Our updated projections include three important additions:
*Pitcher ERAs now take into account our team defense projections. This will help the pitchers on the Angels among others and hurt the pitchers on the Blue Jays and Rockies. (Note: the team defense projections differ between Razzball and Fangraphs since the projected playing time differs.) Thanks to the guys behind them, Jered Weaver’s ERA falls from 4.10 to 3.99 while R.A. Dickey’s moves in the opposite direction, from 3.98 to 4.07.
*Thanks to the work of Clint Hulsey who compiled fastball velocities based on scouting reports on his I R Fast blog, Minor League fastball velocities have been added for 489 minor league pitchers. Bruce Rondon gets a major boost in his strikeout rate and his ERA falls all the way from 5.34 to 4.08. Gerrit Cole goes from 4.47 to 4.17.
We’ll keep updating playing time bit by bit and should have one last significant update that will come immediately before the season starts (we might even get to see Jered Weaver’s ERA fall once again). During the season, our projections will be updated on Razzball and Fangraphs. If you have a draft coming up, you can get discounted Rotochamp software through the ad on our Downloads page and send some money back our way in the process.