The prospects called up recently have been hot at the plate, helping to power their team,and yours, through the dog days of summer. Some have struggled but look to turn their fortunes around and get back to the success they have experienced in the minor leagues.
An international bat with power potential is climbing the minor league ladder. Will Yulieski Gourriel experience the same level of success in the big leagues as he did in International play with Cuba? His professional career in the United States is off to a fast start.
Andrew Benintendi made his major league debut and has not looked back. Benintendi knows how to hit and has increased the danger and potency of the Red Sox big league lineup. Benintendi has three multi hit games with back to back three hit games August 8th and 9th. He has only struck out three times in 16 at bats and has stolen one base. How quickly the league adjusts and how well Benintendi makes his adjustments to the opposing team’s game plan will determine his worth for the remainder of the season. Enjoy the success and go get him wherever you can.
Take a look at your roster. What area needs a boost? Take a look at the players mentioned below. Which player meets the category(s) you are in need of? Some owners may not trust the uncertainty of a player with no track record to help them down the stretch. Utilize the players available to pass them by.
There is no shortage of prospects making an impact on fantasy rosters in your leagues. These are the guys to target if your team is in need of a youth infusion.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In The Majors
Gary Sanchez, C New York Yankees
Sanchez will receive a majority of the starts down the stretch with Mccann taking the DH spot after the departure of Carlos Beltran and the Arod release. Sanchez had a hit in his first four games since being recalled by the yankees with three doubles. Sanchez was hitting .282 with 10 HR and 50 RBI in AAA before being called up. Sanchez is a good option in a two catcher league or AL only.
Alex Bregman, SS/3B, HOuston Astros,
After a rough introduction to the big leagues, Bregman is beginning to hit like he has all season.in the minors. Bregman has a four game hit streak going, with three doubles and two RBI. If you held onto him then you will be rewarded for your loyalty. If you traded for him, you made a smart move acquiring a player who can make an immediate impact on your roster.
Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Arcia has a five a game hit streak going into August 10th’s game. He has one double and two RBI but no stolen bases yet. An encouraging sign got Arcia is his three walks with four strikeouts in seven games. His patience will be important as he needs to get on base to steal bases. Arcia has limited power, and most likely won’t kill your average, but stolen bases is the category he can make an immediate impact in. If you need steal’s he is a good add in most leagues.
Travis Jankowski, OF, San Diego Padres
Jankowski is another one category player but can help your team dominate that one category. Jankowski is going to receive every day playing time throughout the end of the season. He currently is at 24 stolen bases, with three in the past week. Jankowski is only owned in 17% of leagues. He is the best bet to help your team gain points in the steals category.
David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies
If you picked up Dahl off the waiver wire before his call up you have been rewarded. Not only has he made a fantasy impact but he has had an amazing start tof his big league career. Dahl has put together a 15 game hitting streak beginning his first start.
Dahl has one 2B, two 3B, three HR, seven RBI, and 15 runs scored. He striking out 29% of the time and walking only 4%, which is concerning, hut he has an OBP of .403 and is slugging .610. Those amazing numbers but will almost certainly will experience regression. Even at a 50 point drop, Dahl would still be slashing .350/.550. He is owned in just under 50% of leagues. Pick him up if he is still out there.
Luke Weaver, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Weaver will get a start Saturday against the Cubs filling in for injured Michael Wacha. This is not an ideal for a guy making his first major league start but Weaver. Weaver has been very good this season in AA and one start at AAA. In 83 innings Weaver has a 1.30 ERA with 92 strikeouts against only 12 walks. Weaver could be an intriguing add if he gets more than one start.
Alex Reyes, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Reyes has been told he will pitch out of the bullpen for the Cardinals for the immediate future. That could change if Weaver were to struggle. Reyes brings the heat and has the ability to be a dominant starter or pitcher. His control is a work in progress. At 4.46 BB/9 that is not a number that would most likely improve against more advanced hitters and tighter strikezones. Monitor his appearances out of the pen and watch to see what happens with Weaver.
ON the Farm
Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
Mejia has kept his hitting streak alive making it 48 games as of August 9th. Mejia is years away from the majors but this streak should highlight the ability that Mejia has as a catcher and should increase his value in dynasty leagues.
Yulieski Gourriel, 3B, Houston Astros
Gourriel has been promoted to AA after hitting .381 with a 1.014 OPS between A and High A. Gourriel signed for 47.5 Million on July 15 and will be fast tracked to the Majors. He is an experienced international hitter who should hit for power and average. Gourriel is currently owned in only 23% of Yahoo leagues. PIck him up now and expect him to play toward the end of August.
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
Judge hit safely in five of his six games since being reinstated from the 15 day DL. Judge has one home run and two doubles since returning with six RBI and four runs scored. Aaron Hicks is playing more frequently but is doing nothing stake his claim on the starting job. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Judge is, “A strong Candidate to be called up if he continues to hit.” He could be up this weekend or late next week if his bat stays hot. The power potential is huge, pick him up now to beat the rush after his call up is announced.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
Renfroe was struck on the Hand/wrist area by a pitch August 6th. X-rays were negative meaning he avoided serious injury. Renfroe is one of San Diego’s top prospects and will be eased back into action to make sure he will not do any further injury. Renfroe should be a 40 man roster call up for the Padres this season.
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