Week 7 Rookie Report: Coors Field Conundrum
Welcome to the SCFE Week 7 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 we look at another Colorado pitcher doing well. A little used relief pitcher in the Queen City, and two more rookies knocking on the major league door.
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 7 Rookie Report.
Week 7 Rookie Report
**Updated as of May 9
In The Show
Kyle Freeland, SP, Colorado Rockies
2017 stats: 7 GS, 3-2 W-L, 2.92 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 40 IP, 35 H, 18 BB, 26 K
So far this season, Kyle Freeland has held his own at home, and on the road. Even though he took the loss May 11, it was against the potent Cubs lineup. The biggest difference was that rookie Jeimer Candelario manned third base, while Kris Bryant slid to the outfield and Kyle Schwarber sat.
The one big takeaway from all of Freeland’s starts, is that he has only given up one home run so far. The walks are not helping him during games, and the strikeouts are not as high as you would like. But this kid could be a streaming option for deep leagues, as long as you keep expectations in check, and know an inevitable bad game is around the corner in Coors.
Wandy Peralta, RP, Cincinnati Reds
2017 stats: 14 APP, 1-0 W-L, 1.32 ERA, 0.59 WHIP, 13.2 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 19 K
The Cincinnati Reds bullpen is still a question mark because of how Bryan Price uses it. Still, Wandy Peralta has put together a nice season so far. In his 13.2 innings pitched, he’s put up an ERA of 1.32 with a 19:4 K/BB ratio.
So far the one thing holding Peralta back is that he is the lone lefty in the bullpen with Tony Cingrani on the 10-day disabled list. Not that he would be put in the closer role anytime soon with the four guys ahead of him. And then Robert Stephenson picked up his first save on May 6. So as of now, Peralta is a guy to have in your lineup to help with ratios. He soon might be employed in higher leverage situations, but with Price at the helm, it’s anyone’s guess.
On The Farm
Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
2017 stats: .326/.382/.528, 6 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 24 K, 4 SB at Triple-A Colorado Springs
Acquired last year from the Texas Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy deal, has been lighting up Triple-A since the trade. He is currently doing his best to get a call up to the bug league club, but so far is blocked. With Domingo Santana, Keon Broxton’s recent surge and Ryan Braun manning the outfield, it’s hard to envision him coming up unless an injury happens. Or maybe the Brewers can work out a trade before Braun gets his 10-and-5 rights on May 14.
For those may not know, 10-and-5 rights is when a player has 10 years in the league, and his last five years with the same club. Once this kicks in, he can veto any trade he feels like blocking. Until then he has a limited no trade clause. Some of the teams he can be traded to without his permission are the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks and Marlins.
Since the Dodgers were having talks with Milwaukee about Braun, those may be toned down with the recent emergence of Cody Bellinger. But if the Dodgers are serious about contending again, getting Braun’s bat in their lineup would certainly help. Especially with Adrian Gonzalez and his recent back troubles.
Franklin Barreto, 2B/SS, Oakland Athletics
2017 stats: .347/.396/.529, 4 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 9 BB, 38 K, 3 SB at Triple-A Nashville
Many thought Franklin Barreto would already be manning the keystone position for the Athletics by now. As he tore through spring training with a slash line of .481/.500/.667, he was sent back to the minors in favor of Jed Lowrie. Nothing against Lowrie, he’s been having a great season at the plate. But with the injury to Marcus Semien, it has left Chad Pinder and Adam Rosales to fill in at shortstop.
At some point, the A’s will have to look to get the youngster moved up to the major league club and see what he can do. One thing Barreto could do to help his cause is to cut down on the strikeouts. Another scenario is that when the A’s fall out of contention, they could trade Lowrie to a contender. That would open up the second base job for them to bring Barreto up.\
So there is the Week 7 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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