In this week’s, 2016 Fantasy baseball Rookie report, call ups have been fast but many have not lasted. The adjustment period is often difficult for even the most talented prospects.
Many players who have been called up this week have been used to fill short term needs and teams have no intention of keeping them in the big leagues. The taste of the big leagues is good for the player and their development as the experience can be humbling. How the player handles the struggles will tell the organization a lot about who they are as a player and a person.
If you are a Brandon Drury owner, you are very happy with his performance. He has multi position eligibility, which means he creates flexibility for your line up. The Diamondbacks also have plenty of injuries/playing time questions. Drury is one of the constants for the D-backs line up so you can count on his production.
The super two deadline is coming closer. WIth all the call ups we have seen thus far, there could be many more to come for the teams worried about financial control. Make sure you are paying attention to the players who are proving themselves worthy of a spot in the bigs.
Let’s take a look around the league to see what is happening.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In The Majors
Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
Sanchez was called up on May 13, went 0-4 in the game and was promptly sent back to Triple-A on May 14. WIth the injury to Luis Severino, the Yankees needed a pitcher to replace him so the luxury of an extra bench bat was lost.
Sanchez was hitting .277 with five HRs and 21 RBIs in 127 PAs at Triple-A this season. That production is not exactly amazing but he is holding his own. The Yankees will look to Sanchez to be part of their young core going forward. His time will come soon.
Alen Hanson, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
One of the pirates top prospects, Hanson has been called up while Starling Marte has been placed on paternity leave. Hanson is an extra bat off the bench currently. In two pinch hit appearances, he has one hit and one run. He is not worth owning currently, but its best to wait until he is called up for a longer period.
Jose Peraza, 2B/OF, Cincinnati Reds
Peraza was called up to the Reds for four games and then sent down to Triple-A on May 18. He had plate appearances in all four games and earned three singles, but he did not attempt a stolen base. Speed is Peraza’s calling card so if he is not stealing bases, he will not hold much value for your Fantasy team.
Peraza is not worth owning now. If he comes later in the season and sees more at-bats, he may have a better chance at sticking in the line-up and seeing some success.
Steven Moya, OF, Detroit Tigers
Moya, a top hitting prospect for the tigers was called up on May 12. In 15 plate appearances, Moya has six hits, with a double, a triple and one RBI. Moya was swinging a hot bat this season in the minors and managed nine HRs and 24 RBIs while hitting .310.
Moya was striking out in 22-percent of his at-bats but only walking in three-percent of his at-bats. That will be something to be mindful of as he makes his way through the league as the pitching is only going to get more difficult. If he cannot consistently put the ball in play, it will be hard to find playing time. Keep an eye on Moya. If he keeps hitting he could be a viable third or fourth outfield option.
Steven Matz, SP, New York Mets
As reported by Marc Craig of News Day, Steven Matz has no ligament damage in his pitching arm. Matz will return Friday after receiving a cortisone injection in his pitching elbow. This is a great sign for the Mets, Matz, and your Fantasy team. The brewers are a light hitting team against lefties (.230 BA, .338 OBP and a .357 SLG%), so it is a good team to come back against.
Jonathan Gray, SP, Colorado Rockies
Gray is striking out batters at a high rate (11.3 K/9) and walking very few (2.20 BB/9), but his 4.71 ERA is not good, which is inflated by two bad starts at home. His ERA at home is 7.47 and 1.38 on the road. Gray is an extremely useful starter away from Colorado. If you can sit him at home except for good matchups and start him on the road, he can provide great numbers for you.
On The Farm
Alex Bregman, SS, Houston Astros
Bregman, another promising Astros Shortstop, has made a start at 3B for Double-A Corpus Christi. Currently, Bregman is tearing up Double-A, hitting .323 with eight HRs, 24 RBIs, and two stolen bases. To go along with the high average, he has great plate discipline which was evident by earning 15 walks to only nine Ks. He will not supplant Carlos Correa or Jose Altuve in the middle infield, but if he can play serviceable defense at 3B, he could make an impact at the major league level later in the year.
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
Benintendi was promoted to Double-A on May 15 by the Red Sox. In 155 High-A at-bats, Benintendi was slashing .341/.413/.563 with one HR, 32 RBIs, 30 runs scored and eight stolen bases. He was clearly ready for a new challenge. Double-A is still a long was from the Major Leagues but it is a good sign for his development. If you own him in a dynasty league, this could be an opportunity to sell high in order to win this year.
However, keep in mind that the Red Sox did promote Mookie Betts from Double-A on through to the majors in one season in 2014. If Benintendi continues to play at a high level, he could follow a similar path. In a redraft league it is too early to pick him up but there is a chance he could be seen in a Red Sox uniform this year.
Austin Voth, SP, Washington Nationals
With Lucas Giolito’s less than stellar performance in Double-A so far, Voth looks ready to join the big league rotation should the need arise. Through 39.1 innings this season, Voth has a 41/6 K/BB ratio and a 2.75 ERA. His BB/9 is 1.37, which demonstrates great control and that good control will help help him in the majors. Watch closely for his continued production as well as Giolito’s.
Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Both pitchers continue to dominate the competition. Taillon is less of a strikeout pitcher, but has a 1.04 BB/9 through 43.1 innings to go along with a 2.08 ERA. Taillon did strike out 11 in his last outing though, so he does have strikeout potential. Glasnow is sporting a K/9 of 11.05 and a BB/9 of 4.09. The walks are what the Pirates need Glasnow to improve on.
Glasnow’s control has been sporadic. In four outings, Glasnow has walked two or less. In the other four he has walked three or more. If Glasnow can find his control, he would have the edge over Taillon. One of these pitchers should be up by the end of June.
Jose Berrios, SP, Minnesota Twins
Berrios had a disappointing taste of the major leagues. In his last start, Berrios was only able to get two outs before allowing seven earned runs. He pitched to a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings, amassing 7.20 BB/9 and 12.00 K/9. Berrios has big strikeout potential, but the control was lacking in his four appearances. Berrios has struggled with control this year but has shown better control in the past. In 2015, Berrios had a 1.67 BB/9 in 75.2 Triple-A innings.
Berrios will look to get his control back in the minors and should be able to earn his way back to the majors. He will be motivated to work through his issues, so hold on to him as it will pay off.
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