BigBobE wrote:Take a look at Paul Maholm in PIT...
Yeah, he's sleeper material. He was really good at the end of the year for the Pirates, but I'm going to bet he gets figured out after a few months. He should be the 4th starter for Pittsburgh this year. That said, I wouldn't be picking him in a normal draft, but he's someone to think about in deep keeper/dynasty drafts or NL only stuff.
The one thing to remember with Pirates pitching is that no matter how good they are, they still play for a pitiful offensive team. Expect run support in the 2's or 3's for most of the year. Unless the pitcher is ultra sharp all the time, he won't get you many wins.
Perez will probably not return to '04 form, but I suppose he's worth a late flier in most drafts. I would rate Duke higher than Perez since he's a more controlled and poised pitcher, but I still expect fewer wins (like 12 maybe) and around a 3.75-4 ERA. He will get figured out by some teams this year, and since the Pirates will have problems scoring his 2-1 wins from last year will be harder to come by. Add into it the fact that he's now expected to be the team "ace" and you have a recipie for disaster.