Chris Crawford shares his thoughts on Seattle Mariners pitcher Matt Brash and whether the rookie should find his way onto fantasy rosters over the course of the season.
CHRIS CRAWFORD: Matt Brash had to battle for a spot in the starting rotation for the Mariners in Spring training, but he won the job after a solid showing in the Cactus League. He's looked the part and then some over his first two starts with Seattle, posting a 3.38 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 10 2/3 innings and against quality line ups in the White Sox and Astros. Acquired as a player to be named later from the Padres for-- you should probably stop listening for a second San Diego fans of Taylor Williams-- Brash can get his fastball into the high 90s. But the reason to be so excited about him is his slider. It's averaging 7.4 inches of vertical movement and 11.4 inches of horizontal movement. And basically, it's an unhittable pitch when he's able to locate it near the strike zone.
Command has been an issue for the right hander thus far, to be fair. He walked six and hit another in Sunday's start against Houston. And there could be some issues with his whip from start to start. That being said, it's hard not to be impressed with Brash's stuff, and it's not remotely difficult to imagine him having fantasy relevance for the 2022 season.