Kris Medlen, dealing (Getty Images)
If your fantasy pitching staff seems unfinished at the conclusion of your draft, don't panic.
In nearly all leagues, a significant percentage of ownable pitching talent will go un-drafted. This is true for both starters and relievers. Every pitching category can be addressed in-season if you play in a standard fantasy format.
Last year, during the second half of the season, there was no more valuable pitcher in our game than Kris Medlen. He went 9-0 after the break, striking out 95 batters in 95.1 innings, walking just 14. His second-half fantasy ratios were straight from the Dead Ball era: 0.94 ERA, 0.82 WHIP. But in most leagues, Medlen wasn't added until early-August.
RA Dickey actually finished as the top-ranked fantasy starter last year in terms of full-season value, and he was still available in a majority of Yahoo! leagues as late as May 23, following an 11-K win at Pittsburgh. Dickey went un-drafted in the Friends & Family League in 2012, so it's not as if the experts were all over him.
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