AJ Mass: In a points league, I don’t think there’s as much urgency to grab most of these starters at this proposed point of the draft. In a vacuum, at least from a pure value standpoint, relative to hitters, the entirety of this SP sextet probably can wait a minimum of five more rounds before flying off the board. That said, if pitching is flying off the board in your league’s draft, I certainly wouldn’t be afraid to grab any of these arms when you feel the time is right.
Francona did not say when Salazar will pitch in a spring training game but said he could resume throwing from a mound in a few days.
Salazar’s injury provides an opportunity for Clevinger, who emerged as a reliable starter for Cleveland last season. Francona acknowledged that Clevinger is “going to be in the rotation” after the 6-foot-4 right-hander had six strikeouts over three scoreless innings in his spring start against the Dodgers.
“We’re looking for ‘Clev’ to have a big year,” Francona said. “He’s strong, and he should be able to be that innings-eater type pitcher.”
Clevinger, 27, went 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 27 games — 21 starts — for the Indians last season, recording 137 strikeouts in 121? innings.
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De Leon made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and was 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. Acquired the following January by the Rays, he pitched in one game for Tampa Bay last season, winning at the Texas Rangers on May 29, when he allowed three runs in 2? innings and on 69 pitches — the most by a Rays reliever since Chris Archer in September 2012.
De Leon made 10 minor league appearances last season and spent three stints on the disabled list due to discomfort in the flexor mass muscle, a strained lat muscle and forearm tendinitis, and back tightness. He had a pair of one-inning appearances in spring training this year, on Feb. 26 and on Saturday.
First off the board from this group, for me, is Godley. We’re looking at solid 200-K potential from a pitcher who may well reap the benefits of the Chase Field humidor, as his career ERA at home is 4.80, compared to 3.61 on the road. He still walks too many hitters for my tastes in a points league, but if he gets that under control be even a little bit, this is a top-25 SP.