Welcome to the SCFE Week 18 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 in 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 take a trip to the Mile High City. A Phillies rookie that is giving the team a boost. And a couple of middle infield prospects, one that could be part of a major deal in the coming days.
Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help in the Week 18 Rookie Report.
Week 18 Rookie Report
**Updated as of July 25
In The Show
Jeff Hoffman, SP, Colorado Rockies
2017 stats: 11 GS, 6-2 W-L, 5.10 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 65.1 IP, 65 H, 21 BB, 55 K
It has been a weird year for Jeff Hoffman. In his first five starts, Hoffman’s ERA was 2.05, with 34 strikeouts, six walks, and a 4-0 record. In his last six games, dating back to June 21, Hoffman has an ERA of 7.83, with 19 strikeouts, 15 walks, and a 2-2 record. His latest start was a total disaster against a surging Pirates team. They hung seven runs on nine hits, and Hoffman only managed three innings.
Hoffman just needs to find his control again. Pitching at Coors Field is never easy, especially for a rookie. So, if he could get his command under control, I believe he could be the guy we saw in his first five outings. The good news is, as long as he’s on the Rockies, their lineup is potent enough to get him wins on days he doesn’t have it.
Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
2017 stats: .303/.345/.592, 4 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 5 BB, 20 K, 0 SB
Since being called up on June 30, Nick Williams has been on a tear. In his last 10 games, Williams is batting .350, with three home runs, and 16 RBI. For a team dead last in the standings and rebuilding, Nick Williams and Odubel Herrera are everyday players you want to see play.
Entrenched in rebuilding, the Phillies are hoping that the tanking will get the team back to relevancy. Just like it has worked for the Astros and Cubs, and has the White Sox on track, the Phillies have some good young players in the pipeline. If Williams is available, pick him up as he should be in the lineup from here until the end of the season.
On The Farm
Jorge Mateo, 2B/SS/OF, New York Yankees
2017 stats: .323/.404/.556, 8 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 12 BB, 24 K, 10 SB at Double-A Trenton
Since being promoted to Double-A Trenton, Jorge Mateo has proven why he was a Top 100 prospect in 2016. Now, with a refined approach, he is certainly garnering interest in trade talks with Oakland for Sonny Gray. Mateo has been working in centerfield, and some in the Yankees organization thinks he could be an elite defender there.
While he is a shortstop, the Yankees have Didi Gregorius at the major league level, and Gleyber Torres waiting in the wings. Even though he is injured, Torres is the future shortstop of the Yankees. The Athletics are deep in discussions with several teams, but as of now, it’s the Yankees and Braves. The A’s have asked about Ronald Acuna from the Braves, and I can’t see them moving him, even for Gray. I look for the Yankees to make the A’s an offer they feel comfortable with in the coming days.
Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins
2017 stats: .295/.363/.448, 23 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 51 RBI, 38 BB, 90 K, 11 SB at Double-A Chattanooga
One of Minnesota’s top prospects coming into 2017, Nick Gordon is starting to develop extra-base power. While he won’t have the speed and stolen base potential of his brother, Dee Gordon, he will still be solid in the category. Some believe down the road he will need to move to second base to accommodate Royce Lewis if they are both still with the team.
Until then, it looks like Gordon will be on track to win a starting job next spring. If he continues this trend, it should be no problem for him to beat out Jorge Polanco for the shortstop position.
So there is the Week 18 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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