Archive for Rankings

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (July 28, 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 (NR)
Current Closer – Joaquin Benoit

It remains to be seen if Benoit is going to be ticketed out of town, but there’s definitely a good chance that he’s dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.  There’s also been speculation that Dale Thayer could step into the role if a deal is made, but that also is far from a foregone conclusion.  Whether there’s a trade of Benoit or not, would it be shocking to see the Padres give Quackenbush an opportunity to prove that he’s the long-term solution in the ninth inning? Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (July 21, 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) Dale Thayer – San Diego Padres (NR)
Current Closer – Joaquin Benoit

Huston Street has already been traded and there are rumors that Benoit could be the next one ticketed out of town.  The Padres have a deep bullpen, but they have used Thayer in the closers role before (7 of 10 back in 2012 and he owns 173 saves in the minor leagues).  If another move is made, he’d be the likely choice to get the first crack at closing.

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2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 50 Starting Pitchers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know who the best starting pitchers have been, thus far, but does that necessarily mean that they are going to continue to be the best options moving forward?  Time will tell, but don’t be surprised if there are some surprises throughout these rankings.

Please keep in mind that all the statistics given are through the All-Star Break and the numbers in parenthesis were their preseason rankings.  With that in mind, let’s get to our rankings for the remainder of 2014:

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2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the second half of the season set to start tonight, let’s continue to roll out our updated Rest of Season rankings.  Who’s worth buying?  Who isn’t?  Let’s take a look (the number in parenthesis was the players preseason ranking):

 

1)      Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels (1)
2)      Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates (2)
3)      Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins (9)
4)      Carlos Gomez – Milwaukee Brewers (10)
5)      Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers (3)
6)      Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees (12)
7)      Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles (7)
8)      Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers (13)
9)      Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies (4)
10)   Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds (5)
11)   Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays (27)
12)   Justin Upton – Atlanta Braves (11) Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (July 14, 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) Neil Ramirez – Chicago Cubs (4)
Current Closer – Hector Rondon

Rondon has had his issues, especially recently, and also has suddenly seen his strikeout numbers nearly disappear (6 K over 6.2 IP, but hasn’t had multiple strikeouts in past eight outings).  Over that span he’s allowed 8 ER, having allowed runs in four of his eight appearances.

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2014 Rest of Season Rankings: Top 20 Closers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the All-Star game closing in, now is the perfect time to start looking at our updated Rest of Season rankings.  Who’s worth buying?  Who isn’t?  Let’s take a look (the number in parenthesis was the players preseason ranking):

1) Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds (12)
2) Craig Kimbrel – Atlanta Braves (1)
3) Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
4) Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals (6)
5) Sean Doolittle – Oakland A’s (NR)
6) Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox (3)
7) David Robertson – New York Yankees (10)
8) Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins (7)
9) Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals (5)
10) Steve Cishek – Miami Marlins (11) Read more