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2016 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#1-20): Young Outfielders Emerging & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s obvious who the top options in the league are, with the two top overall players being found in the outfield.  After you get past Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, though, things start to become a little bit “murkier”.  That’s not to say that there aren’t tremendous options, but the order is debatable.  Who are we willing to target?  Who could be a bit overvalued?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

1) Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2) Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
3) Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
4) Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
5) Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
6) A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
7) George Springer – Houston Astros
8) Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
9) J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
10) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles Read more

J.A. Happ Returns to Toronto, Not That Fantasy Owners Should Care…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

All it took was 11 strong starts with the Pirates for J.A. Happ to land a three year, $36 million dollar contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Maybe being a left-handed pitcher helped his cause, but for someone who owns a career 4.13 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, and at 33-years old, it’s hard to envision a sudden transformation.

This screams of a short sample size (he pitched 63.1 innings in Pittsburgh). Maybe you want to give credit to the Pirates, who are notorious for these types of reclamation projects. Regardless does anyone truly believe that he’s transformed into a pitcher capable of maintaining a 1.85 ERA or 1.03 WHIP? Is there any reason to believe he can come even reasonably close?

Luck
Off the bat we’d assume he enjoyed significant luck to get to these types of marks, and the metrics certainly back it up:

  • Line Drive Rate – 24.2%
  • BABIP – .299
  • Strand Rate – 85.5%

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Are Adam LaRoche’s Days As A Viable Fantasy Option Behind Him?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The fall was hard and fast for Adam LaRoche. We kept waiting for the switch to turn on, like it has before… We kept waiting for the results we’ve become accustomed to…

It just wasn’t to be, though, as he stumbled to a season where he hit .207 with 12 HR and 44 RBI over 484 PA. A consistent source of 25+ HR, it’s fair for fantasy owners to now be wondering if we’ve officially seen the end of the soon to be 36-year old LaRoche as a viable fantasy option.

His average, while it was never a strong suit, took a major hit as his strikeout rate rose to 27.5%. He remained solid on fastballs (.261) and sinkers (.261), but he was miserable against any other pitch:

  • Change – .125
  • Slider – .156
  • Curve – .151
  • Cutter – .177
  • Split – .222
  • Knuckler – .000

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Bullpen Notes: September 25, 2015: Give Up On Perkins, Is Feliz Worthy & 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 9/19/15 Box Scores: Patrick Corbin In Top Form, Cole Hamels Dominant And More

by Will Overton

We’re nearing that point in the season where there are a handful of fantasy players locked in and working hard to win it this year still and then there a bunch of owners who are out of it and already looking forward to next season. We’ll try and accommodate both groups here as we look back at last night’s top performers and discuss implications for this season and the future.

Here are the top 10 stories of the night:

1)      Domingo Santana Continues To Have A Nice Showing In His Big League Time

Another solid game turned in by Domingo Santana last night, and despite the Brewers losing another one Santana still left his mark. Santana went 3 – 4 in the game with 1 R,  1 HR and 5 RBI. Santana is now hitting .293 for the Brew Crew and has eight home runs in 121 AB’s, good for a HR every 15 AB’s. Santana did strike out once in the game and has done that way too much so far, but you have to like what you’ve seen from him. Santana probably won’t be hitting .293 over the course of a whole season of AB’s, but this power is real and 30 HR’s over the course of a season is very much within reach for him. Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 4, 2015: Giles Shines, Tolleson Emerging & 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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