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Anyone who’s touting Jeff Samardzija as a 2013 fantasy sleeper is a year late to the party (that said, you can probably expect a “Jeff Samardzija is a 2013 fantasy sleeper” post coming from us in the near future). Samardzija put up great numbers in 2011 that hinted at potential fantasy relevance, however those numbers came almost exclusively out of the bullpen. In fact, in his first four years with the Cubs, Samardzija made 128 appearances with just five of those being starts. While Chicago is thin on starting pitching, it was tough to tell (1) if Chicago would actually commit to making him a full-time starter, and (2) if he’d actually stick there in the event the Cubs elected to go that route. Well, 2012 showed us the kind of potential Samardzija has. I’ve already commented on how much Samardzija has improved over the last three years with regards to his strikeout rate and getting opponents to chase pitches, and that bodes well for his future development. He’s a strikeout machine, ...
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