X
Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

X

Receive free daily analysis

NFL
NBA
NHL
NASCAR
CFB
MLB
MMA
PGA
ESPORTS
BETTING

Already have an account? Log In

X

Forgot Password


POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

Starting Pitcher Breakouts Who’ll Continue to Improve - Fantasy Baseball Draft Targets

Freddy Peralta - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, MLB Injury News

Each year in the MLB, there’s always a handful of players who finally breakout and show their true potential. Oftentimes, some of these breakouts are legit, and for others, it’s just a fluke solid season.

That was again the case during the 2021 regular season. We saw a ton of strong showings from some unexpected contributors. We’ll see this season if those were legit breakthroughs or just one-year wonders.

Nevertheless, here are three breakout pitchers from 2021 who I feel will build off that strong campaign and will only continue to improve this upcoming season. 

Featured Promo: Get your MLB Premium Pass for 50% off the regular price when get any full-season pass. Exclusive access to our Draft Kit, Nick Mariano's #1 accuracy rankings, Ariel Cohen's #1 accuracy ATC projections, customized advice in the Team Sync platform, Live Draft Assistant, 15 in-season lineup tools, customized rankings and much more! Go Premium, Win More!

 

Freddy Peralta - Milwaukee Brewers

I personally have always been a big Freddy Peralta fan. It was only a matter of time before he would put it all together.

In his fourth season in the big leagues, the righty solidified himself as one of the top young starters in the game. Peralta was named to his first-career All-Star game and finished with a 2.81 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 27 starts.

Peralta has always been a high swing-and-miss pitcher over his career, recording 195 strikeouts over 144 innings and an average of 12.2 K/9 innings. He finished 39th in baseball (92nd/95th percentile, respectively) in both whiff rate (34.1%) and strikeout rate (33.6%). 

Peralta relies on a nice five-pitch mix consisting of a fastball, changeup, slider, curveball, and sinker. One of the biggest differences we saw this past season from the right-hander is his increased usage of his breaking balls.

(Via: Baseball Savant)

Peralta leaned on his fastball just 51% of the time, compared to 73% in 2020 and 78% in 2019. He increased his slider usage to 26.4% this past season and registered a 43.1% whiff rate and 2.5% put away percentage with the pitch.

While Peralta saw a slight increase in the home run department (0.9 HR/9), he had a significant improvement with a 6% barrel percentage. That mark improved from the 35th percentile two seasons ago, all the way up to the 78th percentile this season.

With his new and improved arsenal and a solidified spot in the Brewers' rotation, the 25-year old should only continue to get better during the 2022 season and beyond.

 

Logan Webb - San Francisco Giants

Just as we all expected at the beginning of last season, Logan Webb figures to open the 2022 season as the San Francisco Giants' ace.

Heading into this past season, Webb had pitched to a 5.36 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over a combined 21 appearances at the big league level. His struggles even continued to begin the year as his results were up and down and he was bounced between the bullpen and rotation.

Then, suddenly in the second half, it all clicked for Webb. The young right-hander finished the year pitching six or more innings in 12 of his 14 outings. He allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of those outings, and the Giants went 13-1 as a team over that span.

He continued to shine on the biggest stage of them all, allowing just one run and striking out 17 during 14.2 postseason innings against the high-powered Dodgers lineup. Webb finished the year with 26 starts and posted a 3.03 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 2.72 FIP.

So, what led to the sudden turnaround? Webb changed his plan of attack on the mound this season. The right-hander relies on a five-pitch repertoire consisting of a sinker, slider, changeup, fastball, and cutter.

Over his first two big league seasons, the fastball was Webb’s go-to pitch, throwing it 44% and 34% of the time in 2019 and 2020. This past season, he changed things up a bit, turning himself into more of a three-pitch pitcher.

Webb leaned on either his sinker, slider, or changeup 89% of the time this past season, and just 10% of the time he turned to the fastball. It certainly worked, as Webb generated stellar ground ball rates with both his sinker (68.8%) and changeup (67.3%).

Additionally, he saw a decrease in his walk rate and an increase in his strikeout, whiff, and chase rates. Webb’s 26.5% overall strikeout rate and 46.7% strikeout rate with his slider were both career-highs. 

I think this is just the beginning of the Logan Webb breakout. He dominated later in the season and carried it into the postseason. Still, at just 25 years old, the former fourth-round pick has the ability to solidify himself as the Giants' ace this season.

 

Dylan Cease - Chicago White Sox

The ceiling has always been sky-high for hard-throwing right-hander Dylan Cease. During spring training, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal even went as far as saying Cease could possibly be a Cy Young winner down the road.

