In this week’s 2016 Fantasy Baseball rookie report, Fantasy owners experienced a flurry of call ups and trade action. The Aroldis Chapman trade involved the cubs number one rated minor league prospect, as well as two other minor league prospects and Adam Warren. The Yankees system has received a nice boost but all prospects involved in the deal are in no danger of making a Fantasy impact this season.
Should other big name players be dealt, like Chris Sale, Carlos Beltran or Jonathan Lucroy, there could be many more top prospects moving organizations. These trades could also open up spots on the field for players currently in the team’s organization.
Prospects are more valuable than ever. Teams handle them with kid gloves and prolong their call-up to manage monetary value. This season has not seen the production level of last years rookie class but this season has seen call ups early and often.
For teams that are out of the playoff race, Fantasy owners could begin to see more of the young talent get at-bats at the major league level. Teams could wait until rosters expand to bring up some players, like the Padres, but other teams may bring up big names prospects early to get them the experience to build on the 2017 season.
Pay attention to the waiver wire. Stay informed on trade and call up rumors. PIck a player/players you like and absorb as much information as you can about them. Let’s take a look around the league to see who can potentially help your team.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In the majors
Alex Bregman, SS, Houston Astros
Bregman made his debut July 25. Bregman was tearing up the minors hitting 20 HRs with 61 RBI and 71 runs scored between Double-A and Triple-A. The Astros will do their best to get Bregman in the line up. Bregman has received starts at shortstop, third, and OF in the minors. The Astros will move him around the field to get him him in the lineup.
Bregman is an impact bat who’s debut has been highly anticipated. There are most likely few leagues where he is available. If you traded him before his first start, then you probably got a good player or players in return for him. In a redraft league, he may not be worth a trade depending on how he starts off, but in a keeper/dynasty league, he is highly valuable and is an excellent target at the trade deadline.
Joey Gallo, 3B/OF, Texas Rangers
The Rangers have called up Gallo again. With all the injuries on the Rangers current roster, Gallo looks to be up to stay. He homered July 26 going 1-4. Gallo has improved his plate discipline but will still strikeout frequently. The power is hard to turn down. If he is available pick him up.
Tyler Naquin, OF, Clevelad Indians
Naquin started the season as a long shot to stay in the Indians line-up. Naquin is currently making the Indians forget about Michael Brantley and making a push for Rookie of the Year.
Since the beginning of June, Naquin has been on fire, hitting all 12 of his home runs and 10 of his 12 doubles. Naquin never hit more than 10 home runs in a season so this is a breakout for him. Naquin is owned in 53% of leagues on Yahoo, so owners have taken notice of his hot bat. If he is still available in your league, pick him up..
David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies
Dahl was called up July 25. The move seems to signal a trade could be coming involving Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez. With Gerrardo Parra injured, Dahl should see playing time for now. If one of the two Colorado stars are traded, Dahl would take over the open position full time.
Dahl has two hits in his first two starts. How long does Dahl stay in the majors? It is hard to tell. If no trade is made, there is no spot for him in the line up. The power potential and speed that Dahl offers, 18 HRs and 17 SB between Double-A and Triple-A this season, is hard to ignore. Stash him in every league.
Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Glasnow was pulled early from his start July 23 with a shoulder issue. He has not undergone any tests so it does not seem to be serious as of now. He should be able to come off the DL as soon as the stint is over. The team is being cautious with Glasnow, so there does not seem to be a serious issue.
Zach Eflin, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Eflin has had a very up and down season but has been quietly effective. In his eight starts, he has authored six quality starts. His first start was atrocious but he has not allowed more than three in his past seven starts. Eflin is not a big strikeout pitcher but shows good control. Eflin struggled in his July 27 start, giving up seven earned runs in five innings. It was only his second start allowing more than three earned runs.
Eflin is only 28 percent owned so he is most likely available in your league. Eflin is worth the risk in Deep and NL-only leagues.
Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland Athletics
Manaea had a rough beginning to his big league career but has been serviceable in his past few starts. In 12 innings against the Blue Jays and the Astros, two good offenses making playoff pushes, Manaea gave up only two runs, struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter. He still throws up some clunkers, but he can be a useful starter at the back-end of your rotation and a good streaming option.
On the Farm
Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
Torres was the key piece in the Aroldis Chapman trade. The Yankees are hoping he is the shortstop of the future. He is currently 19 and playing at High- A so he will not make an impact on your Fantasy team unless you play in a dynasty league.
Torres has good speed (19 SB) and decent power (nine HRs). It will be a few years before we see Torres making an impact in Fantasy Baseball but he is considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball.
Manny Margot/Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
Both players have hit very well at Triple-A. After the Melvin Upton trade, Fantasy owners would be correct and excited to assume that one of the two would be recalled by the big club. These capricious owners would be incorrect for the time being. GM A.J. Preller has made the statement that the immediate opening in the outfield would be filled by Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski. Dickerson has performed well in his short time in the bigs but is not as exciting a prospect as either Margot or Renfroe.
As upsetting it is to hear that the call-up will not take place, Preller did say they both would most likely debut as September call-ups. Renfroe has torn up Triple-A pitching and offers the most power potential of the pair while Margot provides good contact skills and elite speed.
Renfroe will give you the counting stats but Margot could also be useful if you need a boost in steals. No need to pick either up now but as September draws closer, roster assessment should tell you which player can help your team the most.
Clint frazier/Bradley Zimmer,OF, Cleveland Indians
Two of Cleveland’s Top 10 prospects and both have been promoted to Triple-A after excelling in Double-A.
Frazier: .276/ 13/ 48/ 13 with .194 ISO and .825 OPS
Bradley Zimmer: .253/ 14/ 53/ 33 with .218 ISO and .842 OPS
Both players provide good extra base power and have the potential to hit 20 or more home runs some day. Both run well but Bradley Zimmer was abusing Double-A catchers. It will be interesting to see how easily he steals bases as he moves up a level.
Both players strike out more than 20% of the time, with Zimmer striking out almost 30 percent of the time. Each hitter will need to improve on this to see time in the bigs but they possess a skill set to be a four category force. It is more than likely that neither will see big league time this season with the Indians in a pennant race but if either continues to shine in Triple-A, they could receive a September call up.
Jose De Leon, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
De Leon looked poised to receive a call-up to the Dodgers struggling rotation, striking out 29 betters in his previous three starts, posting a nine inning shutout July 20. July 25 was an entirely different story. De Leon struggled through 1.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs
That is a terrible day. We can chalk that one up to bad luck. De Leon has not allowed more than three runs in any of his previous starts. There is no sign that this trend will continue. It may push his call up to the majors back though.
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