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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fantasy baseball: Analyzing Bartolo Colon's value

If you thought Bartolo Colon would look strange in a Yankees cap, you were right. He also doesn't look, uh, very slim.

Colon is listed at 6 feet, 265 pounds, which seems generous for the soon-to-be 38-year-old former Indians ace.

Prior to being signed to a minor-league deal by the Yankees, he hadn't pitched in the major leagues since 2009, when he was 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts for the White Sox.

Most of us laughed when the pitching-needy Yankees brought in Colon and 34-year-old Freddy Garcia (who, incidentally, is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 0.69 WHIP) prior to the season.

The plan, especially with Phil Hughes on the disabled list with arm issues, could fail miserably. For now, though, Colon has been a pleasant surprise.

So much so I've actually considered acquiring him in a 14-team league in which I compete.

The oversized right-hander is available in almost 87 percent of the leagues on, and he has 26 strikeouts in 26 innings, along with a 2.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.

Since being moved into the starting rotation, he is 2-0 in two starts, allowing three runs in 14 2/3 innings (1.84 ERA) with three walks and 13 Ks.

If you're desperate for pitching, Colon is worth a look for two reasons: 1. He should help you in strikeouts and not kill your ERA; 2. He should get enough run support to win his share of games. (Or is that three reasons?)

Don't expect much more than a No. 5 or 6 starter in deep mixed leagues. Since he was 21-8 for the Angels in 2005, Colon has all of 16 wins in six years.

But he is, at the very least, intriguing.

That is one of many things from the first month of the 2011 season I never thought I would write (along with "it might be time to bench Carlos Gonzalez," "Hanley Ramirez currently isn't among the top six shortstops in fantasy" and "I really wish I had made a play for Lance Berkman on the waiver wire.")

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