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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) When we originally ran our first base rankings (click here to view) one of the biggest questions was why we believed in Rhys Hoskins (ranked #6) more than Cody Bellinger (ranked #8).  Most of the fantasy world believes in Bellinger more than we do, but at the time we noted: Many are going to have Cody Bellinger slotted in the Top 5 of their rankings, and after hitting .267 with 39 HR last season it (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) It’s easy to point towards the top tier shortstops and assume that the position is loaded, and there is value up and down our rankings.  However after you get past the top tier or two, despite there being some intriguing names the risk grows tremendously.  There are breakouts to be found and players to stay away from, so let’s take a look and determine whose who: 1. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians 2. (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) No one is going to say that the Dodgers’ farm system lacks talent, but that doesn’t mean that the players generally viewed as the “studs” aren’t over-hyped.  There are questions hanging over each of them, which is represented in their grades, but they are joined with a lot of intriguing talent that could ultimately prove to be better prospects long-term.  Who are the team’s best?  Where do Buehler and Verdugo fit?  (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz was one of the more hyped pitchers entering 2017.  He was supposed to be a high strikeout, breakout candidate available late in your drafts but at the end of the year the results didn’t back it up: 154.0 IP 10 Wins 4.79 ERA 1.48 WHIP 143 Strikeouts (8.36 K/9) 59 Walks (3.45 BB/9) 39.4% Groundball Rate .324 BABIP The numbers aren’t terrible, as both the strikeouts and control were at least “decent”.  That doesn’t mean that (read more...)

by Ray Kuhn No respect… Whether or not that changes after Jay Bruce signed with the New York Mets remains to be seen, but the outfielder is a nice value selection so far this draft season. Whether you are looking at ADP from the NFBC (170) or Fantrax (166), Bruce is being under drafted. Even though it feels as if he has been around forever (since 2008), he is still relatively young; he will turn 31 during (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Manuel Margot was generally regarded as one of the better prospects in baseball dating back to his days as a member of the Boston Red Sox.  So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he posted a strong rookie campaign, flashing his speed while showing growth in the power department: 487 At Bats .263 Batting Average (128 Hits) 13 Home Runs 39 RBI 53 Runs 17 Stolen Bases .313 On Base Percentage .409 Slugging Percentage .309 Batting Average on (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) When we talk about some of the better minor league systems in the league the Colorado Rockies isn’t generally one that garners much attention.  That’s a mistake, however, as they’ve started to develop a slew of intriguing young hitters who should start making an impact in 2018.  While the pitching is a little bit behind, that’s something we’ve come to expect (and they also graduated a few of their more (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Arizona’s system isn’t necessarily going to blow you away with talent, but there are a few intriguing names that could all take significant leaps forward in 2018.  Pavin Smith, Jon Duplantier and Marcus Wilson could all emerge by mid-year, the question is who has the highest upside?  Are there any other names worth tracking?  Let’s take a look: 1) Pavin Smith – First Baseman ETA – 2020 Grade – B+ Smith was selected (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) To be fair the Pirates have graduated a few of their better prospects in recent years, but there is an obvious lack of high-end talent in the system.  That hasn’t changed despite the trade of Gerrit Cole, and the failure to acquire a true top tier talent has got to be viewed as a disappointment.  That doesn’t mean that the newly acquired Colin Moran and Jason Martin don’t factor into (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The Minnesota Twins do not own an elite system, and looking at the names that have graduated recently you wouldn’t expect it to be.  There is no questioning the strength, with three of their top four prospects currently listed as shortstops.  Of course by the time they all reach the Majors, if they even do so with the Twins, there’s a good chance they won’t be playing shortstop anymore (and (read more...)