He finally backed up his teammates' talk and showed his true colors with a breakout 2021 season. Cease posted a 3.91 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 3.41 FIP, and struck out 226 batters over 165 innings. He led the league with a career-high 32 starts and an average of 12.3 K/9.

His 31.9% strike-out rate (45th in baseball) and 34.6% whiff rate (32nd in baseball) finished in the 93rd and 92nd percentiles, respectively. That K-rate was a significant 14.6% increase from the prior season.

As pointed out by Vinnie Duber of NBCSports Chicago, Cease certainly benefited from working with pitching coach Ethan Katz, who also helped transform fellow White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito into the ace he is today.

Cease’s biggest issue thus far at the big league level has been the walks. He was able to cut them down a bit last season, finishing with a 9.6% walk rate. While he could still use some work in that area, it was certainly a step in the right direction. 

Cease just began to scratch the surface this season, and with the help of Katz, he should only continue trending up next season and beyond. Look for Cease to be a big piece in the middle of the White Sox rotation during the 2022 season.

 

Who’s Next? Potential 2022 Breakouts

Some pitchers to keep an eye on as potential breakouts for the 2022 season include youngsters Triston McKenzie of the Guardians, Jesus Luzardo of the Marlins, Patrick Sandoval of the Angels, and Logan Gilbert of the Mariners. 

If he just stayed healthy, Sandoval could’ve easily been on this list for the 2022 season. Prior to being shut down due to a stress fracture in his back, the young southpaw had pitched to a 3.62 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and had a 27.9% whiff rate over 87 innings.

Luzardo hasn’t had much success so far at the big league level, but he is still just 24 years old and has a solid four-pitch mix. Gilbert struggled at times during his first stint in the majors but has shown some flashes of his upside and true potential.

McKenzie is probably the most intriguing of all four guys here. He is also still just 24 and has looked really impressive in his brief stints with Cleveland prior to injuries. If he can stay healthy, the Brooklyn native could play a huge role for the Guardians this season.



Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy baseball app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, sleepers, prospects & more. All free!



