Welcome to the SCFE Week 12 Rookie Report. These articles will be for all the up-and-coming players to know now and in the future.
I will look at rookies that are for the most part good for most 12-16 team roto and mixed head-to-head teams. If I put a rookie in that happens to be for a deeper format, say for you dynasty players out there, I will make sure and post it for that particular player, or players.
This week, a Seattle outfielder is taking every advantage of his opportunity. A Braves pitching prospect that could stick in the rotation. And a couple of prospects, one with a 50-game hit streak, and the other is an OBP machine.
If you would like to see where these rookies rank that are in the majors, check out the Top 200 Rankings provided by Joshua Morgan to help you out. Maybe you’re looking for injury news. If so check out the Injury Report by Dylan Tully to see the latest updates.
Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help you in Week 11 of the season in the Week 12 Rookie Report.
Week 12 Rookie Report
**Updated as of June 13
In The Show
Ben Gamel, OF, Seattle Mariners
2017 stats: .333/.400/.463, 11 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 19 BB, 49 K, 1 SB
Most have seen how Mitch Haniger was doing until he was injured. Since Haniger was out, Ben Gamel has been making a statement of his own. Gamel is batting .432 in his last 10 games. Even with Haniger returning from his oblique injury, Gamel has asserted himself as an everyday starter. He has batted up and down the order, played all over the outfield, and has even been taking grounders at first base.
It looks as though the rookie is doing whatever is asked of him to stay in the lineup. With his emergence, it looks as though Jarrod Dyson and fellow rookie Guillermo Heredia will take a back seat to playing time to get Gamel in the lineup.
Sean Newcomb, SP, Atlanta Braves
2017 stats: 1 GS, 0-1 W-L, 0.00 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Pitching against the Mets, Sean Newcomb took a hard-luck loss on June 10. Over 6.1 IP, Newcomb gave up one run (unearned), struck out seven and walked two batters. The 6’5″ lefty located pitches well, but his team just couldn’t get him any run support. With Bartolo Colon (oblique) out, Newcomb will take his slot in the rotation.
With his next scheduled start coming against the Marlins, who strikeout 22% of the time, he will be a good streaming option for strikeouts. Newcomb has 74 strikeouts in 57.2 innings pitched at Triple-A Gwinnett this season.
On The Farm
Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians
2017 stats: .364/.405/.623, 13 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 12 BB, 21 K, 3 SB at Double-A Akron
Hitting .474 in his last 10 games, Francisco Mejia is showing his hitting prowess at the Double-A level. Proving last year that his 50-game hit streak was no fluke, it won’t be long until he is mashing major league pitching. How long remains to be seen. He is the future backstop for the Cleveland Indians, whether he is the starter come 2018 or midway through that season, he is a central piece to a team that was in the World Series last year.
Add him to others in the pipeline like Bradley Zimmer, already in the majors, and teammate Bobby Bradley, the future looks bright for the Indians. Especially when you already have Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and their vaunted pitching staff.
Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds
2017 stats: .301/.379/.379, 10 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 33 RBI, 28 BB, 28 K, 1 SB at Triple-A Louisville
With an advanced approach at the plate, Jesse Winker should be getting the call for an extended stay in Cincinnati. After battling wrist injuries the past couple of years, Winker is slashing .301/.379/.379 so far at Triple-A Louisville. While not displaying a ton of power, 16 is his high for dingers in a season. He does hit for a high average and gets on base. With a career minor league OBP of .396, he would be a good bat to have in front of Joey Votto.
Even though he doesn’t hit a ton of flyballs, Great American Ball Park could facilitate some more home runs for Winker in the future. Look for him to be called up when the NL Central race outpaces the Reds.
So there is the Week 12 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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