With the season coming to an end in the next two weeks, most prospects have already been called up. The rookies who will make an impact on your team have already been called up and are most like are on your’s or another owner’s roster.
Some of the players I have highlighted can make an immediate impact on your playoff roster. Most of the players I have targeted are options to weigh for the 2017 season.
Adding a rookie to your roster in the draft is a big risk, pedigree or not. Adding a player in their second season also comes with a risk. Will the player suffer a sophomore slump? Can the player make adjustments to fix the holes in his game in the off-season? Will the player be able to succeed when he is game planned for? Identifying performance trends that are repeatable will help you make good, informed, decisions.
If you are in a keeper league and have been tracking a player all season and believe in the numbers he has produced, it may be a good time to add him to your roster in preparation for next year. In redraft leagues, the September cameo a player receives can provide a window into the team’s plans for a player and could add to the value of a player.
Follow the last few weeks carefully. Check on the status of the players you like or believe are ready to break out in season two. Watch to see who shines and who fizzles in the September limelight
Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In the Majors
Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies Manager, Pete Mackanin, has said that Alfaro will get six to eight starts behind the plate before the end of this season. Alfaro has not played above Double-A but the Phillies are weighing all options for the 2017 roster. Alfaro will not be useful this season but could see playing time next season.
Cameron Rupp has had a very productive season for the Phillies but Alfaro is younger and has a much higher ceiling. Alfaro could be a late round target in 2017 drafts.
Dan Vogulbach, 1B, Seattle Mariners
Vogulbach struggled initially after being traded to the Mariners but has settled in and received a call up to the majors. Vogulbach went 1-for-5 in his debut. He had 23 HRs and 98 RBI in Triple-A this season. He figures to be worked into the first base rotation going down the stretch.
Wait to see how much playing time he receives and how he adjusts to big league pitching before adding him. If he does well, he could earn himself a spot in the lineup next season.
Ryon Healy, 3B, Oakland Athletics
Healy has a four game hitting streak going with eight hits in 16 at-bats. In those four games, he two home runs, one double and five RBI. In 191 at-bats this season, Healy is hitting .293 with 13 doubles, eight HRs, and 24 RBI. The Oakland offense is garbage, but Healy has had a nice season for the A’s. He is a nice CI option in deep leagues for 2017.
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
Benintendi has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and looks to pick up where he left off in the Red Sox Lineup. If he is available in any leagues, he should be added immediately. Benintendi seems to be able to handle himself well at the plate, in his limited time so far. In redraft leagues, he could be a solid mid-round option, but in a keeper leagues he holds a ton of value.
Byron Buxton. OF, Minnesota Twins
Buxton seems to have put things together after his most recent call up from Triple-A. The first week back his bat was hot, hitting three home runs and two doubles. In the last two weeks he has five HRs, four doubles, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored. Will Buxton be able to produce at this rate through the end of the season? That is hard to say. He is still striking out a lot and walking very little, which is worrisome. For the rest of this season, he is worth riding while he is hot.
If Buxton finishes his season at the same pace he has been hitting, he will be hyped up again. If you can hold him on your bench next year in a wait and see capacity, he is worth acquiring. He may not be available in a round that will allow you to draft him for that purpose though.
Yulieski Gurriel, 3B, Houston Astros
Gurriel has found his power stroke in the past week. He has hit three HRs with three doubles and eight RBI, hitting .393 in 28 at-bats. Gurriel is currently only 23 percent owned. He is a player that can help you in your playoff run right now.
Mason Williams, OF, New York Yankees
With the season ending injury to Aaron Judge, the Yankees have called up Mason Williams to fill their outfield void. Williams has hit zero home runs this season in Triple-A, but hit .296 with 23 RBI. He only played in 41 games in the minors after recovering from major shoulder surgery. The power will take time to return but he has good speed and could hit for a decent average. Williams will be sharing playing time with Tyler Austin and Rob Refsnyder. Williams will most likely not make much of an impact on your roster this season.
Robert Stephenson, SP, Cincinnati Reds
After a great start against the lowly Mets, Stephenson was bad against Pittsburgh, allowing four earned runs in three innings. Stephenson has struggled in most of his starts this season, posting a 4.43 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Stephenson is barely a streaming option right now and should probably go undrafted in 2017
Seth Lugo, SP, New York Mets
Lugo is en fuego. In the last two weeks, he has won three starts and has a 2.25 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. He does not have the high strikeout stuff many of the young Mets Hurlers possess, but he is just as effective moving the ball around the zone. He is 46 percent owned but should be more widely owned. His next start is against Minnesota September 17. Add him and take advantage of the great matchup.
Jharel Cotton, SP, Oakland Athletics
Cotton was good again in his start against the Royals September 13. He did not strike out many batters, but he limited the Royals to one earned run in 5.2 innings. Cotton’s next start will most likely be against the Rangers, which is not a great matchup for him, but he has done well thus far and is a good streaming option in most matchups.
On The Farm
Manny Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
Margot is in the midst of a seven game hit streak. In this streak he has three multi hit games, three doubles and three stolen bases. Margot has had a good season and seems to have done enough to earn a call-up. The padres have not made any moves to bring him to the majors though. He should be a late round target in 2017.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres
Renfroe has 31 HRs with 107 RBI and 101 runs scored while batting .303. As I have said before, he has little left to show the Padres in the minor leagues. The Padres do not seem to be in a hurry to bring him up to the big leagues though. Renfroe has great power that should play well even in the Cavernous NL West Parks. Look for him to make an impact in 2017.
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