More Fantasy Baseball Advice




POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

REAL-TIME FANTASY NEWS

Warren Foegele3 hours ago

Scores Two Goals Against Boston
Mason Lohrei3 hours ago

Tallies Three Assists In Wednesday's Win
Pavel Mintyukov3 hours ago

Registers Three Assists Wednesday
Johnny Gaudreau4 hours ago

Maintains Momentum With Three-Point Effort
Matt Grzelcyk4 hours ago

Considered Day-To-Day Following Wednesday's Exit
Viktor Arvidsson4 hours ago

Out Week-To-Week
Jaden Springer4 hours ago

Questionable To Face Bulls
Al Horford4 hours ago

Available On Thursday
Robert Covington4 hours ago

Three Weeks Away From Returning
Gary Payton4 hours ago

II Battling An Illness, Questionable Thursday
Christian Wood5 hours ago

Sidelined For Two Weeks
Cam Reddish5 hours ago

Questionable For Thursday's Action
Dante Exum5 hours ago

Remains Unavailable Thursday
Maxi Kleber5 hours ago

On Track To Return Thursday
William Nylander9 hours ago

Reaches 30-Goal Mark In Victory
Auston Matthews9 hours ago

Reaches 50-Goal Mark In Victory
Gavin Lux10 hours ago

Expects To Play In Spring Opener Thursday
Miami Dolphins10 hours ago

Terron Armstead Plans To Return In 2024
Justin Fields10 hours ago

Says He Wants To Stay In Chicago
Tyler Glasnow10 hours ago

To Pitch In Opening Series
Kyle Kuzma11 hours ago

Removed From Injury Report
Tyrese Haliburton11 hours ago

Fully Cleared For Thursday
Jaylen Brown11 hours ago

No Longer On The Injury Report
Anthony Davis11 hours ago

Expected To Play Thursday Versus Warriors
Quentin Grimes11 hours ago

Doubtful To Make Pistons Debut
Domantas Sabonis13 hours ago

Doubtful Versus Spurs Thursday
LeBron James13 hours ago

Out Versus The Warriors
LaMelo Ball13 hours ago

Still Out On Thursday
Dereck Lively13 hours ago

II Probable Against Phoenix
Luka Doncic13 hours ago

Expected To Face The Suns
Bradley Beal13 hours ago

Questionable For Thursday Evening
José Caballero16 hours ago

Jose Caballero Expected To Be Primary Shortstop
Amed Rosario16 hours ago

To Serve In Utility Role
Jalen Suggs16 hours ago

Off Injury Report
Scott Perunovich16 hours ago

Could Be Back In Action Thursday
Markelle Fultz16 hours ago

Out Thursday
Gleyber Torres16 hours ago

Expected To Hit Between Fourth And Sixth
Arvid Söderblom16 hours ago

Arvid Soderblom Faces Flyers On Wednesday
Will Smith16 hours ago

Dodgers Haven't Had Extension Talks With Will Smith
Urho Vaakanainen16 hours ago

Rejoins Ducks Lineup On Wednesday
Dustin May17 hours ago

Hopes To Return Sometime In August
Owen Power17 hours ago

Remains Out On Wednesday
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins17 hours ago

Iffy For Wednesday's Action
Hampus Lindholm17 hours ago

Considered Week-To-Week
Brandon Marsh18 hours ago

Progresses To Jogging
Willson Contreras18 hours ago

Takes Live Batting Practice Wednesday
Tommy Edman18 hours ago

Weeks Away From Full Baseball Activities
Manny Machado18 hours ago

Could DH "Sooner Than Later"
PGA19 hours ago

Seonghyeon Kim Looks To Continue A Steady Run Of Play
Jhonattan Vegas19 hours ago

Showing Signs Of A Return To Form
Sixto Sánchez19 hours ago

Sixto Sanchez Faces Live Hitters Wednesday
Justin Suh19 hours ago

Taking A Volatile Run Of Form South Of The Border
Jake Knapp20 hours ago

Proving To Be A Compelling Korn Ferry Prospect
Brandon Wu20 hours ago

Looking To Carry Over His Immaculate Mexico Open History
Jonnu Smith20 hours ago

Falcons To Move On From Jonnu Smith?
Kodai Senga20 hours ago

Experiencing "A Bit" Of Arm Fatigue
Alex Smalley20 hours ago

Brings Tee-To-Green Struggles To Mexico
John Tavares20 hours ago

Moved To Third-Line Center
PIT20 hours ago

Penguins Willing To Move Any Non-Core Player
Karel Vejmelka21 hours ago

To Start Wednesday Versus Maple Leafs
José Ramírez21 hours ago

Jose Ramirez Could Hit Second This Year
Jonny Brodzinski21 hours ago

Inks Two-Year Extension With Rangers
Nic Dowd21 hours ago

Listed As Day-To-Day For Capitals
Noelvi Marte21 hours ago

To Miss First Five Cactus League Games
Artemi Panarin21 hours ago

Jimmy Vesey Day-To-Day For Rangers
Nate Lashley21 hours ago

Struggling Outside Of Putting Aberration
Hunter Greene22 hours ago

Working On A Curveball
Gleyber Torres22 hours ago

Wants "To Be A Yankee For Life"
Brayan Bello22 hours ago

Red Sox's Extension Talks With Brayan Bello May Be Heating Up
Maverick McNealy22 hours ago

Trending Upwards Ahead Of Mexico Open
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.22 hours ago

Feeling Great
Tim Anderson22 hours ago

Marlins Offer Tim Anderson A Starting Job
Michael Kim23 hours ago

In Good Form Heading To Mexico
Davis Thompson23 hours ago

Set For Mexico Open Debut
Cameron Champ23 hours ago

Looks To Continue Success In Mexico
Aaron Rai23 hours ago

Heads To Mexico In Poor Form
Kyle Connor1 day ago

Registers Third Consecutive Multi-Point Effort
Thomas Detry1 day ago

Looking For Driver To Deliver
Liam Hendriks1 day ago

Expects To Pitch By Trade Deadline
PGA2 days ago

Chris Gotterup Is Struggling So Far In His Rookie Season
Chesson Hadley2 days ago

Makes Debut At Mexico Open
Austin Eckroat2 days ago

Looks To Bounce Back
Charley Hoffman2 days ago

Heads To Mexico Open
Doug Ghim2 days ago

Heads To Mexico In Good Form
Ryo Hisatsune2 days ago

Making Mexico Open Debut
Andrew Novak2 days ago

Looking To Keep A Good Thing Going At Mexico Open
Nicolai Hojgaard2 days ago

Offers Course-Fit Choice
Erik Jones2 days ago

Shows Speed At Daytona Despite Disappointing Run
Ross Chastain2 days ago

Hail Mary Attempt Falls Short
John Hunter Nemechek2 days ago

Scores Career-Best Daytona Finish To Start 2024
Brad Keselowski2 days ago

Promising Daytona Run Ruined By Lap 191 Wreck
Pittsburgh Steelers2 days ago

Cameron Heyward Undergoes Offseason Surgery
Zay Flowers2 days ago

Baltimore County Police Suspends Investigation Of Zay Flowers
Michael McDowell2 days ago

