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Fantasy Fallout: Is Tyler Clippard The Best Option To Replace Sean Doolittle?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

On Friday night the news broke that Sean Doolittle would miss the start of the 2015 season due to a slight tear in his rotator cuff.  The exact timeframe for his return is not yet known, but obviously the status of the A’s bullpen is now completely flux.  While Doolittle will still hold value, assuming he can recover from the injury (which is no guarantee), all eyes now fall on who can step into the closer’s role.  Lucky for Oakland they aren’t short on options:

 

Tyler Clippard
The acquisition of Clippard (in exchange for Yunel Escobar) looks a lot bigger now than it did a few weeks ago.  Consistently passed over in Washington, it now appears Clippard would be the front-runner to assume closing duties in Oakland. Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 15 Second Baseman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The days of Robinson Cano as the lone elite second base option have come and gone, with Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve joining him in the top tier (and you could argue a few others aren’t too far behind).  How do the rankings stack up?  Let’s take a look:

1. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
2. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
3. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
4. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
7. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
8. Daniel Murphy – New York Mets
9. Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals Read more

Breakout Candidate: Will Nick Castellanos Emerge In His Sophomore Season?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Nick Castellanos was a highly touted prospect, expected to hit the ground running and make a significant impact in 2014.  He didn’t get there, though, as his numbers were less than stellar (to say the least):

533 At Bats
.259 Batting Average (138 Hits)
11 Home Runs
66 RBI
50 Runs
2 Stolen Bases
.306 On Base Percentage
.394 Slugging Percentage
.326 Batting Average on Balls in Play

We all knew that he had no speed, but he was supposed to be at least a source of average.  A .259 mark?  Is there upside? Read more

Prospect Report: Could Henry Owens Emerge As Boston’s #5 Starter?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Red Sox could still acquire a true ace to front their rotation, but with each passing day that seemingly becomes less likely. Max Scherzer landed in Washington. Rumors are that Cole Hamels will open the season in Philadelphia. James Shields is the best name left available, but that’s not necessarily the type of splash Boston was looking for nor have they been at the forefront of the rumors.

As it stands right now Joe Kelly would likely open the year as the team’s fifth starter, though he’s hardly a given. Whether he loses the job in Spring Training, struggles early on or an injury to another starter opens the door, the Red Sox have young depth who can make an immediate impact. Front and center is Henry Owens, who likely will be first in line when a need arises.

A first round pick in 2011, Owens reached Triple-A in 2014 and is on the precipice of reaching the Majors. The 22-year only saw 38.0 innings at the highest level, posting a 4.03 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. The numbers are deceiving as he featured a 10.42 K/9 and 2.84 BB/9. Read more

Top 5 Third Basemen 25-Years Old Or Younger

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Third base is a position that’s clearly undergoing a transformation, with a significant infusion of young talent either having already arrived or on the verge or making it.  It makes it difficult to cut the list down to just five players, but one way to do so is eliminate those who are expected to move off of 3B:

  • Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox – He will be the SS this season, with Pablo Sandoval at 3B
  • Maikel Franco – Philadelphia Phillies – Eventually expected to takeover for Ryan Howard at 1B
  • D.J. Peterson – Seattle Mariners – With the long-term deal for Kyle Seager, look for him to shift to 1B

Even when we remove those three players, there were 8 names we potentially wanted to include.  Who gets the nod?  Let’s take a look (remember these rankings are always going to slightly skewed towards those who have already reached the Majors):

Honorable Mentions:
Miguel Sano – Minnesota Twins (21-years old)

Having missed all of 2014 due to injury it’s going to take him some time to readjust and be prepared to contribute in the Major Leagues.  Of course he may have the highest upside and can’t be ignored completely.  Come 2016, we’d expect him to be squarely on our Top 5 rankings. Read more

Why Christian Yelich Could Be The 2015 Version Of Jean Segura

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one is going to argue that there isn’t upside in the Marlins’ Christian Yelich. He showed it on the field in his rookie campaign and many are expecting growth in his sophomore season. It makes sense, given the previous hype (prior to 2013 Baseball America had him ranked as the #15 prospect while MLB.com had him at #13), but could he follow in the footsteps of the Brewers’ Jean Segura? First, let’s compare their rookie seasons:

Player
PA
AVG
HR
RBI
Runs
SB
Christian Yelich (2014)660.2849549421
Jean Segura (2013)623.29412497444

The numbers are very similar, outside of Segura showing more stolen base ability. The thing is, as we dive into the numbers even further the similarities don’t end on the surface.

Like Segura, Yelich saw a significant drop in power from the first half to the second and simply may not profile to hit for much power. Just look at the numbers: Read more