NBC Sports EDGE's Christopher Crawford says Tarik Skubal is a risky streamer, but still remains one of MLB's most promising pitching prospects.
CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD: The Tigers swept the Yankees over the weekend and got a terrific pitching performance in the process, not just from Casey Mize, but also Tarik Skubal. Skubal struck out eight over six scoreless innings on Sunday in the series finale to pick up his second win of the season. That's the third consecutive start, and fourth of five, where the southpaw has allowed no more than two runs. And it's seen his ERA drop from 5.73 to 4.59 in the process.
Now a 4.59 ERA is not exactly the goal. But this is a pitcher who was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the sport. And he's starting to throw like it. As for trusting him going forward? Well, there's a lot of risk that goes with the reward, at least according to the metrics. He ranks near the bottom of baseball in avoiding barrels and expected slugging percentage. But he's well above average in strikeout and [? whip ?] percentage.
Skubal is definitely a better bet in the coming years than in 2021. But the 24-year-old has looked the part as of late. And the AL Central does provide some decent streaming opportunities this summer. In the long term, Skubal has a chance to be one of the better fantasy pitching prospects in baseball.