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Bullpen Notes: April 18, 2015: Questions Grow In Toronto, Is Casilla Losing Grip & 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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Scouting Report: Could The Nationals’ A.J. Cole Make An Impact In 2015?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s rare that you watch a pitcher throw two perfect innings, yet walk away utterly impressed.  That was my thoughts as I watched the Nationals’ A.J. Cole pitch recently, and by the end of the outing the line backed it up:

4.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K

The walk was intentional, so we can say that he at least had good control.  Or could we…  He actually threw first pitch strikes to just 10 of 18 batters, so he was falling behind early and then ultimately getting the job done.

Other than that?

His fastball had movement, often running away from left-handed hitters, but the velocity appeared to be down.  Maybe it was a slow gun?  While he touched 93-95 on occasion, he instead was sitting around 89-91 for most of the outing.  That’s not in line with what most scouting reports have had him at: Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could J.T. Realmuto Emerge As A Viable Option

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While it isn’t an injury to starter Jarrod Saltalamacchia that has necessitated the promotion of J.T. Realmuto, that doesn’t mean fantasy owners shouldn’t be paying attention. Ranked as our #5 catching prospect entering the season (click here for the rankings), there certainly should be an opportunity for him to produce (and it appears the Marlins are giving one to him, with three straight starts).

At that time we said:

“A very similar player to Christian Bethancourt, he actually has more speed (18 SB at Double-A) to go along with potential double-digit power (25 doubles, 6 triples, 8 HR in ’14). Throw in the ability to both make contact (13.9% strikeout rate) and hit the ball hard (20.3% line drive rate), and we have to think of Russell Martin in his early years. That’s a prime candidate to be a fantasy star.”

Obviously nothing has changed in that scouting report, other then him making a good impression in his first taste of Triple-A (.385 with 1 SB over 13 AB). While you could argue that he’s simply being brought up to replace the injured Jeff Mathis, why wouldn’t the Marlins take a look at their future? Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/17/15 Box Scores: Samardzija Finding His Footing, Wacha’s Missing Ks & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kris Bryant made his much awaited Major League debut and, while we all know the upside, it’s hard to label it as anything but inauspicious.  Sure he was slotted right into the cleanup spot, but he was saddled with an 0-4 with 3 K on the day.  As we’ve said before strikeouts could be an issue, so while you are going to get power be prepared to take some negatives as well.

What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Jeff Samardzija is finding his way…
His season got off to a rough start, but Samardzija is now looking like the fantasy ace that he was expected to be.  He matched David Price (8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K) pitch-for-pitch as he allowed 1 ER on 8 H and 0 BB, striking out 7, over 8.0 IP and settled for a no decision.  Remember in his last outing he gave up 0 ER on 2 H over his final five innings against the Twins, so over his last 13.0 IP he’s allowed 1 ER on 10 H and 0 BB.  In other words, don’t write him off due to the rocky start.  He’s still one of the elite in the game. Read more

Prospect Report: Could Maikel Franco’s Return To The Majors Come Sooner Than We Think?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to forget about the Phillies’ Maikel Franco, especially as other top prospects are quickly being brought to the Majors (with Kris Bryant & Yasmany Tomas both being recalled this past week).  Let’s ignore that he appears to be buried down the depth chart at the moment, behind Cody Asche and Ryan Howard, as his recent performance has sent him spiraling out of the spotlight.  Just look at his numbers since the start of last season:

  • 2014 (Triple-A) – .257 (134-521) with 16 HR, 78 RBI and 64 R
  • 2014 (Majors) – .179 (10-56) with 0 HR, 5 RBI and 5 R
  • 2015 (Spring Training) – .200 (6-30) with 0 HR, 1 RBI and 3 R

However things have changed dramatically in the past week.  While there’s been speculation of a Ryan Howard trade all offseason, there’s signs that the team is again becoming frustrated by his lack of performance.  You can’t blame them, as he entered play yesterday hitting .148 with 10 K over 27 AB, and he was dropped to seventh in the batting order.  If he continues to fail to produce, could the next step be out of the lineup all together? Read more

Updated Relief Pitcher Rankings (April 17, 2015): Britton Rises To #6 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We aren’t even two full weeks into the 2015 season and the closer position is already in turmoil.  Whether it has been injuries or inability, there are numerous teams that have moved towards a new direction at the end of the game.  How does all of the movement impact our rankings?  Let’s take a look:

1. Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds (1)
2. Craig Kimbrel – San Diego Padres (2)
3. Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals (3)
4. Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates (4)
5. David Robertson – Chicago White Sox (5)
6. Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles (11)
7. Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox (10)
8. Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins (7)
9. Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals (6)
10. Huston Street – Los Angeles Angels (13) Read more