Archive for Player Analysis

Fantasy Training Room: Breaking Down Stanton’s Injury & What To Expect When He Returns

by Jeremy Tiermini

“You feel bad for him, because you see him day in and day out studying the pitching and doing all the right things. For this to happen is really unfortunate.”
A.J. Ramos (Marlins closer and Giancarlo Stanton’s roommate)

Giancarlo Stanton (MIA OF)
The Marlins outfielder had surgery yesterday to repair the fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. The hamate bone is one of the eight carpal bones that make up the wrist, lying near the pinkie side. There is a small projection called the hook of the hamate that can commonly be fractured, as the force generated during a swing can cause the bat to move across this “hook” and can, as in Stanton’s case, shear this projection off from the rest of the bone. The surgical repair for this injury involves the removal of the hook that has sheared off and is not a difficult procedure to perform. Other notable players that have had this issue include Ken Griffey, Jr., Dustin Pedroia, Jim Thome, Troy Tulowitzki and Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval, a switch hitter, actually fractured the hook of the both hamates injuring the right wrist in 2011 and the left wrist in 2012. Read more

Three Hitters Not To Push The Panic Button On & Keep In Your Lineup (Josh Reddick & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yes, we are getting a bigger sample size and therefore are starting to be able to formulate more “realistic” opinions on players.  Whose struggles are simple poor luck?  Who should we be looking to buy low on?  Who should we be sticking with in our lineup and who should we be moving towards our bench?  Here are three hitters we’re sticking with, despite their slow starts:

 

Alexei Ramirez – Shortstop – Chicago White Sox
It has been a struggle all season for Ramirez, hitting .222 with 2 HR, 26 RBI, 19 R and 8 SB through Thursday. Things have been even worse over the previous two weeks (06/12/15 – 06/25/15) hitting .174 with 0 HR and 1 SB, though it’s interesting to see a lot of his underlying metrics have actually improved:

Statistic
YTD
Past Two Weeks
BABIP.244.174
Line Drive Rate19.1%23.9%
Strikeout Rate12.5%9.4%
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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is The Moose Finally Loose?

by Ray Lin

Let’s quickly flash back to last October: the Royals were making a Cinderella run through the playoffs en route to their first pennant in nearly 30 years and one of their talented core position players showed off both his biggest strengths and his weaknesses. In 15 postseason games Mike Moustakas flashed his pop, with his team-leading 5 home runs and .817 OPS. On the other side of the coin, he also had a rusty 9/2 K/BB ratio that led to just a .231 batting average.

In 2015, the man they call “The Moose” has made his road crossing, going from underwhelming (his .242-20-69 line in 2012 being the most productive so far) to potentially a breakout star (.328/.379/.478 slash in 279 PAs in 2015). Before we go any further, I’m going to get the two-word elephant in the room out of the way. Post. Hype.

There, now I’ll promise not to use those two words again the rest of this article, even though many will inevitably be quick to slap that label on Moustakas. Like his corner infield teammate Eric Hosmer, Moustakas was a high school phenom who came into the league with astronomical expectations that he was going to have trouble meeting in his first few Major League seasons. For a while I actually thought his 2012 line was going to be his ceiling due to some major holes in his swing. Read more

Fantasy Training Room: What Is The Outlook For Dustin Pedroia & Lorenzo Cain?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

“If he bothers you, I’ll take care of him. What you’ve got to do is cut the hamstring on the back of his leg right at the bottom. He’ll never play golf again, because his weight displacement goes back, all his weight is on his right foot, and he’ll push everything off to the right. He’ll never come through on anything. He’ll quit the game.”
– Bill Murray as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack

Whenever I hear about an athlete with a hamstring injury this quote jumps into my mind. Two key fantasy contributors have experienced hamstring issues in the last week so let’s a look at the fantasy outlook for each of them.

Dustin Pedroia (BOS 2B)
The Red Sox placed their second baseman on the 15-day Disabled List because of a strained right hamstring, suffered Wednesday night against the Orioles. Pedroia was taking a turn at first base, after stroking a two-run single, when the injury occurred. After the game he told reporters, “I’ve never pulled a muscle before. It’s just kind of weird, right before I hit the bag, my foot kind of slipped out and I hit the bag with my left foot. I tried to recover and stop. So I slipped basically.” Read more

Under-the-Radar Options: Could Franklin Gutierrez or Joey Terdoslavich Prove Valuable?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It always feels like player are consistently going down to injury, doesn’t it? These injuries and struggles have certainly helped cause teams to lean on some surprising options, but could they prove valuable? Let’s look at two players who were recently recalled that are worth monitoring for those in deeper formats:

 

Joey Terdoslavich – Atlanta Braves
His minor league numbers have been somewhat uninspiring, including spending 2013 & 2014 at Triple-A:

  • 2013 – .318, 18 HR, 57 RBI, 48 R, 3 SB (321 AB)
  • 2014 – .256, 15 HR, 60 RBI, 62 R, 1 SB (507 AB)

Obviously there was a lot more excitement surrounding him following ’13, as his OFB fell from 35.1% to 26.4%, helping to explain the drop in power. His luck also regressed, with a BABIP that went from .344 to .298, explaining the drop in average. His 2014 mark was a bit unlucky (20.0% line drive rate) and he does make consistent contact (19.3% strikeout rate since ’11), but that doesn’t make him a .300+ hitter. He’s probably closer to .260-.270, especially without significant power. Read more

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Is There Value In Cody Asche or Domonic Brown?

by Eric Stashin (aka the Rotoprofessor)

The Phillies are clearly a team that is rebuilding, at least to an extent, as they take a look at some retreads in the outfield. We all know the names of Cody Asche and Domonic Brown, but could they hold potential appeal for the remainder of 2015? Let’s take a look:

 

Cody Asche
Has his move to the outfield impacted his bat? That’s not something we can say with any certainty, though he certainly has had a poor June (.197, 1 HR, 4 RBI in 66 AB entering play on Monday). Of course you can argue what his upside really was anyways. A .291 career hitter in the minors, he’s not a speedster and had never hit more than 19 HR in a season (15 at Triple-A, 4 in the Majors in ’13).

In 742 AB in the Majors he’s hitting .244. He has hit the ball hard, with a 23.0% line drive rate, but it’s not like he’s been overly unlucky (.306 BABIP) and he’s consistently posted an increased strikeout rate: Read more