Welcome to the SCFE Week 8 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 a former first round pick. Another Mile High pitcher and two more prospects that will have different paths to the majors.
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 7 of the season in the Week 8 Rookie Report.
Week 8 Rookie Report
**Updated as of May 16
In The Show
Alex Meyer, RP, Los Angeles Angels
2017 stats: 4 GS, 2-1 W-L, 5.59 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 19.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 21 K
Alex Meyer’s numbers aren’t anything to behold, until you look at his recent success. In his first two games, Meyer gave up eight runs in 7.2 innings pitched. In his last two starts (11.2 innings pitched), Meyer has a 2-0 record, 3.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 14 K, 7 BB (two BB in his latest start). It took a couple of starts, but Meyer seems to be settling in to the rotation. And with the injury ravaged Mets (21% K-rate) and Rays (30% K-Rate) on deck, he should rack up more strikeouts and possible wins. He will just need to keep the walks in check moving forward.
He should get a long look in the rotation with Tyler Skaggs out 10-12 weeks (oblique) and Garrett Richards (biceps) hoping to return sometime in August. If you’re looking for some high strikeout upside, look no further than the former first-rounder out of Kentucky.
German Marquez, SP, Colorado Rockies
2017 stats: 4 GS, 1-2 W-L, 4.88 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 24 IP, 23 H, 8 BB, 21 K
Another week, another Rockies rookie pitcher on the list. Like Meyer, German Marquez’s overall numbers don’t wow you, but taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against a Cubs team is noteworthy. Yes, the champions are struggling, but that’s what you look for in matchups. Marquez allowed three hits and struck out eight batters to one walk. Looking at his strikeout potential, coupled with a good lineup backing him, you could see him start to pile up some wins really quickly. T
he arrow is definitely pointing up for the 22-year-old righty flamethrower. If he’s available in your league, dial him up in his next two starts at Minnesota (24% K-Rate) and at Philadelphia (25% K-Rate).
On The Farm
Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros
2017 stats: .326/.392/.567, 10 2B, 0 3B, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 14 BB, 39 K, 5 SB at Triple-A Fresno
There isn’t a lot of room for Derek Fisher to advance with his current club. All the while he just keeps hitting in the Pacific Coast League. Only 23-years-old, (turns 24 in August), he still has time to wait for a callup with the big league club. But the other possability for the outfilder would be a change of scenery via a trade. The Astros have been linked to the White Sox in a couple of trade scenarios, one for Chris Sale and one for Jose Quintana.
The Sale conversation was shot down once Alex Bregman’s name was consistently brought up. Sale was eventually traded to the Red Sox. Now, the Astros may turn to a Jose Quintana deal. That deal could easily be centered around a player like Fisher. So as Fisher seems to be headed for a 20-20 season, he may have to wait just a little bit longer before his call to the majors happens. Which team that will be for is the question.
Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
2017 stats: .333/.403/.604, 9 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 13 BB, 23 K, 0 SB at Double-A Portland
The Red Sox third base woes continue. They may wait for Pablo Sandoval to get back and see if he can get it going and save them from possibly looking for some outside help. Or, if Sandoval isn’t cutting it, the Sox could turn to their future third baseman a little earlier than expected. Rafael Devers is doing his best to get a promotion. And with the production coming from the hot-corner, he may get his big league start sooner rather than later.
Some will point out that he is still only 20-years-old and in Double-A. Others will say he’s probably more of a late season callup and on more of a 2018 projection. But that has never stopped Dave Dombrowski from promoting players straight from Portland to the Red Sox. Recent players who have been fast tracked were Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada. Maybe soon the youngster will be manning the hot-corner for Boston.
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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