2015 Outlook: Price pounds the strike zone more than nearly anyone else in baseball, walking less than four percent of the hitters he's faced the past two years. After a few health scares in 2013, Price stayed healthy in 2014 and saw a big spike in his strikeout rate, going from 20.4 percent to 26.9 percent. His overall results with the Tigers weren't quite as good as with the Rays, but he's still set to remain among the elite, and he'll likely have better defensive support if the Tigers can regain the services of Jose Iglesias at shortstop.
2015 Outlook: Coming off a career season that was supported by the advanced stats, it was easy to view Sanchez as a No. 2 fantasy starter heading into 2014. Unfortunately, his season was shortened by minor finger and chest injuries, keeping his innings total below 180 for the first time since 2009. His strikeout rate also dipped below 20 percent for the first time since 2010, which limited his production when he was healthy. The drop in strikeouts can be attributed to an increased contact rate, but even as a more hittable pitcher, Sanchez was a well-above-average starter when he was on the mound. All told, he finished with a 3.43 ERA (2.71 FIP), 1.10 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 126 innings. If he can return to eating 180-plus innings, he should finish as a top-30 starter in fantasy.
2015 Outlook: Justin Verlander's right arm has logged a lot of miles over the years, as he has fronted the Detroit rotation while also making 16 starts in the postseason. From 2011 to 2013, his strikeout rate declined each year while still finishing above the league average for starting pitcher strikeout rates. That streak ended in 2014, as his strikeout rate fell to a career-worst 18 percent and he posted his first ERA above 3.50 since his poor 2008 season. His average fastball velocity, 95.3 mph at the start of this decade, was down to 92.3 last season, and the swing-and-miss rate on his pitches has dropped from the mid-20s to an even 20 percent. Once a safe four-category investment, he's now maybe a two-category arm at best. There is some upside here, but don't pay for the name value.
2015 Outlook: Greene was largely unheralded entering 2014, even more so after 13 starts in Triple-A netted a 4.61 ERA to start the season, but he burst on to the scene when he got his opportunity in the big leagues as nearly every Yankees starting pitcher got hurt at one point or another. In 14 starts, Greene worked to a 3.78 ERA and an impressive strikeout rate of 9.3 K/9, though his numbers began to drop in the season's final month. The 26-year-old was traded during the offseason to Detroit, where he figures to get the opportunity to fill in toward the back of the starting rotation. With a season of experience under his belt to go along with high strikeout totals, Greene could make for a decent fantasy option in 2015.
2015 Outlook: Simon pitched too well at the beginning of the season to be taken out of the starting rotation, a spot he ultimately kept all year as he went 15-10, with a 3.44 ERA. The 33-year-old was great in the first half of the season as he earned his first All-Star invitation, but struggled down the stretch, as he put up a combined 4.69 ERA in August and September. He should suffer a bit of a drop in his numbers in 2015, as his 4.33 FIP suggests a bit of good luck, but also because he'll be making the transition back to the AL after an offseason trade to the Tigers. He figures to enter spring training with the chance to slot into either the fourth or fifth spot of the rotation.