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2/2/1988 (29 y, 25 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 41, Pick: 15, Overall: 1231, Team: Washington Nationals
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
$0.5M / 1 Years (2015)
Peacock allowed two hits and struck out one in two scoreless innings Saturday against the Tigers. (2/26/2017)
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Stream, Stream, Stream: 2x SP 9.15-9.21
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Peacock's fantasy stock rose considerably at the end of December -- not because of anything he did, but because that's when he was traded from D.C. to Oakland (along with A.J. Cole, Tom Milone, and Derek Norris). As a Nat, Peacock's chances of starting the season in the rotation were slim. The A's, however, enter 2012 without four of their core starting staff: Brett Anderson (Tommy John surgery), Dallas Braden (Tommy John surgery), Trevor Cahill (traded to Arizona), and Gio Gonzalez (traded to D.C. for Peacock, et al). That leaves 2010 success story Brandon McCarthy and then a bunch of guys, of whom Peacock is one. Peacock was excellent in 2010 at Double-A (34.3% strikeout rate and 6.1% walk rate in 98.2 IP), less dominant at Triple-A (23.5% K, 11.8% BB, 48.0 IP) and, despite an impressive-looking 0.75 ERA, actually not that impressive at all in his brief Major League stint (8.3% K, 12.5% BB, 12.0 IP). He throws his fastball at 92-93 mph and has a curveball that profiles as a definite strikeout pitch, so there's some substance here. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
The trade that sent Peacock (and others) to Oakland increases the right-handers' likelihood of beginning the season as a starting pitcher. He'll need to improve upon the peripherals, however, from his brief Major League stint.
The one-time Nationals prospect opened the season with his third different organization in the past three seasons and finally had an extended audition in a major league rotation. Now in Houston, Peacock displayed above-average strikeout ability, but struggled with his control. Unfortunately, a weak swinging strike rate suggests that the respectable strikeout rate may not have been completely for real. Coupled with his inability to throw first-pitch strikes at a respectable clip, his fly ball tendency becomes a serious problem. On the good side of the ledger was his late-season performance, which came after he added a slider. He should open the year as a member of the Astros' starting staff, and there's a bit of upside here, but he's no more than a middling gamble in AL-Only leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Peacock's first go-around as a major league starting pitcher didn't go so smoothly, but as a soon-to-be 26-year-old on a rebuilding team, he should get another shot to stick. Unfortunately, he's surrounded by a weak supporting cast in Houston and is probably best left for the end-game of AL-Only drafts and auctions.
Brad Peacock doesn’t have the same amount of command as Brett Oberholtzer, and the strikeout differential doesn’t make up enough ground. All of his pitches outside of his fastball are below average from a swinging-strike standpoint. A 4.75+ ERA and 1.45+ WHIP doesn’t cut it for your fantasy rosters. It would take a ton of luck to make him valuable in even the deepest of AL-only leagues. (
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