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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Does Randal Grichuk Warrant Our Attention?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one thought much of the Cardinals’ Randal Grichuk entering the season, especially after the acquisition of Jason Heyward. He appeared destined for Triple-A or the role of a fifth outfielder, making little impact along the way. However he’s forced us all to pay attention over the past few days and could potentially claim the starting centerfield job moving forward.

Considering these extra base numbers, in just 34 AB entering Friday, it certainly makes sense:

5 doubles
2 triples
1 home run

The question facing fantasy owners is that if he is playing regularly, does he deserve our attention?

His big asset is his power potential, as the extra base hits have shown. He posted 47 HR in the minors between 2013 (22 HR at Double-A) and 2014 (25 HR at Triple-A). Those marks came courtesy of HR/OFB of 16.1% and 21.6%, respectively, so there is a lot to like and he has the upsides to hit 20+ home runs a year. Read more

Bullpen Notes: May 3, 2015: Allen’s Struggles Continue, Heir Apparent Emerging In Atlanta & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Prospect Report: Why The Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz Belongs On Our Radars

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It may have been a surprise to see the Braves Mike Foltynewicz ranked so highly on our recent Prospect Power Rankings, but this quote from MILB.com’s Danny Wild (click here for the article) has got to catch your attention:

“Mike Foltynewicz’s fastball lit up the Norfolk radar gun at 99 mph in the eighth inning Monday night as the right-hander eclipsed the 100-pitch mark.”

Any pitcher who can throw that hard that late in the game has to jump out at us. Ranked by Baseball America as the 59th best prospect prior to 2014, Foltynewicz was traded to the Braves in the offseason as part of the Evan Gattis deal. While he failed to crack the rotation to open the season, he may not be far away given the inclusion of Eric Stults & Trevor Cahill at the back of the rotation.

Foltynewicz made his Major League debut last season and swing and miss stuff does not appear to be an issue (9.3 K/9 over 119.1 innings at Triple-A). He’s also proven capable of generating enough groundballs, with a 44.9% mark since 2011. The question has always been if he can avoid the walk, something he’s clearly struggled with in recent years: Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Traded To Tampa Bay, Does Erasmo Ramirez Hold Value?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The trade probably won’t catch many fantasy owner’s attention, but the Tampa Ba Rays sent former top prospect Mike Montgomery to the Seattle Mariners for Erasmo Ramirez late yesterday.  With the Rays’ rotation riddled with injuries and the team desperate for backend starters, Ramirez should immediately slide into the rotation and could hold fantasy appeal (as long as he’s starting)…  Maybe?

Ramirez got off to a good start this spring, but has struggled as of late with his ERA and WHIP both ballooning (6.23 and 1.46).  Over his past two outings he’s allowed 9 R (7 earned) on 10 H over 4.0 innings.  It’s spring, so we don’t want to read too much into it, but it’s also not like he hasn’t had issues before.

Over 206.2 innings in the Majors he’s posted a 1.35 HR/9, to go along with underwhelming marks in the trio of categories we look at: Read more

Quick Hit: Could Yasmany Tomas Be Headed To The Minors?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is a bit of a surprise, as there hadn’t been any previous talks about Tomas opening the year in the minors.  He has struggled thus far this spring hitting .237 with 1 HR and 3 RBI over 38 RBI.  He has also struck out 8 times vs. just 1 walk.

Part of the reason the Diamondbacks could have the flexibility to make a move like this is the other intriguing options they have at the two spots Tomas could fill.

Third Base – Jake Lamb has had a strong spring (.281/.385/.594) and has the upside to be the regular third baseman, though strikeouts could be an issue initially (22.6% at Double-A in ’14, ballooning to 27.8% in the Majors).   Read more

Fallout From Smaller Deals (Parra, Marisnick, Cosart & Much More)

Astros have confirmed the deal, with RHP Frances Martes also going to Houston and OF Austin Wates heading to Miami.

This deal just got a whole lot bigger.  Marisnick has seen time in the Major League outfield and has a lot of potential.  He should immediately slide into the Astros outfield and becomes a must add in all formats.  Moran was the the Marlins 2013 first round pick and figures to be a few years away, but the 6th overall pick is obviously highly regarded in the long-ter.

As for Cosart, he should definitely benefit from the move away from Houston an into Miami.  While he hasn’t missed enough bats thus far (5.80 K/9), he’s going to the NL, has shown improved control and owns a 56.5% groundball rate.  There is upside there.  Hernandez is another solid piece and it’s conceivable that he steps in as the Marlins 2B immediately.  Definitely one to watch, Read more