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The 2015 MLB season saw unprecedented production from the it’s rookie class. Many would argue it was the best ever. 

Fantasy owners were emptying FAAB, scouring the free agent list, and drafting players in the minors knowing they would not be called up until later in the the season.

Those who waited patiently, paid the most money or were just lucky enough to pick up the player first were handsomely rewarded. Mid and late season call ups are always important, none more than the following players.

Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Noah Syndergaard, Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano. These are some of the players who were highly touted and lived up to the hype. If you had them they may have won you your league. If you kept them you may have started a dynasty.

The following rookies look to make an impact for their prospective teams this season and could make an impact for yours. Some are “In the Show.” I will keep you updated on their stats as the season progresses. Some are, “On the Farm.”  I will provide background and scour the internet for scuttlebutt and signs of call ups.

MLB Rookie Report

In The Show

Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

The odds on favorite to win rookie of the year. Seager started slow in his september call up but finished with solid numbers. In the small sample size, .337/4/17 in 117 at bats, Seager showed why he was the dodgers top prospect. With 19 k’s to 14 BB Seager showed a good eye at the plate to go along with his power.

Seager was injured during spring training but is starting the season on the field and had a double in his first game. Seager will be an important part of the dodgers injury plagued line up. If he succeeds so will the dodgers.

Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies

Jose Reyes is currently on trial facing charges of Domestic violence. The team placed him on paid leave till the situation is resolved. Even if he is taken off leave he will definitely face at least a 30 game suspension, similar to the one Aroldis Chapman faces. This has left the SS position to Story.  

Story was hitting at a torrid pace this spring and brought the hot bat into the season hitting two home runs opening day and another in game two. Story has some power, hitting 20 home runs across AA and AAA last season but strikes out almost a quarter of the time and only walked in five percent of at bats in AAA.

He is projected to hit around .250 and he needs to improve plate discipline to be successful but in Coors field hitters have a chance to flourish.  Story will be given every chance to succeed.

Of course at this point we know Story has had an epic start to the season, hitting four home runs in three games. Clearly that pace won’t continue, but its obvious that he is not over-matched.

Steven Matz, SP, New York Mets

Matz has already pitched in a World Series. He will be the 5th starter at the back end of an amazing staff. Matz shows a mid 90’s fastball with an above average curve and changeup.

Matz will strike out almost a batter and keep the ball on the ground. He is pitching in a great ball park for pitchers. He will provide a strong challenge in the rookie of the year voting for our next candidate.

Kenta Maeda, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Another dodger who could be in the running for Rookie of the year, Maeda is an established arm from over seas.  Maeda does not have an overpowering fastball, he relies on movement and control to keep hitters off balance and induce ground balls and soft contact.  

Maeda is going to be the second or third starter behind Kershaw. At number three he should see some favorable match-ups. If his control is good his whip numbers should be good but his K’s and K/9 will be low. Maeda will be a good third or fourth starting pitcher for you.

His first start was good, although against a poor Padres lineup, so take that with a grain of salt. 

Dalier Hinojosa, RP, Philadelphia Phillies

Dalier is going to be factoring into the end of Phillies games somehow.  David Hernandez is untrustworthy and blew his first save attempt in game 1.  With Hinojosa in waiting he leash will be short he could be getting the few save opportunities the Phillies have to offer this season.  

He is an extreme fly ball pitcher with mid-90’s velocity.  If he can be effective the Phillies will look to him to close games next.

He did struggle in his first save attempt last night, but there should be more chances coming for him.

There are some other rookies who, due to injury,l have been thrust into the starting role that could be solid contributors: Byron Buxton OF Twins, Jose Peraza 2B Reds, Socrates Brito OF Arizona, Domingo Santana OF Milwaukee, Tyler Goeddel OF Phillies, Tyler Naquin OF Cleveland.  I will provide updates as the season goes on these and others in the majors.

 

On the Farm

Most of these players can be expected to make an impact for the major league club at sometime during the 2016 season.  

A.J. Reed/Tyler White, 1B, Houston Astros

These two players are linked to the same position. White, a 2013 33 round draft pick, won the starting job by finishing spring training hitting .348/.446/.543 with two homers and 16 RBI. White’s AAA stats are just as impressive. In 259 PA’s white slashed .362/.457/.562 with a 16.2% walk rate to a 14.2% k-rate.  

Reed’s power tool is rated 65 out of 65. That is a skill all teams covet, real or fantasy.  A 2014 2nd round draft pick, the Astros have big hopes for his bat.

Between high A and AA Reed hit 34 home runs, scored 113 runs, and drove in an astounding 127 runs. He also hit for a high average .346 in high as in 385 abs and .332 in 237 AA abs. The Astros gave him a long look at 1b, sending him down on the 28 or March.They want him to spend time in the minors. Adjust to the major league ready arms and continue to rake, until spring training he had not faced a professional pitch above AA. If he tears up AAA like he has the previous two levels he could be up mid season to provide the Astros a huge power boost in a already potent line-up.

Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Glasnow is a high ceiling, front of the rotation-type starter. He will start the season in AAA. He features a high 90’s fastball with good off speed stuff. He pitched to a K/9 above 10.54 in all three levels of the minors last year but posted a 4.83 BB/9 in AAA. Glasnow will work on honing his control while in the minors which should help him step in and immediately contribute at the big league level.

The Pirates rotation is set for now with experienced big league arms. If an injury happens or Juan Nicasio comes back to planet earth, he should see a call up by mid season.

Glasnow is a big, imposing future number 1. He is an excellent stash in your keeper league.

Jose Berrios, SP, Minnesota Twins

Berrios is the twins top pitching prospect with a mid 90’s fastball and strong off speed pitches.  Pitching at over a k/9 in the minors he looks to be a top of the rotation starter.

Berrios posted his best K/9 rate in AAA 9.87 and decreased his BB/9 to 1.67.  He was ready to come up last season and could of contributed to the playoff push for the Twins.  This is an a money play by the twins attempting to gain an extra year of team control.  He will most likely come up in the beginning of May as there is no one setting the world on fire in the Twins rotation.

Blake Snell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Snell showed a K/9 rate above 10.3 across three levels of the minor leagues last year.  His BB/9 was 2.64, which is good. Those are great ratios for a front end starter.  

The Rays are usually cautious bringing rookies along. The current rotation is good and with Alex Cobb returning from TJ surgery mid season there is no spot for Snell currently. If any starter should falter or be injured Snell could be step right in.

Next week I will cover Lucas Giolito SP Nationals, Trea Turner SP nationals, Orlando Arcia SS Brewers, Julio Urias SP Dodgers, Mallex Smith OF Braves and Robert Stephenson SP Cincinnati. Who will be this year’s Carlos Correa? Only time will tell.

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