Colin Henderson examines Nestor Cortes Jr.'s terrific start to the season and explains why fantasy managers should believe in the lefty as a top-30 starting pitcher for rest of season.
COLIN HENDERSON: Nasty Nestor is at it again as Yankee starter, Nestor Cortes, gave up a lone run across eight innings of work against the White Sox on Sunday, striking out 7. Through seven starts on the year, Cortes has been nothing short of excellent. Racking up a 2-1 record to go along with a 1.35 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.
He is not allowed more than two runs in any start and sports a 49/11 K-walk ratio across 40 innings. Despite a fastball that only averages 90 miles an hour, Cortes is in the top 10 percentile in strikeout percentage thanks to a great deal of deception on the mound. He is also in the top 11 percentile in expected ERA, batting average against, and slugging, backing up his already impressive returns.
Once used only as an opener, Cortes has been going deeper into games, as evidenced by back to back seven plus innings starts. He had only completed seven or more innings once prior to the season. So, the new found length only adds to his season outlook. It's time to start believing in the stash as a top 30 pitcher moving forward.