Dustin McGowan is a real under the radar guy. He has good stuff, but lost fantasy relevance/attention due to injuries over the past few years. But now he is healthy.
2007 was McGowan’s last healthy year. He pitched 169 innings, had 144 Ks, 12 Wins, and established a 4.08 ERA. So not an ace, but clearly has some value. At 25, he was also getting better. Injuries cost him half of 2008, and all of 2009 and 2010.
Coming back late last year, he showed some of his previous potential. In 21 innings, he had 20 Ks – nothing wrong with that. His control was poor, and he ended up with a 6.43 ERA. But this was a small sampling, and he hadn’t pitched in over 2 years. So a few bumps in the road is to be expected.
Heading into 2012, he is healthy and dealing. In 5 innings of spring training, McGowan has an ERA of 0.00, 4 Ks, and 1 BB. Tiny sampling, but he’s doing what he should do.
At only 29, he’s still has plenty left in the tank. If he can stay healthy, he could be a very effective pitcher for the Blue Jays and your fantasy team. He has no problems getting strikeouts, so if he can stay under control, he’ll be very good right away.
McGowan is getting little to no attention in drafts thus far. Because of that and the injury concern, he best left for very late in your deeper drafts. Everyone else should have him on some kind of ‘watch list’ to see if he lives up to the potential he showed early in his career.