Week 6 Rookie Report: Smooth Cuban Rolling
Welcome to the SCFE Week 6 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’m looking at a guy that had a slow start to the season. A guy I thought had a shot to make the Opening Day rotation, and a couple more hot hitters at Triple-A which will get their shot this 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 6 of the season in the Week 6 Rookie Report.
Week 6 Rookie Report
**Updated as of May 2
In The Show
Yulieski Gurriel, 1B/3B, Houston Astros
2017 stats: .321/.352/.476, 7 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 SB
After scuffling to start the season, Yulieski Gurriel is starting to heat up over the last few weeks. Since April 19, Gurriel is hitting .372/.413/.558 with five doubles and one home run. Look for Gurriel to be getting into the lineup regularly during this heater. If you are looking for a corner infielder, look his way. It is entirely possible that someone jumped ship early with his struggles, and he is just sitting on your wire.
Ty Blach, SP, San Francisco Giants
2017 stats: 9 APP, 0-1 W-L, 2.55 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 10 H, 6 BB, 5 K
I had Ty Blach in the mix to compete for the final rotation spot in San Francisco before the season. The Giants went with the veteran Matt Cain for that spot and sent Blach back down. Since Cain’s first start where he gave up four earned runs, he has given up one or fewer in his last four games. It looks as though he will remain a solid option for the Giants. Then the Giants were dealt a blow by losing ace Madison Bumgarner with a shoulder injury due to a dirt bike accident. He will miss at least the next three months recovering.
Enter Blach. Until Bumgarner returns, his position in the rotation will be filled by Blach. In his two starts, he has compiled a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings pitched, with three strikeouts and three walks. Having only given up seven hits in those contests, it bodes well for his success. If you are looking for a solid starter in a pitchers park, or trying to weather the storm if you lost Mad Bum, go out and get Blach while you can. You just may want to shy away from starting him at the Reds on May 6.
On The Farm
Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox
2017 stats: .314/.385/.500, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 10 BB, 30 K, 6 SB at Triple-A Charlotte
When you trade away a Top 5 pitcher, you want to get as much of a sure fire prospect as you can. Well so far, Yoan Moncada has been just that. As part of the haul the White Sox received for lefty ace Chris Sale, Moncada has been tearing up Triple-A. The average is great, he’s getting the extra base hits, and he has stolen six bases and only been caught twice. His biggest weakness is obviously his high strikeout total. In his call up with Boston last year, he struck out 12 times in his 19 at-bats. Yikes. But in fairness it was his first taste of the majors. Moncada is going to be up sooner rather than later. Just know that his immense upside comes with a high strikeout total.
Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets
2017 stats: .409/.452/.527, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 13 K, 7 SB at Triple-A Las Vegas
With all of the injuries piling up in The Big Apple, Amed Rosario should be getting a call shortly. The Mets, as a whole, are not getting on base as much as they should be. And when they are, they are not able to put pressure on the opposing pitcher by stealing any bases. The Mets have an OBP of .295 and a team total of nine stolen bases in 26 (11-15) games. Amed Rosario could help the big league club with his current .452 OBP and seven stolen bases in 26 games played.
Not only would he provide some much needed hitting, he offers speed and defense at a position the needs him. Asdrubal Cabrera is already having hamstring issues, so he fills a need. And with the much documented Mets pitching injuries, they will need to score more runs. They are finally reaping benefits of playing youngster Michael Conforto. So it may be time for another injection of youth to the roster.
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