MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

The constant stream of up-to-date analysis, backed up by ever-improving stats that let us evaluate smaller and smaller samples with increasingly high accuracy, is without a doubt a positive thing for fantasy players. Those willing to invest the time can get a true edge over their opponents. The wealth of available articles and podcasts can also provide entertainment value of their own accord, and serve as a great way to pass the time while "working". (Hello to all of you currently taking a bathroom break.)

One potential downside of the amount of available content is that it can be hard to remember what we used to think. Can you remember what you thought about a given player just a few years ago, having read 47 articles and listened to 12 podcasts that discussed him in the meantime? In most cases, the reason new content gets created is that it's more accurate, but in certain cases, it's worth remembering what a player's reputation used to be.

Lucas Giolito's recent breakout is the perfect example of this phenomenon. He'll get a full look as the first Riser shortly, but it's worth a quick mention of how he was viewed just three years ago, prior to his big-league debut. After three seasons of unimpressive (at best) performances, you could be forgiven for thinking that he was only ever considered a pretty good prospect, but back in 2016 he was considered truly elite, ranking third according to Baseball Prospectus, MLB.com and John

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Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire and the winner of the staff's 2018 RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship.
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