This week’s 2016 MLB Rookie Report has seen a lot of action. The MLB Draft took place and A near No-Hitter was thrown by a rookie his second big league start.
With the first pick in the 2016 MLB draft the Philadelphia Phillies selected OF Mickey Moniak. Passing on College Arms and college hitters. Will he be the next Mike Trout. The Phillies hope so. It could be many years before he sees a major league pitch but his upside was hard for the Phillies to ignore.
At this point a call up is most likely past the super 2 deadline. Fantasy owners can expect prospects to be called up more frequently than we have already seen. Blake Snell and Jameson Taillon have already returned to the majors. Jose Peraza has been called up. Will he be the next Billy Hamilton? Could we see A.J. Reed come to the majors soon.
The pretenders like Tyler White and Jeremy Hazelbaker, who started out hot, have cooled significantly and regressed to their mean. The real deal players like Nomar Mazara and Aledmys Diaz have continued to hit and are driving your teams to the playoffs. Hopefully you have made good decisions about any rookies you have chosen to add to your roster.
Let’s take a look around the league to see who can help your team this week.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In The Majors
Peter O’Brien, C/LF, Arizona Diamondbacks
O’Brien was recalled June 10 and has had four starts since then. He has struggled to put the bat on the ball. In 14 at bats he has one hit but it was a three run home run. O’Brien strikes out a lot, 27.1% in AAA this season. He has the swing and miss propensity but has light tower power. Once he makes the adjustments the HR will come. He is ownable in 14 team leagues or deeper. He is worth a spot on the bench waiting for his power to be unleashed.
Tommy Joseph, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies
A 2009 2nd round pick. Joseph has claimed the Phillies starting first base job by wielding a scorching hot bat. He has hit seven HR in 25 games with 12 RBI and ten runs scored. Joseph has seen a large power increase this season. He has 13 HR between two levels. The most home runs he has ever hit was 22 in 2011 in high A ball. The power may not last but it is worth riding the hot streak while it lasts.
Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox
Jimmy Rollins was merely a place-holder, until Tim Anderson was ready. Rollins was released and Anderson has been called up. He has a lot of speed, a little power, and good contact skills. He is putting the bat on the ball and has the speed to earn hits on infield grounders. He did steal 49 bases in 2015 at AA but that number may go down as the competition improves. Anderson did have 11 stolen bases so far this season at AAA. Anderson does not offer a lot of power but but the speed and contact skills are intriguing. Keep an eye on his progress.
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Kansas City Royals
At 1% owned in Yahoo leagues Cheslor Cuthbert is a useful in a deep league. He is hitting .277 with four HR and 8 RBI. He hits in a good lineup and is putting the bat on the ball. Cuthbert has a four game hitting streak and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. As your 3B in deep league he is a reach, but as your CI he is a solid option.
Whit Merrifield, OF, Kansas City Royals
Another barely owned Royal, at 24% owned in yahoo leagues, Merrifield has been contributing in many categories for the Royals.Since his call up May 18, Merrifield is hitting .326 with two HR’s, seven RBI, 16 runs scored and three SB’s. Merrifield does not have much power but has good speed and good on base skills. In a deep league he is a solid 4th or 5th outfielder. He is getting the playing time and continues to hit. If he slows down, don’t be afraid to drop him.
Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs
Since his call-up, Almora has been mostly a match up or late inning defensive replacement for the cubs. June 15 was a big game for Almora. He had two hits with three runs scored and three RBI. Almora has a ton of speed is dangerous when he gets on base.If he continues to put the bat on the ball he could steal playing time in the Cubs OF and be worthy of a the pick up.
Blake Snell/Matt Andriese, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Blake Snell was called up to start June 16th after Matt Andriese was sent to the bullpen. Andriese was very good, going 5-0 with an ERA of 2.82. HIs strikeout numbers were low but at 2.42 BB/9 his control helped him navigate Major League line-ups The will keep Andriese’s innings pitched down this season after only throwing 130.2 last season.
Snell is the Rays top pitching prospect and already made an impressive start against the Yankees April 23. With big strikeout potential Snell is a must add in all formats. HIs BB/9 has been high at 4.00 BB/9 in AAA this season but that is above 2015’s AAA number at 2.64. H can make an immediate impact in your rotation.
Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Urias seems to be settling into the big leagues.As an owner you need to look deeper than the 0-2 record and 5.82 ERA. He has struck out seven batters in his last two outings while walking one batter in each game. Urias has also allowed only seven hits in his last 9.1 innings. Urias has pitched very well and will continue to get better as his innings increase. It is most likely too late to pick him up in any league and the longer you wait to trade for him the higher the price will be.
Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
WIth Gerrit Cole doing to the DL Taillon was called up to pitch in Cole’s spot. Taillon was dominant in his start June 14 carrying a no hitter against the mets into the seventh inning. Taillon will get starts until Gerrit Cole is ready to return from the DL. If he pitches well he could stick in the rotation displacing one of either Jeff Locke, Juan Nicasio, or Jon Niese. None of those names scare you, Nicasio could move to the bullpen. Taillon looks to be here to stay.
On The Farm
Alex Bregman, SS, Houston Astros
Bregman was named the starting shortstop for the AA All-Star game. He has been dominating pitching, hitting .314/.411/.596 with 13 HR, 42 RBI, and four steals through 49 games. He has also made seven starts at 3B. Bregman is blocked by Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve in the middle infield but 3B is wide open. If he can show that his defense can match his offensive ability he could see himself in the big league lineup before the end of the year.
Josh Hader, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Hader made his AAA debut June 12, allowing two runs on one hit. Hader walked four but also struck out a season high nine batters. His control was spotty in the beginning innings but he settles in nicely later in the start.
Hader, 22, will need some AAA starts to hone his craft but could be a name to look out for later in the season.
Chad Kuhl,/Tyler Glasnow SP, PIttsburgh Pirates
The Pirates AAA rotation is nasty. Taillon has already been called up and been very good in the majors. The two guys behind him in the rotation have also been very good. Glasnow has been dominant. He strikes out a shade under 11 batter per nine but walks just over 4.5 batters per nine. With the high powered fastball he has pitched to a 1.90 ERA.
Chad Kuhl, while possessing less overpowering stuff, strikes out 7.25 batters per nine and walks 1.88 batters per nine. He sports an impressive 2.15 ERA. Kuhl has quietly put together a great season, showing he could help the big league ball club.
The walk numbers are holding Glasnow back and boosting Kuhls stock. Glasnow has the higher upside and would likely see a call up first but both will have to wait for an opening in the rotation.
Alex Reyes, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Reyes has a solid rebound start June 13. He went five innings, walked three, allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out nine. Reyes continues his march towards the major league Rotation. Keep an eye on Reyes the second half of the season. He will be ready to make an impact in the big leagues.
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