Friday, March 11, 2016

Addison Russell

Addison Wayne Russell (born January 23, 1994) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). As of 2015, Baseball America listed Russell as the third-best prospect in professional baseball. He made his MLB debut in April 2015.

On April 21, 2015, Russell was called up to the 25-man roster to play second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. On May 1, 2015, Russell hit his first career home run off of Wily Peralta in a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He moved to his normal infield position at shortstop in early August, replacing three-time All-Star Starlin Castro. Russell committed only two errors in 52 games as the regular Cubs shortstop. In the 2015 postseason he had 3 hits in 12 at bats with 1 RBI. Cardinal Pitcher John Lackey had a no-hitter into the sixth. Russell's single was the first hit. He hit a triple in the late innings of the third NLDS game and was slightly injured sliding into third. He did not play in game four.

After the Cubs defeated the Cardinals in the NLDS to advance to the NLCS to face the New York Mets, it was announced that Russell had pulled his hamstring. This injury kept him out of the NLCS.

With the Cubs acquisition of Jason Heyward, Russell gave up his jersey number 22 and switched to number 27 in honor of Eddie George.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Marcus Stroman

Marcus Earl Stroman (born May 1, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is listed at 180 lbs and is 5' 8" tall, making him one of only six pitchers shorter than 5' 10" to make a start at the MLB level in the 21st century

On October 6, 2014, Stroman announced through his Twitter account that he would change his uniform number from 54 to 6 in honor of his grandmother. During spring training in 2015, Stroman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and was seemingly ruled out for 2015. He underwent a successful surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair his ACL. Stroman was placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 5. While receiving rehab Stroman returned to Duke University to finish his degree, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Markets and Management Studies.

On August 5, it was announced that he would begin a rehab assignment later in the month. He threw off a mound for the first time since his injury on August 11, after receiving medical clearance the day prior. General Manager Alex Anthopoulos stated that Stroman would be stretched out as a starter in his rehab. Stroman threw a 40-pitch simulated game on August 24, and a 51-pitch game on August 28. On September 2, he made his Class-A debut with the Lansing Lugnuts and pitched 42⁄3 innings, yielding no hits while walking one and striking out seven. He made his second and final rehab start on September 7, with the Buffalo Bisons.Manager John Gibbons confirmed on September 8 that Stroman would return as a starting pitcher, and make his 2015 debut against the New York Yankees on September 12. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 11, and started the second game of a doubleheader the following day. Stroman would pitch five innings and earn the win, yielding three runs before being removed due to a rain delay. He would make three more starts and finish the 2015 regular season with a 4–0 record, 1.67 ERA, and 18 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.

Stroman made his MLB postseason debut in Game 2 of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers. He gave up three earned runs and struck out five, retiring 14 consecutive batters at one point. He pitched seven innings and received a no-decision in the loss. He started again in game 5 of the same series, allowing six hits and two earned runs over six innings in an eventual 6–3 Blue Jays victory.

Kenley Jansen

Kenley Geronimo Jansen (born September 30, 1987) is a Curaçaoan professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

Jansen was signed as an undrafted free agent catcher by the Dodgers in 2005 and was assigned to the Rookie Class Gulf Coast Dodgers, where he played in 2005 and 2006. He split 2007 between the Ogden Raptors and the Class-A Great Lakes Loons. In 2008 with the Loons, he hit .227 and 9 home runs in 79 games.

In 2009, he was the starting catcher for the Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic. In the Netherlands' upset of the favored Dominican Republic team, Jansen threw out Willy Taveras on an attempted steal of third base in the ninth inning, a key play in the game.

With the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino in 2009, the Dodgers began an attempt to convert Jansen from a catcher into a relief pitcher. After the season, he pitched in the Arizona Fall League and was added to the Dodgers 40 man roster. On May 15, 2010 he was promoted to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, where he was selected to the mid-season Southern League all-star game.

On July 23, 2010, Jansen was promoted to the Dodgers. He made his Major League debut in relief on July 24 against the New York Mets, pitching a scoreless inning, retiring all three batters he faced, striking out two. The very next day on July 25, he recorded his first Major League save, when he pitched a 1-2-3 inning against the New York Mets.

