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Is Curtis Granderson The Next Jason Bay Or A Buy Low Candidate?


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

To say that it has been a disappointing start for Curtis Granderson would be a massive understatement. In his first 17 games (through Sunday) he’s managed to hit just .127 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R and 2 SB. Met fans are certainly having flashbacks of their last big ticket bust (who coincidentally was also an outfielder), but could it really be that Granderson is the next Jason Bay?

It’s fair to be nervous, especially considering the concerns about moving to CitiField to begin with. However, it’s just 63 AB. Everyone needs to calm down a bit and give him a chance to find his footing.  It’s not like he’s never shown an ability to produce in New York.

Since becoming more of a power hitter his average has always been an issue. From 2009-2013 he hit under .250 in four of the five seasons, so no one was going to expect big numbers there. Granted .127 is pathetic, but it’s hard not to imagine better days ahead.

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Downward Trend: Are Justin Smoak or Kolten Wong Worth Owning?


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously seeing someone like Ivan Nova, Matt Moore or Jose Valverde atop a list of most dropped players makes sense. They have either been lost for the year or, in Valverde’s case, has lost his closing job with little hope of regaining it. How about some of the other names that owners are fleeing from? Is it too early to give up on them? Are they worth grabbing if someone did cut them? Let’s take a look (all drop percentages are as of Tuesday evening):

 

Justin Smoak – Seattle Mariners
CBS – Down 20%
ESPN – Down 28.2%

After getting off to a hot start, Smoak has cooled off considerably over the past few weeks. In fact, three games in he had 2 HR and 7 RBI. Now? He has 2 HR and 10 RBI to go along with a .227 average (and seven consecutive games without an extra base hit).

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10 Stories From 04/22/14 Box Scores: Who Will Close In Oakland, Salazar’s Struggles & More


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

To say that it was an exciting day of baseball would be an understatement.  You had an epic matchup between Jose Fernandez and Alex Wood.  You had Albert Pujols (2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R) reaching the 500 HR plateau.  But what else was there that fantasy owners need to know?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Has the time come for to move on from Danny Salazar…
It was yet another disappointing outing for Salazar who allowed 5 R (4 earned) on 7 H and 2 BB, striking out 6, over 4.1 innings.  Sure he has generated strikeouts, but he also owns a 7.85 ERA and 1.96 WHIP.  In his last three outings he has not gone 12.2 innings giving up 14 ER in the process.  He’s struggled with his control (4.91 BB/9) and to keep the ball in the ballpark (2.45 HR/9, 18.5% HR/FB).  Has there been some bad luck?  Of course, with a .420 BABIP, but there are obvious concerns here.  There’s no reason to dump him, as he should right the ship, but be cautious with him until he shows signs of turning things around.

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Forget Me Not: Could Gary Brown Quickly Return To Fantasy Radars?


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was just a few years ago that Gary Brown was considered one of the better prospects in the game. When the Giants rented Carlos Beltran from the Mets a few years back there had been talk that they refused to part with Brown, instead sending Zack Wheeler to New York.

It looked like the sky was the limit, slashing .336/.407/.519 in 2011 to go along with 14 HR and 54 SB at High-A in 2011. Heading into 2012 all of the experts appeared to be excited for the possibilities.

John Sickels of Minor League Ball said:

“Future center fielder. Outstanding speed, doubles power with occasional home runs, not a big walk guy but makes contact and should continue to hit for a high average. Combined with strong defense, you have an impressive package of tools and skills.”

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Is It Time To Trade Jean Segura Before It’s Too Late?


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were high expecting for Jean Segura heading into 2014, but thus far he has clearly been a disaster. It has gotten so bad that he was actually dropped out of the second spot in the order yesterday, instead hitting sixth in the lineup.

Having watched a few Brewers games, it was actually a move that had to be made. Segura has shown a complete lack of patience at the plate, seeing just 3.15 pitcher per plate appearance thus far. That puts him 225th out of 229 players with at least 50 plate appearances on the season.

Hitting in the second spot, you need to have patience to allow your leadoff hitter to steal a base (especially when he has the speed of Carlos Gomez). It’s clear he wasn’t doing this and simply may not have the makeup to hit second.

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MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 Prospects On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (April 22, 2014)


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is the prospects ranking from last week):

 

1) Trevor Bauer – Cleveland Indians – Starting Pitcher (3)
The biggest issue with Trevor Bauer has always been his ability to throw strikes.  Thus far in 2014 he appears to have put that behind him, with 5 BB over 18.0 innings of work (with one of those starts coming in the Major Leagues).  Couple that with his ability to strike batters out (26 on the season, with starts of 8, 9 and 9 strikeouts) and there is an awful lot to like.

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