Hello Fantasy Baseball friends and foes! Welcome back to the SCFE’s Weekly Rookie Report.
As we head into July, pennant races are taking places. The contenders and pretenders are separating themselves. Teams need to decide if they are buyers or sellers. What do you want your favorite team to do?
In this week’s Rookie Report, we take a look at three Giants pitchers helping them stay in the playoff hunt and two Astros super prospects that will help them defend their championship in the Week 15 Rookie Report: Giants and Astros, Oh My!
Week 15 Rookie Report
In The Show
Reyes Moronta, RP, Giants
Reyes Moranta, the youngest player on the Giants’ 25-man roster, is a fixture in the Giants bullpen whose power arm has led him to a 5-1 record with an outstanding 1.89 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and a 10.42 K/9.
Moranta was a September call-up last season, where he racked up 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. He made the Opening Day roster due to the newly signed free agent reliever Mark Melancon (elbow) being placed on the disabled list.
His nasty stuff screams “future closer” with a 95 mph fastball and a big slider. However, he needs to limit his walks as he has recorded a 4.7 BB/9. He has been effectively wild to some extent but he needs to work on his harnessing his control if he ever wants to take over as the closer in a crowded Giants bullpen.
Dereck Rodriguez, SP, Giants
These #SFGiants numbers are very, very interesting:
0.7 fWAR | 4.28 FIP | 89 IP = Derek Holland
0.7 fWAR | 4.08 FIP | 91 IP = Chris Stratton
0.7 fWAR | 3.88 FIP | 82 IP = Ty Blach
0.7 fWAR | 3.35 FIP | 37 IP = Dereck Rodriguez
0.5 fWAR | 3.61 FIP | 32 IP = Madison Bumgarner
— Brooks Knudsen (@BrooksKnudsen) July 2, 2018
Dereck Rodriguez continues to show why he deserves a rotation spot, he currently owns a 3-1 record with a 3.09 ERA along with a 3.41 FIP in 43.2 innings this season. Rodriguez, whose father is Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, has gone at least five innings in all but one of his seven starts.
A converted outfielder, he has been a revelation as a rookie, was called up on May 28 and replaced Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) in the starting rotation. Rodriguez was exceptional in Triple-A this season, posting a 3.40 ERA while posting a 19.8 K-BB% in nine Triple-A starts this season.
The Giants decided to stay with the young arms Rodriguez along with Andrew Suarez as veterans Johnny Cueto and Samardzija will be reinstated from their DL stints. This decision removes both Derek Holland and Chris Stratton from the rotation, who has been inconsistent at best.
In his last three starts, Rodriguez has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. He is 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA along with a 1.03 WHIP in 19.3 innings. The Giants expressed their confidence in the right-hander, Fantasy owners should do so as well. If he available in your league, he will a nice addition especially as the surging Giants look to get back into the playoff hunt.
Andrew Suarez, SP, Giants
top 10 FIPs in June:
1. Trevor Bauer – 1.37
2. Chris Sale – 1.38
3. Tyler Skaggs – 1.61
4. Patrick Corbin – 1.97
5. Zach Eflin – 2.07
6. Luis Severino – 2.13
7. Jacob DeGrom – 2.42
8. Andrew Suarez – 2.79
9. Max Scherzer – 2.80
10. Mike Minor – 2.80
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) July 4, 2018
Southpaw Andrew Saurez, who joined the rotation when Cueto (elbow) went on the DL, continues to show he belongs in the Giants rotation. He was 2-0 with a 2.62 ERA in six June starts. Overall, the young lefty is 3-5 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.23 WHIP while striking out 72 hitters in 78 innings.
Suarez along with fellow rookie Dereck Rodriguez have solidified themselves in the starting rotation. However, there are some warning signs with Suarez. He has alarming home/road splits. Suarez is allowing a .310/.349/.444 slash line and a 1.48 WHIP on the road. While at AT&T Park, Suarez permits a slash line of .237/259/.450 along with a .096 WHIP.
With the current crowded starting rotation, Suarez cannot afford to continue to be a detriment on the road. While he was given the vote of confidence to remain in the starting rotation, unfortunately, it might be short-lived. If Suarez remains in the rotation, he is only a streaming pitcher in home games with good matchups.
On The Brink
Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros
It seems as if Kyle Tucker is on this report weekly, you are probably correct. Tucker has been on the brink of being in the big leagues all season. He SHOULD be on the Astros roster now.
Tucker started the season slowly but just put together a tremendous month in June. He hit .387 with six homers and 21 RBI in 26 games. Overall, he is hitting .306 with 14 homers and 66 RBI and 14 steals.
He was named the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. The game is not until July 11, hopefully, Tucker does not play in that game. Not that I don’t want to see him play with his fellow All-Star prospects, I think he should be playing left field for the defending champs Astros.
Come on Astros, call up Kyle Tucker already! Do you want to live with Jake Marisnick hitting below the Mendoza Line all season?
Forrest Whitley, P, Astros
Zero rust for #Astros No. 1 prospect (@MLB No. 7) Forrest Whitley, as he was nearly flawless for the @cchooks in his first start of 2018 after serving a 50-game suspension:
Tonight's @Astros prospects stats: https://t.co/LAtWNSgi0y pic.twitter.com/E0ThmoVSMT
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 9, 2018
Forrest Whitley had missed first 50 games this season for violating Major League Baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program. After his return, he had three consecutive scoreless starts. He is now 0-1 with a 4.43 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched for Double-A Corpus Christ.
The young right-hander will be one of the players to represent the Astros at the Futures Games on July 15. He will continue to try to get his arm stretched out in the minors. Whitley is enhancing his opportunity to make an impact for the Astros down the stretch this season.
Whitley will be brought along slowly to built up his arm strength, but make no mistake about it, we will see Whitley in the majors this season. Fantasy owners should look to grab him now before the inevitable call-up.