Online MLB betting fans may be enjoying the offseason, (or it could be torturous depending on how you’re team performed) but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do. No, the most successful sportsbook players know that the offseason is where the winnings are racked up. You may not be placing bets like during the regular season, but making sure to do your homework will prove to be lucrative in the end.
‘Doing your homework’ can have wide applications from keeping an eye out for the draft, to knowing which prospects will undoubtedly make an impact in this year’s upcoming season. This article will aim to help online MLB betting fans discover 2017’s best pitching prospects in an effort to help players maximize their winnings. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 best pitching prospects ahead of spring training.
1.Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
How Reyes performs during spring training will determine if he is able to land a spot in the starting five. Currently, the 22-year old is barred from the starting position by Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Mike Leake, and Michael Wacha. Reyes played 46 innings in the MLB last season, diluted over 12 appearances and 5 starts. During that tenure the Cardinals’ pitcher was able to post a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts. Baseball betting sites don’t currently think the Cardinals will be able to surpass the Cubs in the NL Central but making use of Reyes and his triple-digit fastball would certainly help their chances.
2.Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox
Speaking of fastballs, of all the prospects on this list, Kopech might have the deadliest zinger. At just 20-years of age, Kopech is able to peg a ball at speeds of 110 mph. Granted it was a three-ounce ball the young stud was whipping a ball, but it still goes the tremendous talent and potential that Kopech possesses.
3.Lucas Giolito, RHP, Chicago White Sox
Giolito was selected 16th overall in the 2012 draft but has been unable to make the major league transition that many online MLB betting fans were expecting. Last season, as a Washington National, Giolito crawled his way to a 6.75 ERA, 11 strikeouts, and 12 walks in just 21.1 innings. If Giolito is able to deliver a jaw-dropping performance in spring training, the sportsbook community might just have to rethink his value.
4.Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Glasnow made his fist MLB appearance when he earned 4 starts and posted a 4.24 ERA in that time. With a great curveball, and a fastball that flirts with the high 90s, Glasnow was able to deliver 24 strike outs in just 23.1 innings. If Glasnow can limit his walks and improve his changeup, his skills will certainly impact the Pirates’ chances this season.
5.Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Colorado Rockies