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Breakout or Bust: Is The Yankees’ Luke Voit A Likely Overdraft In 2019?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Luke Voit only played in 47 games in the Majors overall, 39 of which coming with the Yankees.  In that short stint he made quite an impact, overtaking Greg Bird (though that’s not a surprise) and helping bolster a New York lineup into the playoffs.  The numbers were impressive, to say the least:

.322 (46-143), 15 HR, 36 RBI, 30 R, 0 SB

As we prepare for the 2019 offseason we have to keep in mind that he’s no guarantee to be handed the starting first base job, despite the numbers.  We can’t think that the Yankees won’t make an addition if it makes sense, or if they don’t believe that Voit’s breakout was for real. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Erik Gonzalez Heads To Pittsburgh, But Will He Hold Appeal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It isn’t a surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates went searching for help in the middle infield, with both Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer potentially leaving via free agency.  The decision to target Erik Gonzalez, who was acquired as part of a five-player trade with the Cleveland Indians, may catch some people off guard however.  He certainly hasn’t produced impressive numbers in the Majors thus far:

.263 (69-262), 5 HR, 27 RBI, 37 R, 4 SB

It’s not like the stats were significantly better during his time at Triple-A, where he hit .267 with 20 HR and 25 SB over 827 AB.  Of course there was at least a 10/10 player there, and it would be easy to see why someone may expect a little bit more power (he added 41 doubles and 7 triples).  That has never been a question, instead it’s been his approach that’s been an issue. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Hyun-Jin Ryu Remains With The Dodgers, But Will He Provide Value?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Of the seven players who were extended a qualified offer it should come as no surprise that Hyun-Jin Ryu was the only one who accepted.  It’s not to say that he’s not worth a one-year, $17.9 million offer, because from a talent level he might be (though might is the key word), but it’s hard to envision him having received more via free agency.  That’s because he’s consistently struggled to stay on the mound, and last season was no exception:

82.1 IP
7 Wins
1.97 ERA
1.01 WHIP
89 Strikeouts (9.73 K/9)
15 Walks (1.64 BB/9)
45.8% Groundball Rate
.281 BABIP

It was a dominant season, but he only made 15 starts.  In fact since throwing 152.0 innings in 2014 he’s totaled 213.2 innings (including missing all of 2015).  As a one-year gamble he showed why there’s value and upside, but would anyone have really given him more on a year contract?  Not likely, and as we look at the numbers the 31-year old posted there are going to be obvious questions as it is. Read more

2019 Projection: Can Matt Carpenter Post Another MVP-Type Campaign?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter is coming off an MVP type season.  Sure there were relatively high hopes, especially for those who play in OBP formats, but did anyone realistically expect these types of results:

564 At Bats
.257 Batting Average (145 Hits)
36 Home Runs
81 RBI
111 Runs
4 Stolen Bases
.374 On Base Percentage
.523 Slugging Percentage
.291 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Now the question is if these types of numbers are repeatable, or if Carpenter is destined to take a step backwards.  Let’s break it down: Read more

2019 Preseason Rankings: Top 10 First Basemen: Surprising Names Find Way Into Top 10 (And Top 5) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As you look through these rankings please keep a few things in mind:

  • We are still extremely early in the process so player movement, among other factors, will have an impact on these rankings as we get closer to the start of the season
  • Just because a player his ranked #3 doesn’t mean you should draft him in that spot. In most cases you shouldn’t have to, it just shows the potential value they hold
  • These rankings are based on our projections and expected production for 2019

For a position that’s generally viewed as being deep, there are some surprising rankings in our first run.  How does it shake out?  Let’s take an early look:

1. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
2. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers Read more

Breakout or Bust: Will Mark Canha Prove To Be More Than A Platoon Player In 2019?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously platoon splits are extremely important and help to give us insight into whether or not a player is a potentially viable option.  When it comes to the A’s Mark Canha, would it surprise you to learn that he was actually tied for the fourth most home runs against left-handed pitchers last season with 13?  Of course, while he raked against southpaws he was pretty poor against right-handed pitchers.  Just look at the split:

  • LHH – .282/.337/.604
  • RHH – .227/.323/.343

The obvious question is if he’s nothing more than a platoon player, and one who will ultimately draw the short end of the stick? Read more