Fantasy Baseball

2015 Fantasy Baseball: The Wild, Wild NL West

nl west

It has been a wild winter in the NL West, and we haven’t even approached the new year. It’s hard to keep track of everything and how it will affect the upcoming fantasy season. Normally, we would simply list the moves, but there are just too many to simply list. We will give you a simple side by side chart of the top three teams in the division showing what they had last season and what they are projected to have this season. I would like to thank the good folks at rosterresource.com for their assistance.

Los Angeles Dodgers

2014

2015

C

A.J. Ellis

Yasmani Grandal

1B

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez

2B

Dee Gordon

Howie Kendrick

3B

Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe

SS

Hanley Ramirez

Jimmy Rollins

LF

Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford

CF

Matt Kemp

Joc Pederson

RF

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Overview

The Dodgers look like a stable franchise compared to our other two teams here. They only have four new players. Technically, Joc Pederson isn’t really new so much as he’s getting a promotion. Overall, I like what they’ve done. They have improved at second base and catcher. You could argue that they are better at shortstop overall when you consider both fielding and hitting.

San Francisco Giants

2014

2015

C

Buster Posey

Buster Posey

1B

Brandon Belt

Brandon Belt

2B

Marco Scutaro

Joe Panik

3B

Pablo Sandoval

Casey McGehee

SS

Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford

LF

Michael Morse

Gregor Blanco

CF

Angel Pagan

Angel Pagan

RF

Hunter Pence

Hunter Pence

Overview

The Giants haven’t had as much turnover in their regular lineup as the other teams, but when you add in the absence of Tim Lincecum from the rotation you’ll agree they’ve had as much turnover. The big change is obviously at third base where Kung Fu Panda is moving to the east coast and Casey McGehee is moving into his spot. This is a net loss for the Giants offensively and defensively, but the money was spread around to the likes of Jake Peavy and Sergio Romo.

San Diego Padres

2014

2015

C

Yasmani Grandal

Derek Norris

1B

Yonder Alonso

Seth Smith

2B

Jedd Gyorko

Jedd Gyorko

3B

Chase Headley

Yangervis Solarte

SS

Everth Cabrera

Alexi Amarista

LF

Carlos Quentin

Justin Upton

CF

Cameron Maybin

Wil Myers

RF

Will Venable

Matt Kemp

Overview

No team has gone through a transformation quite like the Padres. Officially, they have changed their starters at every position except second base. They even added Clint Barmes to their bench, so, on some days, they can have 100 percent turnover.

Winners and Losers

With the number of new faces and new places we should take stock in which players will be better for the moves and which players will see their numbers take a dive. Some of these are complex and deserve their own study. One of us will take deeper looks at all of these guys, but for right now, here is the first blush reaction.

Winners

Yasmani Grandal– Moving from Petco Park to Dodger Stadium should help considerably. ESPN park factors had Petco Park at .826 in runs scored and .806 in home runs. Dodger Stadium is still on the pitcher side at .907, but it plays up for home runs (1.226). Look for better numbers from Grandal.

Jimmy Rollins– Picking winners and losers can be a complex task. Rollins is moving to more of a pitcher’s park than what he had in Philadelphia, but the Dodgers offensive attack is better than the Phillies. He is destined to have more runs scored and maybe even more RBIs next season.

Joc Pederson– Steamer has him projected to hit .230 with 19 home runs. Obviously, the Dodgers still have Andre Ethier to supplant him if need be, but he wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity if they hadn’t been able to deal Matt Kemp. He hit 33 home runs and scored 106 runs in only 121 games in the minors. There’s a chance he could be the next big rookie.

Losers

Wil Myers– The former number one prospect in the game has moved to his third organization in four years. Moreover, he is moving to one of the worst hitters parks in the game. True, there is quite a bit of hitting talent on that team, but it looks like Myers will likely never live up to the billing he came in with in 2013.

Justin Upton- Again, we see a theme here. While the Padres will benefit overall from the influx of hitting talent, the numbers just aren’t going to be there individually. It probably will help the Padres in their attempts to re-sign the free agent outfielder.

Casey McGehee— I could go with Matt Kemp, but that would be piling on. McGehee has the same issues since he is moving to AT&T Stadium. He hit only nine home runs in Miami and he likely won’t hit that many in San Francisco. He likely will be replaced before the season ends.

Previous post

2014-15 Fantasy Basketball: Week 8 Buy/Sell

Next post

2014-15 Fantasy Basketball: Weekly Leaders -- Who's Hot ?

2 Comments

  1. December 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm — Reply

    I’m definitely targeting Joc Pederson this coming year as my low risk high reward guy,if he doesn’t pan out nothing will be lost.Great article!

    • December 26, 2014 at 8:39 am — Reply

      Thanks for reading Jonathan. I agree on Pederson. There are quite a few hot young outfield prospects, so it will be interesting to see which ones pan out.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.