Archive for Player News

Fantasy Training Room: Outlooks for Dickerson, Zimmerman & More

by Jeremy Tiermini

With the All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, fantasy owners are gearing up for that final push towards their leagues’ playoffs or towards the “money spots” in the standings, not that anyone plays for “money”. When owners are looking at the probability for success this season they look, sometimes too heavily, a player’s keeper value. Remember that the point of fantasy baseball is to win so, after assessing your league’s standings and seeing where you can make up ground, if you can, go for it and make a deal that helps you win this season.

Here’s a look at a few injured players and their outlook for the rest of the season:

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Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Should Tony Cingrani Be On Our Radars?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Reds’ Tony Cingrani has long been an intriguing player for fantasy owners, though a transition to the bullpen and consistent home run problems have consistently sabotaged him of any value. Just look at his HR/9 from the past few seasons:

- 2013 – 1.20
- 2014 – 1.71

This season he struggled coming out of the bullpen, including a 6.56 BB/9, but the Reds have been stretching him out during his rehab assignment and the results have been impressive. In 14.0 IP he has posted 18 K vs. 6 BB to go along with a 0.00 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.

The key? It’s hard to say for sure, but one of the big questions has always been his reliance on his fastball. According to John Fay if the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“Cingrani started the spring in competition for a rotation spot, but he was moved to the bullpen because the Reds were concerned about his lack of off-speed pitches. He’s worked on a change-up and a breaking ball while on rehab.” Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: July 20-26: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

After setting your lineups for just three days, we are now back on track with a standard week of baseball ahead of us. With teams having the All-Star break to set their rotations to begin the second half, there aren’t many aces taking the mound twice this week. Of course that doesn’t mean we are without some solid options. Let’s take a look at how they rank. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 2, 2015: Confusion in Tampa Bay, Next Up In Milwaukee & 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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10 Important Stories From 7/1/15 Box Scores: Carrasco’s Near No-Hitter, Walker Thrives Again & More

by Ray Kuhn

We had a split slate of games on Wednesday, with just enough action to make the workday a little interesting. Pitching, for the most part, ruled the day. The weather tried to make its presence felt, but there were ultimately no true issues; just delays. Let’s jump right into some of the things that stood out from Wednesday’s action.

1) Carlos Carrasco Came Very Close to History
In fact, Carrasco really could not have come any closer. The Indians’ hurler was perfect through 6.1 innings before walking a better. Carrasco quickly recovered prior to putting two runners on base in the ninth inning via a hit batter and his second walk of the game. He then was one strike away from history, but an 0-2 pitch to Joey Butler caught too much of the plate and all Carrasco has is a near miss and a very good pitching performance. Carrasco ended the day with 13 strikeouts and one run allowed, on Butler’s single, while lowering his ERA to 3.88 and his WHIP to a respectable 1.14. I would expect his ERA to normalize as Carrasco’s FIP is 2.76 and his xFIP is 2.73. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (June 25, 2015)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Monday unless otherwise notes):

1) Miguel Sano – Third Baseman – Minnesota Twins (2)
The Twins have been passed by the Kansas City Royals and have the Detroit Tigers looming behind them, so you have to wonder how long it will be before the team continues promoting its top talent? Byron Buxton has not only arrived, but was slotted atop the lineup on Monday and you would think that their other top prospect could soon join him. While the thought was that Trevor Plouffe had third base locked down, he’s hitting just .244 overall and has really stumbled in June (.167, 1 HR over 78 AB). Throw in the issues at designated hitter and there is ample room to get Sano into the lineup. Read more