Chris Crawford highlights Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jon Gray as someone who fantasy managers should target due to his recent turnaround after a rough start to the season and the potential upside he possesses.
CHRIS CRAWFORD: Jon Gray was on fantasy radars the moment he decided to pack his bags for Texas, particularly because he was leaving the unfriendly confines of Colorado. For the most part, he's lived up to those expectations. And over the last month plus, he's exceeded them. In his last five starts, Gray has an ERA of 2.03 and in 31 innings, the former third overall pick has registered a 37 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio. His overall numbers of 3.48 ERA and 1.12 whip pale a bit in comparison, but obviously those are stats that managers can use.
And while you can't expect a 2.03 ERA over the final months of the season, his advanced stats suggest more success than failure going forward. His strikeout percentage of 27% is a career high and puts him in the 74th percentile of all qualified hurlers. He's also well above average in categories like expected slugging percentage, chase rate, avoiding barrels, and whiff rate, all things you're looking for in a quality fantasy option.
It is worth pointing out that Gray has flashed like this before only to disappoint, but Gray looks like a different hurler in his age 30 season. He's the type of pitchers fantasy managers should be targeting for the stretch run as the reward easily outweighs the risk.