Welcome to the SCFE Week 15 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, another former top prospect gets a chance with a World Series contender. A rookie first baseman on a surprising division leader. And another Cardinal pitching prospect making waves and Dodgers prospect hitting in the Pacific Coast League.
If you would like to see where these rookies rank that is 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 in the Week 15 Rookie Report.
Week 15 Rookie Report
**Updated as of July 4
In The Show
Brian Goodwin, OF, Washington Nationals
2017 stats: .261/.333/.504, 9 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 14 BB, 34 K, 1 SB
Former top prospect Brian Goodwin has been doing good as a fill-in for Jayson Werth. Now, with Trea Turner on the shelf for the foreseeable future with a wrist fracture, Goodwin could be in line to leadoff for the Nationals. In the leadoff role, Goodwin has batted .273 with one RBI and one run. On the season, Goodwin has slashed .261/.333/.504 with six home runs, 19 RBI, 17 runs and one stolen base.
Goodwin has been in the leadoff spot three times since Trea Turner’s injury. Michael Taylor has led off the other two. And with the way Taylor has been swinging the bat the last 10 games (.324, 8 runs 7 RBI, 6 BB, 3 SB ), they could split time at the top of the lineup. But Taylor could be moved lower to afford him more RBI opportunities.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers
2017 stats: .277/.343/.523, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 13 BB, 51 K, 0 SB
Jesus Aguilar has done well with his playing time to this point in the season. Slashing .277/.343/.523, with seven home runs and 26 RBI, he’s been a nice piece to a surprise division leader. Now, with Eric Thames cooling down, and Lewis Brinson sent back down, Aguilar could be in line for more playing time.
It does hurt his prospects that Ryan Braun is back in the outfield. But if he can keep hitting, the way Thames hit in June, could boost the youngster’s value. Keep an eye on the situation. The Brewers are going to go with the hot hand trying to hold onto the division lead.
On The Farm
Jack Flaherty, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
2017 stats: 6 GS, 1-1 W-L, 4.11 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 30.2 IP, 28 H, 11 BB, 35 K at Triple-A Memphis
Much like Luke Weaver dominated at Triple-A Memphis, Jack Flaherty has done the same in Double-A Springfield. His 7-2 record, 1.42 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 62 strikeouts, and 11 walks earned the youngster a promotion to Memphis. Across the two levels, Flaherty has an 8-3 record, 2.30 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 97 strikeouts, and 22 walks.
Now, he has also been selected to the All-Star Futures game in Miami. He has been a quick study and moved fast through the minor leagues. He could very much contend in Spring Training next year and could crack the Opening Day lineup. If he is available in your dynasty league, scoop him up now.
Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 stats: .350/.420/.469, 17 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 42 RBI, 35 BB, 31 K, 8 SB at Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers have yet another outfield bat waiting in the wings for the majors. Alex Verdugo is showing more and more promise at the plate. Not only is he slashing .350/.420/.469, he also has more walks (35) than strikeouts (31). With the emergence of Cody Bellinger and the stacked outfield the Dodgers have, Verdugo is unlikely to play in the majors this season, unless Chris Taylor falls off of a cliff, but he’s been hitting very well with his playing time.
However, the Dodgers have also looked into trading Yasiel Puig before too. So whether it’s his play or a trade, Verdugo should be trying for a regular spot on the 2018 squad.
So there is the Week 15 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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