Why Tyler Duffey Could Prove To Be More Bust Than Sleeper In 2016…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When thinking of a young Minnesota starting pitcher all eyes fall on Jose Berrios, but the Twins were cautious with the top prospect in ’15 .  Instead of seeing if he could make an impact down the stretch they opted to keepi him in the minors. Instead it was Tyler Duffey who the team summoned, and he had been impressive both at Double-A (2.56 ERA) and Triple-A (2.53 ERA) before excelling in the Majors for 10 starts:

58.0 IP
5 Wins
3.10 ERA
1.31 WHIP
53 Strikeouts (8.22 K/9)
20 Walks (3.10 BB/9)
49.7% Groundball Rate
.315 BABIP

On the surface it appears like he brings all three skills we look for from a starting pitcher, but are the numbers for real? Let’s take a look: Read more

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2016 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#21-40): Upside Options, Risky Veterans & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this week we took a look at #1-20 of our outfield rankings (click here to view), so who finds their way into the next 20?  Who are the players we are going to want to target and who are the big names we should be looking to avoid?  Let’s take a look:

21) Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
22) Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
23) Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees
24) Gregory Polanco – Pittsburgh Pirates
25) Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
26) Jason Heyward – Chicago Cubs
27) Billy Burns – Oakland A’s
28) Delino Deshields Jr. – Texas Rangers
29) Michael Brantley – Cleveland Indians
30) Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies Read more

Dynasty League Rankings (2016): Top 20 Second Baseman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are a lot of young, emerging second baseman who make it easy to ignore some of the “elder” statesman. You’ll notice that players like Brandon Phillips (34-years old), Ben Zobrist (34-years old) and Howie Kendrick (32-years old) all fall short of the list, despite being potential Top 15 options in 2016. Who are the players who join the fray in their place? Let’s take a look:

1) Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (25-years old)
2) Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (25-years old)
3) Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins (27-years old)
4) Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians (28-years old)
5) Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners (33-years old)
6) Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers (22-years old)
7) Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins (28-years old)
8) Logan Forsythe – Tampa Bay Rays (29-years old)
9) Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs (22-years old)
10) Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals (25-years old) Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Could Mat Latos Rebound With The White Sox?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Mat Latos split time with three different teams in 2015. While that’s not necessarily indicative of “struggles”, given the trading around the game, it certainly wasn’t a good sign.

Pitching for the Marlins, Dodgers and Angels he pitched 116.1 innings and compiled a 4.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. While there is obviously concern in the numbers, specifically the ERA, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t hope that the 28-year old rebounds. The Chicago White Sox took the plunge, signing him to a 1 year, $3 million contract yesterday but at that price he could just as easily be a bullpen piece (though the White Sox have obvious questions at the back of their rotation).

Latos owned a 7.74 K/9 and 2.48 BB/9. Control has never been an issue (2.65 career BB/9), though there had been questions regarding his strikeouts. His velocity was up a bit (91.5 mph) last season and in recent years he’s begun working in a split-finger fastball, giving hope to the reound. Considering the 21.65% Whiff% it generated last season it would make sense for him to feature it even more.  The move to the AL is going to be a potential issue, but there’s enough upside.

The bigger concerns, at least now, is the elevated line drive rate (24.2% in 2015, over 21% for three straight seasons). Read more

2016 Value Selections: AL Central Edition: Daniel Norris, Eddie Rosario & More

by Ray Kuhn

At this point there really is no such thing as a true “sleeper” (especially as the definition has evolved and become less than crystal clear). Knowledge is readily available and consumed and sleepers have become players that people are high on and expect good things from in the coming season, compared to their prior year performance.

With that mind, instead of listing a sleeper from each team I am going to focus on a playerwho I feel has a good chance to exceed their draft day price. These are not necessarily exciting players, but options to keep an eye on. It is possible that they could go undrafted in some, if not all leagues, but the potential is there while the risk is not.

Let’s take a look at the AL Central:

Chicago White Sox – Avisail Garcia – OF
Garcia was once a top prospect… Then he became a disappointment… Now the best thing you can say about him is that he is a mediocre outfielder, but let’s remember that he is just 25-years old and there is a still time for him to improve. I don’t think he will ever reach the level once fore casted for him, but there is some value to be found. Last season Garcia hit .257 with 13 HR, 59 RBI and seven stolen bases. Per Baseball HQ, that was worth $9, although I’d be surprised to see him go for even half that amount let alone more than a $1 this season. That means it will be pretty easy for Garcia to exceed his draft day price in 2016. Read more