2017 Projection: Is Marcus Stroman’s Breakout Imminent After His WBC Dominance?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Coming off a dominant performance in last night’s World Baseball Classic finals, throwing 6.0 no-hit innings against a Puerto Rico lineup that featured Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and others (Angel Pagan broke up the no-hit bid in the seventh), the hype machine is going to move into hyper drive.  Marcus Stroman has always carried a lot of intrigue and perceived upside, so could this performance be a sign that his breakout campaign is upon us?

 

2016 Statistics
204.0 IP
9 Wins
4.37 ERA
1.29 WHIP
166 Strikeouts (7.32 K/9)
54 Walks (2.38 BB/9)
60.1% Groundball Rate
.308 BABIP Read more

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  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2017 (Prospects who can make impact in ’17)
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  • Top 40 “New” Dynasty Prospects
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 30 Sleepers for 2017
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2017

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Quick Hit: Could Alex Wood Return To Fantasy Relevance In 2017?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Julio Urias not expected to be ready to open the season in the Dodgers’ rotation, Hyun-Jim Ryu being brought along slowly and Scott Kazmir battling decreased velocity, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick (click here for the article) expects Alex Wood to open with the fifth starters job.  It’s an interesting development for the once promising starter, who was moved to the bullpen late in ’16 after missing much of the season.

While Wood may not be long for the rotation, there are significant questions and it’s easy to envision him taking the ball every five days if he is getting the job done.  Can he be the potential stud he flashed in ’14 (2.78 ERA, 8.91 K/9, 2.36 BB/9)?

Even as he struggled, control was never a question (career 2.72 BB/9).  He’s also seen his groundball rate rise over the years, though even the ’14 mark is enough to excel in Los Angeles: Read more

Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen: Kipnis Disappears & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Second base is deeper than ever before, so much so that the disappearance to Jason Kipnis (who is slated to open the season on the DL and could miss all of April, thus dropping him from our rankings) has done little to impact things.  There are ample buying opportunities, thanks to players with multi-position eligibility (like Trea Turner and Matt Carpenter).  How do things currently stand?  Let’s take a look:

1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
3. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
4. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
7. Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals Read more

To Draft or Not To Draft: Are Jason Kipnis & Didi Gregorius Worth Selecting?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries always play a significant role in our draft day decisions.  Is it worth stashing a player who is going to miss time?  If the answer is yes, how far do we downgrade them?  Let’s take a look at two currently injured players and try to determine how they should fit into our plans:

 

Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians – Second Baseman
“Jason Kipnis had a second medical opinion on his sore right shoulder. Dr. Keith Meister agreed with the Tribe doctors, who said Kipnis has inflammation. He will rest for a week, then start hitting and throwing.” — Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Assuming the Tribe’s star second baseman has no more setbacks, he will be able to play in 4-to-5 weeks, according the the Indians. That means he’ll open the season on the disabled list.”

Opening Day is less than two weeks away, so a best case scenario appears to have Kipnis missing the first two weeks of the season.  Of course this is all under the caveat of having “no more setbacks”.  The injury initially occurred in February and the thought was that he’d be able to play in early March.  However after just a handful of AB he had to be reevaluated and now faces an extended absence. Read more

Deep League Sleeper: Does The Rockies’ Stephen Cardullo Deserve The 1B Job?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the injury to Ian Desmond the assumption has been that Mark Reynolds will get the first opportunity to fill the void.  Could Stephen Cardullo force the team’s hand?  After spending four years playing Independent Ball he joined the Colorado organization last season thriving at Triple-A (.308 with 17 HR over 452 PA) before getting a taste of the Majors (where he struggled).

Despite that he hasn’t been garnering much attention this spring, though he’s doing his best to get people to take a look.  Through Sunday he’s posted the following line:

.351 (13-37), 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB

He’s been making consistent contact and showing a good eye at the plate, with 8 K vs. 5 BB.  That’s consistent with what he did at Triple-A last season, where he posted a 12.8% strikeout rate and an 8.2% walk rate.  Of course that didn’t necessarily translate to the Majors (12.8% SwStr%, 42.9% O-Swing%), but that was in far too small of a sample size to draw conclusions from.  He also added 26 doubles and 5 triples while playing at Triple-A (and added six extra base hits in his brief time in the Majors), helping to support the power mark. Read more