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10 Important Stories From 08/04/15 Box Scores: Owens/Gray Debut, Under-the-Radar Power Threat & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Jake Arrieta dazzled, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing 2 H and 3 BB, striking out 5, to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Chris Sale, on the other hand, had a terrible outing as the Rays took him for 7 ER on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 9, over 5.1 IP.  Carlos Carrasco had about as tough luck no decisions as you can get, tossing 9.0 shutout innings allowing 1 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, but the Indians couldn’t scratch out a run until the 12th inning.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Henry Owens settles in and proves he can deliver…
Sure the Yankees ultimately won the game 13-3, but the bulk of that damage came against the bullpen.  After a rough first inning (1 R on 2 H and 1 BB), Owens’ would allow a hit to leadoff the second and then retire 12 straight batters to take him through the fifth.  He gave up two hits to open the sixth and would be lifted from the game (and the bullpen allowed both runners to score), so the final line of 5.0 IP, 3 ER,  5 H, 1 BB, 5 K isn’t as impressive as it could’ve been.   That said there’s also a lot to like in the numbers.  One of the biggest questions facing him was his control and, dating back to Triple-A, he’s now gone 10 straight starts with 2 BB or less.  Couple that with 39 K over 36.2 IP since July 1 and there’s a lot to like.  The Red Sox, owners of one of the worst rotations in the league, are going to want to see if Owens can be a fixture in the rotation for 2016 so look for him to stick in the rotation moving forward.  That makes him worth owning in most formats. Read more

Sell High Candidate: Is Now The Time To Cash In On Xander Bogaerts?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With fantasy owners facing their own trade deadline, now is the time to consider selling high on certain “breakout” performers from the first two months of the season.  Over the next few days we will be profiling some of the candidates to determine if they should be sold or if there’s a good chance they produce down the stretch. 

Xander Bogaerts has long been a highly touted prospect that fantasy owners have coveted, with a breakout always just around the corner.  He consistently has disappointed though, until now…  On the surface we want to believe that he’s finally put it together, but is that really true?  Just look at his line this season:

.319 (123-386) with 3 HR, 51 RBI, 50 R and 7 SB

There hasn’t been power and there hasn’t been speed, so his value and run production has come solely from his inflated average.  Can he maintain this type of mark though?

He’s taken a significant step in improving his strikeout rate, taking his 23.2% mark from last season and bringing it all the way down to 15.4%.  That’s obviously an important mark, but does it really justify such a jump in his average? Read more

Closer in Waiting Power Rankings (August 4, 2015): Rodney Ready To Close Again & More

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 (like with the situation in Colorado) 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 Sunday unless otherwise noted):

 

1) Fernando Rodney – Seattle Mariners (NR)
Current Closer – Carson Smith

It’s amazing how things have come full circle, isn’t it?  It was just a few weeks ago that everyone was screaming for Rodney to be replaced, thanks to his pitiful performance.  Fast forward to today and Smith has allowed 5 ER on 4 H and 5 BB over 1.0 IP (3 appearances) over a week, getting saddled with three loses in the process (while he earned a save yesterday, he gave up 1 R on 3 H in the process). Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 3, 2015: Robertson Struggling, Casilla Blows Save & 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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Ranking The Rookies: Which Young Starter Should We Be Targeting (Severino, Owens, Gray)

 by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This week we will see the debut of three highly touted pitching prospects:

  1. Luis Severino – New York Yankees
  2. Henry Owens – Boston Red Sox
  3. Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies

That’s the way we rank them upon their arrival, but let’s take a quick look at each of them to determine their upside for the remainder of the season:

 

Luis Severino – New York Yankees
Triple-A Statistics – 61.1 IP, 1.91 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 7.34 K/9, 2.49 BB/9

The strikeouts have been down, but he owns a 9.1 K/9 over 320.2 innings in the minors overall.  He also has shown more upside of late, including striking out 10 batters in 6.0 IP in his final start at Triple-A.  With a 2.3 BB/9 over his minor league career, what’s not to like? Read more

Fantasy Training Room: Bench Bryant?, When Will Stanton Return & More

by Jeremy Tiermini

“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”  Yogi Berra

August begins the stretch run for fantasy baseball players. The MLB trade deadline has passed and, in many fantasy leagues, the trading deadline is just a few weeks away. Injuries at this point of the season can be devastating, as there aren’t many options on the free agent wire and Major League clubs, if they are out of the playoff race, will be very conservative with their injured players turning their plans towards next season. Here are five significant fantasy contributors and updates on their injuries:

Kris Bryant (CHC 3B)
Chicago’s rookie phenom left Sunday’s game against Milwaukee early with a possible head injury. After singling to center field, Bryant attempted to advance to second base when the throw from Brewers’ center fielder Shane Peterson appeared to go home. The throw was cut off and Bryant was tagged out at second. In watching the video it appears as if his headfirst slide carried him hard into the glove of Milwaukee’s shortstop, Jean Segura. Bryant then left the game, complaining of dizziness. Read more