Adam Ronis' MLB Preseason Pro Picks

It's the moment you have all been waiting for: Scout Fantasy's Senior Experts are releasing their respective MLB Preseason Pro picks! You'll have an expert's advantage thanks to Adam Ronis!

Adam Ronis

- Three-year Tout Wars participant with two mixed league championships
- Finished second in the DFS Tout Wars contest in 2015
- Participates in high stakes baseball leagues like the NFBC, including the Online Championship and Draft Championship leagues
- SiriusXM Host League Champion three of the last four seasons
- FSTA Award winner for Best Fantasy Sports Radio program in 2015

NL Offensive Sleeper: Keon Broxton

The Brewers outfielder got off to a rough start last season, but once he changed the position of his hands, he had a big finish to the season. Over his last 145 at-bats spanning, Broxton batted .294 with 20 runs, eight home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts with a .399 on-base percentage and a .937 OPS. While he does strike out often, he draws walks and hits the baseball very hard. There's 20-30 potential here.

AL Offensive Sleeper: Nick Castellanos

Castellanos batted .255 with 42 runs, 15 home runs, and 73 RBIs in 154 games in 2015 and last season in 110 games; he hit .285 with 54 runs, 18 home runs, and 58 RBIs with an .827 OPS in 411 at-bats in a season cut short by injury. Castellanos, who will be 25 when the season starts, has increased his power each season. He is hitting more fly balls, improving from 40.4 percent to 43 percent last season. He also hit the ball harder elevating his hard hit rate from 32.8 percent in 2015 to 35.7 percent last season. He's in a good lineup and in a position to drive in a lot of runs.

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NL Offensive Bust: Buster Posey

He continually gets drafted early just because he's a catcher. Take away the name and look at the numbers. Are you drafting those stats in the first three rounds? Sure, the stats are good for a catcher, and in most leagues, you need to start two, but you shouldn't be making him a core of your team. He has hit 19 home runs or fewer in three of the last four seasons, topped 80 runs scored once in his career and has topped 90 RBIs twice. You don't need to invest in catcher early to win.

AL Offensive Bust: George Springer

Springer isn't a bad player, but he's overvalued in the fantasy game when he often goes in round two. The RBI totals are going to be hurt if he hits leadoff like he did for most of last season. Springer played in all 162 games last year, and you can't project that again. He batted .261 with 116 runs, 29 home runs, 82 RBIs and nine stolen bases. He was caught stealing ten times, and while he showed the ability to steal often in the minors, it hasn't translated to the majors, and he will not be aggressive with this potent offense. He doesn't hit a lot of fly balls, and if he can't be an asset in steals, he's not a special player. While Springer scored a ton of runs last season, Justin Upton had 31 home runs, 87 RBIs, and nine stolen bases after an awful start with the Tigers and he goes several rounds after Springer.

NL Pitching Sleeper: Ivan Nova

Nova needed to get out of Yankee Stadium, and he couldn't have landed in a better spot with the trade to Pittsburgh last season. Nova started 11 games for the Pirates and went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 52:3 K:BB ratio in 64.2 innings. Nova threw first-pitch strikes 58 percent of the time with the Yankees in 2016, which increased to 67 percent with the Pirates. Nova also induced more ground balls when he was in Pittsburgh. His ground ball rate increased from 49.4 percent to 56.6 percent, and he cut down on the home runs. Pittsburgh has a lot of success with improving pitchers coming from other teams. Nova will continue the trend.

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AL Pitching Sleeper: Jharel Cotton

Cotton has an excellent changeup and the disparity between his fastball and change his 15 miles per hour. Cotton made five starts with the A's last season, going 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and a 23:4 K:BB rate with a 12.5 percent swinging strike rate. Yes, it's a small sample, but he showed good skills in the minors. He had a K/9 of 10 and a BB/9 of 2.6 in the minors.

Stash and Cash: Cody Bellinger

Bellinger is one of the top prospects in baseball at the age of 21. While he's a first baseman, don't be surprised if he makes it to the majors and plays the outfield. An injury to Adrian Gonzalez could open the door at first base, but while the Dodgers have a lot of outfielders, no one is a lock to produce after Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson. Bellinger has big power, hitting 26 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A last season in 117 games.


PRESEASON PRO PICKS

Dr. Roto - Click here for Doc's WINNING Preseason Pro picks!
- FSWA 2011 Newcomer of the Year
- Winner of multiple FFWC and Scout Fantasy Online Championship leagues
- Beat out entire field of 500+ players in his Beat Dr. Roto contest in 2014
- Four-time SiriusXM Expert Host League Champion
- Member of Tout Wars, LABR, FSTA Expert Leagues
- Winner of NFBC, NFFC, RTsports high stakes leagues
Shawn Childs - Click here for Shawn Childs, The Rainman's Preseason Pro picks!
- Second-most accurate DFS Expert in 2014
- Netted hundreds of thousands of dollars playing Fantasy Sports
- 2-time DFS Championship Finalist
- ONLY HIGH-STAKES PLAYER to finish in the Top 5 Fantasy Players of the Year on FOUR separate occasions!
Adam Ronis - Click here for Adam Ronis, The Triple Threat's Preseason Pro picks!
- Three-year Tout Wars participant with two mixed league championships
- Finished second in the DFS Tout Wars contest in 2015
- Participates in high stakes baseball leagues like the NFBC, including the Online Championship and Draft Championship leagues
- SiriusXM Host League Champion three of the last four seasons
- FSTA Award winner for Best Fantasy Sports Radio program in 2015

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