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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) You can argue that starting pitching is as deep as it has ever been, with impressive pitchers filling the rankings.  That’s not to say that there aren’t some questions, especially when it comes to health (and we all know the fragility of pitching, with Tommy John surgery always hanging in the back of our mind), but it’s hard to ignore the upside.  Who are the top pitchers we’d be targeting?  (read more...)

Top 10 Third Basemen Prospects (Preseason 2018 Edition)
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 Category: PROSPECTS
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The upcoming class of third base prospects is intriguing, even though many of them aren’t necessarily viewed as “elite”.  After you get past the first two names on the list, you get an interchangeable group of intriguing players who could all become solid Major Leaguers.  Who do we prefer?  Let’s take a look: 1) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays Grade – A ETA – 2019 Blue Jays’ #1 Prospect The son of (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) When we think of the elite catchers in the league Gary Sanchez is the easy selection as the best of the best.  Buster Posey, who once held that title, is a step behind entering 2018 but he’s still among the better options.  J.T. Realmuto?  While we believe (he was ranked #2 in the initial posting of our Top 15, which you can view by clicking here), others likely do not. Then (read more...)

Why Gerrit Cole Is A Good Bet To Rebound In 2018
Sun, Feb 18, 2018 Category: BASEBALL
by Ray Kuhn Generally moving from the National League to the American League comes with, at the very least, a small bump in the road. However, Houston’s acquisition of Gerrit Cole is likely to have the opposite effect. There are multiple reasons as to why, and while you can’t draw a direct parallel looking at how Justin Verlander performed after his trade to the Astros last summer is a good place to start. Cole still has a lot (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) While we are still waiting for the top of the free agent class to find homes, with pitchers and catchers reporting there’s finally been movement in the mid-to-bottom tiers of the starting pitcher market.  These aren’t necessarily sexy moves, but could they have a potential fantasy impact?  Let’s take a look: Jaime Garcia signs with Toronto There’s a two-part fallout from this move: Garcia’s outlook Joe Biagini moves to the bullpen Garcia has always (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The Philadelphia Phillies are clearly a team in transition, and they started the process of remaking their infield over the winter as they signed Carlos Santana to man first base and jettisoned Freddy Galvis to clear shortstop for J.P. Crawford…  Of course you can argue that the Galvis deal could benefit Scott Kingery, as it gives the team more flexibility (potentially shifting Hernandez to shortstop or third base to clear (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Second base is not a wasteland of talent at the Major League level, but on the prospect front things look somewhat barren.  Sure there’s one top talent and maybe there are a few intriguing names that could rise up the rankings, but for the most part there’s little to get excited about in regards to the current wave of prospects.  Who should we be paying attention to?  Who are the (read more...)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Relief pitching prospects are often overlooked, though the game is quickly changing.  No longer do starting pitchers work deep into games, putting more emphasis on the bullpen (and leading to pitchers being developed for the role).  There are quite a few young relievers who could play a significant role in their team’s bullpen, despite their rookie status, so let’s take a look: Dillon Maples – Chicago Cubs 2017 Statistics – 63.1 IP, (read more...)

The 2018 Fantasy Baseball season is growing closer and it’s never too early to start planning for 2018. As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide! Added Bonus!! We’ve just revealed a new feature, where we’ll be doing e-mail blasts to subscribers in between updates to keep them fully updated on the value of players (for example last night/this morning we e-mailed (read more...)

Top 10 First Basemen Prospects (Preseason 2018 Edition)
Tue, Feb 13, 2018 Category: PROSPECTS
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) First base prospects are often ignored, for better or worse.  There is currently a group of intriguing prospects at the position, many of which have the potential to emerge as Top 10 options shortly after they arrive in the Majors.  Who are they?  Let’s take a look: (Note – We have not included the Rays’ Brandon McKay on these rankings, as he will be listed among the Left-Handed Pitchers.  If he (read more...)