Ross Stripling

Ross Stripling

SP,RP - LAD
Age: 29College: Texas A&MBats: RThrows: R

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While not as terrific as last year, Stripling hasn't disappointed by any measure other than the fact that the Dodgers' insane rotational depth hasn't allowed for enough innings. While he starts, however, Stripling is well worth owning.

Despite posting a 3.07 ERA in five starts, Stripling moved to the bullpen with Rich Hill rejoining the Dodgers' rotation. This known risk deflated the cost of a potential top-25 starter, and he never stood much of a chance at working more than 160 frames. Rich Hill's injury gave him another run as a starter, but he has yet to record an out past the fifth inning. There's enough upside to roster him in most mixed leagues.

Stripling had a big breakthrough in 2018, as exemplified by his terrific 6.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He made 21 starts and also pitched out of the bullpen, excelling in both roles. Stripling may not have a rotation spot all season, but with the way the Dodgers handle their injury-prone starters, he's likely to make plenty of starts even if he does also pitch some out of the bullpen. He would also be useful in long relief in formats where non-closing relievers have value.