Nick Lodolo is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy SP

Chris Crawford details Nick Lodolo's recent stretch and proposes adding the Reds hurler if your roster is in need of pitching help.

Video Transcript

- Nick Lodolo was considered one of the top pitching prospects for the 2022 season. But after making three so-so starts, he missed two months with a lower back strain. He returned last week, and he struck out 14 hitters over 9 and 2/3 innings, while giving up just three total runs against the Mets and Rays respectively. The left hander now has an ERA of 4.44 over his 24 and one third frames.

But it's worth pointing out that five of the 12 runs given up by the southpaw came in the first start of the season. While Lodolo doesn't have an elite fastball in terms of velocity, he makes the most of his mid-nineties hitter by getting plenty of movement on the pitch, and he's generally getting ahead of hitters to put his plus change and curve to good use. The 24-year-old has given up some self-inflicted damage early on, but the delivery and his previous success suggest free passes won't be a huge detriment in the long term. Lodolo comes with risk, but those who are needy for pitching should be aware of the reward potential that comes with it.