Daytona 500 Race Marred By Mechanical Issue
Denny Hamlin2 days ago

Has One Of Those Days At Daytona
Chase Elliott2 days ago

Ends Up 14th At Daytona
Kyle Busch2 days ago

Exceeds DFS Value In The Daytona 500
Ryan Blaney2 days ago

Late Wreck Derails Ryan Blaney's Strong Start In Title Defense
Marquise Brown2 days ago

Set To Leave In Free Agency
Justin Fields2 days ago

Mike Tomlin A Big Fan Of Justin Fields
Christopher Bell2 days ago

Starts Off 2024 With Third-Place Finish At Daytona
Russell Wilson2 days ago

Not Expected Back In Denver
Matthew Slater2 days ago

Hangs Up His Cleats
William Byron2 days ago

Wins Daytona 500 As Wrecks Break Out Late
Noah Gragson3 days ago

Starts Comeback Season With Top-10 At Daytona
AJ Allmendinger3 days ago

Earns Fourth Straight Daytona 500 Top-10 Finish
Alex Bowman3 days ago

Narrowly Misses Out On Daytona 500 Victory
Joey Logano3 days ago

Wrecks Out Of Daytona 500 But Leads Most Laps
Tank Dell3 days ago

Expects To Be Back For OTAs
Joe Mixon3 days ago

Could Be A Salary Cap Casualty
Calvin Ridley3 days ago

Jaguars Plan To Bring Back Calvin Ridley
Tyler Boyd3 days ago

Bengals Expected To Let Tyler Boyd Walk
Deshaun Watson3 days ago

On Track In Rehab From Shoulder Surgery
Ilia Topuria3 days ago

Becomes The New UFC Featherweight Champion
Alexander Volkanovski3 days ago

Loses Title At UFC 298
Henry Cejudo3 days ago

Merab Dvalishvili Defeats Henry Cejudo By Unanimous Decision At UFC 298
Henry Cejudo3 days ago

Takes Decision Loss
Roman Kopylov3 days ago

Gets Submitted At UFC 298
Ross Chastain4 days ago

Aggressiveness Could Pay Dividends at Daytona
Kyle Larson4 days ago

Searching for First-Ever Top 5 in Daytona 500
Chris Buescher4 days ago

No Worries About Chris Buescher Missing Daytona 500 Practice
NASCAR4 days ago

Bubba Wallace: 'The Best I've Felt Mentally'
Michael McDowell4 days ago

Avoid Michael McDowell in DFS for Daytona
Jimmie Johnson4 days ago

Sneaks Into Daytona 500 Field Despite Wreck
Anthony Hernandez4 days ago

Gets Submission Win At UFC 298
Geoff Neal4 days ago

Drops Split Decision At UFC 298
MMA4 days ago

Ian Machado Garry Remains Undefeated
Paulo Costa4 days ago

Loses Entertaining Fight At UFC 298
Robert Whittaker4 days ago

Edges Out Competitive Decision At UFC 298
Pittsburgh Steelers5 days ago

Steelers Appear To Have Internal Division Over QB Position
Kansas City Chiefs6 days ago

Chiefs Pick Up Chris Jones' Option
Saquon Barkley6 days ago

Giants Considering Letting Saquon Barkley Test Free Agency?
Las Vegas Raiders6 days ago

Raiders In The Market For A QB In 2024
Jimmy Garoppolo6 days ago

Suspended Two Games For PEDs
Alexander Volkanovski6 days ago

Set For Sixth Title Defense At UFC 298
Ilia Topuria6 days ago

Has A Chance To Become The New UFC Featherweight Champion
Henry Cejudo6 days ago

Looking To Return To Win Column
Merab Dvalishvili6 days ago

A Favorite At UFC 298
RANKINGS
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
OF
SP
RP

RANKINGS

QB
RB
WR
TE
K
DEF

MORE RECENT ARTICLES

 
Breece Hall - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Running Backs Rankings (Tiers 1-3) - 2024 Best Ball Leagues

We are now progressing through the early weeks of the offseason and the process of free agency will soon provide pathways for some running backs to seize significant roles in their new landing spots. Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley, Derrick Henry, Tony Pollard, Austin Ekeler, and D'Andre Swift are among the collection of backs who could... Read More


