With the season ending very soon and the minor league season over, there are few players left to be called up. Many pitchers are also beginning to reach their innings limit so plan accordingly with your roster.
The Padres have finally called up three of their prized possessions, Hunter Renfroe, Manual Margot, and Carlos Asuaje. but they will likely only receive 10-20 at bats making it hard for them to be fantasy relevant. Carlos Asuaje and Manny Margot are two of the players who came over in the Kimbrel trade from the Boston Red Sox. The Padres will get to see what they have in their acquisitions.
Many of the rookie starters who are on an innings limit will come close to finishing the season but may not be eligible for the playoffs. Michael Fulmer will have reached his limit very soon. Junior Guerra has been shut down already, Jameson Taillon’s innings have been managed all season but he could be shut down in the coming days,
A.J. Cole (157.1 innings)and Reynaldo Lopez (143.2 innings) have each exceeded their career high in innings but should finish the season as starting options for the Nationals. If you own either pitcher stay up to date with the team’s rotation plans.
Lastly, I have to finish with Gary Sanchez. He is a force of nature right now. As I am writing he has hit two home runs, numbers 18 and 19 on the season. If you were the owner who added him in your league, Pat yourself on the back, he could be the reason you are winning your league Can he be this good next season? Sanchez’s HR/FB is 39.5% which is very high. His BABIP is .353, high but not ridiculous when 42 percent of his contact is hard contact. Batting .327 in 162 at bats, Sanchez is hitting 29 points higher than he has ever recorded at any level of the minors except rookie ball. He has almost hit three hundred in three seasons though. WIth a slight decrease in BABIP his average will decrease, but the power is real, the hit tool is real. He should be a Top five catcher next season.
Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In The Majors
Josh Bell, 1B/OF, PIttsburgh Pirates
For all the Starling Marte Owners, I am sorry you have lost him for the past two weeks. Josh Bell has done his best to console you in Marte’s absence. Bell has been the beneficiary of a playing time and has hit well. He is hitting .348 in the past two weeks with nine runs scored, five doubles, seven RBI, and seven walks to six strikeouts. The lack of home runs is a little disappointing but he has been productive overall. As a fifth outfield option bell is not a bad player to add.
Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
For a struggling team the Atlanta Braves offense has been decent in the last month of the season. Dansby Swanson, at only 14% owned, has been a major contributor to the offensive surge. IN the last two weeks he is hitting .390 with a .984 OPS. Swanson has eight runs scored, three doubles, seven RBI, and eight runs scored. Swanson has only hit two home runs this season but his hit tool is hard to deny right now.
The lack of power is a deterrent, and he has only stolen two bases but this brief stint has shown the Braves that Swanson is an advanced player for his age. He can make consistent contact and field his position. Swanson could be a valuable MI player next season or a low end SS in deep leagues.
Ryon Healy, 3B, Oakland Athletics
What were the Athletics doing keeping Healy in the minors for so long. In 225 at bats Healy is hitting .307 with 16 doubles, 11 HR, 30 RBI and 31 runs scored. Healy has been great thus far and would make a very good CI pickup for next season.
Hunter Renfroe/Manny Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
Both players have been called up after good seasons at AAA. As I have mentioned many times this season, Renfroe is a legit power threat, while Margot is a stolen base machine. Neither are in the starting lineup after being called up and figured to get very few at bats in the next ten games. Both will compete for a starting job next season. WIth Kemp and Upton Jr. gone, there is little in the present outfield to deter them from taking a job.
Ryan dull, RP, Oakland Athletics
Dull earned a save September 18, but the club has lost three games since then. This season Dull has struck out 68 in 71.1 innings with an ERA of 2.27 and a WHIP of .80. Helcould get a few more saves this season but the A’s do not figure to win too many more games. Next season Dull could hold the closer job for the entire season for the A’s.
Jharel cotton, SP, Oakland Athletics
Cotton was very good in his last start going six innings allowing one earned run striking out six and walking none. The A’s lost the game but Cotton received a no decision. Cotton should be a valuable contributor to the Athletics starting rotation next season.
Jon Gray, SP, Colorado Rockies
Gray was in rarefied air in his last start. Not only because it came at coors but because he made the best start in coors field history, striking out 16 batters in a complete game shutout. Gray has been very good in the past month pitching to a 3.38 ERA and his strikeout numbers have been great all season. Gray has 172 K’s in 158.2 innings. Next year Gray looks to be a solid option as a later round pick at SP 4.
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