The Cincinnati Reds got a glimpse of what Alfredo Simon could do last year as a starting pitcher.

Simon went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA in 32 starts. His previous best for starts was 16 in 2011 with the Baltimore Orioles. That year, he didn’t show much on the mound. He went 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA with the then-woeful Orioles.

Now, one year removed from showing promise with the Reds, Simon, now with the Detroit Tigers, is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA, 12 strikeouts and a .87 WHIP. He’s likely still available in Fantasy leagues, so if he’s still on the waiver wire, he can be an asset right away.

He’s not going to a fantasy team’s ace, but he’ll provide strikeouts and net a solid ERA. He averaged 5.8 strikeouts per 9 innings last year, and even in his 4-9 season in 2011, he notched 6.5 strikeouts per 9 innings. So far this year, he’s at 5.4 strikeouts per 9 innings with .9 walks per 9 innings.

He likely won’t continue to rack up the wins (last year he went 3-7 with a 4.52 ERA in the season’s second half), but he’s a solid option to turn to on a team capable of putting up plenty of runs.

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