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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

Bullpen Banter: Is Shawn Tolleson Being Undervalued Heading Into 2016?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It seems like many owners are entering the season expecting Shawn Tolleson to falter and ultimately lose his job. How else do you justify him being the 19th relief pitcher coming off the board in NFBC formats, despite posting the following impressive 2015 line:

72.1 IP
6 Wins
35 Saves
2.99 ERA
1.15 WHIP
76 Strikeouts (9.46 K/9)
17 Walks (2.12 BB/9)
42.4% Groundball Rate
.294 BABIP

The Rangers do have a deep bullpen, with Keone Kela and Sam Dyson among those who are waiting in the wings should Tolleson slip. That said, their presence doesn’t ensure that Tolleson is going to be removed. Coming off a year in which he blew just 2 saves, there’s a lot to like. Read more

All Top 10 Prospect Lists (by Team) Officially Released!

With the release of our Top 10 San Francisco Giants prospect list this morning, we’ve officially launched all of our Top 10 prospect lists!  Next week we will begin rolling out our positional rankings, so make sure to check back for that! Who are the best prospects at each position?  Who are the best prospects overall?  We’ll be answering all of those questions!

To access these links visit our Prospect Page or use the links below:

AL East
AL Central
AL West
Baltimore OriolesChicago White SoxHouston Astros
Boston Red SoxCleveland IndiansLos Angeles Angels
New York YankeesDetroit TigersOakland A's
Tampa Bay RaysKansas City RoyalsSeattle Mariners
Toronto Blue JaysMinnesota TwinsTexas Rangers
NL EastNL CentralNL West
Atlanta BravesChicago CubsArizona Diamondbacks
Miami MarlinsCincinnati RedsColorado Rockies
New York MetsMilwaukee BrewersLos Angeles Dodgers
Philadelphia PhilliesPittsburgh PiratesSan Diego Padres
Washington NationalsSt. Louis CardinalsSan Francisco Giants

Fantasy Throwdown: Anthony Rendon vs. Jason Kipnis: Who Is The Best Best For 2016?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

You can argue that both Jason Kipnis and Anthony Rendon are coming off disappointing 2015 campaigns, though for drastically different reasons. For Rendon it was injuries costing him any chance of producing a productive season. For Kipnis there was a solid average (.303), but it was relatively empty as he paired it with 9 HR and 12 SB. Which player is better positioned to post a strong 2016? Let’s take a look:


Home Runs
Kipnis – While the home runs weren’t there he did have 43 doubles and 7 triples, so it wasn’t like he lacked extra bases power. The question comes if he’s going to see some of those start going over the fences once again. With 15 HR in 1,196 PA over the past two seasons it’s tough to bank on, though his average distance on non-groundballs did improve over the final two months (263.893 compared to an overall mark of 257.799). Of course even that fell short of his 2013 mark (267.642) and he’s never been a player to put the ball in the air very often (30.5% for his career). While he could see his power grow, he’s going to be more of a 8-12 HR threat as opposed to someone who could push 20+. Read more

Order The Rotoprofessor 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Today!!

It’s that time of year again! Sure football season is about to start and we are still finishing up the 2015 baseball season, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2016. As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

The price will be increasing this year to a whole $6.50 (I know, inflation). This may be the best value you get to help prepare for your fantasy baseball season, so make sure to take advantage of it.  As an added bonus, though, one lucky subscriber will win an MLB Authenticated Noah Syndergaard autographed baseball, complete with “Thor” inscription!  (If you’ve already purchased the guide you are automatically entered to win!)

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

  • Over 550 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)
  • Top 50 rankings for Corner Infielders & Middle Infielders
  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2015 (Prospects who can make impact in ’16)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2015 by team (Prospects who can make impact in ’16)
  • Top 40 “New” Dynasty Prospects
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 25 Sleepers for 2016
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2016

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 19, 2016 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 2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide today!

Is Brandon Crawford A Bust In Waiting?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s hard to describe Brandon Crawford’s 2015 campaign as anything but a breakout performance, as he posted the following line:

507 At Bats
.256 Batting Average (130 Hits)
21 Home Runs
84 RBI
65 Runs
6 Stolen Bases
.321 On Base Percentage
.462 Slugging Percentage
.294 Batting Average on Balls in Play

His obvious calling card was his power, which is believable considering his 281.772 average distance on non-groundballs to go along with 33 doubles and 4 triples. Granted the former was a significant jump from his overall 2014 mark (265,510), but he was at 274.113 through July and may have simply tired down the stretch. Read more