Welcome to the SCFE Week 22 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, a rookie making his major league debut for his new team. A Cardinal outfielder looking for more playing time. And a couple minor leaguers looking for a September callup.
Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help in the Week 22 Rookie Report.
Week 22 Rookie Report
**Updated as of August 22
In The Show
Lucas Giolito, SP, Chicago White Sox
2017 stats: 1 GS, 0-1 W-L, 6.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K
Lucas Giolito made his White Sox debut August 22. While he took the loss against the Twins, they are winners of 14 out of their last 20 games. Giolito has seen his stock drop since before he was traded from the Nationals. And even this year he got off to a rough start. While he is 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA this year at Triple-A Charlotte, he also has 134 strikeouts in 128.2 innings pitched.
That’s good enough for just over nine strikeouts per nine innings. He still needs to get the walks under control, which during his debut he didn’t walk anyone. But he did give up three home runs. This outing wasn’t as much trying to get him the win, but to see how he has progressed. The White Sox will be evaluating all of the young talent they have compiled the rest of the season. Don Cooper usually fixes pitchers once he gets them in the system. Giolito may not be the top-of-the-rotation guy once believed, but he could easily settle into the middle of a rotation for years to come.
Jose Martinez, 1B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
2017 stats: .285/.353/.508, 8 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 20 BB, 42 K, 2 SB
While Cardinals outfielders have been being rotated regularly, Jose Martinez is making a case for more regular playing time. Martinez is a little older for a rookie, but the 29-year-old is finding his way. Acquiring him from the Royals in 2016, he only had 16 at-bats at the major league level. In his major league time, he has had 195 at-bats and slashed .297/.365/.508. Pretty good numbers for someone playing part time.
Maybe Martinez will get some more time moving forward, it all depends on the play of their other outfielders. Stephen Piscotty is mired in the .240 area, Martinez makes for a better starting option than him at the moment. The problem is Randal Grichuk has been on fire since coming back from Triple-A. And the Cards also have Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham to work in.
On The Farm
Chance Adams, SP, New York Yankees
2017 stats: 19 GS, 10-4 W-L, 2.69 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 103.2 IP, 67 H, 38 BB, 95 K at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Chance Adams could be looking at a September promotion. The Yankees have a 2.5 game lead in the Wild Card standings. And Adams could be useful out of the pen. In his last 10 outings, Adams is 5-2 with a 3.05 ERA, 43 strikeouts, and 20 walks. He will definitely need to get the free passes under control. But having his dynamic stuff come out of the bullpen would be a nice weapon to have for the playoffs.
Between Double-A and Triple-A, Adams numbers are impressive. Going 14-4 with a 2.27 ERA, with 127 strikeouts and a .182 batting average against. Look for Adams to compete for a starting rotation spot next year.
Scott Kingery, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
2017 stats: .311/.345/.495, 9 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 9 BB, 48 K, 8 SB at Triple-A Lehigh Valley
Scott Kingery is a player that may not get the call in September. But he’s doing his best to force the Phillies hand. Some have suggested that he make a move to the outfield. Wherever he plays, his bat and speed would play anywhere. between two levels this season, Kingery has hit .312/.365/.559 with 26 home runs, 64 RBI, and 27 stolen bases.
If there is a downside, he does have 99 strikeouts as well. But in today’s league, that can be forgiven. Look for Kingery to compete for a starting job with the Phillies next season.
So there is the Week 22 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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