On November 16, Phillies ace Roy Halladay became the 13th pitcher in National League history to be unanimously awarded the Cy Young Award by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America.
The 2010 award is the second for Halladay of his career. Previously, he won the Cy Young in 2003 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Halladay’s just the fifth pitcher to win the award in both leagues.
Halladay had a hall of a season, going 21-10 with 2.44 ERA, 219 strikeouts and 1.04 WHIP in 250.7 innings of work. And for those who don’t remember, he threw a perfect game on May 30. It was the second perfect game* of the Year of the Pitcher.
Finishing second behind Halladay was the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright, followed by Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez, Atlanta’s Tim Hudson, and Florida’s Josh Johnson.
There’s no question that Halladay was owned in your league – he was near or at the top of almost every fantasy baseball pitcher ranking in 2010. After his trade to the NL and his success, it has to be hard for any free agent pitcher in the AL (particularly in the AL East) to consider pitching anywhere except the NL in 2011.
So where does he rank on FBD’s list of fantasy baseball pitchers in 2011? He was no. 4 on our list in 2009… would have been in the top 3 in 2010 if we ever published OUR list… and ascends to the top of our list in 2011.
With his National League lineups, extensive run support, and wicked pitch arsenal, it’s very difficult to rank any starting pitcher AHEAD of Halladay going into 2011. If you have the pick of any pitcher in your upcoming draft, you’re best choice is going to be Halladay. Draft him with comfort in any round after 2, regardless of league size.