Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole

SP - HOU
Age: 29College: UCLABats: RThrows: R

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While's he's been quite good in his own right, Cole has been overshadowed by teammate Justin Verlander. But the peripheral numbers suggest Cole has actually been the even better pitcher.

The Astros unlocked Cole's ace upside by tabling a middling sinker for more sliders and curveballs. He also revamped his fastball, which yielded a .268 wOBA in 2018 after allowing a .334 wOBA in his last year with the Pirates. This year, he boasts a 2.75 ERA on the strength of an MLB-high 37.3% K rate. His contact and swinging-strike rates have actually improved, and he's recorded double-digit strikeouts in 14 of 26 starts. He's taken the mantle as fantasy's top SP.

Cole reached 200 Ks once again and may very well end up north of 300 by season's end. His ERA won't be quite as low as Scherzer's because of his struggles in preventing homers, but there is little doubt he is a top-tier starter this year.