz this spring. However, there's still some good in there if you look for it. Thus far this spring Buchholz has 18 K's over 15 IP and he's only walked 3. Don't be afraid to bet on Buchholz, just make sure he comes at good price.


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Clay Buccholz struck out 6 Tuesday against the Braves in 4 innings of work. He also yielded 4 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits. *ER's updated to reflect a change in scoring.

Fantasy Impact: Those 2 ERs were the first that Buccholtz has allowed this spring, and the 6 strikeouts came without a single walk. Probably most encouraging was how Buccoltz attacked the strike zone pumping in pitch after pitch. Buccholz continues to represent a low cost option who could produce for your fantasy team in a big way.


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Clay Buchholz K's 2 in 3 innings

Thu, Mar 12th 3:06pm EDT
By Chris McCoy

Clay Buccholz pitched 3 scheduled innings Thursday on the road against the Pirates. He allowed 1 R (unearned) on 4 hits and a walk. Buccholtz also had 2 strike outs.

Fantasy Impact: Buccholtz has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, but only when he is healthy and his head is in the right place. While the latter is an awfully difficult thing to quantify, most reports out of Red Sox camp have Buccholtz resting firmly in his happy place. Despite the smirks and groans you'll get from drafting Buchholz this season, if you can grab him late enough in your draft he could be an absolute steal.


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Clay Buchholz pitching on Tuesday

Sat, Feb 28th 4:50pm EST
By John Aubin

Clay Buchholz is scheduled to throw Tuesday afternoon against Northeastern University. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello will be the first two starters going for the Red Sox in exhibition season. They are scheduled to start on Tuesday against Northeastern. Buchholz has the inside track to be the opening day starter but that does not mean he is a true number one. Buchholz is the favorite more for his seniority than his performance on the field.


For the first time in his professional career, his performance in a single season will determine what kind of contract will be waiting for him the next year. Clay Buchholz, you see, is in the last guaranteed year of his current deal. The righty was locked up by the Red Sox via a four-year, $29.945 extension that carries a $13 million club option for 2016 and a 2017 club option for $13.5 million. Because of the deal Buchholz never got to experience arbitration, while also blowing through what would have been his free agent year in 2014 (earning $7.7 million). It's currently hard to argue the merits of Buchholz's decision to sign the deal so early in his big league tenure. That first year, after inking his deal, he suffered a stress fracture in his back. Then, in what would have been his contract year, he experienced the worst campaign of his career. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz had a terrible fantasy season last year, dealing with minor injuries and finishing with a 5.34 earned run average. After the Red Sox shook up their staff, Buchholz has an opportunity to be the ace. He has had bouts of greatness in his career (1.74 earned run average in 2013) along with periods of inconsistency. It is hard to tell which Clay Buchholz will show up. But his current ADP makes him a no risk pick at the end of drafts. He could make a comeback this year being fully healthy and with a contract situation looming.