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Jon Lester
Birthdate: 1/7/1984 (33 y, 2 m, 19 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-2/190     Position: P
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 16, Overall: 57, Team: Boston Red Sox
Contract: $155M / 6 Years (2015 - 2020) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Lester was named the starter for the Cubs' Opening Day matchup with the Cardinals, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. (3/2/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Few pitchers in baseball represent the level of consistency that Jon Lester brings to the table. For one, he's good for at least 30 starts every season. His strikeouts per nine innings have lingered around nine for each of the last three seasons, as he ended with an 8.75 mark in 2016. His walks were up a tick, but recent years indicate that his 2.31 walks per nine innings should fall back down closer to two in the upcoming season. The 2016 season also saw him maintain a respectable ground ball rate, coming in at 46.9%, something that helped contribute to his .256 batting average on balls in play for opposing hitters. While it may be unreasonable to expect a BABIP that low moving forward, if he can maintain that type of GB%, the Cubs have the defense to support him and help continue to stifle hitters who are able to put the ball in play. He also doesn't surrender a lot of high quality contact, which helped to contribute to a minuscule 1.02 WHIP. When you consider that factor, along with strong strikeout and walk numbers, as well as the low-quality contact from opposing hitters, Jon Lester should continue to be one of the more reliable prospective pitching targets on the fantasy side well into the future. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: With a 2.44 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, Jon Lester continued to showcase the type of consistency that has made him an overwhelmingly reliable fantasy option. With a strong defense behind him and steady strikeout and walk numbers, there isn't any reason to think that can't continue in 2017.

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