Archive for Player Analysis

September 1 Waiver Worthy – Why Adam Duvall Deserves Our Attention

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Acquired in the deal that sent Mike Leake to the Giants, Adam Duvall was recalled yesterday to take the roster spot of Brennan Boesch (who was placed on the DL).  He’s spent most of his time in the minors at first base (103 games) and third base (417 games), but those two positions are firmly entrenched with Joey Votto and Todd Frazier.

Before we are so quick to write him off, though, Duvall has played 26 games in left field all of which have come this season.  The team is currently utilizing an underwhelming combination of Ivan De Jesus and Skip Schumaker to fill that spot, meaning there’s every reason to believe that Duvall will get an opportunity.

He certainly deserves one, hitting .264 with 30 HR and 87 RBI over 497 AB at Triple-A this season.  He also debuted with a splash, belting a two-run home run in his first AB with the Reds.  He showed off his power as a member of the Giants last season, hitting 4 HR in 74 AB.  Yes he’s old for a “prospect”, at 26-years old (he’ll turn 27 on September 4), but he wouldn’t be the first late bloomer. Read more

September 1 Callups: Why Javier Baez Is Not A Must Own Option

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Not only does it appear that the recall of Javier Baez is imminent, with the potential for it to come as soon as today, but he could return to regular playing time.  With Addison Russell shifting to shortstop, the Cubs are currently using a combination of Starlin Castro and Tommy La Stella to man second base.  With neither impressing, there’s every reason to believe that Baez is going to be given an opportunity.

Does that mean we should care, though?  Yes he brings power potential and is producing at Triple-A (.315, 13 HR, 60 RBI, 47 R, 17 SB over 276 AB through Tuesday), but he’s far from a sure thing.

The biggest concern we’ve always had with Baez is his strikeout rate, which is something that has continued to plague him.  Overall at Triple-A he’s at 24.7% and he has 36 K over 136 AB in the second half of the season.  Remember in his first stint in the Majors (2014) he posted a 41.5% strikeout rate, leading to a .169 average. Read more

Fantasy Training Room: How Should Owners Handle Carlos Correa & Stephen Strasburg?

by Jeremy Tiermini

“That’s the trouble. I can’t make up my mind. I haven’t got a brain. Only straw.” The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz

This week’s quote applies to two players that are huge risk-reward plays this week. When healthy they are dominant players, but are they healthy? Should you play them this week? Do I really have a brain?

Carlos Correa (HOU SS)
The discomfort in Correa’s left hamstring has resulted in Houston’s rookie phenom missing four straight games. I commend the Astros for taking the conservative approach, lest this situation turn into the nightmare that Yasiel Puig’s owners have endure this season (Puig was placed back on the disabled list last week with a hamstring strain). Remember that this is Puig’s second stint on the disabled list because of hamstring issues, with his first trip keeping out action for 39 games.

To his credit Correa is anxious to return. When asked about his absence he explained: “I didn’t want another day. They gave me another day. I’m going to run today. I didn’t run yesterday, so we’ll see how it feels.” Within the same piece, manager A.J. Hinch explained why Houston was being careful with Correa. “It’s always hard because guys want to play, but it’s a pretty simple decision for me,” Hinch said. “If there’s sensitivity in there and he’s showing any signs of discomfort it’s a no.” Read more

Two “Veteran” September Callups: Matt Moore & Micah Johnson

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Generally when people are looking for potential impact September call-ups they are eyeing the top prospects.  Heading into this year’s group the names feature Corey Seager, Jose Berrios and Blake Snell.  However sometimes there are “veterans” or youngsters who have already failed who are likely to return and they are more likely to get a lengthy look.  Here are two names that are worth monitoring:

 

Matt Moore – Starting Pitcher – Tampa Bay Rays
His control was a significant issue when he first made his return, with a 4.39 BB/9 over his 6 starts.  Of course control had always been an issue, so that shouldn’t have been a big surprise.  It was the other struggles that were more concerning:

  • Strikeouts – 5.74 K/9
  • Home Runs – 1.35 HR/9
  • Luck – .400 BABIP (24.5% line drive rate, .400 BABIP)

He’s made four starts (23.2 IP) at Triple-A since being sent down and the results have been impressive with a 3.42 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.  The control has been there (5 BB) and he’s been a strikeout machine (36 K, including 16 in 6.0 IP on August 22).  Of course he’s also continued to give up home runs, with four allowed, which is something that could continue to plague him. Read more

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em: Is It Time To Give Up On Hanley Ramirez?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

To say that Hanly Ramirez’ first season in Boston has been a disappointment would be an understatement. Brought in to bolster the offense, through Tuesday he was hitting just .252 with 19 HR and 53 RBI.

Injuries have been an issue, as they always seem to be with Ramirez. The transition to the outfield, which has been a defensive disaster, could also be a factor. Is there hope for September, though, or is it time to write him off and move on?

While his walks are down (4.9%), overall there is hope in the average department:

Strikeouts - His 16.0% mark is right in line with career 16.5%

Line Drives - He owns a 20.4% mark overall and has been consistent all season (20.6% in the first half, 19.8% in the second half). In fact he’s at 23.3% in August, his second best mark thus far (24.3% in April).

Popups - It’s an elevated 12.1%, but for his career he owns an 11.4% so it’s hard to get concerned. Read more

Fantasy Training Room: What To Do With CC Sabathia & Mark Teixeira

by Jeremy Tiermini

“Today I want to say I thank the good lord for making me a Yankee.”

I ask you, the readers, for a little indulgence with this week’s quote. The Yankees retired the number of my favorite player over the weekend and, in his speech, Jorge Posada paraphrased the famous Joe DiMaggio quote. I was able to attend “Ron Guidry Day” at Yankee Stadium years back, as “Louisiana Lightning” was my other favorite player, but a family vacation prevented a trip to the Bronx for this event. This week’s “Fantasy Training Room” takes a look at two injured Yankees.

CC Sabathia (NYY SP)
The Yankees’ former ace injured himself again, leaving Sunday’s start against the Indians after just 2.2 innings. Sabathia has had his surgically repaired right knee drained twice since spring training, he had a cortisone injection earlier this week and, yesterday, appeared to land awkwardly on his left leg during his last pitch. Remember, this is the same knee that was first operated on in 2010 and that limited him to eight starts last season, as he underwent season-ending surgery in July. He had an MRI after yesterday’s game and it is expected that he will be placed on the disabled list. Read more