Archive for January 31, 2011

Wild Prediction: Brett Anderson Becoming An Elite AL-Only Option

Brett Anderson missed a significant portion of 2010 with an elbow issue, but when he took the mound he showed why he is considered one of the best young pitchers in baseball.  He went 7-6 with a sparkling 2.80 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 112.1 innings of work.

There is no questioning the skill, but how good can he be?  That’s the question that leads to today’s Wild Prediction:

Brett Anderson will be a Top 3 AL-Only fantasy pitcher in 2011

I know what you are thinking.  His 6.0 K/9 in 2010 makes it impossible for him to be that highly ranked in 2011.  However, over his minor league career he showed significantly more strikeout potential.  While a lot of that time was spent in the lower levels, he always showed the ability to strikeout over a batter per inning.  The see him take a significant step forward would not be very surprising. Read more

Draft Day Dilemma: How Should We Value Jimmy Rollins?

It wasn’t long ago that Jimmy Rollins was in the discussion regarding the elite shortstops in the league.  What a difference a few seasons can make.

Obviously, we all know that Rollins is no slouch, especially at a position that is not one of the deepest in baseball.  In our most recent rankings (click here to view) I ranked him fifth, but the real question is if that is a viable spot for him?  Should he be ranked a little bit higher?  Should I back him down a couple of spots?

To answer those questions we first need to look at the numbers he posted in 2010:

350 At Bats
.243 Batting Average (85 Hits)
8 Home Runs
41 RBI
48 Runs
17 Stolen Bases
.320 On Base Percentage
.374 Slugging Percentage
.246 Batting Average on Balls in Play Read more

Rotoprofessor 2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Now Available! Order Now For $5

The first update to the Rotoprofessor 2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide. Included is the Top 90 Prospect List For 2011. This list is constructed with the thought of 2011, which is why you will not find Mike Trout or Bryce Harper included. Chances are they are not going to see time in the Major Leagues until 2012 at the earliest.

Also included in this update will be all of the fallout from the recent transactions (Vernon Wells/Mike Napoli trades, Manny Ramirez/Johnny Damon signings), additional projections and more!

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  • Over 550 player projections
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  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 90 Prospects for 2011 list (on the website, I will be releasing a Top 20 list)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • And more

The draft guide is not a replacement to the website. Instead, it is a supplement to it. In fact, if there is a player that I’ve done an article on their name will be linked back to the website so you can easily access those articles for more in depth information on any player.

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Late Round Option: Should Anibal Sanchez Be A Draft Day Target?

How many people remember when Anibal Sanchez exploded onto the scene in 2006 by posting 10 wins with a 2.83 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 114.1 innings (including a no hitter)?  Of course focusing on the numbers would be ignoring his .240 BABIP or his miniscule 5.67 K/9, but those numbers aren’t important, right?

His numbers were impressive, but the three subsequent years were marred by injuries (including shoulder surgery) and inability.  He made a grand total of 32 starts (167.2 innings) over the three year span, though 2009 showed signs of hope.  He posted a 3.87 ERA overall,     including a 2.94 ERA in six starts over the final month of the year. 

He rode his strong finish into 2010 and Sanchez showed that he had potentially put his past behind him:

13 Wins
195.0 Innings
3.55 ERA
1.34 WHIP
157 Strikeouts (7.25 K/9)
70 Walks (3.23 BB/9)
.305 BABIP Read more

Sleeper Spotlight: Could Travis Wood Be Worth The Gamble?

by Kyle Johansen

Starting for the Cincinnati Reds at just 23-years-old, Travis Wood quietly put together a breakout season in 2010.  The highlight came on July 10th at Philadelphia where Wood took a no-hit bid into the bottom of the ninth inning before Carlos Ruiz broke it up with a lead-off double (Wood’s line: 9 IP 0ER 1H 0BB 8K).  Despite the exposure from that game and an impressive rookie season, Wood has not received much hype heading into 2011.  Take a look at last year’s results:

17 GS
102 IP
86 K
3.51 ERA
3.42 FIP
1.08 WHIP
3.31 K/BB

I think part of the reason Wood hasn’t received a whole lot of love is that he has never been one to frequent Top 100 prospect lists.  Plus, sitting at 5’ 11” and 166 lbs, he does not have the prototypical size of a pitcher.  Wood has also seen his share of struggles in the minor leagues.  Read more

Will 2011 Finally Be Ian Stewart’s Breakout Campaign?

Fantasy owners have long waited for Ian Stewart to develop into one of the elite third basemen in the league.  We have heard all about his power potential ever since the 2003 first round pick hit 30 HR at Single-A  back in 2004.  However, in parts of four seasons with the Rockies, Stewart has yet to fully live up to the expectations.  His 2010 campaign was no different:

386 At Bats
.256 Batting Average (99 Hits)
18 Home Runs
61 RBI
54 Runs
5 Stolen Bases
.338 On Base Percentage
.443 Slugging Percentage
.308 Batting Average on Balls in Play

There are almost too many issues that we can point to for his lackluster performance.  First and foremost is his inability to consistently make contact.  Just look at his strikeout rate over his career: Read more