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Player Profile #105: Joc Pederson | OF | LAD

In the offseason’s most expected move, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded an outfielder to free up room for rookie phenom Joc Pederson. Maybe we didn’t know said outfielder would be Matt Kemp, and maybe we didn’t know it would be to the Padres, but we knew it would be someone — you can only keep a talent like Pederson blocked for so long. Last May Jake Devereaux wrote about...
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Player Profile #106: Hyun-jin Ryu | SP | LAD

Despite missing a half-dozen starts with a sore shoulder, which limited him to just 152 innings with an ERA that was 38 points higher that his seemingly stellar rookie season, I was very impressed with Hyun-jin Ryu last season. His strikeout and walk rates both improved, and his SIERA fell from 3.60 to 3.17. The soon-to-be 28-year-old was a better pitcher during his sophomore season...
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I Will Wear Your Golden Sombrero, Señor Baez

I'm concerned, you're concerned. We all have concerns. This is a post concerning Javier Baez and our concerns. More specifically, this is about how concerned we should be if we own him in keeper or dynasty formats. If you're looking for just the 2015 value Baez brings to the table, check out Grey's Top 20 2nd basemen. Honestly, if you're not reading all of his rankings you're doing...
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Player Profile #107: Masahiro Tanaka | SP | NYY

Join Jake Devereaux and Adam Nodiff this Tuesday, January 27 @ 7:30 pm EST for a Mock Draft! We have slots open for 14 readers so if you want in you can reserve your spot here! With a 2.77 ERA, 2.67 SIERA, 1.06 WHIP, 26.0 K%, and 3.9 BB% last season, there’s absolutely no denying the 26-year-old Masahiro Tanaka is one of the best pitchers in baseball. Unfortunately, he has to...
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Deep League Thoughts: Josmil Pinto

They say talent trumps experience. That said, they also say persistence trumps talent. They also say persistence pays off. Sorry y'all, got lost reading motivational posters it seems. But that's what happens when you are trying to get people excited about Josmil Pinto for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball season. Believe me, I know it's a bumpy road. I mean, haven't we been down it...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Colby Rasmus to the Astros

View image | gettyimages.com On Tuesday Colby Rasmus signed a one-year deal with the Astros worth $8 million, and he’ll immediately be asked to fill the center field void created by dealing Dexter Fowler (colleague David Wiers covered the fantasy ramifications for Fowler here). Rasmus becomes yet another power hitter with high strikeout totals in an Astros lineup not lacking...
Via The Fantasy Fix
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Player Profile #108: David Robertson | RP | CHW

Who’s ready to talk about a relief pitcher? “I am,” the author said begrudgingly. It should come as no surprise to you by now, but I really, really hate wasting words on relief pitchers. Give me a closer depth chart, give me a basic tiering of options with job security, give me some next-in-line options and a couple deep sleepers, and I’m good to go. But like it or not,...
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Player Profile #109: Josh Harrison | 2B/3B/OF | PIT

At this time last year, FanGraphs was unrolling 2014 ZiPS projections, and Josh Harrison’s name was hard to find. A little Ctrl+F action shows no mention of him in that write-up previewing the 2014 Pirates, and the only place his name does appear is next to a yawn-inducing .264/.302/.399 slash line. By wOBA, Harrison’s projected .302 was behind notable sluggers Jose Tabata...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #110: Brian Dozier | 2B | MIN

There’s a very good possibility that it never gets any better than 2014 for Brian Dozier, who enjoyed far and away the best season of his career. He’ll be 27 years old when he starts the 2015 season and is still very much in the heart of his prime. Why do I doubt Dozier’s ability to repeat? Too many things went right for him, and finishing with only three fewer runs scored...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #111: Julio Teheran | SP | ATL

Are you having a hard time getting excited about Julio Teheran? Yeah, me too. I mean on the one hand his career ERA is just 3.16, and that’s a little bloated by a rough 26 innings across 2011 and 2012. In his first full season he finished at 3.20 and last year it plummeted further, down to 2.89. But even still, I’m really struggling to feel the same way about Teheran that I...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Astros Return to Fantasy Relevance

