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 (1)
2) Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers (2)
3) Josh Donaldson – Oakland A’s (5)
4) Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays (3)
5) Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (NR)
6) Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (NR)
7) Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds (20)
8) Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners (9)
9) David Wright – New York Mets (4)
10) Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburgh Pirates (10)
11) Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies (12)
12) Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles (13)
13) Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers (8)
14) Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants (16)
15) Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals (7)
16) Lonnie Chisenhall – Cleveland Indians (25)
17) Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals (6)
18) Chase Headley – San Diego Padres (15)
19) Nick Castellanos – Detroit Tigers (NR)
20) Brett Lawrie – Toronto Blue Jays (11)
- Can Todd Frazier maintain a 17.0% HR/FB? He hasn’t shown that type of potential before, and there also is a dramatic split between home (27.7%) and on the road (7.5%). It’s not a huge surprise, given his home ballpark, but also leads us to believe that a regression could be in his future.
- There was a time when David Wright was one of the elite third basemen in the league, but that’s simply no longer the case. While he still has the potential to hit for a good average, the power isn’t there (7 HR) nor is the speed (4 SB). It’s the latter that’s a bigger surprise, to an extent, and helps to send him spiraling down the rankings.
- Pedro Alvarez’ strikeouts are down thus far this season (24.2%), and we all know there’s more power than he’s shown (he has 13 HR, but a 15.3% HR/FB vs. a career mark of 21.0%). There’s a lot of upside there which just can’t be ignored.
- With Nolan Arenado back off the DL what can we expect? He has shown an ability to make good contact (13.5%) and hit the ball hard (21.4% line drive rate). Throw in playing half his games in Coors Field, which could lead to some more power, and what’s not to like?
- Are there many players who have been more disappointing than Xander Bogaerts in 2014? That’s not to say that there isn’t upside, but it’s also not impossible to think that he could get sent back to Triple-A to try and work out his issues if he can’t right the ship. He just missed the rankings and really could go either way moving forward.
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