Time to Buy Alfredo Simon?

Alfredo Simon is a 30-year-old, 6’6″ monster for the Baltimore Orioles.  He has started five games since July 9th, going 2-3 over 30 1/3 innings, posting a 3.26 ERA and a 19/8 K/BB over those starts.  Simon had an interesting offseason, as he was charged with manslaughter in the Dominican Republic.  He has been off and on the restricted list at times this season while he is going back and forth for court appearances; however, he looks like a solid pitcher right now for the Orioles.

Simon’s fastball has averaged 94 mph over his 12 appearances.  He is keeping the ball in the infield and inside the fences, posting a 0.60 HR/9 IP, a far cry from his career 1.75 rate, with a 16.7% infield flyball percentage and a 41.3% groundball ratio.  He could use some more strikeouts, but he is adjusting to starting, making just his 8th start of his career on Tuesday night after saving 17 games in 2010 and making 55 total Major League appearances going into this season.

Simon is someone to keep an eye on in AL-only or the deepest of mixed fantasy leagues.  He isn’t a long-term guy for the Orioles, as they will go to Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, and Chris Tillman as keepers, if they ever get their stuff together.  He could be worth a pickup if you need a spot starter, as he has posted a 2.52 ERA at home and that 3.26 ERA in five starts.

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