Jed Lowrie — Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America   For long suffering Astros fans like me, it has been a long time in the wilderness. Of course, getting Biblical is a bit much considering they were in the World Series less than 10 years ago. Philadelphia Phillies fans could ask their grandparents what it was like before the Whiz Kids in 1949. They averaged 100 losses...
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Player Profile #112: Chris Davis | 1B/3B | BAL

In a sense, drafting Chris Davis last year was a no-win move. Everyone knew he was going to fall from his 53-homer 2013 season, but no one really knew how far. Regardless, if you wanted a piece of him, you had to overpay. That’s precisely what I did in one league last season, and I regretted every minute of it. Actually, it’s quite possible that last season was the worst of...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball– It’s Never Too Early — Left Fielders

Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America   At some point in the fantasy world we reach a fork in the road. As Yogi used to say, “when you reach a fork in the road, take it.” We have that road here as it pertains to fantasy outfielders. Different platforms treat outfielders differently. Some leagues treat them generically and others are position specific. I hate to add...
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Player Profile #113: Lucas Duda | 1B | NYM

The Mets didn’t offer a whole lot of offensive bright spots to their fans last year, but that was in no way Lucas Duda’s fault. He absolutely did his part. As a team the Mets hit just 125 home runs last year, which was 11th-worst in the league, but again, nobody could point fingers at Duda for this lack of team offensive production. In April of last year, fellow (at the time...
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Player Profile #114: Collin McHugh | SP | HOU

One of the most surprising pitchers of 2014? Screw that. Collin McHugh was one of the best pitchers of 2014, period. His 2.73 ERA ranked 15th in the league among the 102 pitchers with at least 150 IP, and his 3.16 SIERA ranked 16th. By K%-BB%, a great metric of pitcher dominance, McHugh’s 18.7% also ranked 15th, and his 1.02 WHIP was sixth. By pretty much every stat that matters...
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2015 Minor League Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (16) | 2013 (8) | 2012 (5) | 2011 (23) | 2010 (28) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [64-98] NL West AAA: [81-63] Pacific Coast League - Reno AA: [79-58] Southern League - Mobile A+: [75-65] California League - Visalia A: [83-56] Midwest League - South Bend (2015: Kane County) A(ss): [48-28] Northwest League - Hillsboro Graduated...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball: It’s Never Too Early — Shortstops

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America   Depth is a huge issue at some positions and shortstop might be chief among those. Injuries have greatly zapped the value of guys on the top of the board as all of them have missed significant time in the last two seasons for one ailment or another. Finding a quality backup is paramount at positions like shortstop. Unfortunately...
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Player Profile #115: Dee Gordon | 2B | MIA

Dee Gordon was a tremendously valuable fantasy commodity in 2014. He may only weigh 170 pounds soaking wet, which severely undercuts any potential for power, but this scrappy little slap hitter pilfered his way to the second best second base ranking on ESPN’s Player Rater. Amazingly, even more complete talents at the position such as Anthony Rendon, Robinson Cano, and Brian...
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Player Profile #116: Melky Cabrera | OF | CHW

I should start this post with full disclosure: I’m a big Melky Cabrera fan. When he came up for the Yankees in 2005, playing center field as a 21-year-old rookie, I was really excited (obviously, I’m a Yankees fan). But, when Joe Torre decided to let him start against the Red Sox in a huge July game at the height of that rivalry, I knew that was a bad idea. As exciting as he...
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Player Profile #117: Mark Trumbo | 1B/OF | ARI

Around this time last year we were projecting huge things from Mark Trumbo in his first year in the desert. He checked in at 56th overall in our 2014 Top 200 Countdown on the strength of a projected 36 HR and 97 RBI. I take partial responsibility for missing on Trumbo. Of all the contributors here at Baseball Professor, I’m by far the most pro-Trumbo, but that’s because I...
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