Is Jeff Samardzija going to make the kind of fantasy impact that Max Scherzer did in 2012? I think this is a high possibility. This is not a matter of age, because they are the same age. But Scherzer was exposed to big league hitting much earlier. From 2009-2011 Scherzer pitched 560 innings. Then Scherzer breaks out in 2012, Lower his era in 2011 of 4.43 to 3.74, his WHIP from 1.35 to 1.27, and his K/9 from 8.0 to 11.1. Samardja in that span pitched 142 innings.
Samardzija ‘s 2012 was his first year throwing more than 100 innings. He ended up throwing 174.2 innings, with a 3.81 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and a 9.3 K/9. Although these two pitchers are the same age it would be reasonable to think that Scherzer was ahead of the curve and took a step forward earlier. I believe that same step forward can be taken by Samardzija this year. Eclipsing 200 IPs with well over 200 Ks and continuing his success in ERA and WHIP, and providing great value.