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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Jordan Zimmermann Among The Elite Pitchers In The Game

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann surprisingly found his name in trade rumors, something that you could argue makes little sense considering he may be the team’s best pitcher… That’s right, despite the presence of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister, a very real argument could be made that Zimmermann is the ace of the staff. Don’t believe it? Just look at his numbers from last season:

199.2 IP
14 Wins
2.66 ERA
1.07 WHIP
182 Strikeouts (8.20 K/9)
29 Walks (1.31 BB/9)
40.1% Groundball Rate
.302 BABIP

The number that jumps out at you is the control, and it’s not a typo. Over 145 starts in the Majors he owns a career 1.84 BB/9 and hasn’t been above 2.00 since 2010 (and that was in just 31.0 innings). He’s one of the elite control pitchers in the league and that is going to immediately give him the ability to post an above average WHIP. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Adam LaRoche Goes To Chicago

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s certainly been a lot of baseball news of late (most notably the Red Sox’ splurge to add both Hanley Ramirez & Pablo Sandoval).  However, not to be overlooked is the news that broke over the weekend as the Chicago White Sox have signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract. With Jose Abreu fully entrenched at first base, LaRoche is expected to be the primary DH for the team.

LaRoche is coming off a solid season for the Nationals, hitting .259 with 26 HR and 92 RBI. He’s hit 25+ HR in three of the past five seasons, including a pair of 100 RBI seasons.

There was a notable split in his numbers from this past season, however:

  • vs. RHP – .280/.390/.501
  • vs. LHP – .204/.284/.336

He hasn’t had that dramatic of a split throughout his career, but it is something that needs to be monitored. Read more

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Catchers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Carlos Santana, who was one of the best options behind the plate, appeared in just 11 games as a catcher in 2014 and has lost his eligibility in many formats.  Who stepped up in his absence?  There’s surprisingly plenty of upside at the position, though the days of Buster Posey being the “elite” choice are behind us.  Who is pushing him for the top spot?  Who as upside that’s worth targeting?  Let’s take a look:

 

1. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
2. Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
3. Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds
4. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
5. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
6. Brian McCann – New York Yankees
7. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
8. Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets
9. Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians
10. Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals Read more

Has Dustin Pedroia’s Time As A Viable Fantasy Option Come & Gone?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

You have to think that at least a part of the Boston Red Sox hierarchy wishes that Dustin Pedroia wasn’t signed to a big money contract through 2021. Even if he was coming off a productive season, the development of Mookie Betts and the signing of Rusney Castillo has created a bit of a log jam. Of course, Pedroia isn’t coming off a good season instead sporting the following line:

551 At Bats
.278 Batting Average (153 Hits)
7 Home Runs
53 RBI
72 Runs
6 Stolen Bases
.337 On Base Percentage
.376 Slugging Percentage
.307 Batting Average on Balls in Play

A wrist injury, which necessitated surgery, did hinder him throughout the season. That said is there really hope for a rebound or has his days as one of the elite second baseman come and gone? Read more

Prospect Report: Is Andrew Heaney’s Disappointing Debut A Sign Of Things To Come?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Marlins first round pick in 2012, Andrew Heaney got his first taste of the Major Leagues in 2014 but failed to impress. A 5.83 ERA and 6.14 K/9 over 29.1 IP certainly leaves a lot to be desired, so should fantasy owners ignore him heading into 2015 or were these simply growing pains?

Let’s start with the strikeouts, since they were likely the biggest disappointment. Over his minor league career he owned a 9.08 K/9 and in the Majors he showed significantly more upside. His O-Swing% (31.6%) and SwStr% (9.6%) were both roughly league average, though his K/9 was significantly below average (7.73 K/9). Those numbers alone should indicate that better days are on the horizon.

Just look at this scouting report from Rich Wilson of Prospect 361 as further proof of his stuff: Read more

Rebound Candidate: Will Nick Swisher Be A Source Of Power In 2015?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Nick Swisher is hardly a sexy player, but he generally provides value as a cheaper source of power. In this day and age, when power is at a premium, that can’t be taken lightly. However he endured a miserable 2014 campaign as he posted the following line:

360 At Bats
.208 Batting Average (75 Hits)
8 Home Runs
42 RBI
33 Runs
0 Stolen Bases
.278 On Base Percentage
.331 Slugging Percentage
.273 Batting Average on Balls in Play

One of the biggest advantages Swisher has always had is his consistency. From 2006-2013 the fewest games he played in was 145, posting at least 22 HR a year (he also hit 21 HR in 131 games back in 2005) in the process. Not only is he coming off his first abridged season, Swisher required surgery on both of his knees. You have to think that had a significant impact on his production. Read more