For this Week’s MLB Rookie Round Up I have to ask if anyone is tired of these young, extremely talented and hyped prospects getting the promotion to the Major Leagues? I certainly am not.
Since the last post a few weeks ago names such as Francisco Lindor, Kyle Schwarber, and of course the biggest splash Byron Buxton, have all received the call and are now playing.
Schwarber sounds to be a temporary move due to the Inter-league series, but he looks ready to make some noise and force the Cubs to reconsider demotion. This leaves Corey Seager as the closest and best hitting prospect to remain in the minor leagues. The Dodgers have a glut of infielders at the moment, but I would not be surprised at all if at some point we get to watch Seager in a Dodgers uniform as well.
There are plenty of great prospects in the minor leagues, primarily pitchers, who are close to the major leagues as well, but the absolute best are likely a year or late season call-up away. Steven Matz and Matt Wisler being the most likely to get a call in the near future. You should have them both on your Fantasy radar.
Steven Souza may not have an amazing batting average with .222, but he has been showing his power and speed combo this season with 13 home runs, 30 RBI and 8 stolen bases. His average will likely continue to rise as he develops as well.
— FantasyPros (@FantasyProsMLB) June 19, 2015
Joc Pederson is also mashing the ball with 17 home runs and 33 RBI on the season. He is hitting .252/.390/.537 so far this season. He has to remain in the Rookie of the Year discussions at this point.
Kris Bryant is doing more of everything with balance than the above mentioned rookies. He has 8 home runs, with 39 RBI, 5 stolen bases and slashing .295/.398/.488. everyone knows the power is there and will continue to grow, but his ability to hit for high average and knock in runs are exactly why he was the top prospect heading in to 2015.
Noah Syndergaard is mowing down batters so far in his first seven starts and by only walking eight hitters in 40 innings he is looking poised so far. Pitching deeper in to games will definitely need to happen eventually, but this season the Mets may not be as worried about that.
Carlos Rodon got shelled his last start this week in Pittsburgh, and unfortunately is pitching for one of the worst hitting teams in baseball at the moment. He is holding his own, but wins will be hard to come by for the young hurler until the White Sox start to turn it around.
Lance McCullers is having a fantastic rookie season, and is still being overlooked in the fantasy world. He really shouldn’t be and although his ownership percentage is above 90, he needs to be in the conversation for top performing rookie pitchers at this point. McCullers is 3-1 with 40 strikeouts in 36 innings. His ERA of 2.00 and WHIP of 0.89 are fantastic and he has even hurled a complete game. Sure, sustainability may be a concern, but at this point he may be the most reliable rookie pitcher in the league.
Byron Buxton’s debut has been long anticipated in Minnesota and so far it has been what most should expect for a prospect. He has shown flashes of talent in his second game when he made a routine double a triple for his first MLB hit. This, along with his game winning run scored in his first game showed off his elite speed on the base-paths.
He also has struck out five times in his first 13 at bats. Not surprising, but also nothing to be overly concerned about at this point.
Francisco Lindor and Kyle Schwarber have hit the ground running since call-up as well. Lindor is hitting .273 with a stolen base in his first 11 at bats. Schwarber, who many have proclaimed as a professional hitter has four hits in his first six at bats, and one of those was a triple. Not a bad start at all for these guys who may be over-shadowed by Buxton at the moment.
Rookie Hitter Statistics
Here are the statistics for the 2015 Rookie Hitters over the past 14 days as of 6/17/15
|Blake Swihart||Red Sox||37||8||2||0||1||1||5||0||0.216|
|Dalton Pompey (AAA)||Blue Jays||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Delino DeShields Jr||Rangers||40||9||3||2||0||1||8||1||0.225|
|Devon Travis||Blue Jays||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Jorge Soler (Injured)||Cubs||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Jung Ho Kang||Pirates||35||9||1||0||1||5||5||0||0.257|
|Micah Johnson (AAA)||White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.000|
|Rusney Castillo||Red Sox||32||8||1||0||1||4||5||0||0.250|
Rookie Pitcher Statistics
Here are the statistics for the 2015 Rookie Pitchers over the past 14 days as of 6/17/15
|Aaron Sanchez||Blue Jays||1||8||1||0||3||1.12||0.75|
|Adam Ottavino (Injured)||Rockie||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.00||0|
|Carlos Rodon||White Sox||3||15.7||1||1||18||4.6||1.53|
|Chi Chi Gonzalez||Rangers||3||24.3||1||1||8||1.11||0.95|
|Daniel Norris||Blue Jays||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.00|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||Red Sox||2||10.7||0||1||8||7.59||1.59|
|Kyle Lobstein (Injured)||Tigers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Roberto Osuna||Blue Jays||0||5||0||0||7||3.6||0.80|
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