With a 12-32 record and 5.02 ERA in five Major League seasons, Felipe Paulino has done very little to establish himself as a viable Fantasy Baseball starting pitcher. Opposing teams are hitting a robust .284 against the 6’2”, 270 Santo Domingo native, and Paulio’s 3.7 BB/9 rate and 1.509 WHIP suggest that the majority of his innings are filled with traffic on the base paths.
Closer examination of Paulino’s numbers this season reveals a pitcher who has raised his SO/9 rate to an excellent 10.3, while reducing his WHIP to a more manageable 1.145. In addition, Paulino has given up just four earned runs in just over 25 innings of work.
It is important to note that this startling reversal of fortune is based on a small sample size of just four games, although three of the four games were against the Yankees and Orioles. In fact, Paulino held Baltimore and New York to just 15 hits and no earned runs in 19 2/3 innings.
From a fantasy perspective, Paulio is a nice low-end starter with tons of upside. He is available in 84% of Yahoo standard leagues, and has a nice schedule of possible starts against the A’s, Twins and Pirates over the next few weeks.
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