Welcome to the SCFE Week 3 Rookie Report. These articles will be for all the up-and-coming players to know out of the gate and in the future. I will look at rookies that are for the most part good for most 12-16 team roto and mixed head-to-head teams. If I put a rookie in that happens to be for a deeper format, say for you dynasty players out there, I will make sure and post it for that particular player, or players.
Not all rookies will be able to be able to help you in most categories like Corey Seager (NL Rookie of the Year.) But players like AL ROY Michael Fulmer, Edwin Diaz, Aledmys Diaz and Trevor Story were nice finds for players in all formats.
Players like Seager, Fulmer and Story become cornerstones of your fake franchises. Others are merely role players. And some may only be able to help you in certain stats, but every little bit helps during the long baseball season. Either way, it’s always nice to be the guy who can hit on that can’t miss prospect before your fellow league mates.
If you would like to see where these rookies rank that are in the majors, check out the Top 200 Rankings provided by Joshua Morgan to help you out. Maybe you’re looking for injury news. If so check out the Injury Report by Dylan Tully to see the latest updates.
Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help you right out of the gate to start the season in the Week 3 Rookie Report.
Week 3 Rookie Report
**Updated as of April 10
In The Show
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
2017 stats: .174/.296/.304, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Apparently, Andrew Benintendi was the hang up in the first deal the Red Sox tried to get done for Chris Sale in the off-season. Andrew Benintendi only needed 570 at-bats in the minors before being called up.
After being called up, Benintendi hit .295/.359/.476 with 14 RBI, two home runs and a stolen base. Speculation is that Benintendi could hit second in the lineup and see plenty of pitches ahead of Mookie Betts. During the spring, he hit .344/.423/.639 with 11 RBI, three home runs and a stolen base. The five tool rookie looks to be locked in for the beginning of the season.
Update: So he hasn’t quite put it together to begin the season. It’s nice to see a home run and stolen base in the stat line. Also encouraging is that he has three walks and only two strikeouts. He’s batted second or third in every game, and with a home stand coming up, I look for AB to bounce back from his slow start.
Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners
2017 stats: .242/.342/.576, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K, 1 SB
Coming over to Seattle in the Jean Segura trade, many wonder if Mitch Haniger will be the best player in the trade. He did not have a successful first run in the bigs with Arizona. In 2016, Haniger hit .229/.309/.404 with 17 RBI and five home runs. T
his spring with the Mariners, Haniger slashed .385/.429/.628 with 11 RBI, two home runs and three stolen bases. It’s a pleasant surprise to see him get some stolen bases as well. Now Haniger will settle into a very potent Mariners lineup and ready to help them with their pursuit of an AL West title and hopefully a championship run.
Update: Haniger has come out swinging, which is evident by his 11 strikeouts this season. While he’s going to strikeout and he’s not going to hit .285, you know you are going to get some power numbers with some stolen bases mixed in. The only way he doesn’t get more stolen bags is if he’s held up because he has mashers hitting behind him.
Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
2017 stats: .323/.382/.613, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 SB
Padres fans have been waiting to see Margot in action since the Craig Kimbrel trade. In 124 games at Triple-A El Paso last year, Manuel Margot slashed .304/.351/.426 with six home runs, 55 RBI and 30 stole bases. This year in Spring Training, Margot hit .242/.265/.364 with zero home runs, two RBI and one stolen base.
Now that the Padres have given up on actually competing, Margot is free to not worry about his roster spot. And the way he has come out, he is going to be a staple in the Padres outfield for a long time to come.
Update: Now this is what people expected from Margot once he got his chance. Much like Haniger, he’s going to have his fair share of whiffs. However, with the power numbers he will put up, you will be able to stomach the strikeouts. I also expect regression in his batting average, but he could still hit around .270 this season.
Koda Glover, RP, Washington Nationals
2017 stats: 4 APP, 0-1 W-L, 2.45 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 3 HLD, 0 SV
Well, Koda Glover did not get the closer role like many believed he would. Yet another questionable call on a long list for Dusty Baker. He came into this spring as a dark horse to get to the position, then he had a bad game. Another questionable call came when Dusty brought Glover into the game in the fifth inning and he got shelled.
Even with that blemish, Glover had 13 strikeouts and a 0.97 WHIP over 11.1 IP. Unfortunately he had five earned runs and a 3.97 ERA as well. Even so, it was Baker that talked about how good the kids’ stuff was. So I don’t believe that Blake Treinen will hold onto the job that long. Especially if Glover can keep those numbers up.
Update: Well, we’re a little more than a week in and Glover is still in the setup role. So far Blake Treinen is holding onto the closer role for now. Unless something drastic happens, Dusty Baker may go with Shawn Kelley if he makes a change. I still believe Glover has the superior stuff, and the Nationals did have an organizational meeting about who the closer would be. More of a speculative add for saves, but definitely a viable reliever in Holds leagues.
On The Farm
Francis Martes, SP, Houston Astros
2017 stats: 1 GS, 0-0 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K at Triple-A Fresno
Now that Carlos Correa is on the major league roster, Francis Martes is the Astros top prospect. The 6’1″ righty has all the makings of being a staff ace in a couple of years. Last year at Double-A Corpus Christi, Martes had a 9-6 record. In 125.1 innings pitched he had a 3.30 ERA with 131 strikeouts.
While most people have heard his name mostly attached to the Jose Quintana deal, it will not be long before you will be seeing him on the national stage. Whether that be sometime in the future with the Astros, or if the organization finally trades their prized pitcher to the White Sox.
Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS, Atlanta Braves
2017 stats: .250/.250/.375, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 SB at Triple-A Gwinnett
Being that he is only 20 years old, Ozzie Albies has impressed in the minors and this year in Spring Training. Last year, between two levels, Albies hit .292/.358/.420 with 53 RBI, six home runs and 30 stolen bases. He hit well this spring, albeit only in 17 at-bats. But he has made the most of them, slashing .353/.476/.412.
Now the top prospect in the Braves system since his double-play partner (Dansby Swanson) has already graduated. The organization has come out and said that once Albies is ready, no one will keep him from the majors. This is bad news for Brandon Phillips, since he was pushed out to make room for another youngster (Jose Peraza) in Cincinnati.
So there is your Week 3 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back next week for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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