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Bullpen Notes: April 27, 2017: Is Osuna Out, Change Looming In Detroit & 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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Deep League Waiver Wire: Do Ryan Rua or Orlando Arcia Belong On Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are always looking to dig deep and find a gem that no one else is looking towards.  Sometimes an opportunity comes from a player gaining a new role and sometimes it’s a struggling player who has always shown potential.  Let’s take a look at two players likely sitting on the waiver wire who could appear to have value and determine if they are actually worth owning (all stats are through Tuesday):

 

Ryan Rua – Texas Rangers – First Baseman/Outfielder
After Jurickson Profar failed to capitalize on regular AB in the outfield the Rangers will give Rua a chance to stake claim on the job (and he made his presence felt yesterday, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R).  Last season the veteran got his longest look in the Majors, 269 PA, and he turned it into 8 HR and 9 SB.  He’s hit as many as 32 HR in a minor league season (2013) and stolen as many as 14 bases (also 2013), so the upside is there.  The biggest question he’s faced has been his ability to make consistent contact.

The owner of a career 27.7% strikeout rate in the Majors, he was at 28.3% in ’16.  Unfortunately it wasn’t just one pitch that he struggled against either (Whiff%): Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: April 27, 2017: Drew Storen Belongs On Radars & 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 they will not be included in these rankings (i.e. the Oakland A’s and Cincinnati Reds situations) despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand: Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 26, 2017: Neris’ Struggles, Rodney’s Implosion & 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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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: What Is The Outlook For Jake Lamb & Maikel Franco

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Third base has become an exceptionally deep position, making it easy to overlook players or get trigger happy in cutting bait.  Let’s take a look at two young options who have gotten plenty of hype over the years, but have gotten their 2017 campaigns started in vastly different ways.  Do you Hold ‘Em?  Do you Fold ‘Em?  Let’s take a look:

 

Jake Lamb – Arizona Diamondbacks
He was a darling of the first half of ’16, before falling off a cliff in the second half (.197 with 9 HR).  He’s once again off to a great start, hitting .315 with 4 HR, but can he actually maintain the production this time around?  Just look at some of the underlying numbers:

  • BABIP – .422
  • Line Drive Rate – 26.5%
  • Strikeout Rate – 30.1%
  • SwStr% – 10.0%

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Update Rankings (April 26): Top 15 First Basemen: Abreu Plummeting, Where Does Thames Fit & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are three weeks into the season so there have obviously been changes to our preseason rankings.  Who has shown signs of improving?  Who has struggled and thus has a cloudier outlook?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (Note: The number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in our final draft guide update):

1. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks (1)
2. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs (3)
3. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (4)
4. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds (6)
5. Eric Thames – Milwaukee Brewers (NR)
6. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles (7)
7. Edwin Encarnacion – Cleveland Indians (8)
8. Wil Myers – San Diego Padres (10) Read more