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Casey Kotchman: 2013 Season Preview

March 18, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Casey Kotchman is trying to revive his career with the Miami Marlins.
Casey Kotchman had to resort to a minor league deal in Miami.

Nearly two months ago, we released our First Base Rankings and slotted Casey Kotchman at 51, down slightly from 2012 and certainly not any position where we thought he’d be useful for Fantasy purposes.

Of course, he was a free agent at the time and coming off arguably his worst season ever.

To say we were bullish would be a stretch.

A few weeks later, Kotchman landed a minor league deal with the Marlins, at least giving him hope he could remain a big leaguer given the lack of depth in Miami. For aging vets coming off crappy seasons (see Figgins, Chone) heading to the Fish seems the best way to try to get your career back on track before you ultimately wind up swimming with the fishes.

As if being a non-roster invitee wasn’t bad enough for Kotchman, a lacerated finger kept him out for the first few days of Spring Training action, but oh man, what a nice first impression he made when he slugged a grand salami in his first at-bat with the Fish.

Logan Morrison is being moved to first base and is the projected starter for the Marlins this season, but he had offseason knee surgery and will likely begin the season on the DL, giving Kotchman a chance to gain some early traction. He’s battling Joe Mahoney for the right to keep first base warm while Morrison recovers.

Kotchman has definitely done his part so far. On Sunday, he singled, doubled and drove in a run to raise his spring BA to .469 with six RBI in 11 games. Clearly, Kotchman is not ready to play Indy ball just yet.

Last season, Kotchman was actually somewhat productive for the Indians despite his ugly slash line, but his on-base percentage dropped almost 100 points from 2011.

Having just turned 30 last month, it’s obvious Kotchman will never live up to his once bright promise. He’s a superb gloveman, but as a hitter at first base — a position that demands slugging — he is vastly outclassed.

Still, Kotchman has bounced back from awful seasons before. After managing just 90 hits in 125 games with the Mariners in 2010 (.217 BA, -1.1 WAR) in 2010, he enjoyed his second best season ever in 2011 with Tampa Bay. So it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Kotchman has life left, but even if he breaks camp with the first base job for Miami, it’s just a temporary gig and he’s unlikely to see enough PT to be Fantasy viable after Morrison returns.

Expecting even 350 at-bats out of Kotchman this season is unwise. Not surprisingly, he is not showing up in any drafts, so is surely going to be available on the waiver wire at the outset of the season, and that’s something to tuck away in the back of your mind if you’re competing in an NL-only league.

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Chris Denorfia 2013 Preview

February 15, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Denorfia, originally a 19th rounder in 2002 by Cincinnati, saw more action than ever before last year and he responded with decent numbers across the board. As usual, hee provided a bit of speed and improved his success rate to the point where he’s actually helping instead of hurting his team on the basepaths.
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Bronson Arroyo 2013 Preview

January 31, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
And then the wily vet went out and retired the first 14 batters he faced and wound up tossing seven shutout frames of one-hit ball with four Ks and just one walk for the win to give the Reds a commanding 2-0 lead in the Best of Five series against the Giants (that they would ultimately blow, but hey, that’s not Arroyo’s fault).
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Sean Rodriguez 2013 Preview

January 3, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Rodriguez struck out more often than usual – which was plenty to begin with – and after back-to-back double-digit steal seasons, he only swiped five bags (on just five tries, too; what up with that?). That, combined with less power and a weaker BA limited him to use only in deeper AL-only leagues.
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Travis Hafner 2013 Preview

January 2, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The injuries began in late May when Hafner fouled a ball off his right knee, requiring a cortisone shot and earning him a DL stint. The knee required arthroscopic surgery a few days later, knocking him out of action until early July.
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