Pre-Order Rotoprofessor’s 2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide For The Special Price Of $6.75 Today!

It’s that time of year again! Sure football season is in full swing and the MLB Playoffs are going strong, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2019. As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

The price will be increasing this year to a whole $7.75 (I know, inflation). However you currently have the opportunity to pre-order the Draft Guide for $6.75!  This may be the best value you get to help prepare for your fantasy baseball season, so make sure to take advantage of it.

For those who have never experienced the guide, it is delivered through e-mail as an Excel spreadsheet and also includes:

  • Over 500 player projections (including some of the top prospects in the game)
  • Top 400 Overall
  • 2-page cheat sheet, perfect to take to your draft
  • The Rotoprofessor Staff’s quick take on every player projected
  • Expanded Rankings (i.e. Top 30 Catchers, Top 125 Starting Pitchers) for both AVG & OBP formats
  • Top 50 rankings for Corner Infielders & Middle Infielders
  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2019 (Prospects who can make impact in ’19)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2019 by team (Prospects who can make impact in ’19)
  • Top 40 “New” Dynasty Prospects
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 25 Sleepers for 2019
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2019

Unlike paper guides our version will be updated every two-to-three weeks, helping you stay as prepared as possible.  The first draft was released on January 18, 2019 and the updates will begin after that.  I want to thank you all for supporting Rotoprofessor and make sure to reserve your copy of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide today!

2019 Bust Alert: Will Dereck Rodriguez Build On His 2018 Success… Don’t Be So Sure

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Entering the season with playoff aspirations, 2018 was a huge disappointment for the San Francisco Giants.  It has led to changes at the top, and there certainly will be a trickle down effect to the talent on the field.  One of the few things we know, though, is that many will view Dereck Rodriguez (the son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez) as a key piece to the team’s future.  That makes sense, given these numbers as a rookie:

118.1 IP
6 Wins
2.81 ERA
1.13 WHIP
89 Strikeouts (6.77 K/9)
36 Walks (2.74 BB/9)
39.5% Groundball Rate
.257 BABIP

Something we’ve all learned is that sometimes numbers can be deceiving, and while it was a strong year on the surface when you start peeling back the layers the concerns mount quickly.  While that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll fall off a cliff, that’s a scenario that we can’t rule out so easily. Read more

2018 Leaders Review: Top 10 September SwStr%: Regression Risks Emerge (Javier Baez, David Dahl & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We often say that September results are not indicative of what the future holds, considering that September callups help to skew the competition level.  At the same time we’ve seen it before where a late season flourish helps to point towards future success.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Top 10 swinging strike rates among hitters over the final month of the season to see if there are any concerns arising (especially since the pitching may not necessarily be up to typical standards):

1. Daniel PalkaChicago White Sox19.7%
2. Javier BaezChicago Cubs19.2%
3.Randal GrichukToronto Blue Jays18.1%
4.Adalberto MondesiKansas City Royals18.0%
5.Khris DavisOakland A's17.9%
6.Brandon LoweTampa Bay Rays17.8%
7.David DahlColorado Rockies16.9%
8.Scott ScheblerCincinnati Reds16.7%
9t.Stephen PiscottyOakland A's16.3%
9t.Kris BryantChicago Cubs16.3%

There are a lot of interesting names on these rankings, but let’s take a look at three of the most interesting ones: Read more

2019 Projection: Will Rhys Hoskins Rebound From His Perceived “Disappointing” 2018?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After a monster 2017 debut (.259 with 18 HR and 48 RBI over 50 games) fantasy owners had high expectations for Rhys Hoskins’ 2018 campaign.  While he wasn’t completely useless, it’s easy to dub him as a disappointment as he fell well short of expectations.  Just how far short?  Let’s look at the numbers:

558 At Bats
.246 Batting Average (137 Hits)
34 Home Runs
96 RBI
89 Runs
5 Stolen Bases
.354 On Base Percentage
.496 Slugging Percentage
.272 Batting Average on Balls in Play

It wasn’t a poor approach that had a negative influence.  In fact for a power hitter his underlying numbers are impressive, with a 7.9% SwStr% and 22.8% O-Swing%, and you can argue that he has more upside than his 22.7% strikeout rate and 13.2% walk rate.  So what caused the “disappointing” campaign?  There are two key numbers: Read more

Has Scooter Gennett Truly Arrived Or Is A Disappointing 2019 In His Future?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After a breakout 2017 campaign (.295 with 27 HR and 97 RBI) it was fair to be skeptical about Scooter Gennett entering 2018.  Was it just a lucky campaign?  Was he guaranteed to regress back to the pedestrian numbers he had posted while a member of the Brewers?  The answer to those questions became pretty obvious, as he followed up his breakout with another strong season:

584 At Bats
.310 Batting Average (181 Hits)
23 Home Runs
92 RBI
86 Runs
4 Stolen Bases
.357 On Base Percentage
.490 Slugging Percentage
.358 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Instead of operating as a place holder until Nick Senzel was deemed ready to contribute, Gennett strengthened his hold on an every day job.  Now the question isn’t with if Gennett is good, the question is how good can he truly be? Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is The Indians’ Shane Bieber Primed For A Breakout 2019?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Cleveland Indians appear to be a never ending stream of intriguing starting pitchers.  When one goes down the next steps up and thrusts his name onto fantasy radars.  While their rotation was hampered by injuries in 2018 the team benefited from the emergence of Shane Bieber, who quickly became a viable fantasy option with seemingly even more upside.  First, let’s look at the actual production:

114.2 IP
11 Wins
4.55 ERA
1.33 WHIP
118 Strikeouts (9.26 K/9)
23 Walks (1.81 BB/9)
46.6% Groundball Rate
.356 BABIP

He was obviously among the elite control artists in the league, a number that is fully believable (0.6 BB/9 over his minor league career).  When you couple that with enough groundballs you are instantly going to have an intriguing fantasy option.  The question is going to be whether or not he can maintain his strikeout rate, and also if he can improve upon his bloated BABIP. Read more