Week 4 Rookie Report: Home Runs Everywhere
Welcome to the SCFE Week 4 Rookie Report. These articles will be for all the up-and-coming players to know now and in the future.
I will look at rookies that are for the most part good for most 12-16 team roto and mixed head-to-head teams. If I put a rookie in that happens to be for a deeper format, say for you dynasty players out there, I will make sure and post it for that particular player, or players.
This week we feature a power hitter from Camden Yards with early Rookie of the Year consideration. Yet another Padre outfielder mashing home runs and a couple of minor leaguers that are piling up the stats.
If you would like to see where these rookies rank that are in the majors, check out the Top 200 Rankings provided by Joshua Morgan to help you out. Maybe you’re looking for injury news. If so check out the Injury Report by Dylan Tully to see the latest updates.
Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help you in Week 4 of the season in the Week 4 Rookie Report.
Week 4 Rookie Report
**Updated as of April 18
In The Show
Trey Mancini, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles
2017 stats: .364/.417/.955, 1 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 SB
Dating back to last seasons September callup, Trey Mancini now has seven home runs in his first 12 games. He ties Trevor Story and Dino Restelli for the most in the modern era, according to Elias Sports Bureau. While he hasn’t been playing everyday, the way he is hitting, the Orioles should look to get him in the lineup more often. While he plays first base, he can also play the corner outfield positions. So working him in should not be all that hard, especially with Joey Rickard going on the 10-day disabled list. With his current torrid pace of hitting, Mancini looks like an early favorite for Rookie of the Year honors.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
2017 stats: .236/.236/.436, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 SB
While Hunter Renfroe may not have as much hoopla around him as fellow rookie outfielder Manuel Margot, I do think the former will be a solid major league player. For his cup of coffee last year with San Diego, Renfroe, in 35 at-bats slashed .371/.389/.800 with 14 RBI and four home runs. That type of hitting carried over into his spring games, slashing .315/.342/.507 with 12 RBI and two home runs.
He looks like he will be a solid part of the rebuild for the Padres for years to come. So far this season he has been what people expected. A power hitter who will strikeout and not walk much. While drawing no walks is a little concerning, as long as the power is there he can be forgiven. Just watch out if pitchers start throwing out of the zone and he starts chasing.
On The Farm
Brent Honeywell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
2017 stats: 2 GS, 1-1 W-L, 2.08 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, 13 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 20 K at Triple-A Montgomery
What a debut for Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell. In six innings pitched, the electric Honeywell struck out 12 Biloxi Shuckers’ batters. He also scattered three hits, gave up two runs and a walk en route to a loss. While he may not get to the big leagues as quick as Jose De Leon will, when he does it wil be a special time. Drafted in 2014, the big right hander has all the makings of a top of the rotation arm. He may be a little further away for you players in redraft leagues. However, he is a must own for anyone in dynasty formats with minor league roster spots.
Update: Getting a win in his second start despite giving up three walks, Honeywell also struck out eight batters. He also gave up a home run in this outing, but for what he’s shown in his minor league career, he’s a top dynasty stash.
Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs
2017 stats: .286/.352/.673, 1 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 SB at Triple-A Iowa
Happ has come out this year tearing the cover off of the ball and he looks ready to take the next step. On any other ballclub, he might get his shot. But for now, the Cubs are loaded and have him blocked at any position he would be able to play. Happ is an amazing talent that may allow the Cubs to trade him away for pitching help they may need if injuries were to creep up. Not to mention that they will probably let Jake Arrieta go in free agency, unless they come to some reasonable contract number. For now, Happ can just hit away in Iowa until he does get the call by the Cubs, either for a promotion, or for a trade.
So there is the Week 4 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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