Looking Back: 10 Lowest Fly Ball Rates In 2016 (Hitter’s Edition): Eric Hosmer, Ryan Braun & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It seems like common sense, if you don’t put the ball in the air very much you aren’t going to hit for much power.  It’s logical, and while most of the names on this list make sense there are certainly some surprising names among the ten lowest marks in the league that deserve noting:

1. Howie Kendrick – 19.6%
2. Christian Yelich – 20.0%
3. Cesar Hernandez – 20.7%
4. Yunel Escobar – 20.8%
5. Joe Mauer – 21.3%
6. D.J. LeMahieu – 22.8%
7. Jonathan Villar – 24.1%
8t. Eric Hosmer – 24.7%
8t. Denard Span – 24.7%
10. Ryan Braun – 25.1% Read more

Heading Into 2017, Is Troy Tulowitzki Still A Top 10 Shortstop?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a time that Troy Tulowitzki was the hands down, premier shortstop in the game…  Outside of his injury concerns, of course, which always hung over him.  Still 110 games of Tulowitzki along with a temporary fill in was a near certainty to out-produce any other option in the league.

You would’ve thought that the trade to Toronto wouldn’t have impacted his production too much, though his first full season in the AL East was less than spectacular:

492 At Bats
.254 Batting Average (125 Hits)
24 Home Runs
79 RBI
54 Runs
1 Stolen Bases
.318 On Base Percentage
.443 Slugging Percentage
.272 Batting Average on Balls in Play Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Can Freddy Galvis Replicate His 2016 Success?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was an impressive 2016 campaign for the Phillies’ Freddy Galvis, but was it enough to earn a future spot on the rebuilding team?  How about a place on your future fantasy rosters?  Before we can try to answer those questions, first let’s take a look at the numbers:

584 At Bats
.241 Batting Average (141 Hits)
20 Home Runs
67 RBI
61 Runs
17 Stolen Bases
.274 On Base Percentage
.399 Slugging Percentage
.280 Batting Average on Balls in Play

He obviously showed an impressive blend of power and speed, though is either number believable?  Consider that 2015 is the only other season where he had a full slate of MLB at bats and he posted just 7 HR and 10 SB that season.  In 633 minor league games he hit 25 HR with 73 SB, so it’s fair to call both numbers into doubt. Read more

10 Best Strand Rates: Pitcher’s Edition: Kevin Gausman, Kyle Hendricks & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When we talk about “luck” and starting pitchers there are often two numbers we look at, the BABIP and the strand rate.  Obviously above average numbers aren’t always due to pure luck, but in certain cases it’s easy to point to.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the ten best strand rates among starting pitchers from 2016:

1. Jon Lester – 84.9%
2. Ian Kennedy – 83.1%
3. Max Scherzer – 81.7%
4. Kyle Hendricks – 81.5%
5t. Kevin Gausman – 81.2%
5t. Dan Straily – 81.2%
7. Danny Duffy – 80.9%
8. Drew Pomeranz – 80.1%
9. Justin Verlander – 79.9%
10. J.A. Happ – 79.9% Read more

Baltimore Orioles 2017 Top 10 Prospects Released

Over on our Prospect Page we kicked off the release of our 2017 Top 10 Prospect Lists with the Baltimore Orioles (click here to view).  As a sneak peek, here are the Top 5:

  1. Cody Sedlock – Right-Handed Pitcher
  2. Chance Sisco – Catcher
  3. Ryan Mountcastle – Shortstop
  4. Keegan Akin – Left-Handed Pitcher
  5. Trey Mancini – First Baseman

Will The Real Jake Lamb Please Stand Up?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After being among the biggest stories in the first half of 2016, the Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb had a notable disappearance after the All-Star Break.  For many he became a goat, as fantasy owners stuck with him hoping that he could rekindle his first half glory.  Obviously that resurgence simply never came:


There are two key numbers that embrace the falloff, and you have to wonder if the strong first half led to a change in approach: Read more