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Boston Red Sox 2017 Top 10 Prospects Released!

Over on our Prospect Page we continued the release of our 2017 Top 10 Prospect Lists with the Boston Red Sox (click here to view).  It’s a list that features some impressive talent, though that doesn’t mean that there aren’t questions (even about the top tier players).  How do things shake?  Here’s a sneak peak of the Top 5:

  1. Yoan Moncada – Second Baseman
  2. Andrew Benintendi – Outfielder
  3. Rafael Devers – Third Baseman
  4. Michael Kopech – Right-Handed Pitcher
  5. Jason Groome – Left-Handed Pitcher

Has Starlin Castro “Broken Out” Or Is He A Potential Regression Candidate For 2017?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At one time it looked like Starlin Castro was going to emerge as a superstar.  While that didn’t happen in Chicago, he certainly gave fantasy owners hope in his first season as a New York Yankee.  Is it enough to make us buy into him once again or was this more of a one time performance?  First let’s take a look at the numbers from 2016:

577 At Bats
.270 Batting Average (156 Hits)
21 Home Runs
70 RBI
63 Runs
4 Stolen Bases
.300 On Base Percentage
.433 Slugging Percentage
.305 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Obviously the number that jumps out at you is the spike in power, and playing half his games at Yankee Stadium certainly helped. In fact he hit 15 HR at home and only 6 on the road, so it would be easy to simply use that as an explanation. It would also allow us to maintain a similar expectation, though that would be a mistake. Read more

Pre-Order The Rotoprofessor 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Today!!

It’s that time of year again! Sure football season is in full swing and the World Series is kicking off, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2017. As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

The price will be increasing this year to a whole $7.00 (I know, inflation). As a special, if you pre-order the guide today it will be yours for just $5.50!  This may be the best value you get to help prepare for your fantasy baseball season, so make sure to take advantage of it.

For those who have never experienced the guide, it is delivered through e-mail as an Excel spreadsheet and also includes:

  • Over 500 player projections (including some of the top prospects in the game)
  • Top 400 Overall
  • 2-page cheat sheet, perfect to take to your draft
  • The Rotoprofessor Staff’s quick take on every player projected
  • Expanded Rankings (i.e. Top 30 Catchers, Top 125 Starting Pitchers)
  • Top 50 rankings for Corner Infielders & Middle Infielders
  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2017 (Prospects who can make impact in ’17)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2017 by team (Prospects who can make impact in ’17)
  • Top 40 “New” Dynasty Prospects
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 25 Sleepers for 2017
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2017

Unlike paper guides our version will be updated every two-to-three weeks, helping you stay as prepared as possible.  The first draft was released on January 16, 2017 and the updates will begin after that.  I want to thank you all for supporting Rotoprofessor and make sure to reserve your copy of the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide today!

2017 Breakout Candidate: Is Chris Owings On The Verge Of Emerging?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings has long been on fantasy radars, as a middle infielder with the potential to bring both power and speed. While he had consistently failed to live up to any expectations, that doesn’t mean that the time has come to give up on him either. First let’s look at the numbers from last season:

437 At Bats
.277 Batting Average (121 Hits)
5 Home Runs
49 RBI
52 Runs
21 Stolen Bases
.316 On Base Percentage
.416 Slugging Percentage
.334 Batting Average on Balls in Play

Obviously he showed off some speed and the average was solid, but is there more overall upside for the 25-year old? It would certainly appear so… Read more

Is There Any Way Mike Leake Holds Value In 2017?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Mike Leake’s first season in St. Louis was somewhat underwhelming.  Can he actually turn things around and become a productive option moving forward or can we safely ignore him?  Before answering that, let’s first take a look at the numbers from ’16:

176.2 IP
9 Wins
4.69 ERA
1.32 WHIP
125 Strikeouts (6.37 K/9)
30 Walks (1.53 BB/9)
53.7% Groundball Rate
.318 BABIP

He’s never been a pitcher who brought big strikeout totals (6.11 K/9 for his career), so the limited number shouldn’t come as a surprise.  With his modest 7.2% SwStr% and 30.8% O-Swing%, there’s little reason to think that things are suddenly going to change.
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Breakout or Bust: Is Cameron Rupp A Worthy Low-End Option Heading Into ’17?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was clear that Phillies were rebuilding, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when they finally shipped Carlos Ruiz to Los Angeles. The move opened up playing time for Cameron Rupp, who had been seeing ample AB anyways (he finished the year with 389 AB). What did he do with the opportunity? He certainly gave reason to believe that he can excel in the Majors:

.252, 16 HR, 54 RBI

It’s a solid line, but we need to think twice before dubbing him an option in single-catcher formats heading into 2017. His average is a significant question, and we saw it in the second half (.211). He struggled all year to make contact (27.2% strikeout rate) and tohit the ball with authority (17.4% line drive rate), never a good combination.

His ability to make consistent contact is a major one, after he posted a 13.3% SwStr%. We’d feel better about an improvement if it was one pitch he struggled with, but his Whiff% was elevated against all types: Read more