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The excitement of Spring Training has long been replaced by the anticipation of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.

It’s almost here, the countdown is on until first pitch and the world is good again.

Regardless if your team is a contender or in rebuild mode, Opening Day should be a National Holiday.

Spring Training stats are mostly meaningless but for some players they do matter when speculating on them in the futures market that is starting pitching.

Here are three starting pitchers for your consideration.

Starting Pitchers to Consider

Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays

A career that once seemed destined for stardom is now in it’s post Tommy John surgery phrase. Matt struggled with his control prior to TJS and faltered upon his return last season but finished strong closing out September with four solid starts. There is much excitement surrounding Moore and the fantasy community is buying in.

Spring Training Stats

• 10.1 IP
• 11 K
• 2 BB
• 1.74 ERA

Juan Nicasio, Pittsburgh Pirates

Nicasio has always owned a live arm and the Pirates have produced one of the better stories of the Spring. Are you buying or selling Juan’s rebirth under the tutelage of Ray Searage? Is this the next successful reclamation project in the Burgh?

Spring Training Stats

• 15.0 IP
• 24 K
• 5 BB
• 0.00 ERA

Shane Greene, Detroit Tigers

Shane was a sneaky sleeper heading into last season but his 2015 campaign was disastrous before it ended with surgery to repair his circumflex artery. Opportunity is everything and Greene has been giving one but can he seize it?

Spring Training Stats

• 19.1 IP
• 23 K
• 4 BB

Top Thirty Starting Pitchers

1. Clayton Kershaw – LAD
2. Chris Sale – CHW
3. Max Scherzer – WAS
4. Jake Arrieta – CHC
5. Madison Bumgarner – SFG
6. Matt Harvey – NYM
7. Corey Kluber – CLE
8. David Price – TBR
9. Jacob deGrom – NYM
10. Jose Fernandez – MIA
11. Stephen Strasburg – WAS
12. Carlos Carrasco – CLE
13. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh
14. Dallas Keuchel – HOU
15. Zack Greinke – ARI
16. Chris Archer – TBR
17. Noah Syndergaard – NYM
18. Felix Hernandez – SEA
19. Johnny Cueto – SFG
20. Jon Lester – CHC
21. Carlos Martinez – STL
22. Danny Salazar – CLE
23. Sonny Gray – OAK
24. Cole Hamels – TEX
25. Adam Wainwright – STL
26. Michael Wacha – STL
27. Garret Richards – LAA
28. Tyson Ross – SDP
29. Marcus Stroman – TOR
30. Yordano Ventura – KCR

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