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Will Stephen Piscotty Breakout In 2017, Or Is That Just Wishful Thinking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty, with many projecting him for a 2017 breakout campaign.  Is it qualified, though, or is it more wishful thinking?  Let’s take a look and determine if he’s a player worth targeting:

2016 Statistics
582 At Bats
.273 Batting Average (145 Hits)
22 Home Runs
85 RBI
86 Runs
7 Stolen Bases
.343 On Base Percentage
.457 Slugging Percentage
.319 Batting Average on Balls in Play


He took a step forward from his taste of the Majors in ’15 (7 HR in 233 AB), and with a 13.5% HR/FB along with 35 doubles and 3 triples there’s reason to believe that he’s going to take another step forward.  The question is if he’s going to see enough fastballs to get there.  The breakdown of his home runs from 2016 is telling: Read more

2017 Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers: #1-20: Bounce Back Candidates & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know how risky it is to investment in any pitcher, as anyone is seemingly one pitch away from Tommy John surgery (just look at Alex Reyes as an example).  Of course you can say that any player can get hurt, and that’s fair, the risk just seems to be a little bit greater when it comes to starting pitchers.  With that thought in mind, let’s kick off our 2017 rankings and take a look at who is worth investing in and who may be worth steering clear of:

1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
3. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets
4. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
5. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox
6. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
7. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians
8. Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers
9. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs
10. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals Read more

Order The Rotoprofessor 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Today!!

It’s that time of year again! Spring Training games are upon us and as a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to order your copy our 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

The price will be increasing this year to a whole $7.00 (I know, inflation). 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 550 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 30 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 order your copy of the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide today!

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Lance McCullers Destined For The Bullpen?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one is going to argue that Lance McCullers isn’t an intriguing young pitcher with significant upside.  He will pitch the entire 2017 campaign as a 23-year old and showed an impressive skill set over 81.0 innings in the Majors last season, leading to a 3.22 ERA:

  • 11.78 K/9
  • 57.3% groundball rate
  • 13.0% SwStr%

That screams of a star, but he also owned a 1.54 WHIP thanks to a 5.00 BB/9.  With a minor league career 4.5 BB/9, the struggles shouldn’t be shocking and helps lead to the theory that maybe he’ll ultimately transition to the bullpen.

Of course he’s still young and needs time to develop his control, though he’s not an overly tall pitcher (6’1”) so we can’t use that as a reason for the struggles.  Control also isn’t the only reason to think that he’ll have to transition out of a starters role. Read more

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Rankings Review: Is Starling Marte Really A Lock To Be A Top 20 Outfielder?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There is a lot to like about the Pirates’ Starling Marte, as he brings both power and speed to the table.  He’s shown them both in recent seasons, with career highs in home runs (19) and stolen bases (47) split between 2015 and 2016.  A career .289 hitter and coming off the following year, what exactly is there not to like:

489 At Bats
.311 Batting Average (152 Hits)
9 Home Runs
46 RBI
71 Runs
47 Stolen Bases
.362 On Base Percentage
.456 Slugging Percentage
.380 Batting Average on Balls in Play

With 34 doubles and 5 triples, it would seem like the power isn’t a “concern” and he’s posted four straight seasons of 30+ stolen bases.  It makes sense that people want to see him ranked higher than #21, so why did he “fall”?  Let’s take a look: Read more