On August 26, 2010, Jansen walked and scored a run in his first Major League plate appearance at Miller Park in Milwaukee against Yovani Gallardo. He collected his first Major League hit on August 31, 2010 at Dodger Stadium. The hit was a single up the middle against Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies. He recorded his first Major League win against the Houston Astros on September 11, 2010 in Minute Maid Park.

He appeared in 25 games with the Dodgers in 2010, working 27 innings with a 1–0 record and a 0.67 ERA. He also saved four games in 2010.

In 2011 Jansen became a key member of the Dodgers bullpen. He was 2–1 with a 2.85 ERA in 53 2⁄3 innings and saved 5 games. He also struck out 96 batters, setting a new Major League season record with 16 1⁄3 strikeouts per nine innings.

In May 2012, Jansen became the Dodgers closer after Javy Guerra struggled in the role. At the end of the season, after missing some time due to heart problems, Jansen was replaced as closer by Brandon League.

He appeared in 65 games with a 5–3 record, 2.35 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 25 saves.

Jansen was a late addition to the Netherlands national baseball team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, as he was added to the roster for the semi-finals but did not appear in the game.

Jansen began 2013 as the setup man in the bullpen but resumed the role as closer when League struggled. He was in 75 games with a 4-3 record, 1.88 ERA and 28 saves.

On February 11, 2014 he avoided his first arbitration hearing by signing a $4.3 million contract with the Dodgers. Fully established as the Dodgers closer in 2014, Jansen worked in 68 games with a 2.76 ERA, 101 strikeouts and 44 saves. He became just the fourth Dodger pitcher in history with 40+ saves in a season, joining Éric Gagné (who did it three times), Todd Worrell and Jeff Shaw.

On January 16, 2015, he again avoided arbitration by signing a one-year $7.425 million contract with the Dodgers. However, on February 17, he underwent surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. The recovery time kept him out of action until May. Jansen was eventually activated off the disabled list on May 15 and rejoined the Dodgers roster. Jansen struck out 23 batters in his first 14 games of the season, without giving up a single walk. This broke Jay Howell's team records (set in the 1991 season) of 13 games without a walk to start a season and 20 strikeouts without a walk to start a season. He wound up striking out 27 before he finally walked a batter on June 30, eight shy of the major league record. He made 54 appearances for the team in 2015 with a 2.41 ERA and 36 saves. He also struck out 80 batters, while only walking 8 all season. He became the first Dodgers pitcher with five seasons of 80 or more strikeouts in relief. In his final year of arbitration, Jansen signed a one-year, $10.65 million, contract with the Dodgers on January 15, 2016.

Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia (born October 10, 1989) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. Familia was signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on July 13, 2007. On September 4, 2012 he was promoted to the major leagues and made his debut. During the 2015 season, Familia was named the team's closer.

Familia became the established eighth inning pitcher, or the "set-up man" in front of the closer, Jenrry Mejia, in 2014. When Mejia was suspended early in the 2015 season, Familia became the Mets' closer. Familia made it to the final vote of the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game but lost to Carlos Martinez. Familia struggled after the All-Star break, blowing three consecutive saves in late July, including giving up a game-winning home run to Justin Upton on July 30, 2015, when the Mets blew a six-run lead. In the following weeks, however, he dramatically turned things around with 16 consecutive scoreless innings, zero earned runs, and eight converted saves in eight opportunities.

On October 4, Familia recorded his forty-third save in a 1-0 win against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. He gave up a double to Bryce Harper with two outs and got Jayson Werth to fly out to center fielder Juan Lagares to end the game. The game was the final game of the 2015 regular season and snapped the Mets' five game losing streak. The save tied the club record set by Armando Benítez in 2001. He finished the season with a 2-2 record, 1.85 ERA in 76 games with a career high 43 saves, 86 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched with a WHIP of 1.000 while giving up 59 hits, 16 runs, 6 home runs, and 19 walks.

Familia recorded two saves in the 2015 National League Division Series against the Dodgers, retiring all 16 batters he faced. In the 2015 National League Championship Series against the Cubs, Familia recorded three saves over 4 1⁄3 innings pitched, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks and no runs. In game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, he gave up a game-tying home run to Alex Gordon in the ninth inning; the Mets would eventually lose, 5–4, in 14 innings. He gave up the home run to Gordon on a quick pitch, which Familia used to throw off hitters' timing throughout the 2015 season. Familia blew saves in games 4 and 5 as well, both of which the Mets lost, the latter of which ended the series. Familia's three blown saves in the series established a new World Series record.

