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Week 17 Rookie Report: MLB Central Prospects

Week 17 Rookie Report: MLB Central Prospects
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Welcome to the SCFE Week 17 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 catcher in the NL Central that is likely available to grab in your league. The top prospect in baseball finally gets the call. And a couple minor leaguers in Double-A looking for promotions to Triple-A, and possibly a September cup of coffee.

If you would like to see where these rookies rank that is 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 17 Rookie Report.

Week 17 Rookie Report

**Updated as of July 18

In The Show

Manny Pina, C, Milwaukee Brewers

2017 stats: .295/.335/.455, 14 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 10 BB, 40 K, 0 SB

Batting .333 with six RBI in his last 10 games, Manny Pina is primed for more playing time. Stephen Vogt was diagnosed with a strained MCL in his left knee and is expected to miss at least one month. This blows the door wide open for Pina to secure the everyday role. With the Brewers still in first place, he will be an important player moving forward, especially since he handles the pitching staff as well.

The Brewers are ahead of schedule and look to be in the market for a starting pitcher to try and make a playoff push. The main name they have been linked to is Sonny Gray from Oakland. Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson coached Gray at Vanderbilt, so the connection is an easy one to make. But will the Brewers give up the type of package it will take to get the Ace out of the Bay Area? That remains to be seen, but it should be another interesting trade deadline in baseball.

Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox


2017 stats: .282/.377/.447, 9 2B, 3 3B, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 49 BB, 102 K, 17 SB (Triple-A Numbers)

Well, the Yoan Moncada era has finally arrived on the South Side of Chicago. He will make his debut on July 18. Moncada did very well in the minor leagues, and the White Sox wanted to wait on promoting him until the team was at the bottom. Now, after the trades they have made, the team is nearing a bare bones major league roster. There are still some trade candidates on the roster, but I don’t expect this team to win many games moving forward.

Moncada should be immediately added if available. I still expect some growing pains coming to the majors. Just because he has immense talent, it’s entirely different when you are the #1 prospect coming up to a team actively trying to lose. It will definitely be a mental challenge for the youngster. He will have ups and downs but should be a viable option in mixed leagues going forward.


On The Farm

Dawel Lugo, 3B/SS, Detroit Tigers


2017 stats: .282/.325/.428, 21 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 21 BB, 51 K, 1 SB at Double-A Jackson

Dawel Lugo was the main piece of a package that sent him to the Tigers, and J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lugo was the Diamondbacks #8 prospect for the D’Backs. He slots in as the Tigers #11 prospect. Lugo is the highest 3B/SS prospect in the Tigers system now.

He will more than likely be the shortstop going forward since they have Nicholas Castellanos manning the hot corner. Look for the Tigers to continue the fire sale, and for Lugo to push for a Triple-A promotion and starting camp as a favorite to break Spring Training as the Tigers’ everyday shortstop. 

Stephen Gonsalves, SP, Minnesota Twins


2017 stats: 11 GS, 5-3 W-L, 2.86 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 63 IP, 49 H, 12 BB, 74 K at Double-A Chattanooga

Stephen Gonsalves continues to impress for the Twins Double-A Chattanooga team. Last year was even more impressive, with an 8-1 W-L record, 1.82 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 74.1 innings pitched. The big lefty will have to refine his curveball and slider to be able to keep batters off balance and to also stick as a starting pitcher.

At worst he could be an elite bullpen arm in the same vein as Andrew Miller. Keep an eye on the Twins, they could give the kid a call, especially if they need some help for their playoff push.


So there is the Week 17 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.

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Derek Harvey

Derek is an avid fantasy player, playing keeper and dynasty formats for two decades. This is his first year writing about fantasy sports. Have any questions about dynasty football, baseball or basketball? Ask me on twitter @derek_harvey.

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