Following last week’s post on Jose Fernandez and solo home run situations, one particular question kept coming back to me — 68.5% of Fernandez’s Major League innings were thrown in what we called “Solo home run” situations (ahead or behind by one run or tied). Is 68.5% normal? Let’s look at fallen Mets ace Matt Harvey.
Cubs closers are not hot commodities in fantasy baseball leagues at the moment. Sometimes, managers need to dig deep to find future stoppers — even on teams with only seven save chances. ROTOscouting crowned Dellin Betances as the future closer in the Bronx in March and the fantasy community is finally beginning to catch on. Likewise we touted Jeurys Familia on March 31 and everyone else followed six weeks later. In last week’s MLB stock watch it was Jason Motte, and he’s already started out strong in his 2014 debut. This week features an incumbent on shaky ground and his possible replacements who have the pedigree and stuff to take over ninth inning duties.
For Memorial Day 2014, Veterans can take advantage of a free subscription offer.The diamond in my wife’s engagement ring is a family heirloom from World War II. Her Grandfather, fighting in North Africa, shipped it back to the United States in a coffee can before fighting all the way to Berlin. On Memorial Day 2014, and many other days, I look at the ring and am reminded of its history. In the future, it will be passed down through generations of Newman’s and they’ll learn about the sacrifice my Grandfather-in-law, and other Americans who serve make on a daily basis.
Jimmy Nelson has been dominant in Triple-A this season. Through nine starts, his 58/17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 58 innings is the sign of a pitcher being MLB ready. Even more insightful is the fact Nelson has allowed just 38 hits — a sign of dominance. Having scouted the Brewers’ prospect as a Double-A pitcher in 2o13, a chance to update the scouting profile was welcomed. And with the Oscar Taveras led Memphis Redbirds visiting the Nashville Sounds, the series proved worth the four hour drive and overnight stay.
We offer a plethora of material at ROTOscouting, but our lifeblood is the constant stream of scouting reports. Our authors travel to games and use their baseball knowledge and experience to project these top prospects into the future. We evaluate their tools and their level of refinement to produce grades along with our prose. This week brought scouting reports on a number of under the radar prospects, including a certain Cuban that was just promoted to the major leagues.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have high hopes for Erisbel Arruebarrena. Signed to a 5 year $25-million deal in February, the former Cuban National Team shortstop follows fellow countryman Yasiel Puig and Alex Guerrero in inking big money deals with L.A. While the Dodgers reap the rewards of Puig in the Majors and Guerrero showcases his offensive skill set in Triple-A, the unknown shortstop struggles to hit .200. With 20-plus games in the States, Should Dodger fans be concerned about Arruebarrena’s struggles?
As a 5-foot-10, 168-pound starting pitcher who lacks big-time raw stuff, Ronald Herrera may not have the upward projection of some of his Low-A peers. But the Beloit Snappers’ righthander is the youngest pitcher in the circuit and is outpitching several older, more heralded prospects through eight starts.
Last week, FAAB Top Targets urged owners to invest in Trevor Bauer, Drew Pomeranz, and Drew Hutchinson. All pitched extremely well in their ensuing starts. This week five other names will be put under the microscope. They include two prospects on the cusp of making their season debuts, a former top prospect resurrecting his career in the midwest, a promising young starter about to return from the DL, and a hitter turned pitcher who’s now closing for a first place team. In general, all pitchers mentioned in this column are unowned in the majority of CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo fantasy leagues.
In six years of scouting, unearthing a New York Yankees prospect and breaking him to the masses has proven as difficult as Finding Bigfoot. From Jesus Montero (View Scouting Report) to Gary Sanchez (View Scouting Report), Yankees prospects like Abiatal Avelino have already been churned through the baseball prospect hype machine before laying eyes on them against the Rome Braves. In general, this leads to hate mail and fans of the Bronx Bombers to question my mental capacity. In a winter when Raimel Tapia (View Scouting Report) became a prospect darling of the masses, attention was drawn away from young players like Avelino. After seeing him showcase an impressive set of tools across a three game series, it’s time to pay attention to the 19-year old shortstop.
Each week we identify FAAB top targets at each position on the diamond. Last week, A.J. Pollock appeared in this column prior to a big weekend that had him popping up in many fantasy free agent articles. This time, we’ll look at the other side of the catcher platoon in Oakland, a fresh call up in Seattle, and the return of a veteran shortstop. We’ll also discuss a Cardinals prospect on the verge of making an impact in all formats. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all three major fantasy platforms.
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