Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
Felix proved why he is still royal. In 2014, the King mowed down 248 hitters
while posting a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. In the pen, Fernando Rodney shot his
arrows all year, proving that he is far from done, saving 48 games with a
respectable 2.85 ERA. His 94.9 average fastball velocity shows he was doing it
with more than mirrors. On offense, Robinson Cano did not produce a quarter of
a billion dollars of value but he did stabilize the Mariner lineup and hit .314
with a .382 OBP.
Nelson Cruz arrives from Baltimore to provide protection in the lineup for Cano. Not much else to get excited about on the arrival ledger unless the platoon combo of Justin Ruggiano and Seth Smith or J.A. Happ’s addition to the rotation gets your juices flowing.
Nelson Cruz to be overdrafted. Seattle is a far tougher place to hit for power
than Camden Yards. In addition, 2014 was the first and only time Cruz
registered 600 or more at-bats. Robbie Cano, on the other hand, will provide
value as his performance likely rises in year two in his new home. Given that
he is as durable as they come and his contact rate and K-rate actually improved
last year, there is every reason to invest and feel safe.
Ackley will be the next in a long line of so-called “post-hype sleepers” to
exceed his draft day value. Ackley is only 26 and already has over 1,800 major
league at-bats. In all candor, the advanced metrics are mixed. However, now
that Ackley has a job, is not being moved around to different positions and is
hitting his prime, a jump up in value is possible.
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