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Drew Smyly 2014 Outlook

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Smyly confirmed to enter Spring training as a starter. Interesting to see what he can do. Talent level is there to be a strong #3 pitcher in 2014. 3.4 ERA, 8.4 SO/9, 1.17 WHIP, 12ish wins not out of the question, especially if Detroit can remain a strong playoff caliber team.

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Who's spot is he taking in the rotation? Does this comment guarantee that Max or Porcello is going to be traded?

It seems like 50% of the teams in the majors have at least one really promising young arm at the MLB level or knocking on the door. It's fun to observe as a baseball fan.

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Where was this confirmed? There's no guarantee that either Max or Porcello is going to be traded. If neither is, Smyly will be waiting another year.

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Where was this confirmed? There's no guarantee that either Max or Porcello is going to be traded. If neither is, Smyly will be waiting another year.

This is the year the Tigers have to win the WS, I don't see them trading either.

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Where was this confirmed? There's no guarantee that either Max or Porcello is going to be traded. If neither is, Smyly will be waiting another year.

This is the year the Tigers have to win the WS, I don't see them trading either.

Eh, even though he actually showed progress last year Porcello is still expendable. They don't have a lefty starter. Smyly fits the bill.

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I mean the expectation is that he will be a starter. We won't know for sure until we actually get to spring training, but clearly the intention is for him to start and to move a current starter with that expectation.

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I like Smyly a lot, liked him going into last year hopefully they just move Porcello already and open up a spot for this guy. He was very good out of the pen last year, I thought I had read somewhere that he wasnt going to be moved to rotation.

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I too like Smyly, and think he's going to have success as a starter. I just dont think hes going to be an SP2, and Im unsure what sort of hype will affect his ADP.

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I like Smyly a lot, liked him going into last year hopefully they just move Porcello already and open up a spot for this guy. He was very good out of the pen last year, I thought I had read somewhere that he wasnt going to be moved to rotation.

Hopefully Porcello gets traded to San Diego.

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I like Smyly a lot, liked him going into last year hopefully they just move Porcello already and open up a spot for this guy. He was very good out of the pen last year, I thought I had read somewhere that he wasnt going to be moved to rotation.

Hopefully Porcello gets traded to San Diego.

No Thanks...I think were probably set in the rotation, or at least thats what Ive read that they believe. We took on Ian Kennedy last summer, I think that along with hopefully everyone getting healthy (kelly) Pads should have a decent rotation. If anything I wouldnt mind seeing a roll the dice on Phil Hughes, he is from the area and I think you get him out of NY and the AL East, he could pay dividends.

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Where was this confirmed? There's no guarantee that either Max or Porcello is going to be traded. If neither is, Smyly will be waiting another year.

This is the year the Tigers have to win the WS, I don't see them trading either.

Eh, even though he actually showed progress last year Porcello is still expendable. They don't have a lefty starter. Smyly fits the bill.

The Tigers do have Jose Alvarez, but we all know he isn't nearly as polished. Honestly I couldn't believe last year they threw Alvarez in the rotation over Smyly last year. I think a lot had to do with they didn't want to disrupt the success Smyly had out of the pen though.

Smyly will be the 4/5 starter for The Tigers. That is just scary.

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With Fister heading to the Nats, it looks like Smyly will be a starting pitcher next season. How do you value him if he is named to the starting rotation?

ERA: 2.37

FIP: 2.31

xFIP: 2.99

His numbers in 2013 as a reliever. We all know that relievers will generally do better than starting pitchings because of a variety of reasons. What are your projections for Smyly in 2014?

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Made 18 starts in '12, 1.21 WHIP and 3.79 ERA, along 88 K's in 95 innings. Didn't pitch deep into games that year, so I wonder about his stamina for '14. I I expect a WHIP around 1.30 and an ERA of 4.00, with about 150 K's - not bad.

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Loved him going into last year but he didn't win job out of spring he is on the radar this year, I'm sure though he will be trendy "sleeper".

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The Tigers do have Jose Alvarez, but we all know he isn't nearly as polished. Honestly I couldn't believe last year they threw Alvarez in the rotation over Smyly last year. I think a lot had to do with they didn't want to disrupt the success Smyly had out of the pen though.

No, it's referred to as the Jim Leyland Young Talent Suppression Syndrome.

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I'm thinking that Smyly could be an awesome late round flier.

He's starting for the Tigers tomorrow. I'd like to take a look at him. Big potential.

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I'm surprised no one is talking about this guy...

I like him an awful lot later in drafts.

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Only pitched 76 innings last season. I'd imagine his innings will be managed very closely so if you are in leagues where quality starts are important then he may have a bit of a problem providing the six necessary innings.

I love his potential as a starter but fear that 2015 will be the season he really breaks out (provided that the Tigers don't overwork him this season).

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I'm surprised no one is talking about this guy...

I like him an awful lot later in drafts.

There is a reason many aren't talking about him, they are thinking like you but are laying low and trying to be quiet about it. :)

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Only pitched 76 innings last season. I'd imagine his innings will be managed very closely so if you are in leagues where quality starts are important then he may have a bit of a problem providing the six necessary innings.

I love his potential as a starter but fear that 2015 will be the season he really breaks out (provided that the Tigers don't overwork him this season).

Yeah. I think he has solid roto value, but H2H he might be there for the playoffs. But....he could help you MAKE the playoffs, so why not.

I'm buying. I look at the bum lineups in the AL Central and see good opportunity for Smyly. I'm assuming his cost will be low.

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Well, he has had years of 126 innings, 117 innings and 76 innings. Of course those 1st 2 years are wholly and partially minors, so not quite the same. But, 160 innings doesn't seem out of the question for him.

They have said they will be using him like a true number 5 as in skipping him every chance they get. I'm invested in him, especially in my keeper league. I think he will help immensely in H2H if you can use him when he pitches (And bench him when he's not). And depending on where the Tigers are, I don't think it unreasonable to actually have him for the playoffs under this plan (as in the real playoffs, he's destined for the pen regardless).

Next year will be his true break out, but for what you can get him for, he's worth it if you can manage him like they plan to.

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