by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
With the All-Star game closing in, now is the perfect time to start looking at our updated Rest of Season rankings. Who’s worth buying? Who isn’t? Let’s take a look (the number in parenthesis was the players preseason ranking):
1) Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (NR)
2) Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks (1)
3) Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (4)
4) Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox (15)
5) Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs (9)
6) Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays (3)
7) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles (2)
8) Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels (10)
9) Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers (7)
10) Brandon Moss – Oakland A’s (27)
11) Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers (NR)
12) Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants (8)
13) Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds (5)
14) Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (12)
15) Mark Teixeiera – New York Yankees (18)
16) Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies (21)
17) Adam LaRoche – Washington Nationals (23)
18) Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants (14)
19) Michael Morse – San Francisco Giants (NR)
20) Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals (11)
- Edwin Encarnacion has hit the DL with a strained oblique and is going to miss a few weeks. That’s going to limit his potential value, though it obviously doesn’t eliminate it.
- We all know what Jose Abreu has done thus far, but does anyone believe that he can maintain a 34.2% HR/FB? He’s destined to regress, at least a little bit, and already is striking out a decent amount. Obviously he’s going to remain one of the best options in the league, but he’s likely going to fall a little bit leading to keeping him outside the Top 3.
- Speaking of regressions, Victor Martinez with an 18.1% HR/FB? Even during his best seasons he never approached that type of mark, so while he’s going to continue to hit for a strong average there’s a very good reason to think that the power is going to slow down.
- Obviously Votto has been a significant disappointment thus far and is now headed back to the DL for a strained oblique. Given the injury, as well as the continued increased walk rate (which seems like a good thing, but he’s taken it to a whole new level) and drop in power, there are ample reasons to be concerned for the remainder of 2014. In fact, even if healthy, there’s a good chance he’s viewed as someone who is not a Top 5 option from this point forward.
- Mark Texeira has hit the ball hard (23.7% line drive rate) and has a solid strikeout rate (18.9%), yet he’s still hitting just .243. The problem has been a terrible BABIP, at .246, a number that seems appeared destined to improve going forward (especially with a fly ball rate, at 37.6%, which is back in check). While he’s not the player that he once was, he has a good chance to be a viable option moving forward. We’ll take a closer look at him shortly.
Source – Fangraphs
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