Deep League Waiver Worthy: Is The Mariners’ Chris Taylor Worth Our Attention?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Could Brad Miller’s playing time be in jeopardy? The trade to acquire Kendrys Morales makes it obvious that the Mariners are putting a priority on improving their offense. It is also obvious that Miller has been a major disappointment.

In 289 AB he was hitting .204 with 8 HR and 3 SB. His strikeouts were up to 23.2% and he has consistently failed to hit the ball with authority given his 17.1% line drive rate. Throw in an inflated 14.0% IFFB and it’s no wonder why the average has struggled.

He showed signs of turning things around in June (.298), though that came courtesy of a .339 BABIP. In July he’s back to hitting .189… However, there still is reason for optimism. His strikeout rate in July is down to 18.3% and the line drive rate is at 19.0% (after being 20.6% in June). It’s not impossible that he turns things around, the question is if the Mariners are going to give him a shot.

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Sell High Candidate: Is Now The Time To Part With Mat Latos?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this point we have to ask, is there still something wrong with Mat Latos?

He missed the start of the season with an elbow issue and, thus far, there are definite questions. The statistics seem good on the surface, with a 3.15 ERA and 0.85 WHIP, but there’s been a lot of luck behind the numbers.

Through seven starts, despite a 22.3% line drive rate, he owns a .209 BABIP. You could argue that there’s also bad luck, with a 61.5% strand rate, and that’s fair. If the luck was the only concern maybe we’d call it even. Unfortunately that’s just the start.

His velocity is down, and it’s not a small margin. He owns a career 92.9 mph average fastball but this season sits at 90.3. Has it just taken some time for him to get things going? He was at 91.52 in his most recent start, which came after a 10 day break. Then again, his last start prior to the break he averaged 92.63 mph so there is a little bit of hope (though why the drop again).

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Two-Start Pitchers 2014: July 28 – August 4: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The baseball season feels like it is flying by, doesn’t it?  This week the trade deadline is upon us, meaning it’s time to make that big push towards the finish line.  While we don’t want to take any unnecessary risks, you may be willing to gamble on a pitcher that you ordinarily wouldn’t.

The deadline itself could wreak havoc, though, so you have to be careful.  Quite a few pitchers currently scheduled for two starts, like Bartolo Colon, Jorge De La Rosa and A.J. Burnett, have found their names in trade rumors.  If dealt, they could lose a start so keep that in mind.

With all that said, let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers – vs. NYY, at Cle

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10 Stories From 07/26/14 Box Scores: Is Rutledge For Real, Shoemaker Shines & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Gio Gonzalez (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K) and Johnny Cueto (7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 9 K) put on a show in what was the matchup of the night.  Meanwhile Carlos Santana stayed hot (2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R), Chris Sale dazzled (8.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 12 K, W) and Clayton Kershaw continued to do what he does (9.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K, W).  What else do we need to know?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Shelby Miller strong in return to rotation…
He settled for a no decision, as Jake Arrieta (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K) matched him pitch-for-pitch.  Miller allowed 2 ER on 3 H and 0 BB, striking out 3, over 5.2 IP.  We talked about him in detail yesterday, which you can view by clicking here, with the biggest question being his success and usage of his fastball.  According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click here for the article) he was still extremely dependent on the heater: Read more

Dynastic Direction: Three Outfield Prospects: Eloy Jiminez, Michael Papi & Dalton Pompey

by Ivar G. Anderson

This week we are going to examine three outfielders who may or may not develop into players that can be counted on for everyday performance. As it is with every one of the prospects I cover, there are no guarantees in the dynasty projection business. Still, it is so rewarding to find that one player that no one else in your league even knows exists, isn’t it?

 

Eloy Jiminez OF CHC (Rookie League AZL Cubs/Arizona League) The Cubs jumped at the chance to sign the then 16-year old Dominican (he turned 17 last November), the top-ranked prospect in 2013, as many teams were well aware that at 6’4” and 198 pounds he was poised to develop into a future star. He boasts a strong throwing arm together with what scouts like to term “quick hands,” which portend good things going forward defensively as a future corner outfielder.

He has raw power, but there are questions about his ability to hit for average.  In 2014 his slash line is .286/.333/.500, admittedly in a small sample size of 56 AB. He is also 2-for-2 in steal attempts.

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Fantasy Fallout: Jake Peavy Traded To Giants

Upated as of 12:40 PM EST


Giants Fallout:
The Giants bolstered their rotation with the addition of Peavy, who should benefit greatly from the move back to the NL.  He owns a 4.72 ERA and 1.43 WHIP this season, but there has been some bad luck (.301 BABIP, 18.8% line drive rate) and home runs have been a major issue (1.45 HR/9).

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