Week 10 Rookie Report: Cleveland Rocks!
Welcome to the SCFE Week 10 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, I look at a left-handed hitter mashing right-handed pitching in Cleveland. A new edition to the Padres rotation, and a couple Triple-A bats that could make rosters in the dog days of summer.
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 9 of the season in the Week 10 Rookie Report.
Week 10 Rookie Report
**Updated as of May 30
In The Show
Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians
2017 stats: .314/.400/.600, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 12 K, 3 SB
After having his contract purchased by Cleveland in mid-May, Bradley Zimmer has been on a tear. Having the bulk of his success against right-handed pitching (.357/.455/.714), Zimmer is a good bet to be in the lineup most days for the Indians. With as well as he has hit righties, he has been equally terrible against left-handed pitching. Against lefties, he’s slashing .143/.143/.143, so expect him to sit when a southpaw is on the mound.
He should stick with the big league club even when Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion) comes off of the disabled list. If Zimmer is still a free agent in your league, he would be a good solution for those who lost Mike Trout to his thumb injury.
Dinelson Lamet, SP, San Diego Padres
2017 stats: 2 GS, 2-0 W-L, 2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 10 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 16 K
Following up his dominant major league pitching debut against the Mets (Win, 1.80 ERA, 8 Ks); Dinelson Lamet faced a Cubs team trying to get back on track. Lamet looked comfortable and continued his success. He held the lead until the top of the fifth inning, he gave up a solo shot to Kyle Schwarber. That tied the game at two runs apiece. In the bottom of that inning, the Padres got their pitcher back in line for the win, tacking on four more runs.
Through his first two starts, Lamet has a 2-0 record, 2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts to just three walks.
Lamet had success at Triple-A El-Paso before arriving in San Diego. In eight games started, he posted a 3-2 record, a 3.23 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 50 strikeouts and 20 walks. Now, with Jered Weaver (hip) and Trevor Cahill (shoulder) on the disabled list, it looks as though Lamet could stick in the rotation awhile after his first two performances.
On The Farm
Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets
2017 stats: .324/.377/.498, 14 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 37 RBI, 17 BB, 37 K, 0 SB at Triple-A Las Vegas
Dominic Smith has been on a tear lately. In his last five games, Smith has a .474 AVG, six runs, two home runs and 10 RBI for the Las Vegas 51s. Even with all the success he is having in the minors, Smith is unlikely to be called up until rosters expand. The one thing that could accelerate his promotion is an injury on the big league club or a trade. Lucas Duda has already been on the disabled list this year with an elbow injury.
The Mets have a litany of injuries to their starting staff. And they may have to make some decisions in a month. Right now, the Mets are sixth in the Wildcard standings, seven games behind the Diamondbacks. With the way the Nationals are playing, the Mets could become sellers at the deadline. Either way, Smith should be a lock to be the Mets starting first baseman at the start of the 2018 season.
Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
2017 stats: .208/.345/.250, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 SB at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
As Chase Headley has struggled to five hits in his last eight games, some are calling for Phenom Gleybar Torres. Torres did well in Double-A, slashing .273/.367/.496 with five home runs, 18 RBI, and five stolen bases. Since being promoted to Triple-A, Torres has not fared so well. While it is a small sample size (seven games), he is still finding his way at the advanced level. Torres is the future shortstop of the Yankees. But for now, they need to let him get a little more time in the minors. Still only 20 years old, he should get the call when rosters expand late in the season. The way the Yankees are playing, he may be on a roster that is competing for a World Series birth.
So there is the Week 10 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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