With trade deadlines coming up at the end end of the month, we are are going to publish some 2015 hitter projections to help owners make more informed decisions. (Pitchers maybe later in the weak – I hate dealing with Saves and Wins so it may just be ERA, K, and WHIP). These are projections, just projections … an estimate of how a hitter will perform in 2015. The list should give owners a decent starting point when setting keepers or last minute trades for the next year.
• I averaged the rest of season Steamer and/or ZIPS projections. Sometimes only one or the other was available so only one was used at times. The rest of season the projections are a good attempt at getting the player’s talent level right now. The values are close to the 2015 projection with the exception of the September numbers.
• The values were all set to 600 plate appearances. The spreadsheet can be download (File → Download As → Select your file) and the PA can be adjusted and then the rest of the values will adjust automatically. Besides PA, any of the other values can be adjusted as an owner sees fit.
• For the total value, I used the Standing Points Gain method I describe here. I have not updated the equation for 2014 season leagues, but it should be close to the same values.
A few thoughts.
• Miguel Cabrera‘s lock as a top two hitter is less secure. Trout should be #1 and #2 should have a few more options in 2015.
• Javier Baez at #27 is interesting. The 30 HR/20 SB potential is ballooning his value.
• Matt Kemp with 14 SB … yea right. This value I would personally lower.
• Drew Stubbs’s 27 HR is not going to happen. Fantasy owners need to understand he hits LHP better and is used mainly as a platoon option. His PA should be adjusted to ~300 to take the platooning into account.
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