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Closer Power Rankings (April 21, 2014): Ranking All 30 Closers In MLB


by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The closers role is extremely erratic (though that may be the biggest understatement).  Knowing how closers are faring and who could be on the hot seat is important, so let’s check in with our first closer power rankings of the season:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite
1) Craig Kimbrel – Atlanta Braves (1)
2) Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox (2)

Thoughts: After Kimbrel missed a week due to shoulder problems and then got rocked by the Mets and was forced from the game in a non-save situation.  At this point there are obvious concerns…

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Rest of Season Rankings: Third Basemen Edition (04/16/14): Who’s Rising, Who’s Falling & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Keep in mind that these rankings weigh both what players have done, as well as what we expect them to do for the remainder of the season.  Considering we are just a week into the season, there isn’t going to be significant changes from our preseason rankings.  However, there are changes as situations are not necessarily what we expected.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings (all stats are through Monday, April 14):

 

Tier 1:
1) Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (1)

Thoughts: No matter what, can anyone really be placed in the same category as Cabrera (outside of Mike Trout)?

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Closer Power Rankings (April 14, 2014): Ranking All 30 Closers In MLB

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The closers role is extremely erratic (though that may be the biggest understatement).  Knowing how closers are faring and who could be on the hot seat is important, so let’s check in with our first closer power rankings of the season:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite
1) Craig Kimbrel – Atlanta Braves (1)

Thoughts: The early season struggles of Kenley Jansen (as well as some of the other top closers in the league) and the injury to Aroldis Chapman leave Kimbrel in a class by himself.

 

Tier 2 – Not elite yet, but they could be…
2) Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox (3)
3) Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
4) Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals (6)
5) Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals (4)
6) Sergio Romo – San Francisco Giants (8)
7) Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins (7)
8) Joe Nathan – Detroit Tigers (5)

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Rest of Season Rankings: Second Basemen Edition (04/09/14): Who’s Rising, Who’s Falling & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Keep in mind that these rankings weigh both what players have done, as well as what we expect them to do for the remainder of the season.  Considering we are just a week into the season, there isn’t going to be significant changes from our preseason rankings.  However, there are changes as situations are not necessarily what we expected.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings (all stats are through Monday, April 7):

Tier 1:
1) Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners (1)
2) Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians (2)

 

Tier 2:
3) Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox (3)
4) Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers (4)
5) Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (7)
6) Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals (6)
7) Aaron Hill – Arizona Diamondbacks (5)

Thoughts: Matt Carpenter can’t replicate his gaudy runs scored total from 2013, right?  Right?! Well, he certainly is doing everything he can to dispute that fact in the early going, with 6 R in his first 7 games…  Read more

Closer Power Rankings (April 7, 2014): Ranking All 30 Closers In MLB

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The closers role is extremely erratic (a rather big understatement).  Knowing how closers are faring and who could be on the hot seat is important, so let’s check in with our first closer power rankings of the season:

Tier 1 – The Elite
1) Craig Kimbrel – Atlanta Braves
2) Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers

Thoughts: A healthy Aroldis Chapman would also find his way into this tier, but outside of that it’s going to take a strong start for anyone else to touch these guys.

 

Tier 2 – Not elite yet, but they could be…
3) Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals
4) Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox
5) Joe Nathan – Detroit Tigers
6) Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals
7) Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins

Thoughts: While a few of these pitchers have had some poor outings early on, is there any chance that they are going to lose their jobs?  They all should have long leashes and if anyone is going to join the elite grouping it’s them (with Rosenthal currently as the most likely).

 

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Rest of Season Rankings: First Basemen Edition: Jose Abreu/Mark Trumbo Rise, Temper Belt Expectations & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As many people requested, we are going to kick off our rest of season rankings today with a look at the first basemen.  Keep in mind that these rankings weigh both what players have done, as well as what we expect them to do for the remainder of the season.  Considering we are just a week into the season, there isn’t going to be significant changes from our preseason rankings.  However, there are changes as situations are not necessarily what we expected.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings:

 

Tier 1:
1) Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks (1)
2) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles (2)
3) Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (4)

Thoughts: The differences between Freeman and Edwin Encarnacion (who was third) were razor thin to begin with, so the difference in the starts is what helps Freeman move ahead of him.  People were probably surprised to see Freeman ranked so highly initially, but I believe in the power development and thus far he’s helping to support that.

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