by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
At this time of year any injury or setback could ultimately end a player’s season. It’s extremely frustrating for fantasy owners, especially given the uncertainty, as we decide whether to hold a player or not. Of course simple inability could give us a quick trigger as well, as every AB or IP is vital. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players we are ready to move on from (keep in mind this is geared towards those in redraft formats, and all stats are through Monday):
Tyler Naquin – Cleveland Indians – Outfielder
There was a time that he was among the hottest hitters in baseball, but that time feels like it’s long gone now. He slashed just .193/.238/.351 in August and the recent acquisition of Coco Crisp could potentially lead to fewer AB if he doesn’t turn things around (Crisp did play 36 games in centerfield this season). As it is Naquin has already showed that he’s a more of a platoon player than someone who deserves regular AB:
- vs. RHP – .313
- vs. LHP – .222
Things are different in keeper formats, but in redraft leagues his recent struggles, platoon splits and risk of losing his playing time makes him an easier player to move on from if an opportunity presents itself.
Matt Shoemaker – Los Angeles Angels – Pitcher
He hasn’t officially been ruled out for the season, though it seems hard to imagine him returning at this point. According to Pedro Moura (via Twitter):
“Matt Shoemaker suffered a small skull fracture and hematoma, CT scan showed. He’s spending the night in the hospital, seeing a neurologist.”
He ultimately needed surgery to stop the bleeding. Even if he proved capable of returning it would be for maybe a start, but don’t bank on that (especially with the Angels out of contention for a playoff spot).
Steven Wright – Boston Red Sox – Pitcher
He’s been terrible in two starts since returning from the DL (9 ER on 14 H and 6 BB over 10.0 IP) and he’s still having issues with his shoulder. There’s no timeframe for his potential return and you have to wonder if he will even be able to get back on a Major League mound this season. There’s too much risk for a pitcher who carried a significant potential regression anyway.
Aaron Judge – New York Yankees – Outfielder
Yes he has significant power, but you need to be able to make contact if you want to hit the ball out of the ballpark. Entering play on Tuesday he had posted eight straight games with 2+ strikeouts, with 18 K over his past 25 AB. It’s an unbelievable number, and he now owns a 47.9% strikeout rate overall (courtesy of an astounding 19.0% SwStr%). At this point it’s hard to imagine a significant adjustment over the final few weeks, and that makes him virtually unusable.
Ruled Out For The Season:
- Neil Walker – New York Mets – Second Baseman
- Chad Green – New York Yankees – Pitcher
- Vincent Velasquez – Philadelphia Phillies – Pitcher
Sources – CBS Sports, Fangraphs