Fantasy Baseball 2016: End Of Year Award Predictions

Rookie of the Year Pitcher:

Steven Matz

During Steven Matz’s career in the minors he worked up an ERA of 2.25 in 380.2 innings of work.  He also blew away a ridiculous 393 batters with his great stuff.

Matz made his debut with the New York Mets in the 2015 season and continued his dominance at the highest level with a 2.27 ERA and struck out 34 in 35.7 innings pitched.

With an already loaded rotation, Matz only makes this team a lot scarier.  He stands out as a strong lefty for the Mets to compliment the righties Harvey, deGrom, and Syndergaard.

There could be a slight innings limit on Matz because he has not had the work load of a full time starting MLB pitcher, but if he holds his own and can continue to limit walks, home runs, and bring his strikeout rate with him he should have a longer leash.

As I said with Arriata, when it comes to having an explosive offense to help get run support Matz is sitting pretty.  The Mets with an already potent and young offense, which returns the main piece Yoenis Cespedes, should do more than enough to help Matz tally up wins.

If all goes well I see Matz able to reach 10-15 wins and should continue to miss bats on a regular basis due to the fact that he has nasty stuff and handles it all very well.  He should be a big part of a rotation that could carry the Mets back to their second straight World Series.

Runner-Ups:

Julio Urias, Blake Snell