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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Does A Surprising SwStr% Mean Buying Opportunities (Peacock, Manaea & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While SwStr% may not be the end all, be all indication of a strikeout rate, being able to generate swings and misses is obviously important.  We all know who the best strikeout pitchers are, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see pitchers like Corey Kluber (19.5%), Chris Sale (16.4%) and Max Scherzer (14.5%) among the league leaders for June.  However they are joined by some surprising names, so let’s take a look at four noteworthy names in the Top 10 to try to figure out their overall appeal:

 

Jaime Garcia – Atlanta Braves
June SwStr% – 17.0%
Overall SwStr% – 11.1%

Health has always been the biggest issue facing Garcia, and while the June SwStr% is inflated he continues to display the full skill set we look for from a starting pitcher.  Overall he’s posted just a 6.53 K/9, though he’s up to 8.85 in June, and while the upside may not be quite that high it’s better than his overall mark (7.20 career K/9).  Then you have a 56.5% groundball rate, as well as control that has always been strong (career 2.69 BB/9) and trending in the right direction: Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 23, 2017: Change Coming In Texas/St. Louis?, Vizcaino Now “The Man”? & 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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Waiver Wire Guidelines: Should You Be Looking To Add Bruce Maxwell Or Johan Camargo?

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):

 

Bruce Maxwell – Oakland A’s – Catcher
Welcome back Mr. Maxwell!  In a somewhat surprising move the A’s yesterday designated Stephen Vogt for assignment, calling up Maxwell as the corresponding roster move.  A popular sleeper prior to the season, you would expect that Maxwell is up with the intention to take over starting duties.

The 26-year old was hitting .286 with 2 HR (and 9 doubles) in 84 AB at Triple-A this season while showing a solid command of the strike zone (15.1% strikeout rate).  There’s never been a question about his ability to hit for a solid average, as he does own a career .267 average in the minors (.310 at Triple-A).  The issue was with his power, something that spiked last season (10 HR in 193 AB at Triple-A) but was uncharacteristic. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Why Now Isn’t The Time To Give Up On Kyle Schwarber

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yesterday’s news that Kyle Schwarber had been demoted to Triple-A shouldn’t come as a major surprise.  After all he was hitting .171 with 12 HR and 28 RBI, so getting him to regain some confidence outside of the spotlight makes sense.  The question is if he’s going to be able to make the necessary adjustments?

The power isn’t the problem, with a 17.4% HR/FB.  It’s the average, and while a poor mark was expected there’s still hope.  Strikeouts have been the biggest issue, with a 28.7% strikeout rate, though his 10.8% SwStr% is improved from is 2015 mark (14.4%).  While he isn’t particularly strong against any pitch, he’s made consistent contact against all of them (Whiff%):

  • Hard – 11.56%
  • Breaking – 11.76%
  • Offspeed – 12.50%

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Bullpen Notes: June 22, 2017: Speculating In LA, Vizcaino’s Opportunity Nears & 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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Sell High Candidate: Could It Actually Make Sense To Trade Cody Bellinger?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Cody Bellinger has certainly burst onto the scene, as he’s on a record setting pace since making his MLB debut (all stats are through Tuesday, June 20):

.270 (53-196), 22 HR, 49 RBI, 40 R, 4 SB

You would think that holding onto him would be a no-brainer, and in keeper leagues that is likely the case.  However kicking the tires and seeing what is available also isn’t the craziest thing as you can argue that his value will never be higher.  That’s not to say that he’s going to completely fall off a cliff, but it would seem likely that he’s going to regress:

 

Batting Average
Thus far he has looked extremely strikeout prone, with a 29.7% (after posting a 28.6% strikeout rate at Triple-A) courtesy of a 14.2% SwStr%.  He’s had problems with swings and misses against all kinds of pitches:

  • Hard – 13.76%
  • Breaking – 17.32%
  • Offspeed – 20.61%

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