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Who’s Breaking Through In 2015?

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Who’s Breaking Through In 2015?

Postby JGuilbault11 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:33 pm

We are always searching for that breakout player who leads us to the top of the standings. It is also rather fun being the genius of your league. Corey Kluber and Anthony Rendon are so 2014. They have shot up the rankings creating opportunity for this year’s crop. Heck, the Chicago Cubs have a whole team full of possible breakout players. There are plenty of young players looking to make an impact this season, and a few ready to launch into stardom.

Gerrit Cole – SP – Pittsburgh Pirates – ADP: 84.3
Steamer’s Projections – 11 W - 8.3 K/9 - 3.57 ERA

The 24 year old right-hander is going to be called upon by Pittsburgh to take the next step this season. He has double-digit wins in his first two seasons at the big league level, and has kept his ERA low- to mid-threes. He threw 117 innings in 2013 and 138 last season. This is the year he makes the jump and closes in on 180-190 innings, barring injury. In 2013, he had a 7.7 K/9 and raised it to a 9.0 K/9 last year. He has a mid-90s fastball and swing-and-miss stuff. Developing his changeup and slider is key to the possibility of trending upwards in the strikeout department. Expect a solid 8.4 K/9 with room for improvement in 2015. Through two years, a 21-12 record and a 3.45 ERA is impressive. His 8.4 K/9 is a nice addition as well. What stands out to me is his xFIP of 3.25 last year. Those numbers are comparable to Cole Hamels and Adam Wainwright. xFIP is another way to create a prediction instead of just an ERA. He also has an advantage of pitching half of his games in PNC Park, a premier pitcher’s park. Pittsburgh is handing him the number one spot in the rotation, and although Steamer has him at 11 wins, 15 is very achievable.

Mookie Betts – OF/2B – Boston Red Sox – ADP: 122.8
Steamer’s Projections - .286, 13 HR, 80 Runs, 60 RBI, 25 SB

In a crowded outfield, Betts is expected to come out and be the everyday centerfielder and leadoff man. The guy is hitting .444 so far in spring. Boston is projected to be the top scoring offense in the league this season. Betts being the table setter for this offense will give him a shot at being a top fantasy player come year's end. Boston’s crumbling season last year gave Betts the opportunity to showcase his talent, and that he did. In 52 games, he hit .291 with a .368 OBP. He only struck out at a 14.6% rate in 213 PA, which is very impressive for a player jumping right into the majors. He also has tacked on 7 SB and 5 HR in that span. John Ferrell should let him loose as their only real base stealing threat. He should steal around 25 bases, but he has a ceiling for 30-35. There is a reason why Cole Hamels is not in Boston right now, and that is because of the talent of Mookie Betts. He is their guy for the future, and you should snag him on your fantasy team.
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Re: Who’s Breaking Through In 2015?

Postby bigh0rt » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:42 pm

I think Cole is a great option as a pitcher. Has a chance to be a Top 10 SP in fantasy, if not higher.

It may sound trite at this point, but for bats Joc Peterson seems like the best bet. My personal favorite is Christian Yelich, who I think becomes an A level player in 2015.
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Re: Who’s Breaking Through In 2015?

Postby JGuilbault11 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:47 pm

Cole should make that big jump this season. There are just a ton of young talent to look at this year, Betts, Pederson, Polanco, Soler, and well the Cubs in general.I love Yelich, he is a great steal at his draft spot right now, he brings a lot to the table stats wise.
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