Welcome to the SCFE Week 14 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 in 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, I look at a rookie killing the ball in California. A former first round pick showcasing his power. And a couple of prospects pushing for a promotion.
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 in the Week 14 Rookie Report.
Week 14 Rookie Report
**Updated as of June 27
In The Show
Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 stats: .273/.347/.668, 13 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR, 56 RBI, 26 BB, 72 K, 5 SB
Much like teammate Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger is on pace to be named 2017 NL Rookie of the Year. Since his debut in late April, no player has hit more home runs (24) than the rookie. With a slash line of .273/.347/.668, there seems to be no slowing down for Bellinger. It looked as though the league was figuring him out. But he has adjusted and doesn’t seem likely to stop crushing anytime soon.
Everyone has gushed over Aaron Judge and his massive home runs, and rightfully so. But Bellinger is two home runs behind Judge, in 14 fewer games. Not only could Bellinger wrap up Rookie of the Year, but he will be a strong contender for NL MVP and could also walk away with the home run title as well. Bellinger is going to be a fun player to watch and own for many seasons to come.
Matt Davidson, 3B, Chicago White Sox
2017 stats: .250/.291/.532, 8 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR, 38 RBI, 12 BB, 93 K, 0 SB
With consistent playing time, Matt Davidson is showing why he was a first-round pick. Everyone knows that the average was never going to be really high, and he’s going to strike out a lot. But the power he displays is real. In his last 10 games, he has hit three home runs. Unfortunately for Davidson’s RBI numbers, all of them were solo home runs.
With Todd Frazier starting to heat up, and the trade deadline around the corner, Davidson might have third base all to himself soon. The White Sox are finally seeing what they have in Davidson. In his 2016 White Sox debut, he recorded his first hit and fractured his foot running the bases. Now he is looking like the guy they thought they were getting when they traded Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks for him.
On The Farm
Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros
2017 stats: .257/.307/.514, 7 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 7 BB, 29 K, 4 SB at Double-A Corpus Christi
Still a couple years away from competing for the big league club, Kyle Tucker is doing well in the minors. He’s slashing .277/.353/.539, with 15 home runs, 60 RBI, and 17 stolen bases across two levels. The Astros have a crowded outfield as is, and also have Derek Fisher in Triple-A if an opportunity again were to present itself. What may be in the cards for Tucker is being traded in a package for a starting pitcher.
The Astros starting pitching has been ravaged this year. Dallas Keuchel probably won’t make another start until after the All-Star break. Collin McHugh hasn’t pitched all year and may not be ready until after the break as well. Lance McCullers isn’t a beacon of health. Charlie Morton is rehabbing and could be back before the break.
Either way, the Astros are in a commanding position in their division and the American League. Look for Tucker’s name to be thrown around in any rumor heading to the deadline.
Luke Weaver, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
2017 stats: 10 GS, 6-1 W-L, 2.16 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 50 IP, 38 H, 11 BB, 54 K at Triple-A Memphis
After leaving a June 11 start with an injury, Luke Weaver returned June 23 for a start. He only went 3.2 innings, giving up one hit, two walks and striking out three. The short outing was by design in his first start back after leaving with an injury.
Depending on how the Cardinals do leading up to the trade deadline, Weaver could either be promoted to help keep them in contention or just to get big league experience the rest of the season. Either way, I see Weaver being promoted in the second half of the season.
So there is the Week 14 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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