Considered a reach as the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Hunter Dozier tore up the lower levels of minor league baseball. And with the Kansas City Royals organization lacking a true big league caliber starter at the hot corner, Dozier has a chance to move quickly. However, a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals saw his numbers fall dramatically from .295/.397/.429 to .209/.303/.312. Are the top-100 prospect’s upper-level struggles a sign of things to come, or a blip on the radar as he makes adjustments?
Episode seven of the ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast is live and features Joel Henard and I talking World Series including next steps for both the Giants and Royals. Can San Francisco afford to let Pablo Sandoval walk? Do the Royals have the talent to make a repeat run without tweaking the formula? Later in the episode, former Los Angeles Angels executive Tory Hernandez joins us to discuss the Reality Fantasy Baseball World Series and next steps for the fantasy baseball start up before turning our attention to Major League Baseball. In this segment, Tory touches on the Oscar Taveras tragedy through his personal relationship with former prospect Nick Adenhart who was killed in a car accident after celebrating his first MLB win. It’s an informative baseball podcast in which ROTOscouting listeners are given a glimpse behind the thought process of a MLB franchise.
While considered the best defensive left fielder in baseball, overshadowed has been Alex Gordon’s string of strong offensive seasons. The left-handed hitter has hit at least 14 home runs in each of his six full seasons and has managed a career batting average near .270. And while the numbers fail to “wow”, he has been a core piece in a lineup where consistency has been tough to find. Gordon has been good for a double-double each season since solidifying himself as an MLB regular. However, 2015 will be his Age-31 season and accurately predicting the start of the decline phase will be key to gauging future value in dynasty leagues. Can he remain a healthy fantasy baseball contributor for years to come.
Danny Duffy enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014, logging over 100 innings for first time since 2011, the Royals product notched 2.2 WAR across 25 starts with a 2.53 ERA. This was a revelation to dynasty fantasy baseball owners who’ve held on through the bad times, but Duffy’s performance was met with trepidation by non-believers. With a spotty health history and poor pitching peripherals undercutting the ERA, is Duffy a tweak away from consistent fantasy success, or is he a sell high candidate after a fantastic season?
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The 2014 campaign for Mike Moustakas has been a tale of two halves. He started off 2014 cold as ice and was demoted to Triple-A on May 22. While in the minors, he appeared to regain his form. The Royals gave him another chance and he performed well enough to finish the season at third base for Kansas City. The Royals have reached the World Series with “Moose” batting from the nine spot where he’s been a leading offensive force. Is this a sign of things to come for the former top prospect?
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.
Entering the season, question marks surrounded Royals rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura. At 5-foot-11, could the diminutive righty channel Pedro Martinez and sustain the workload of a Major League starter? Would added innings affect the velocity of Ventura’s prodigious fastball? He answered by logging over 175 innings and maintaining the highest fastball velocity amongst all qualified starters. Now in the wild card round against the Los Angeles Angels, is the Royals’ prized rookie destined for greatness? Or should fantasy owners cash in on a fine debut campaign?
The biggest FAAB fantasy baseball target last week was Andrew Heaney [FULL SCOUTING REPORT] profiled in this space twice during May. Earlier this month, proactive owners still had a chance to beat the hype and secure his services for a single-digit bid. After a stellar major league debut, Heaney is on his way to being universally owned. Owners who missed out still need to spend those resources somewhere else to reinforce their rotation. This week’s FAAB targets include a pitching prospect whose debut is on the horizon and four, post-hype sleepers having under the radar success. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across the three major fantasy platforms.
In the 2013 draft, Kansas City drafted Hunter Dozier in the first round. Considered an overdraft at the time, he clubbed the Pioneer League into submission before producing an 800-plus OPS in the South Atlantic League. With doubters silenced, Royals fans are looking to him as an answer at third base in Kansas City. The team is in first place despite a horrid season from Mike Moustakas. With “Moose” looking like a bust, is Dozier the answer at the hot corner?
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