Archive for Player Analysis

Now In New York, Is James Paxton A Locked In Fantasy Ace? Don’t Be So Quick…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one is going to question the potential of James Paxton, who has the upside of one of the elite starters in the league.  The biggest question has always been his health, with 28 starts and 160.1 IP in 2018 marking career highs.  If he can overcome that, just how good can he be pitching with the Yankees’ offense behind him?

He’s already emerged as one of the elite strikeout artists in the league, pairing it with equally impressive control.  Just look at the numbers over the past three seasons:

Season
K/9
BB/9
SwStr%
O-Swing%
20168.701.7911.7%32.0%
201710.322.4529.8%12.5%
201811.682.3614.3%36.0%
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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Will Carlos Rodon Ever Live Up To The Hype Once Bestowed Upon Him?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve long heard about the hype of the White Sox’ Carlos Rodon, though for a variety of reasons he’s fallen far short of expectations.  While injuries have played a significant role in his “demise”, his performance hasn’t backed up what we heard as he progressed either.  Just look at what he did when on the mound in 2018:

120.2 IP
6 Wins
4.18 ERA
1.26 WHIP
90 Strikeouts (6.71 K/9)
55 Walks (4.10 BB/9)
41.5% Groundball Rate
.242 BABIP

There are a lot of concerns in the numbers, especially with his strikeouts falling off a cliff.  Is there enough upside for the southpaw to improve in that regard to make him viable?  Even if he does, is there anything to buy into?  Let’s take a look: Read more

2019 Sleeper Spotlight: Now In Cleveland, Could Jordan Luplow Emerge As A Viable Option?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Cleveland Indians always appear to be short on outfielders, and with Michael Brantley set to leave via free agency things got that much thinner.  As of today the team’s starting trio appears to be Tyler Naquin, Leonys Martin and Greg Allen, though Jason Kipnis (a trade candidate) has experience out there and Bradley Zimmer and Oscar Mercado are waiting at Triple-A and could make an impact…

None of those options would get anyone overly excited, despite there being some upside, so seeing Cleveland add multiple pieces to the mix is a given this offseason.  They made their first strike earlier this week, though the addition of Jordan Luplow could been seen as “just another piece” and it’s easy to lose him in the shuffle.

Luplow has been buried among Pittsburgh’s depth in the outfield and when he’s gotten an opportunity the results have been less than stellar:

.194 (33-170), 6 HR, 18 RBI, 22 R, 2 SB Read more

Breakout or Bust: Is The Yankees’ Luke Voit A Likely Overdraft In 2019?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Luke Voit only played in 47 games in the Majors overall, 39 of which coming with the Yankees.  In that short stint he made quite an impact, overtaking Greg Bird (though that’s not a surprise) and helping bolster a New York lineup into the playoffs.  The numbers were impressive, to say the least:

.322 (46-143), 15 HR, 36 RBI, 30 R, 0 SB

As we prepare for the 2019 offseason we have to keep in mind that he’s no guarantee to be handed the starting first base job, despite the numbers.  We can’t think that the Yankees won’t make an addition if it makes sense, or if they don’t believe that Voit’s breakout was for real. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Erik Gonzalez Heads To Pittsburgh, But Will He Hold Appeal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It isn’t a surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates went searching for help in the middle infield, with both Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer potentially leaving via free agency.  The decision to target Erik Gonzalez, who was acquired as part of a five-player trade with the Cleveland Indians, may catch some people off guard however.  He certainly hasn’t produced impressive numbers in the Majors thus far:

.263 (69-262), 5 HR, 27 RBI, 37 R, 4 SB

It’s not like the stats were significantly better during his time at Triple-A, where he hit .267 with 20 HR and 25 SB over 827 AB.  Of course there was at least a 10/10 player there, and it would be easy to see why someone may expect a little bit more power (he added 41 doubles and 7 triples).  That has never been a question, instead it’s been his approach that’s been an issue. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Hyun-Jin Ryu Remains With The Dodgers, But Will He Provide Value?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Of the seven players who were extended a qualified offer it should come as no surprise that Hyun-Jin Ryu was the only one who accepted.  It’s not to say that he’s not worth a one-year, $17.9 million offer, because from a talent level he might be (though might is the key word), but it’s hard to envision him having received more via free agency.  That’s because he’s consistently struggled to stay on the mound, and last season was no exception:

82.1 IP
7 Wins
1.97 ERA
1.01 WHIP
89 Strikeouts (9.73 K/9)
15 Walks (1.64 BB/9)
45.8% Groundball Rate
.281 BABIP

It was a dominant season, but he only made 15 starts.  In fact since throwing 152.0 innings in 2014 he’s totaled 213.2 innings (including missing all of 2015).  As a one-year gamble he showed why there’s value and upside, but would anyone have really given him more on a year contract?  Not likely, and as we look at the numbers the 31-year old posted there are going to be obvious questions as it is. Read more