Travis Kelce - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

The Biggest Fantasy Football TE Busts Of 2023

We are at that part of the NFL offseason where very little news breaks. The NFL Combine doesn't start for a week, and free agents can't sign until March. So, now is the perfect time to look back and see where we might have gone wrong in fantasy football drafts this past year, especially at... Read More


Drake London - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

2024 Free Agency Preview: Biggest Positional Needs For The Atlanta Falcons

It was an incredibly frustrating season for the Falcons. Head coach Arthur Smith couldn't figure out if he wanted to go with Desmond Ridder or Taylor Heinicke at quarterback. He seemed to have no interest in force-feeding the ball to Bijan Robinson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts, despite their obvious talents. Instead, this offense seemed... Read More


Derek Carr - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

2024 Free Agency Preview: Biggest Positional Needs For The New Orleans Saints

The Saints are caught in purgatory. They're not bad enough where their chances of drafting an upper-tier level starter at the quarterback position are good and they're not good enough where they're legit contenders. Their cap situation is dictating their moves, almost going as far as taking the choice out of their hands. No other... Read More


2024 NFL Draft Top 10 QB Rankings: Pre-Combine Rookie Quarterback Analysis

The Super Bowl might be over, but football never sleeps at RotoBaller! The countdown is on for 2024 fantasy football drafts and NFL teams are preparing for the Combine and upcoming Draft. Matt Donnelly discusses his favorite quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft class and ranks his top-10 QBs. The season may be over but... Read More


Sam LaPorta - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Breakout Fantasy Football Tight Ends From The 2023 Season

The tight end group is always one of the hardest positions to navigate in fantasy every year. That continued during the 2023-2024 season because taking a tight end early might not have been the right strategy. Travis Kelce, who was a top-seven overall pick in fantasy drafts, was arguably one of the biggest busts at... Read More


Joe Flacco - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Is Joe Flacco A Free Agent? Which Teams Would Be The Best Fit? Fantasy Football Outlook

Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco has played for multiple teams during his 16-year NFL career. He started with the Baltimore Ravens, playing 11 years with the franchise. The former first-round pick had over 38,000 passing yards and 136 touchdowns with the Ravens. Flacco has played for three different teams over the past five years. He spent... Read More


Tee Higgins - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Top Landing Spots For Tee Higgins In Free Agency: 2024 Offseason Outlook

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is one of the better young wide receivers in the NFL. The star receiver totaled at least 900 receiving yards and six touchdowns in each of his first three career years. Unfortunately, he had a disappointing 2023 season. Higgins set career lows in receptions (42), targets (76), receiving yards... Read More


Saquon Barkley - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

Top Landing Spots For Saquon Barkley In Free Agency: 2024 Offseason Outlook

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is one of the most talented players in the NFL. The superstar running back has had at least 960 rushing yards in four of six career seasons, including back-to-back years. The former Penn State star has struggled with injuries in his career. He missed at least three games... Read More


Blake Corum - Fantasy Football Rankings, College FB, RB, NFL Draft Sleepers

Early Look At The 2024 RB Rookie Class For Fantasy Football Dynasty Leagues

The 2024 rookie running back class isn't as good as last year's class. After two running backs were picked in the top 12 in 2023, some analysts are projecting there won't be a single running back picked in the first round. There's no clear-cut number one like Bijan Robinson was last year. Rankings are fluid.... Read More


Dak Prescott - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

Biggest Positional Needs for All 32 NFL Teams - NFC East Edition

Following the 2023 NFL Season, it's quite easy to make the argument that every fanbase for each of the four teams in the NFC East is disappointed with how the season went. The Eagles imploded in the last two months of the season. Hard. The Cowboys got blown out at home in the first round... Read More


Malik Nabers - Fantasy Football Rankings, College FB, WR, NFL Draft Sleepers

2024 NFL Mock Draft Round 1 Predictions (February Update) - Picks from All 32 Teams

That first dreaded Sunday of the year without football arrived and there's no doubt many of you all across the country needed something to fill the void over the weekend. Have no fear, NFL Mock Draft Season is here! While we are still about seven months away from official 2024 NFL action, the good news... Read More


Marvin Mims Jr. - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL DFS Picks

Fantasy Football Dynasty Sleepers Heading Into 2024: Undervalued Wide Receivers

With the 2023 NFL season officially in the books, it's time to turn our attention to the future. The weeks before the 2024 NFL Draft are a busy time for fantasy football managers in dynasty leagues as they wheel and deal in an attempt to improve their position during the offseason. Often, certain players will... Read More