Jack Flaherty

Jack Flaherty

SP - STL
Age: 24Bats: RThrows: R

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Buoyed by a lethal slider and a curveball that didn't yield a single extra-base hit in his rookie campaign, there's easy 200-strikeout upside if Flaherty pitches a full season. He's on the right track with 162 in 140.1 innings. The other numbers hadn't followed for most of 2019, but he has lowered his ERA to 3.46 by allowing five combined runs in his last eight starts. He won't stay this hot forever, but Flaherty is looking a lot more like the burgeoning ace drafters took as a top-20 starter.

Flaherty hasn't been anywhere near as strong as he was as a rookie, but even so, 200 Ks appears to be likely and the WHIP is strong once again. If the Cardinals start supporting him at the plate, he may finish with a dozen wins too which isn't bad for a SP3.

Flaherty has the arsenal to be a fantasy ace, but his issue with walks has reared its ugly head again over the last month, and home runs have also been a continual thorn in his side. He still has a bit of work to do to fully reach his potential.