The final weekend before the non-waiver trade deadline was full of excitement. This weeks Fantasy Baseball Rookie report saw many players in new homes. The Yankees minor league organization got a lot better, adding 109 prospects after four trades. The Reds and Brewers also moved high value major league talent for prospect hauls of their own
Many of the prospects traded for major league pieces are years away from making an impact on their new organizations, but for dynasty leagues their new team is important. In the case of Gleyber Torres, for example, both Addison Russell and Javier Baez are slick fielding, young, shortstops with five years of control left. Torres would be blocked for many years as a Cub. As a Yankee, DiDi Gregorious, the incumbent, can move to a new position when Torres is big league ready. This adds value for Torres and could allow him to reach the majors sooner
For teams looking to win now in dynasty leagues, the movement of prospects could create more value and help you score a piece to help this season. Many prospects will not work out. Prospects who are projected two to three years away, obviously do nothing to help you in 2016. Get a player who is provided predictable stats. It is easier to build a winning team with players who have a track record.
There have also been significant injuries to two Shortstops who have been leading the position for the entire season. It is always difficult to replace the production injured players leave but there could be help on the way.
The prospects continue to flood into the big leagues. Which young stud will help your roster the most? Who will catch fire down the stretch? Let’s take a look around the league to see who can make your team better.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In the Majors
Alex Bregman, SS, Houston Astros
Bregman was supposed to be the second coming of Carlos Correa. Yet his first taste of the big leagues has gone more like Mike Trout’s debut. Bregman has one hit and 10 Ks so far.
Bregman is extremely talented. He will need some time to adjust to the big leagues. The Astros are finding playing time for him, so he will have to make the adjustments at the major league level. Unless you are in a redraft league, do not drop him. Bregman is too talented not to turn it around. Keep him on your bench and wait for the adjustments.
Aledmys Diaz, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Diaz was hit by a pitch on the right hand July 31 and was placed on the 15-day DL. This is terrible news for Diaz owners. Owners can only hope that he did not break a bone and will be back after the 15 days is over.
Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
Story tore a ligament in his left thumb, ending his incredible 2016 season. Story will end his season hitting .272, with 27 HRs, 67 runs scored, 72 RBI, and eight stolen bases. If you owned Story, his numbers through July are better than the numbers you will get from most of the shortstops in baseball for a full season. An opportunistic owner could try to trade Story for a piece this year to a team building for next year.
Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Arcia could be the perfect replacement for Diaz or Story. He is the Brewers top prospect and the shortstop of the future for the Brewers. Arcia went 0-for-4 in his debut August 2 against San Diego. He has some power as evidenced his eight home runs this season in Triple-A with 53 RBI and 59 runs scored. Arcia also has some speed, stealing 15 bases so far this season.
Jonathan Villar will move to 3B and Arcia will take over at short, giving the Brewers a potent left side of the infield. Arcia was hitting .267 in Triple-A, which is not stellar but he has the skills to produce in the majors. WIll it happen right away? Maybe not, but the Brewers are going nowhere. Arcia will be given the chance to find his way.
Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota Twins
Kepler continues to obliterate pitching, capped by a three homer night August 1. At 21-percent owned in yahoo leagues, he is most likely available in your league. Do yourself a favor and pick him up.
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
Benintendi was called up August 2, and made his debut going 0-for-2, but got it going August 3 by collecting two hits in three plate appearances. As of now, the Red Sox intend to play Benintendi as the left-handed hitting part of their left field platoon. Benintendi was tearing up Double-A pitching. He has power and speed and looks to show them off for the Red Sox.
Jose Berrios, SP, Minnesota Twins
Berrios was called up to start August 1. Berrios went six innings and allowed three earned runs, struck out five and walked none. This start is more of what Berrios is used to. His control has improved since being sent back down to the minors and his confidence level seems to have improved.
At this point the twins have little to play for and need the rotation help. Berrios looks to be in the rotation to stay.
Joe Musgrove, SP, Houston Astros
Musgrove came in for Lance McCullers, who has since been placed on the 15-day DL and he dominated the blue jays in his major league debut. Musgrove struck out eight batters in 4.1 innings. Musgrove will get McCullers spot in the rotation until he returns from the DL. If Musgrove pitches like he did against the Blue Jays, he will stick in the rotation for more than two weeks.
Jake Barrett, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Barrett has received the vote of confidence from Manager Chip Hale and will serve as the closer, for now. Hale said Barrett,”has earned it.” Barrett allowed only one earned run in July and has three saves on the season. How many chances for saves will he get? That is hard to say. He has been effective in the bullpen though. He is worth the add if you need saves.
Edwin Diaz, RP, Seattle Mariners
Diaz has been awarded the closer position after dominating the late innings for the Mariners. Diaz has a K/9 of 18.00 and an ERA of 1.73. If you are hunting for saves, pick him up now before he is gone.
On the Farm
Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
Mejia has hit safely in 45 games between High-A and Double-A this season. Mejia is hitting .338 with nine HRs, 51 runs scored and 67 RBI. His strikeout percentage is low, at 13.8-percent, but he walks only 2.5-percent of the time.
His numbers are encouraging and his hitting streak is impressive. At 20-years-old, he looks to be well on his way to a promising major league career. He will not factor into your Fantasy team any time soon, but is a great target in a dynasty league.
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
Judge will come of the 15-day DL today. After the trade of Carlos Beltran, there is an opening in the Yankee outfield. Judge will get a chance to acclimate himself to pitching and could be up playing RF for the Yankees in the next week or so. Judge brings big power potential to the unimposing Yankee offense.
Judge has cut down his strikeout percentage from 28.5 to 23.2-percent and increased his power output at the plate. Judge is a good add in AL-Only and any keeper leagues.
Clint Frazier, OF, New York Yankees
Frazier was sent to the Yankees as part of the Andrew Miller deal. Frazier was recently promoted to Triple-A after a solid Double-A campaign. Frazier is off to a slow start at Triple-A, but he is extremely talented and has time to adjust. There are two long-term deals in front of Frazier and Judge. Look to see Frazier at the end of next season.
Kyle Jensen, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jensen is tearing up Triple-A this season. He is currently hitting .296 with 23 HRs and 93 RBI. That is good enough for second in HRs and first in RBI at that level.
Jensen strikes out a lot (31.3-percent), but the power is undeniable. The outfield is crowded in Arizona. Peter O’Brien, a similar player, is also having trouble cracking the lineup. Jensen could be a late season call-up, so keep an eye on the outfield movement for the Diamondbacks.
Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Brinson was one of Texas’ top prospects going into the 2016 season. Brinson has struggle at the plate so far this season at Double-A, hitting only .237. Brinson does have good power as he hit 11 home runs and produced a .194 ISO this season.
The Brewers outfield is full of question marks after Ryan Braun, but there are many guys with major league experience ahead of Brinson. He will be given time to learn and improve and hopes to make an impact later in the 2017 season.
Dillon Tate, SP, New York Yankees
The number four draft pick in the 2015 draft has been a streaky pitcher who was converted from a reliever to a starter his junior season at UC Santa Barbara. At times, his fastball is touches the high 90’s, but he is currently sitting around 90-92. Tate has struggled this season in High-A but has the potential to be a front of the rotation monster.
Phil Bickford, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Another Brewers coup at the trade deadline, Bickford came over from San Francisco for Will Smith. Bickford has been very good in the minors this season by striking out more than a batter an inning and owns a 2.72 ERA.
Bickford survives on command of his pitches. He is years away from the big leagues but a solid piece of the Brewers minor league system and dynasty leagues.
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