Kole Calhoun

Kole Alan Calhoun (born October 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball for Yavapai College before getting a scholarship to Arizona State University.

On May 21, 2012, Calhoun was recalled by the Angels to replace Vernon Wells, who was placed on the disabled list. He made his debut the next day, and he recorded his first major league hit the day after, a double off of Jarrod Parker. Calhoun was the 8th player from the 2010 MLB Draft to make his major-league debut. He was sent back down on June 12 after 8 games with the Angels. He made the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. He had another short stint with the Angels before being called up for good on August . His final stats with the Bees in 105 games were .298 with 14 HR, 73 RBI, and a .877 OPS. He was used exclusively off the bench in August and September. In 21 games with the Angels, he hit .174 with 1 RBI in just 23 at-bats.

Calhoun was competing for the fifth outfielder spot with J. B. Shuck, but after a poor Spring Training, in which he hit .174 with 10 RBI and 16 strikeouts in 23 games, Shuck won the position, and Calhoun began 2013 with Salt Lake. Calhoun was recalled on July 28 to replace the injured Albert Pujols. Calhoun was hitting .354 with 12 HR and 49 RBI with Salt Lake. On August 2, Calhoun hit his first major league home run, a two-run, go-ahead shot off of Steve Delabar in the bottom of the 8th inning, part of a 4-hit night for Calhoun. Because Pujols went down, Josh Hamilton received the most time at designated hitter, leaving right field up for grabs. By the time September rolled around, Calhoun won the job, starting the last 21 games of the season there. In 58 games with the Angels in 2013, Calhoun hit .282 with 8 HR and 32 RBI.

His control over right-field extended into 2014, as he was the starting right-fielder entering 2014. However, after just 14 games, Calhoun was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. By the time he returned on May 21, Collin Cowgill was playing well as the right-fielder, and Calhoun shared some of his starts with Cowgill.

Calhoun played in 159 games for the Angels in 2015, hitting .256 with a career high 26 HR and 83 RBI. He also played stellar defense in right field, posting a .989 fielding percentage and six defensive runs saved en route to winning his first Rawlings Gold Glove award.On May 21, 2012, Calhoun was recalled by the Angels to replace Vernon Wells, who was placed on the disabled list. He made his debut the next day, and he recorded his first major league hit the day after, a double off of Jarrod Parker. Calhoun was the 8th player from the 2010 MLB Draft to make his major-league debut. He was sent back down on June 12 after 8 games with the Angels. He made the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. He had another short stint with the Angels before being called up for good on August . His final stats with the Bees in 105 games were .298 with 14 HR, 73 RBI, and a .877 OPS. He was used exclusively off the bench in August and September. In 21 games with the Angels, he hit .174 with 1 RBI in just 23 at-bats.

Jason Kipnis

Jason Michael Kipnis (born April 3, 1987; nicknamed "Kip") is an American baseball player who plays second base for the Cleveland Indians. He attended Glenbrook North High School in the suburbs of Chicago, where he earned three letters playing baseball for the Glenbrook North Spartans. He attended the University of Kentucky, but transferred to Arizona State University after two years. In college, Kipnis was an All American and the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year for the Sun Devils.

The Indians selected Kipnis in the second round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2010, he was named the Indians' Minor League Player of the Year, and a Baseball America Minor League All Star. Prior to the 2011 season, Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the top Indians prospect and the 28th-highest prospect in baseball. At mid-season, Baseball America rated him as baseball's 31st-best prospect. He was called up from the minor leagues on July 22, 2011. In 2012, he became the starting second baseman for the Indians.

