This week’s Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report saw two rookies make history August 13, hitting back-to- back home runs in their first career at-bats. Add this feat to the list of the Rookies making noise this season.
Alex Bregman is fine! His owners can all breathe easy. Bregman has settled into his role and become very comfortable at the plate. He has five multi-hit games this month, one home run and six RBI. Bregman is striking out at least once a game but that should improve as he continues to get used to big league pitching.
Dansby Swanson, a key trade chip and major coup for the Atlanta Braves from the off season, has been called up to the big leagues seemingly for the remainder of the season. Swanson has been on the fast track to the big leagues since being drafted. The future is now the Braves shortstop position.
Most of these players are still available on the waiver wire. If power is a category your team needs, and who doesn’t need more power, this weeks list has a few rookies that can make a difference on your roster.
Let’s take a look at which rookies are shining this week.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In the Majors
Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
Sanchez is getting every day at-bats in the new look Yankee line-up. Sanchez has hit three home runs in his past three games and is hitting .302 with six RBI. Still only owned in 26% of leagues, Sanchez is worth an add in all leagues.
Sanchez has hit four home runs in the past four games. The Yankees have also announced that Sanchez will now be the primary catcher. Things are looking good for Sanchez and his owners.
Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
Swanson was called up August 17 to man shortstop after Erick Aybar was traded. Swanson was drafted No. 1 in the 2015 Amateur Player draft and has made as high as Double-A this season. Swanson had two hits in his major league debut. Welcome to the big leagues, Dansby.
In Double-A, Swanson hit .261 with eight HRs, 54 runs scored, 45 RBI, and six stolen bases. The Braves have very little offensive threats besides Freddie Freeman. Swanson was not dominating Double-A pitching, but the Braves will let him grow in the big leagues. He is worth an add in deeper leagues.
Tyler Austin, 1B, New York Yankees
Austin made his presence felt in his first at-bat in the big leagues hitting a home run to right field while down in the count. Austin looks to see a majority of time at first base due to Mark Teixeira’s injuries and inability to stay on the field. Austin was hitting .323 with 13 HRs and 49 RBI. In deep mixed leagues or AL-only, Austin is a good player to add.
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
Judge followed up Austin’s home run with a monster shot of his own to center field. Judge is a monster physically and has the power potential to match his stature. With the trade of Carlos Beltran and the release of Alex Rodriguez, Judge has a spot locked in right field.
Judge hit safely in his first three games with two home runs and a double. The power potential is great enough to add in all leagues. He will earn his fair share of strikeouts but the power is worth the risk.
On the Farm
Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
Mejia’s hit streak finally came to an end at 50 games. A very impressive streak at any level for any player.
Yuliesky Gourriel, 3B, Houston Astros
Gourriel is on the fast-track to the big leagues. He struggled in five games in Double-A but has found his stroke again in Triple-A, already homering and scoring two runs. After a few more games at Triple-A, Gourriel should be called up to start at 3B, hitting near the middle of the line up for the Astros.
It could be this weekend or next weekend depending on how he hits. No matter what, he is coming soon. He is worth a flyer in all leagues.
Manny Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
Margot lost an eight game hitting streak August 15. Margot is hitting .309 in Triple-A with 25 stolen bases. Margot’s SB pace has really slowed down though. He has only stolen one base in the month of August. His value will be in his speed when brought to the big leagues. If he isn’t running, it will be hard to roster him.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
Renfroe has 33 2Bs, 27 HRs and 94 RBI so far in Triple-A. Renfroe will be an impact bat when finally called up to the big leagues. I am not sure what the padres are waiting for but Renfroe’s bat is ready for a new challenge. He should be called up soon.
Jharel Cotton, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Cotton is a strikeout machine. In 118 innings, Cotton has struck out 140 to 35 walks. Cotton does give up runs in his outings but the strikeout stuff is undeniable. Should the Dodgers need a pitcher, Cotton could provide the team with some innings.
Jose De Leon, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Another Dodgers prospect with big strikeout stuff, De Leon has struck out 78 batters in 64.2 innings. De Leon has been solid in 2016 after returning from injury, having allowed no more than three runs in one start. De Leon should be the first pitcher called up if the need arises.
Josh Hader, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Hader was dominating hitters in Double-A, making it look like he would be pitching in the Majors sooner rather than later. Hader has run into some trouble in Triple-A, making that trip to the Majors look less likely.
In Double-A, hader was striking out 11.53 batters per nine, walking 3.00 batter per nine, and had a 0.95 ERA. The Triple-A hitters have not been so nice to Hader. He is still missing bats at a high rate (11.03 K/9) but walking 4.50 batters per nine. The Brewers could use a dominant starting pitcher, but Hader is not there yet. Once he cuts down the walks, he will be a formidable starter.
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