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2019 Preseason Forecast
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|2018-04-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)||I'm looking to pick up a set-up guy and need to drop a starting pitcher. I've narrowed it to Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy, both who were picked up off the wire. Suggestions if you please and thank you. Also, Tanner Roark and Aaron Sanchez could be dropped as well. |
(Joe Sixpack from Hastings)
|I guess you have to wait and see on Kennedy now? He'd normally be my pick, and he still might be actually. I am a low dude on Tanner Roark, so he'd be my other option. Too much upside in Duffy and Sanchez despite rough starts. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-04-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)||12 team dynasty .. his Jose Martinez for my Tanner Roark.|
(The old Professor from New York)
|Take it. I believe in Jose and in a league like that you're bound to find SP easier. (Eddy Almaguer)|
|2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)||with Kyle Hendricks and Carl Edwards, Jr., the Cubs have the two most racecar driver names in baseball. This isn't a question.|
(Craig from DC)
|Daniel Murphy is a seasoned detective and Tanner Roark is the naive, but enthusiastic rookie he's training. (Nick Schaefer)|
|2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Tanner Roark - just an incredible day, or someone to monitor closely? Anyone who Ks 15 has to be on the radar no matter what people thought of him before, right?|
(The Dude from Couch)
|I wouldn't go nuts, he was *on* and it was against a Twins lineup that does some striking out. 15 K's are obviously 15 K's though, fun out-of-nowhere performance, His fastballs, particularly his 4-seamer, have been generating an outsized number of swings and misses despite being down a tick and showing virtually the same movement as years past. Color me skeptical those rates hold. Outside of the whiffs though it's certainly worth noting that he's proven capable of limiting hard contact and pitching effectively as a starter in the past. I like him to round out a rotation in deeper leagues. (Wilson Karaman)|
|2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)||With Stammen injured, does anyone get higher value, like potentially Blake Treinen?|
(Silverback38 from VA)
|maybe, but this could work the other way. Stammen was really good at keeping other guys from going for long stretches, and this could stretch out the pen. Tanner Roark seems like the guy who would get a boost. (Mike Gianella)|
|2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Tanner Roark|
(matrueblood from MN)
|It's Tanner Roark. (Sam Miller)|
|2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Tanner Roark the real deal, or has the last 250 IPs been a mirage? Is he a core piece to build a rotation around, or a back end guy?|
(Walter J from DC)
|The biggest question with Roark is, what kind of pitcher is he exactly? 2:1 GB:FB ratio in 2013, but 1:1 in 2014. He pounds the zone a lot (8% more pitches in the zone than average SP) and throws a lot of first pitch strikes. So batted ball distribution is key here. I like hi as a 4/5, especially on that good staff, but there are still big question marks. (Jeff Long)|
|2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)||I'm a sucker for the boring good pitchers (e.g. Tanner Roark). Whose bandwagon should I hop on for 2015?|
(ted from Chicago)
|I recommend that you watch some Jose Quintana starts on MLB.tv this winter, while you're keeping warm next to the hot stove. Boring but solid, should be right up your alley. (Doug Thorburn)|
|2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)||If I had asked you three months ago what the Royals' offseason would look like, what would you have said? What about now? |
(Justin from KC)
|The biggest difference wrought by these three months, I think, is the Royals will show even more faith in Mike Moustakas. Their needs remain the same: They need an RF, a DH, another starting pitcher and some bullpen help.
Right field: Nori Aoki is a free agent, and he'll certainly play for more than $1.5 million in 2015. KC may make an attempt to retain him.
DH: The Royals have a $12.5 million team option on Billy Butler, and they certainly won't pick it up. He wants to stay, even after an awkward September spent sometimes on the bench. That feeling may not be mutual, but a World Series trophy could alter any potential plans to cut ties with him. Butler is a popular player with the ownership group, and his roots here are deep.
SP: James Shields is a free agent. He'll get a qualifying offer and decline it. If the Royals sign him after that, Andy Martino will cover spring training in a Speedo.
Bullpen: You always need bullpen arms. Here is the one other major difference. It appeared pretty clear throughout the season that the Royals had to make a decision about Greg Holland and Wade Davis. Their total paycheck for 2015 should land around $15 million (give or take $100,000 based on Holland's arbitration figure), and that's a high price to pay for two one-inning relievers. But, of course, this run may alter their internal calculus. Our Sam Mellinger reported the Royals believe they make at least $1 million for every playoff game they host. If they have the spare cash, they may feel its imperative to retain the ingredients of this formula.
That said, relievers are relievers are relievers, and relievers are inherently damaged pitchers. They end up as relievers because there's something wrong with them that prevents them from starting. So they can be volatile. Holland missed a good chunk of September with, essentially, a cranky arm. His triceps was tight. He has the most trade value of the duo, but between his profile as a one-inning reliever and some injury concerns of rival officials, the team won't exactly be able to trade him for a front-line hitter. One suggestion I heard - from neither a Royals official nor a Nationals official - was a fair swap would be Holland for Tanner Roark. I'm not sure the KC front office would be overwhelmed by that offer, but that's the type that could be awaiting them.
All of this is to say: Yes, Moustakas will be back in 2015, despite hitting .212/.271/.361 in 140 games this year. (Andy McCullough)
|2014-09-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Which team's surprisingly good starter is most/least likely to hold up in October? Yusmeiro Petit, Edison Volquez, Matt Shoemaker, Tanner Roark, Lance Lynn|
(Christopher from Queens)
|Injury notwithstanding, I like Matt Shoemaker's chances of giving the Angels a frontline performance in the playoffs. His splitter is an absolute menace. On the flipside, I would be very nervous about banking on either Petit or Volquez, excellent regular seasons notwithstanding. Which means that in two days, Volquez will two-hit the Giants over seven innings and move the Pirates into the NLDS. (Daniel Rathman)|
|2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Of Tanner Roark, Jacob deGrom, and Jesse Hann, who do you think offers the most upside the next 2-3 years?|
(Brian from Mass)
|Hahn has the most upside for me, but also the most risk. If I'm picking one overall, I take deGrom. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Still trying to figure out who the better speculative add is.. Taylor Jordan or Tanner Roark for the 5th spot in National's bullpen. Thanks.|
(Matt from Indianapolis)
|For me it's Taylor Jordan all the way. He's a better pitcher and I think the Nationals should just let him run with it. (Bret Sayre)|
|2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Can Tanner Roark get 60 innings in 2014? He kind of seems like the odd man out with Fister coming over.|
(Tim from Springfield)
|Certainly. Injuries happen. Doubleheaders happen. Whatever. Roark's best served as a sixth starter type anyway. (R.J. Anderson)|
|2013-09-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What have you seen out of Tanner Roark that's made him effective so far? He appeared out of nowhere, it seemed.|
(Dan Rozenson from Washington, DC)
|he suddenly stopped walking guys ... well, he never had a high walk rate but he got it down under 2 per 9 IP this year in Syracuse, and it's barely over that in the majors. I suspect part of that is the partial move to the bullpen. I don't think his secondary pitches are anything much, so I think swingman is probably the longterm role for him. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)||Is there a MLB future for Tanner Roark?|
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
|Sure maybe he can get a few cups of coffee which is something about 99.9% of the population cannot say. (Zach Mortimer)|
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