Top 100 Fantasy Baseball Studs 2016

1. Mike Trout (LAA - CF)
2. Bryce Harper (Was - RF)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (Ari - 1B)
4. Josh Donaldson (Tor - 3B)
5. Giancarlo Stanton (Mia - RF)
6. Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP)
7. Anthony Rizzo (ChC - 1B)
8. Carlos Correa (Hou - SS)
9. Manny Machado (Bal - 3B)
10. José Altuve (Hou - 2B)
11. Nolan Arenado (Col - 3B)
12. Andrew McCutchen (Pit - CF)
13. Miguel Cabrera (Det - 1B)
14. Kris Bryant (ChC - 3B)
15. José Bautista (Tor - RF)
16. A.J. Pollock (Ari - CF)
17. Max Scherzer (Was - SP)
18. Edwin Encarnación (Tor - 1B)
19. José Abreu (CWS - 1B)
20. Mookie Betts (Bos - CF)
21. Buster Posey (SF - C)
22. Joey Votto (Cin - 1B)
23. Jake Arrieta (ChC - SP)
24. George Springer (Hou - RF)
25. Chris Sale (CWS - SP)
26. Charlie Blackmon (Col - CF)
27. Dee Gordon (Mia - 2B)
28. Starling Marte (Pit - LF)
29. Chris Davis (Bal - 1B)
30. Madison Bumgarner (SF - SP)
31. Jacob deGrom (NYM - SP)
32. Zack Greinke (Ari - SP)
33. Nelson Cruz (Sea - RF)
34. José Fernández (Mia - SP)
35. David Price (Bos - SP)
36. J.D. Martínez (Det - RF)
37. Todd Frazier (CWS - 3B)
38. Ryan Braun (Mil - RF)
39. Troy Tulowitzki (Tor - SS)
40. Justin Upton (Det - LF)
41. Adam Jones (Bal - CF)
42. Corey Kluber (Cle - SP)
43. Gerrit Cole (Pit - SP)
44. Matt Harvey (NYM - SP)
45. Robinson Canó (Sea - 2B)
46. Adrián González (LAD - 1B)
47. Carlos González (Col - RF)
48. Yoenis Céspedes (NYM - LF)
49. Prince Fielder (Tex - 1B)
50. Dallas Keuchel (Hou - SP)
51. Lorenzo Cain (KC - CF)
52. Félix Hernández (Sea - SP)
53. Kyle Schwarber (ChC - LF)
54. Xander Bogaerts (Bos - SS)
55. Freddie Freeman (Atl - 1B)
56. Chris Archer (TB - SP)
57. Jason Heyward (ChC - RF)
58. Yasiel Puig (LAD - RF)
59. Carlos Gómez (Hou - CF)
60. Brian Dozier (Min - 2B)
61. Carlos Carrasco (Cle - SP)
62. Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY - CF)
63. Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B)
64. Stephen Strasburg (Was - SP)
65. Matt Carpenter (StL - 3B)
66. Jason Kipnis (Cle - 2B)
67. Eric Hosmer (KC - 1B)
68. Miguel Sano (Min - 3B)
69. Corey Seager (LAD - SS)
70. Francisco Lindor (Cle - SS)
71. Kyle Seager (Sea - 3B)
72. Noah Syndergaard (NYM - SP)
73. Anthony Rendón (Was - 2B)
74. Hunter Pence (SF - RF)
75. Matt Kemp (SD - RF)
76. Grégory Polanco (Pit - RF)
77. Jon Lester (ChC - SP)
78. Ian Kinsler (Det - 2B)
79. Craig Kimbrel (Bos - RP)
80. Michael Brantley (Cle - LF)
81. Cole Hamels (Tex - SP)
82. Kenley Jansen (LAD - RP)
83. Johnny Cueto (SF - SP)
84. Sonny Gray (Oak - SP)
85. Billy Hamilton (Cin - CF)
86. Wade Davis (KC - RP)
87. Hanley Ramírez (Bos - LF)
88. Christian Yelich (Mia - LF)
89. Adam Wainwright (StL - SP)
90. Brett Gardner (NYY - LF)
91. Adrián Béltre (Tex - 3B)
92. Rougned Odor (Tex - 2B)
93. Adam Eaton (CWS - CF)
94. Danny Salazar (Cle - SP)
95. Corey Dickerson (TB - LF)
96. Aroldis Chapman (NYY - RP)
97. Michael Wacha (StL - SP)
98. Trevor Rosenthal (StL - RP)
99. Kole Calhoun (LAA - RF)
100. Ken Giles (Hou - RP)