RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast, heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST, was back again this week, this time featuring the long-time MIA Tim McLeod, RotoRob.com MLB Editor. Naturally, BTR was its usual uncooperative self to begin the show, but once we shook off that shaky opening, we rocked the airwaves.
Some think Frazier is the Indians’ second best prospect, but we want to see what he does at full-season ball before bumping him up more. Still, he didn’t skip a beat moving to pro ball, and is a serious high end talent in a system that lacks depth. The right-handed hitting Frazier showed no vulnerability against righties, recording an 875 OPS en route to being named an AZL Post-Season All-Star. So far, Frazier has been durable, but like many young hitters, needs to improve his contact rates. There may not have been a better source of power in last year’s draft than this kid, so it will be exciting to see what kind of home run totals he can amass as he moves up the ladder.
He built on that strong performance with a great spring and surprised many by claiming a spot in the Jay’s rotation out of Spring Training. In his debut Tuesday against the Rays he pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings with four punchouts. Hutchison’s Tommy John surgery is now well in the rear-view mirror so cough up a few of those FAAB dollars and enjoy the ride.
After a couple of weeks off because of March Madness, we were back in action this week on RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast, heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio. This week, MLB Writer Josh Johnson joined RotoRob, and other than some freaky crank calls, things went brilliantly for our first Podcast since the 2014 MLB regular season got underway.
Beyond Quentin, the Padres have more than their share of injuries to start the season, which makes those dark horse predictions a bit tough to swallow. There’s no doubt that even with their modest US$89 million payroll, the Padres have a chance to flirt with .500 or perhaps even surprise with 85 or so wins this season, but should they fall into a hole early, it’s going to be too difficult to sneak up on anyone.
All told, Edwards racked up a whopping 155 strikeouts in 116 1/3 IP. Part of a suddenly exciting cadre of young Cubs’ talent getting ready to descend upon the majors, he needs to add weight if he’s going to have the durability to last as a starter, but we still like him a bit more than some prospect experts. We love that Edwards has a nice groundball rate, as that will stead him well as he moves up the ladder and is unable to blow the ball by more advanced hitters as often. Obviously, he can’t be fully judged until he fills out, but we will learn a lot more about this kid this year when he tackles Double-A. Still, so far he looks like a serious steal considering the Rangers nabbed the righty in the 48th round in 2011.
If not for injuries, CarGo looked to be on pace for year similar to 2010 when he finished third in the NL MVP race. Injuries have always seemed to plague Gonzalez since being traded to the Rockies in 2008. During his tenure with Colorado, he has only managed to play in over 140 games once (2010) which isn’t very good when you consider you’ll likely have to use a first or second round pick on him. Gonzalez possesses all the talent in the world. He has the ability to hit for a high average, hit for power, steal a fair amount of bases, and drive in a ton of runs. Gonzalez is entering the prime of his career. He’s a 30-30 candidate… if he’s able to stay healthy.
Is there such a thing as a sleeper in the age of instant information? We don’t know if sleepers is the right terminology, so let’s try “undervalued.” A lot of the players listed below are known, but their potential upside — and return on the investment — could be sky-high.
Kinsler is injury-prone, 31 years old (which is entering that danger area for keystone cornermen) and barely looks like a 20-20 man anymore, never mind a perennial 30-30 threat. He’s still an above average hitter, but is no longer even an average baserunner. Kinsler remains a strong starting second baseman, but if you’re paying for the 2011 version of him, you are going to be disappointed.
On this week’s episode of RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast (usually heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio, but aired at a special time this week), Josh Johnson took the reins as he interviewed Larry Schechter, author of Winning Fantasy Baseball. Once he finishes reading the book, Josh will be doing a complete review and a full interview with Larry. Stay tuned.