TDG is Looking For New Writers

Faithful TDG readers, as the 2015 fantasy season is now squarely in the rear view mirror and we’re approaching the fiery center of the hot stove, it becomes time again to reflect upon what has transpired and attempt to discern what is to come. As we’ve all learned and experienced, dynasty leagues truly have no off-season, and dynasty coverage should not as well.

However, the inherent problem with this is that we need help. We are looking for a group of new writers to join our band of merry men as we march through the remainder of the “off-season”, into our rankings and beyond. For us, this process has been a treasure trove. The last time we put out the call for new writers, we got an extremely talented group, a number of which have moved onto writing at other sites. Greg Wellemeyer, George Bissell and J.J. Jansons are now writing at Baseball Prospectus, a mere 12 months after starting here at TDG (and they’re doing a fantastic job). During the previous search, Jeff Quinton and Wilson Karaman, both also writers at Baseball Prospectus, were just two of the submissions we received. We also found Nick Doran, who is one of our lead writers here at TDG and others who have gone on to write at sites like Rotoworld and Razzball. So if you’re interested in writing about fantasy baseball, this is a great place to get exposure.

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Shohei Otani, A Monster in the Making

Shohei Otani’s 2015 season ended in a disappointing fashion. In game one of the first round of the NPB playoffs (called Climax Series), the twenty-one-year old lasted only 2.2 innings while surrendering five runs on six hits and three walks to the Chiba Lotte Marines. He and Nippon Ham were eliminated days later.

Even with the early exit from the playoffs, Otani showed a significant step forward in his development and claimed himself as one of, if not the best, pitchers at his age.

In 2015, the flame-throwing righty posted a 2.24 ERA, punched out 196, walked 46 while allowing just seven home runs in 169.2 innings. He was the leader among all qualified pitchers in the NPB in FIP (1.92) and K% (31.6) by substantial margins, despite being the youngest of them. Note that he produced these numbers in the tougher of two NPB leagues. The Pacific League scored 3.98 runs in a game on average as opposed to the Central League’s 3.42 runs.

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