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by William P Jorge Soler appears to be heating up at the plate, batting .333 with 3 HR and 6 RBI, along with an .810 SLG and a 1.272 OPS, over the past week.  Is the long awaited breakout finally here?  Let’s take a deeper look: Soler burst on the scene in 2014, making the leap from Rookie Ball to the Majors in a single season.  His combined statistics during that age 22 season were simply out (read more...)

If you haven’t been checking out our Prospect site on a daily basis all I can ask is, why not?  We have a slew of articles going up that can help you gain an edge on your opponents.  Here’s a little snippet of what’s been going on: MLB Prospect Power Rankings This morning we released our updated Top 10 Prospects on the Cusp (click here to view).  Here’s a quick look at how the top shook out: Jameson (read more...)

Travis is out for the rest of the 2016 season. Changes the landscape of the 1B/DH conversation for 2017 and beyond. — Tim Britton (@TimBritton) May 30, 2016 Travis, who we ranked as Boston’s ninth best prospect prior to the season, was lost to a torn ACL.  His season ends hitting .272 with 6 HR, 29 RBI and 26 R over 173 AB at Triple-A (his first exposure to the level). One of the biggest issues is a (read more...)

by Jeremy Gibbs Do you play in a league that has 15 or more teams?  Maneuvering the waiver wire is often difficult, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t opportunity hiding for you to exploit.  Let’s take a look at a few of the players who could be available and are worth considering if they are: Batters Joe Mauer (1B) – Minnesota Twins; ownership in Yahoo/ESPN/CBS (17%/37%/46%) Believe it or not, Mauer was once considered one of the (read more...)

by Ray Kuhn Just when you think you have things all figured out, they change. There aren’t many things that have gone exactly as we have expected them to, at all times, so far this season. While there are a lot of performances that have lived up to expectations for the most part, or overall when looking back at the past few months, there is still some variance from night to night. Let’s take a look (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from (read more...)

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing): OAK: Back to Doolittle (1.1 (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) A second round pick back in 2012, the career of J.T. Chargois was delayed two season due to Tommy John surgery.  He returned in 2015 and showed strikeout stuff (9.9 K/9), but his control clearly eluded him (4.7 BB/9) over his 48.0 innings of work.  Thus far in 2016 that has changed dramatically, as he’s shown the skills of a lights out closer at both Double and Triple-A: Double-A (11.2 IP) – (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) There were some surprising names among our Top 25 starting pitcher prospects prior to the season (click here for #11-25).  Among them were the Nationals’ Erik Fedde (#18) and the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty (#17), both of which got off to slow starts making us look foolish for the aggressive ranking.  Of course it’s still early and both have started to show signs of a turnaround, so let’s not write them (read more...)

Joe Jimenez has been transferred from Single-A Lakeland to Double-A Erie. — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) May 27, 2016 Jimenez has the makings of a potential “closer of the future”, a label that will quickly be attached to him (if it hasn’t already).  He thrived at High-A this season throwing 17.1 shutout innings with 28 K vs. 5 BB while going a perfect 10-for-10 in save chances.  For his career (105.0 innings) he’s racked up a 13.2 K/9 (read more...)