Welcome back to this week’s 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report. Have you added any of this year’s high flyers to your roster? Have your targeted any 2016 Rookies in trades? The youth movement is in full effect.
If you are not a Jackie Bradley Jr. owner then you are searching for production. Nomar Mazara is tearing the cover off the baseball, with three HRs and six RBIs in the last six games. Joey Gallo has been called up and he provides a home run threat each time he steps to the plate. There are rookies around the league who can make an immediate impact on your Fantasy roster.
Injuries continue to create openings for young players to step in and show they can help the team. Cheslor Cuthbert was sent down after filling in well for Mike Moustakas, then recalled after another injury on the Royals roster.
Some high ceiling rookies have showed why they were so highly rated before the season began. Others have taken a step back due to the learning curve faced when coming to the majors.
Le’ts take a look around baseball to see who is shining in this weeks 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In The Majors
Aledmys Diaz, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Diaz was hitless over his past 17 at-bats but recorded a hit and scored two runs in his game May 25. Diaz is still hitting .336 on the season with six HRs, 29 runs scored and 24 RBIs. Jhonny Peralta has been sent on a rehab assignment and could be back within the next two weeks. Diaz’s bat needs to stay in the line-up. Where they will play him is yet to be seen but his numbers are better than Jedd Gyorko and Kolton Wong this season. Wait and see how playing time is dolled out before dropping him.
Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Seager is putting together a quietly solid season for the Dodgers. He has hit seven HRs and driven in 23. He is batting .269 with a .288 BABIP. With that BABIP, his numbers are sustainable and with some luck, could increase over the remainder of the season. If you trusted Seager in the beginning of the season, you have been rewarded thus far this season.
Colin Moran, 3B, Houston Astros
Colin Moran has struggled at the plate since his call up May 18. In 13 at-bats he is hitless and has struck out 46.2-percent of the time. In Triple-A, Moran was hitting .288 with three home runs and 22 RBIs. Moran has never hit more than nine HRs in a season and has never stolen more than two bases. He has the potential to hit for a high average but it appears to be taking time for him to settle in. Moran is not worth an add at this point.
Joey Gallo, 3B/OF, Texas Rangers
Gallo was called up May 23 after being activated from the disabled list in Triple-A. Before the injury, Gallo was hitting .265 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs. Great numbers, but not the most important. Gallo has shown great improvement in plate discipline. His K% improved from 39.5-percent in 2015 to 22.6-percent this season. That is a significant decrease. He also increased his BB% from 11.8-percent in 2015 to 20.8-percent this season.
Gallo’s improved plated discipline and approach are sure to pay dividends at the major league level. He has only pinch hit in one game since his call up but he could play a major part in the Rangers line up. The power potential is immense. If he is available he can be added in all formats.
Junior Guerra, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
A bright spot for the Brewers, Guerra has four starts in May with three wins. In his start on May 19, Guerra struck out 11. He is pitching to a 8.64 K/9 and 2.88 BB/9. In his start May 25, Guerra went five innings allowing zero earned runs, striking out six and walking four.
The walks are something you are going to have to deal with but the strikeout potential is high. There may not be many wins, but Guerra is doing well so far. In a deep league, he is quality waiver-wire pick-up.
Steven Matz, SP, New York Mets
In his start May 25, Matz went eight shut-out innings striking out seven, allowing one walk and zero earned runs. Matz has been dominant, allowing six earned runs in his last 40.0 innings. He is striking out more than a batter an inning and is walk walking less than two per nine. WIth the struggles of Matt Harvey, Matz has helped ease the tension for the Mets rotation and is looking like a top of the rotation arm. If you don’t own him, it is going to take a hefty return to trade for him.
On the Farm
A.J. Reed, 1B, Houston Astros
Reed was activated the May 22 from the disabled list. In his return from the DL, he has two hits, one extra base hit, and one run scored. With Moran struggling in the majors, the Astros offense could be looking for a needed boost in power, which Reed could provide.
Lewis Brinson, OF, Texas Rangers
One of the Rangers’ highly ranked prospects has been hot over the past 10 games for Double-A Frisco. For the season, Brinson is hitting .228 with five HRs, 22 RBIs and six stolen bases. In his past 10 games, Brinson has hit .297 with two home runs, two steals, and five RBIs. His BABIP is very low at, .246, which means he has been unlucky and should see an improvement in average in the coming weeks. Brinson does have 11 extra base hits to go along with his five home runs.
Brinson has power, which is evident by him hitting 21 home runs and 81 RBIs over three levels last season. He also did not hit for an average below .291 at any level last year. He could be another top hitting prospect to debut this season in Texas and if his numbers continue to trend upward, he could see time in the majors during the second half.
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
Judge is one of the future pieces the Yankees are counting on to bring power to the line up. Last year, his age 23 season, Judge hit 20 HRs between Double-A and Triple-A. So far this season, Judge has seven HRs with 23 RBIs and is hitting .245. His K% is down slightly from 28.5 to 24.7-percent, but that is still high.
With the Yankees aging roster, it is only a matter of time before the big league OF will need some depth. Judge needs more time in the minors to cut down on the Ks but he should make his debut in the second half of the season.
Alex Reyes, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Coming off his 50 game suspension for violation of the League’s Illegal substance abuse policy, Reyes came out hot. In four innings, Reyes struck out eight batters, walked three, and allowed two hits and zero earned runs.
Reyes has always had a power fastball with decent off speed pitches but his control has always been something to improve upon. His best BB/9 has been 4.32 in rookie ball. The Cardinals will need him to cut down on the walks before they can add him to the rotation. As he builds up innings, look for an improvement in his control. He could make an impact in the second half of the season.
In a deep league, he is worth an add if you have room on the bench. In a shallow league, wait to see the control improve. He can definitely make an impact in all formats though.
Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Glasnow’s last start, May 22, was a mix of good and bad. He allowed eight hits (most this season), yet only allowed two earned runs, two walks and struck out nine. Control is going to be the biggest issue for Glasnow. However, issuing two walks in the last two starts is a great sign for Glasnow owners.
Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
After losing two starts in a row, Taillon rebounded with a strong start on May 19. Taillon struck out eight without allowing a walk or an earned run. The Pirates decided to skip his start May 24 in an effort to keep his innings down. This could be in an effort to add to the major league innings Taillon is able to pitch. The Pirates most likely will skip more starts for the rest of the season as well. This is something to keep in mind if you currently own or plan on owning him.
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