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Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (September 1, 2014): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

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 despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all stats are through Saturday):

 

1) Kevin Quackenbush – San Diego Padres (4)
Current Closer – Joaquin Benoit

Quackenbush is actually going to function as the Padres’ closer for the next few days, as Benoit is once again having shoulder issues.  If he pitches well, could he simply claim the job as his own?  This very easily can be viewed as a trial run, with Benoit potentially on his way out in the offseason, and Quackenbush has the upside of being the closer for 2015 and beyond. Read more

Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The season is quickly coming to a close.  Which outfielders are the best bet for the remainder of the season?  Who should we be ignoring?  Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out (all stats are through Friday):

 

1)   Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels (1)
2)   Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates (2)
3)   Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins (3)
4)   Carlos Gomez – Milwaukee Brewers (4)
5)   Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays (11)
6)   Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles (7)
7)   Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers (5)
8)   Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees (6)
9)   Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers (8)
10)   Nelson Cruz – Baltimore Orioles (17) Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (August 25, 2014): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

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 despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all stats are through Saturday):

 

1) Jeurys Familia – New York Mets (1)
Current Closer – Jenrry Mejia

The Mets continue to allow Mejia to pitch through a hernia, plus he’s now dealing with a back issue that caused him to be unavailable last Wednesday. Why are they continuing to put him at risk of a further, more serious injury (it doesn’t take much for someone to alter their mechanics to compensate for any discomfort)? Read more

Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 Shortstops

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Has there been any position that’s been hit harder than shortstop of late?  Troy Tulowitzki was lost for the season (though that’s not a surprise) and Hanley Ramirez has been sidelined as well.  That was the Top 2 options on our most recent rankings.  Who’s going to step up in their place?  Let’s take a look (all stats were through Sunday):

 

1. Hanley Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
2. Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals (4)
3. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs (3)
4. Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays (5)
5. Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers (6)
6. Jhonny Peralta – Cleveland Indians (9)
7. J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles (15)
8. Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox (8)
9. Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies (7)
10. Alcides Escobar – Milwaukee Brewers (10) Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (August 18, 2014): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

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 despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all stats are through Saturday):

 

1) Jeurys Familia – New York Mets (1)
Current Closer – Jenrry Mejia

Not much has changed since last week, as the Mets continue to allow Mejia to pitch with a hernia.  Why they would continue to put him at risk remains a mystery, but as they continue to struggle and fall out of contention they should eventually decide to shut him down.  His own struggles could also ultimately lead to his removal, having given up the go ahead run yesterday (albeit in a non-save situation), with a 5.40 ERA in August before yesterday’s outing. Read more

Updated 2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 Third Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There hasn’t much change at the top of our third base rankings, but after the Top 8 things have been shuffled fairly dramatically.  How do things shake out for the rest of the season?  Let’s take a look:

 

1. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (1)
2. Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers (2)
3. Josh Donaldson – Oakland A’s (3)
4. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (6)
5. Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (5)
6. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays (4)
7. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds (7)
8. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners (8)
9. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies (11)
10. Josh Harrison – Pittsburgh Pirates (NR) Read more