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This has been an exciting first week of baseball with many unbelievable Stories. Sorry for the pun, I had to. Rookies have been heating up the diamond in the cold weather.

Trevor Story is off to an incredible pace six home runs in the first four games. In thirty two plate appearances Story has nine hits, seven home runs, 12 RBI, a walk and 11 strikeouts. Story just missed his 8th home run Wednesday sending a ball of the high fence in center field at Coors. His pace has been breakneck but is due to slow down soon.  At one home run per 4.57 at bats he had a very good first seven games.  

Some of 2016’s top rated rookies were called up over the weekend and made an immediate impact at the major league level. Nomar Mazara, Max Kepler, Mallex Smith were each called up this weekend to fill a roster spot for injured players. Which player did you pick up?

The minor league season is in full swing. The top starters are shaking off the rust and getting right into the action, trying to make their case for a call up.  The hitters are warming up the lumber trying to impress the big league club.  

Let’s take a look around the big league rosters to see rookies who are succeeding.

Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report

In The Show

Tyler White, 1B, Houston Astros

Tylers “white hot” bat has continued into the season. White has ten hits in fifteen at bats with three home runs and nine runs batted in. The Astros are loving his contributions.

Byung Ho Park, 1B, Minnesota Twins

Park was a prodigious power hitter, Park hit 37, 52, and 53 home runs the past three season in Korea. The Twins are hoping he can match that power output this season. Park homered for the first time Friday the 8th. He has collected three hits in thirteen  at bats with three walks and seven strike outs.  The length of his adjustment period will determine Park’s value to your team.  

Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota Twins

Kepler was recalled over the weekend after Danny Santana was placed on the D.L. Kepler can play all three outfield positions which gives the Twins options from with the bench. Kepler is not expected to get a lot of at bats right away but could earn more at bats. In one plate appearance before his start Wednesday night Kepler had a walk

Kepler hit .322 in 482 double-A at bats last season with a .947 OPS and .209 ISO. He will make solid contact and has developing power but with the lack of experience above AA they Twins may choose to ease him into the line-up.

Nomar mazara, OF, Texas Rangers

Mazara, the number two rated prospect in the Rangers organization would be called up this week depending on the condition of Shin Soo Choo. If the Rangers D.L. Choo Mazara could be brought up to fill the short bench the Rangers are currently employing.  Mazara has good contact skills, good power, and plays a solid OF.

In his big league day view Mazara went 3-4 with a home run. Thru Tuesday night Mazara was 6-13 with a home run and two runs batted in.

Domingo Santana, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

In 36 plate appearances Santana has eight hits, including two doubles, one home run, five walks and seven strikeouts. Santana will continue to start but his bat is starting slowly. Keep an eye on his progress.

Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Hazelbaker has been red hot for the Cardinals going 10-23 with two doubles, a triple, two home run, five runs batted in, and two stolen bases.  He is filling the void Randall Grichuck is leaving after a slow start.  Ride the wave while it is high.

Mallex Smith, OF, Atlanta Braves

In two games Mallex Smith is 1-7 with one caught steeling and a facial wound to go with the caught stealing. Smith is a speedster, compiling 57 stolen bases between two levels of the minor leagues in 2015. Smith will provide little power and is projected to bat no higher than .250 in the pros.

Jeanmar Gomez, RP, Philadelphia Phillies

Gomez earned his fourth save Wednesday.  The bullpen in Philly will be a roller coaster ride all season.  Who knows how many saves chances the team will have. Right now, Gomez is getting those opportunities. If you can pick him up he will give you saves but it may not be for long.

 

On The Farm

A.J. Reed, 1B, Houston Astros

Reed is off to a slow start. He has three doubles but only four hits. Reed does have four BB to three K which is a good sign.  Reed is seeing pitches, not pressing for hits. His bat will heat up.

Jose Peraza, SS, Cincinnati Reds

Peraza is 5-13 with a triple, one RBI. The stats look good until you see he has no steals but has been caught twice. I know it is only a few games in and he may need some time to ease into the season but stolen bases are suppose to be his specialty.  

Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers

Gallo was passed over for the call up to replace Choo. Gallo has seven hits, two doubles, one triple, two home runs, eight RBI, and maybe the best sign of improvement: four walks to six strikeouts.

Gallo can play a few different positions and creates line-up flexibility for the Rangers. He will see the big leagues at some point.

Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

First start of the season was a good one.  Five innings pitched, six strike outs, three walks, one earned run, with three hits allowed.  A decent first start.  More than a strike out per inning is a plus. The three walks are not what you would like to see from him but it is his first start so he may take some time to get his control going. Three hits allowed is encouraging.  

Juan Nicasio was shelled in his last start, and the middle relief for the pirates is week. If Nicasio continues to falter he could be pushed to a middle relief role and Glasnow could be brought up. Keep an eye on Nicasio’s starts.

Jose Berrios, SP, Minnesota Twins

First start of the season; Five innings pitched, nine strikeouts, four walks,  and one earned run with three hits allowed. Nine strikeouts is a great number.  The four walks are not a good number, but in his first start I am not too concerned.

Keep an eye on the Twins pitching staff. None of their starts have the strikeout potential Berrios does. 

Julio Urias, SP,  Los Angeles Dodgers

First start was very effective. Over five innings Urias had nine strikouts, zero walks, four hits, and zero earned runs.  Urias was in complete control. He has electric stuff but is very young.  The dodgers staff is holding together so far this season. If Urias continues to dominate it will be hard to keep him in the minors.   

Lucas Giolito, SP, Washington Nationals

Giolito threw four innings of one hit ball with four strikeouts and three walks.  He is pitching in double-A so he may not be the first pitcher to be called up.

Lance McCullers, and Vince Velasquez both came up from double-A last season and experienced varying degrees of success.  It could happen for Giolito, if the Nationals want to go that rout.

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