Originally written on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 3/14/12
Jordan Lyles (credits below) Lost in all the massive huge news that Brett Myers will be moving to the bullpen is that this opens a spot in a somewhat crowded, albeit pedestrian, Astros pitching rotation. In turn, this has greatly increased the chances Jordan Lyles will break camp with the big league club. Lyles, the #42 rated prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2011 season, received very little hype upon his promotion last year and is off radars this season (he isn’t even mentioned on Mock Draft Central and is typically ranked outside the top 100 starting pitchers). Of course, people look at his 2011 line and see nothing special: 5.36 ERA, 6.41 K/9, 1.41 WHIP. However, that was just 94 innings, he had a solid 2.58 K:BB rate and his FIP (4.53) and xFIP (4.13) showed a young pitcher with promise. The reason for the stark difference between ERA and FIPs was a poor strand rate (65%) likely the result of poor bullpen work and a slightly higher than average HR/FB rate (12.2...
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