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Deep League Diving: Why Aaron Altherr Is An Immediate Must Add In All Formats

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Prior to the season Aaron Altherr was one of our favorite sleepers.  We actually had him marked as a “5-Star Sleeper”, saying:

“The Phillies have options for their outfield, which makes it easy to overlook Altherr (who arguably has the highest initial upside).  Between Double-A, Triple-A & the Majors last season he combined to hit 19 HR with 22 SB.  That shows 15/15 upside, at the least, which alone should explain to you why he’s an ideal late round flier.”

Altherr has been out all season due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist, but he’s due back today and returns to an outfield that definitely has holes (outside of Odubel Herrera):

  • Left Fielders – .343 SLG (fourth lowest in the league)
  • Right Fielders – .367 SLG (third lowest in the league)

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Bullpen Notes: July 27, 2016: Is It Dull Time?, Interesting “Next Up” In Washington & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Bullpen Notes: July 26, 2016: Papelbon Implodes, Dyson On Shaky Ground & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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10 Important Stories From 07/26/16 Box Scores: Gallo’s Outlook, Dickerson Getting Opportunity & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the trade deadline fast approaching there is certainly a lot of questions hanging over teams (both in fantasy leagues and in real life).  The spotlight on players is magnified, as there are rumors galore as to who could be moved.  Obviously any trade just means opportunity for someone else, as evidenced by the Padres’ trade of Melvin Upton yesterday (something we will discuss later on in this column).  It’s a fun time, but also a frustrating one as we sit back and watch our players either gain or lose value.

With those thoughts in mind, let’s take a look at some of the bigger stories from yesterday’s games:

1) Jedd Gyorko continues slugging…
Less than a week ago Gyorko slugged home runs in both ends of a double header against the Padres (3 HR total), and yesterday he achieved the trick once again.  Across the two games he went 2-7 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R, giving him 7 HR over his past 9 games (12-34 with 7 HR, 11 RBI and 9 R).  When St. Louis acquired him it appeared he’d fill more of a utility role, but thanks to injuries/inability he’s settling into a regular role (primarily at third base).  He entered the day with a 22.6% HR/FB, so while getting away from Petco Park was certainly going to help there’s reason to believe that the production is going to slow down moving forward.  He also could see his strikeout rate rise (10.7% SwStr%, 19.7% strikeout rate), which would offset any gains in his BABIP (.267 BABIP).  Is he worth owning/utilizing while he’s hot?  Absolutely, just don’t expect the power surge to continue. Read more

The Fallout Of Melvin Upton Landing In Toronto (Saunders, Pillar & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For a team that needs pitching help, especially if they truly plan on limiting the innings for Aaron Sanchez, the acquisition of Melvin Upton Jr. is intriguing. He’s clearly revitalized his career, hitting .256 with 16 HR and 20 SB over 344 AB.

On the surface a move out of Petco Park should be beneficial, and he certainly lands in an optimal spot for hitters. Can we reasonably expect him to improve upon a 19.3% HR/FB (career 12.1%) or a .320 BABIP (courtesy of an 18.9% line drive rate)? It’s not likely, and with his elevated strikeout rate (28.3%) it’s hard to expect him to maintain his current production wherever he calls home.

While the trade should help to offset a regression, it certainly won’t eliminate it. Then we have the issue of where he fits into the lineup. With Jose Bautista back, the Blue Jays outfield would appear to be Bautista, Michael Saunders and Kevin Pillar. There is room there, though: Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: July 26, 2016: Cabrera, Bedrosian Among Relievers On Rise

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all statistics are through Monday unless otherwise noted; previous ranking shown is from column on July 15):

 

1) Ryan Dull – Oakland A’s (1)
Current Closer – Ryan Madson

It has been a miserable run for Ryan Madson, who last night blew his third save of the month (and sixth of the season).  He’s also gotten progressively worse with each passing month (ERA listed):

  • April – 1.42
  • May – 3.72
  • June – 4.22
  • July – 6.30

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