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Yesterday, we discussed the pitchers we think deserved a bump up our 2015 Big Board Fantasy Baseball draft rankings, but today, we’re going to talk about some of the Spring Training duds that need to move down. Pitchers whose values have dropped the most during the exhibition season. We have also adjusted their corresponding custom projections included as part of the 2015 Big Board.

A couple weeks ago, we went live with the 2015 Big Board, a draft assistant program that calculates player values and rankings for 2015.

So far, we’ve shown off what it can do by finding undervalued infielders, outfielders, and pitchers, and even highlighting the big differences between points and Roto formats.

We consider this one of the best Fantasy Baseball draft tools you can buy this draft season — and it’s definitely the cheapest, at just $5!

People always say not to worry about Spring Training numbers, but between battles for rotation spots, lighting up radar guns, returns to full health, and even strikeout vs. walk rates, there are a ton of reasons to take a closer look at some of these pitchers as Draft Day approaches!

2015 Spring Training Duds

To make your own rankings/$ values and find more players like these for your specific league, check out the Big Board!

5 Pitchers Moving Down the 2015 Big Board

Roenis Elias, SP, Seattle

Spring: 14.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 4.9 K/9, 4.3 BB/9
Projection: 64 IP, 53 K, 4.03 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

Well, he *had* a shot at the rotation, but it’s back to the ‘pen after allowing a near 1.200 OPS, not striking anybody out, and walking the farm (while Taijuan Walker did the opposite).

Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland

Spring: 15.1 IP, 5.87 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 6.5 K/9, 0.00 BB/9
Projection: 176 IP, 162 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

Asterisk. He seems to be working on something this spring. He hasn’t walked a batter yet. And Bauer is well-known as one of the most cerebral pitchers in baseball. But he’s also the man that brought you the back-to-back-to-back HRs for the Cubbies, and four triples in one inning for the Angels. Bad. Baaaad.

Justin Masterson, SP, Boston

Spring: 12.1 IP, 5.11 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 3.7 K/9, 3.7 BB/9
Projection: 166 IP, 124 K, 4.23 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

I wanted to be optimistic for Masterson as a bounceback guy after his 2014 implosion. Maybe Boston will have found some magic, you know? I’m willing to believe I was wrong about that based on the results so far.

Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore

Spring: 4 IP, so the stats don’t mean much…
Projection: 140 IP, 116 K, 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

2015 Spring Training DudsHe still doesn’t have his slider working, and it seems that Ubaldo Jimenez has some dirt on someone high-up in Baltimore as they’re talking about letting him start over Gausman yet again.

Sigh. I still like Gausman’s upside, and he’ll start sooner or later this year, but for now I’m fading what was once a more optimistic innings total.

Aaron Sanchez, SP, Toronto

Spring: 18 IP, 3.93 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 4.4 K/9, 2.0 BB/9
Projection: 150 IP, 126 K, 3.90 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

The opposite of the Gausman story here — I was a lot more excited for Aaron Sanchez the closer than I am for Aaron Sanchez the unproven starter. He was able to get away with being just a two-pitch pitcher in relief last year, and there are still some real questions here with respect to his control issues. I’m projecting more innings but worse rate stats.

Justin Masterson Photo Credit: Keith Allison

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