Archive for Rankings

Current Closer Rankings (July 27, 2018): Who’s The Best, Who Should We Be Concerned About & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Forget about players who will lose their roles because of performance, the Trade Deadline is always a time for free agent to be closers to be moved to contenders (and most of the time falling into a setup role).  We’ve already seen significant changes, with the Orioles (Britton), Mets (Familia), White Sox (Soria) and Padres (Hand) moving their closers ahead of the deadline and a few others could also go.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the rankings currently look:

 

1) Edwin Diaz – Seattle Mariners (1)
2) Blake Treinen – Oakland A’s (5)
3) Felipe Vazquez – Pittsburgh Pirates (6)
4) Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox (3)
5) Aroldis Chapman – New York Yankees (2)
6) Raisel Iglesias – Cincinnati Reds (7)
7) Bud Norris – St. Louis Cardinals (12) Read more

Current Closer Rankings (July 20, 2018): Who’s The Best, Who Should We Be Concerned About & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that over the next two weeks there are going to be significant changes to these rankings.  Forget about players who will lose their roles because of performance, the Trade Deadline is always a time for free agent to be closers to be moved to contenders (and most of the time falling into a setup role).  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the rankings currently look:

 

1) Edwin Diaz – Seattle Mariners
2) Aroldis Chapman – New York Yankees
3) Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox
4) Sean Doolittle – Washington Nationals
5) Blake Treinen – Oakland A’s
6) Felipe Vazquez – Pittsburgh Pirates
7) Raisel Iglesias – Cincinnati Reds Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers (#21-40): Where Does Bumgarner Land & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Earlier this morning we updated our Top 20 Starting Pitchers for the loss of Madison Bumgarner (click here to view).  Does Bumgarner fall out of the Top 40 completely, though?  Let’s take a look:

21 Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
22. Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
23. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks
24. Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies
25. David Price – Boston Red Sox
26. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays
27. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers (#1-20): The Fallout From Madison Bumgarner’s Injury

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously the loss of Madison Bumgarner is a crippling one for the San Francisco Giants and for fantasy owners who have already drafted…  Or is it?  Early word is that he’ll miss 6-8 weeks due to the broken bone in his pinkie, but even if it stretches to 10 weeks couldn’t you argue that 3.5 months of Bumgarner is better than most alternatives?  With that in mind, let’s kick off our updated Top 40 starting pitcher rankings with #1-20:

1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
4. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox
5. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians
6. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets
7. Luis Severino – New York Yankees Read more

25 & Under Rankings (2018): Top 5 Shortstops: Seager’s Outlook, A Surprise At #5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Who are the next wave of superstars in Major League Baseball? That’s what we are about to dive into, as we go position-by-position, looking for the best players who are 25-years old or younger (as of April 1, 2018). Obviously, things will be slightly skewed to those who have already reached the Majors and produced, but minor leaguers and their upside will not be ignored.

There is little question that shortstop has become a loaded position, filled with young talent (with more on the way).  It’s easy to argue numerous players as the best, but who topped our rankings?  Let’s take a look:

Note – Alex Bregman has eligibility at SS in most formats heading into 2018, but he was included on our 3B rankings (where he ranked #3 behind Manny Machado & Jose Ramirez) and therefore is not included on these rankings.  If he was included he would rank #4.

 

1) Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
Age – 24

While he doesn’t bring blazing speed, he’s consistently shown the ability to steal 15+ bases.  The surprise was the sudden development in his power, with 33 HR in ’17 courtesy of a 14.0% HR/FB.  Obviously we don’t love seeing a 42.4% fly ball rate, but he continued to hit the ball hard (35.2% Hard%) and make consistent contact (6.4% SwStr%) so the change didn’t have a negative impact on his average outlook…  For the most part. Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers (#21-40): Where Does Ohtani Rank & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As we noted when we looked at the Top 20, both Shoehei Ohtani and Zack Greinke fell outside the Top 20 due to recent news.  How far did they fall?  Were there other pitchers who have seen their stock change recently?  Let’s continue updating our rankings with a look at the next twenty starting pitchers:

21. Zack Godley – Arizona Diamondbacks
22. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
23. Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
24. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks
25. Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies
26. Jeff Samardzija – San Francisco Giants
27. David Price – Boston Red Sox
28. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs Read more