This weeks Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report will help you target players who could make an impact after the expansion of rosters that took place September 1. There are also many teams watching their playoff chances fade which will allow prospects to take starting roles for the remainder of the season in preparation for 2017.
Trades are still being made and the Yankees have continued to trade valuable pieces for minor league reinforcements. Ben Gamel, who was just named International League MVP, was traded to the Marlins for two young minor leaguers. Gamel could quickly get a chance in the Marlins outfield and help them in their chase for the wild card.
There may be some surprising names who have had great minor league seasons that will not see much, if any, playing time in September. Be careful who you add to your roster.
This is a great time to see which young stars could be earning playing time for next season. This is the time to target players you like for trades in the offseason or who to draft in 2017. Pay attention to who has a hot September and what positions are up for grabs
Lets take a look to see who can help you as the playoffs begin for your leagues.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In the Majors
Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Since being recalled by the Pirates, Bell has a hit in every game but five since August 20 with two doubles and a home run. Another great thing about Bell is that he rarely strikes out. Since August 20, he has struck out three times and walked seven. Bell will be getting at-bats most days. He is worth an add in in most leagues.
Alen Hanson, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Hanson was recalled August 30. Hanson had a decent season in Triple-A this season, hitting .266 with eight home runs and 32 RBI. Hanson’s value will not be in his bat but with his legs. He stole more bases, 36, than he drove in, and scored 58 runs. Hanson in behind Josh Harrison and Sean Rodriguez for playing time but if the Pirates are able to get him into the lineup, he can help you in the steals department.
Trea Turner, 2B, Washington Nationals
Trea Turner is owned in most leagues so you will most likely not be able to get him at this point, but he is having a great season and has made himself a target for offseason trades.Turner is hitting .344 with five home runs, 22 RBI, and 18 stolen bases. Turner has fared well at the top of the Nationals lineup and looks to be every bit as good as the hype.
Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
Swanson has a hit in every game he has started since being called up to the majors. He has shown little power, with only two extra base hits in 32 at-bats. Swanson seems to be adjusting to the big leagues well. He is not providing much Fantasy value but his ability to maintain production through September could prove he will be a viable Fantasy option in 2017.
Seth Lugo, SP, New York Mets
Lugo filled in well for Steven Matz so far going 2-0, allowing only two earned runs, 1.00 WHIP and struck out nine batters. He does not have overpowering stuff, so the K/9 will not be high but he has proven effective. He is a good streaming option in most leagues.
Reynaldo Lopez/A.J.Cole, SP, Washington Nationals
Lopez struggled in his recent starts and has been sent down to Triple-A. A.J. Cole has not been particularly good in his starts either but is slated to make another start September 2 against the Mets. With the rosters expanding, both could be up and continuing to fill a rotation spot until Stephen Strasburg is ready. At this point, these two are streaming options only.
Lucas Giolito, SP, Washington Nationals
Giolito got the start for Reynaldo Lopez August 28 and was less than stellar and was optioned back to Triple-A right after his start. Giolito allowed four earned runs in five innings, walked two and struck out two. Giolito is not scheduled to start in the upcoming days and looks to have little role in the Nationals playoff push.
On The Farm
Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox
— MLB (@MLB) September 1, 2016
Moncada continues to dominate Double-A pitching but and could see some time with the Red Sox as the rosters expand, but not in the way Fantasy owners are hoping. There is no easy fit for Mondada in the Red Sox lineup and he is still very young in his professional career. Dave Dombrowski made the statement that Moncada, if used at all, would be used as a pinch runner only.
John Farrell made the statement August 31 that nothing but positives can come from the promotion of Yoan Moncada on Friday. That seems to mean he he will do more than just pinch run as Dombrowski has currently professed. Third base has been a tough spot to fill for the Red Sox, so Moncada could be the plug the team is looking for. He is worth an add in all leagues.
Ben Gamel, OF, Seattle Mariners
Gamel was named MVP of the International league, hitting .309 with 19 stolen bases and 78 runs scored. After being traded to Miami, Gamel looks to have a chance to make a name for himself in the Mariners outfield. Gamel has already played six games in New York this season. He does not have a lot of power but will put the ball in play and could steal some bases in September.
Lewis Brinson, OF Milwaukee Brewers
Brinson has been hot since his trade from the Rangers, hitting .397 with four home runs and 17 RBI. Brinson is currently slugging .662 and sporting a .403 OBP.
The Brewers outfield is crowded right now but if given a chance to play, Brinson could take at-bats away from guys currently occupying starting positions.
Mitch Haniger, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Haniger was up with the big club but was sent down August 26. Haniger showed good power in 2016 by hitting 24 home runs with 89 RBI and a .676 slugging percentage in Triple-A. He did not hit any home runs in his 10 games with the Diamondbacks, but could be a valuable piece of the offense down the stretch. Haniger could be useful in deep leagues.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
After returning from injury, Renfroe was struggling at the plate but has turned it around. Since August 24, Renfroe has nine hits including two extra base hits and six RBI. With 28 home runs on the season, Renfroe has obvious power but the power swing has cooled in the last month. Once the power stroke returns, Renfroe should be in the Padres outfield making an impact.
Jose De Leon, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
De Leon continues to impress, yet received disappointing news from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts August 28. Roberts said De Leon would only be called up if the team has a need for him. The bad news for De Leon is that the Dodgers four injured starters each threw simulated games in Los Angeles on August 30. De Leon could be a target for next season. The hopes of coming up this season seem to be lessening each day.
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