It seems like everyone and their mother is forgetting about Roy Oswalt when creating a top 10 SP list.
Roy was unhitable in his first 2 major league season.
Roy was unhitable when he pitched with a hurt groin in 2003.
Why is Oswalt a sleeper?
1. He is still only 26 and his best years are ahead of him
2. Pettitte & Clemens take off the pressure of carrying the stros staff
3. His career record of 43-17 is eye popping.
4. Career 8.25 K/9
5. Career 2.92 ERA & Career 1.14 WHIP
6. great bullpen & offense behind him
At this time last year Oswalt was a preseason top 7 pick. Many believed him to be the heir to the NL pitching crown after RJ. It seems like I have heard very little about Oswalt lately. I see no reason why Oswalt shouldn't be a preseason top 10 and I see no reason why he can't finish 2004 in the top 5 or with a Cy Young title.
After thinking about Oswalt today after I had ranked him #10 as I too have sord of forgotten about him I realised he should be taken before Wood b/c even though Wood will strike out more Oswalt is better in every other category.
I think that in 2004
is very possible and he may be capable of even better.
OK so Oswalt isnt a sleeper but if a sleeper means outperforming your draft position and pre season expectations then Oswalt seems like it. I think he is poised for a monster year.