The 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report has seen some big name prospects go down with leg injuries. Andrew Benintendi got caught up at second base and injured his knee August 24. Yuliesky Gourriel injured a hamstring in his major league debut.
Gary Sanchez and Alex Bregman have settled into their major league roles nicely and continue to tear up major league pitching. Sanchez has hit nine home runs since being called up, while Bregman has hit safely in six of his last seven games with three home-runs.
The Nationals are enjoying the youth movement that has recently occurred, with Trea Turner thriving at the top of the lineup and A.J. Cole and Reynaldo Lopez pitching in their starting rotation. It looked like none of these guys would see the majors this season but they have made significant impacts for their team.
There is plenty of speed available from the Rookies recently called up to the big leagues. Did you add one of them to your roster?
Let’s take a look around the league to see which players can help your roster improve.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In the Majors
Jose Peraza, 2B, SS, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Peraza came up with a sizzling bat. He had 11 hits in four games with one home-run and two stolen bases. Peraza will most likely not exhibit much power but the steals and the on base/contact skills should be present for the remainder of the season. If you need the stolen bases pick him up now.
Yulliesky Gourriel, 3B, Houston Astros
Gourriel had a hit in his major league debut, but he also injured his hamstring and has been out for the past three games. He pinch hit August 24 but is still experiencing discomfort in his hamstring. The major league debut has not gone well for Gourriel owners. Hang tight. Gourriel could make an impact on a team but needs some time so settle in.
Keon Broxton, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Broxton is finally beginning to show the skills he teased in spring training. Broxton is hitting for power and stealing bases since coming off the DL. Broxton is taking playing time away from the other players in Brewers outfield. He will continue to hit and run for the remainder of the season.
The only downfall to Broxton is the strikeouts. He has struck out 11 times in the past week. If you can handle the Ks, then go pick him up now.
Reynaldo Lopez, SP, Washington Nationals
After two fantastic starts against the Braves, Lopez hit a speed bump. He allowed four runs in 2.2 innings and walked three batters and allowed seven hits. Lopez has the potential to strikeout 12, allowing no runs absolutely dominating the competition.
He also has the potential to blow up in under three innings. He will stay in the rotation but needs to be used only with favorable match ups.
AJ Cole, SP, Washington Nationals
Cole, the Nationals top Triple-A pitching prospect not named Lucas Giolito made a promising start August 22 and has tentatively been named the starter for Saturdays game in Colorado.
Cole struck out eight batters in seven innings, showing off a good fastball and control walking only two batters. He would lose the game after giving up five runs but he showed good value as a streaming starter. A start against the Rockies is not ideal, but anywhere outside of Coors, Cole could be a viable starter.
On the Farm
Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Seattle Mariners
I had originally thought Vogelbach’s trade to a new organization could clear a path to major leagues. I was wrong. Vogulbachs performance has plummeted since joining the Mariners Triple-A squad. He was hitting .338 for Chicago and is now hitting .223. He does have 10 hits in his last 10 at-bats, which is increasing his average, but he is struggling. It does not appear that Vogelbach will see any time in the big leagues this season, unless he brings his average up substantially.
Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox
I can tell you that Yoan Moncada has continued to tear up minor league pitching, but you already know that. Moncada was recently out for five days after injuring his ankle but has returned to the line up and made his second start at 3B.
This is an interesting development for Moncada. Travis Shaw has been unimpressive recently and Brock Holt is nowhere near the offensive talent Moncada is. Should he prove to be able to handle the position defensively, it may not be long before he breaks into the Red Sox big league lineup. If he is still hanging around on the waiver wire, he would be a great speculative add for the playoffs.
Jose de Leon,SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
De Leon continues to impress after a terrible start July 26. He has allowed five runs in his last four starts and has struck out 35 batters. With Rich hill still injured, Bud Norris often injured, and the ever present innings limit for Julio Urias looming large, De Leon seems ready to slot in if the chance arises.
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