Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Has Lonnie Chisenhall Finally Emerged? Not Really…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall has always seemed to have the fascination of fantasy owners. It seemed like people saw some type of untapped potential and they were just waiting for him to actually show some sign of it on the field. Well in 2014 he finally cashed in as he posted the following line:

478 At Bats
.280 Batting Average (134 Hits)
13 Home Runs
59 RBI
62 Runs
3 Stolen Bases
.343 On Base Percentage
.427 Slugging Percentage
.328 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Now, as we look at the numbers again, did he truly “breakout”? Is he a player that we want to actually target entering 2015? Read more

Is A Rebound In The Future For Carlos Beltran?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Carlos Beltran’s debut season in the Bronx was certainly a bitter disappointment. Expected to be one of the anchors of the middle of the lineup, he instead floundered hitting .233 with 15 HR over 403 AB. There is no doubt an elbow injury, which required repeated cortisone shots and offseason surgery, played a role in his performance. The question is, what can we expect moving forward?

The fact is Beltran actually got off to a solid start, hitting .263 with 5 HR and 13 RBI over 95 April AB. In May, when he was held to just 33 AB, is when things really went off track.

He still finished with a HR/AB if 26.9, not a significant regression off his 23.1 mark in 2013 (when he hit 24 HR for St. Louis) or 23.6 from 2011. Throw in playing half his games at Yankee Stadium, where he hit 11 of his 2014 home runs, and there is a lot to like from the power department.

As long as he stays healthy, which is a question for any player his age, there’s no reason to think 22-26 HR isn’t his floor in 2015. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Why Justin Morneau Is A Player To Avoid In 2015

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one should’ve been surprised to see a bit of a revitalization for Justin Morneau in his debut year in Colorado. That said, did anyone really expect these types of numbers:

502 At Bats
.319 Batting Average (160 Hits)
17 Home Runs
82 RBI
62 Runs
0 Stolen Bases
.364 On Base Percentage
.496 Slugging Percentage
.330 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Obviously there’s a lot to like in the numbers, and some of the underlying metrics are promising. For instance a 23.1% line drive rate is realistic and helps support the elevated BABIP. A 10.9% strikeout rate… Ok, we are already into the realm of significant question marks. That certainly didn’t take long. Read more

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 First Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor):

While there were ample disappointments in 2014, first base remains the deepest position for fantasy owners. Just looking at the names who fell short, at least for now, from our Top 15 rankings tells us. Let’s take a look at how our initial rankings look, but keep in mind that there are likely going to be significant changes as the offseason progresses:

1. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
2. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
4. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays
5. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
6. Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
7.Victor Martinez – Free Agent
8. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
9. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
10. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds Read more

Pre-Order The Rotoprofessor 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide For $5!

Today will mark the first “official” early 2015 rankings here at Rotoprofessor, meaning it’s that time of year again…  It’s time to start discussing the Rotoprofessor 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!!!

Like in past years, the guide will first be released between January 1 and January 15 (I will know a more solid date as we get closer) and you will then receive updates about every two-to-three weeks from the release date until the start of the season.  Also like in year’s past, the draft guide is just going to get bigger and better!

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 (because 300 just wasn’t enough)
  • 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)
  • Top 50 rankings for Corner Infielders & Middle Infielders
  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2015 (Prospects who can make impact in ’14)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2015 by team (Prospects who can make impact in ’14)
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 25 Sleepers for 2015
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2015

If you pre-order the guide starting today (through November 30 at 10 PM EST), you can get it for $5 (the regular price this season will be $6, which will go into effect on December 1). Make sure you keep checking back for more details and be sure to reserve your copy of the guide early!





Rookie Review: Did The Rangers’ Rougned Odor Show Enough Promise In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Texas Rangers were pummeled by injuries in 2014, including losing their expected second baseman Jurickson Profar. That forced them to utilize 20-year old Rougned Odor for much of the season. There’s certainly upside, but before we get to that let’s take a look at the numbers he posted:

386 At Bats
.259 Batting Average (100 Hits)
9 Home Runs
48 RBI
39 Runs
4 Stolen Bases
.297 On Base Percentage
.402 Slugging Percentage
.294 Batting Average on Balls in Play

The numbers appear relatively underwhelming, but we have to take his age and experience into account (he was summoned directly from Double-A). It shouldn’t be surprising that he appeared over matched in the Majors, including a 15.0% line drive rate and 16.8% IFFB. Read more