Between packing what seems like an endless number of boxes in anticipation of the big move to New York, Joel Henard and I were able to record a two part ROTOscouting baseball podcast. In episode 9, we talk postseason awards, whether or not they matter and if the right players won. From a highly contested American League Cy Young race between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber to Clayton Kershaw winning both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards, we cover them all.
In over 1,000 plate appearances, Indians centerfielder Michael Bourn has a .675 OPS and 33 stolen bases — disappointing considering his 12 million per year price tag. And with two years left on the deal (three if the vesting option kicks in), Cleveland is stockpiling centerfielders in the hope of promoting from within. In 2012, Tyler Naquin was drafted 15th overall. Clint Frazier went 5th in 2013. Bradley Zimmer fell to the 21st pick before being scooped last June. With a glut of top outfield prospects in the minor leagues, can Zimmer push to the front of the line and establish himself as the Indians centerfielder of the future?
The minor league season has concluded, but we are far removed from the days of baseball being confined to the summer months. Next week marks the beginning of the six week long Arizona Fall League where top prospects will compete against one another. The six teams form like Voltron with each Major League organization sending seven representatives; players will shuffle on and off of the roster from there. The Arizona Fall League is often the stepping stone from which prospects in the lower minors transition into Double-A the following year.
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects finds us in the top-10 overall. Players six-through-10 feature a trio of outfielders ranging from Single-A to MLB, a left-handed starter and catcher capable of developing into an offensive force at the position. At ROTOscouting, our motto is, “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant.
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects scouted includes a pair of starters to bet on as future closers, two catching prospects who have nothing in common other than position played and an outfielder with speed, power and gaping holes in his swing. At ROTOscouting, our motto is, “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant.
Ep. 3 of the ROTOscouting baseball podcast is live and features 76 minutes of hardball chatter on baseball prospects, fantasy baseball and baseball WAR, among other things. Contributor Grant Schiller joined Joel Henard and I to talk Texas Rangers prospects and discuss which of the big three (Chi Chi Gonzalez, Luke Jackson and Jake Thompson) would be the first to join the big league rotation. He’s also seen current and future top-100 prospects including Nomar Mazara, Jorge Alfaro and Joey Gallo, so we had to pick his brain on the trio. Subscribe to the Podcast on ITunes and never miss an episode. If not an ITunes user, listen here.
September is here!. Fantasy baseball contenders and pretenders have been determined with lesser teams spending the final month of the season stashing players for a 2015 rebound. In mid-August, ROTOscouting recommended a full court press on Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco. In 25 innings since the piece published, the former top-100 prospect as yielded three earned runs. Today, teammate TJ House comes under the microscope. Is he another Cleveland arm worth stashing now even though he’s never been considered a top prospect?
This week’s edition of FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets profiles a trio of starters in their mid-twenties finally receiving an extended rotation look, a future closer, and one of the minor’s top pitching prospects. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. If former FAAB top prospects turned post hype sleepers Neil Ramirez, Jake McGee and Jake Arrieta are any indication, one former top-100 prospect on this week’s list is primed for a big breakout.
From 2007 through 2009, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was ranked as one of the top-54 prospects in baseball per Baseball America. At his peak, the right-handed pitcher was the key piece leveraged by the Phillies to acquire Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Five seasons and a Tommy John surgery later, Carrasco has 15 career wins to his credit and a career FIP of 4.16. His 2.2 WAR is just .5 wins more than Lee’s disappointing 2014 season. However, the Venezuelan native has been strong contributor to Cleveland’s bullpen this season, earning a starting nod on August 10th. Is he a post hype sleeper primed to finally cash in on his promise?
In spring 2013, a trip to the Arizona Backfields to scout top pitching prospects for the Seattle Mariners afforded a look at a group of Indians pitchers including Scott Kazmir (later signed as a free agent with the Athletics) and Corey Kluber. Kluber was an older pitcher who’d achieved mixed results across a dozen 2012 starts. Moving behind the plate for a closer look, his command of a 90 mph fastball was impressive. However, it took a few sliders for the scouts in the stands to perk up and pay attention. And while the sum of the parts was impressive (not best pitcher in the American League impressive, WOW!), watching Kluber come off the field and walk directly to his wife and young child waiting by the locker room was a highlight of the trip from a fellow father’s perspective.
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