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Week 20 Rookie Report: The Happ-ening

Week 20 Rookie Report: The Happ-ening
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Welcome to the SCFE Week 20 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, checking in on a rookie playing for the defending champs. Seeing if an Angels pitcher is someone that can be relied upon. And two rookies in the minors knocking down the door to be on their major league rosters.

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.

Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help in the Week 20 Rookie Report.

Week 20 Rookie Report

**Updated as of August 8

In The Show

Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs

2017 stats: .244/.318/.487, 12 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 35 RBI, 24 BB, 80 K, 7 SB

Ian Happ did well when he was called up in May this season. Then the league caught up to him. Now, it looks like he is starting to turn it around. Since July 1, Happ is hitting .269 with four home runs and 14 RBI.The numbers don’t look great, but it’s about what you are doing now, not in past months. Just ask Aaron Judge owners since the All-Star break.

Eligible at two positions, Happ can definitely help your team. He’s in a potent lineup and is a switch hitter. If he’s available, grab him before he really heats up.

Parker Bridwell, SP, Los Angeles Angels

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2017 stats: 10 GP, 5-1 W-L, 3.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 59 IP, 57 H, 16 BB, 38 K

Parker Bridwell has been a bright spot for an Angels rotation ravaged by injuries. While his ratios are nothing to behold (5.8 K/9, 1.5 HR/9), and point to a regression, in Fantasy sometimes you need to ride out the hot streak before the fall comes.

While he isn’t an elite strikeout guy, and the Angels aren’t primed to win many games, they have managed to win all but one of the games he has been a part of. If you’re in the hunt and need a spot start, you could do worse than Bridwell.

UPDATE: Bridwell notched his seventh win August 8, pitching seven innings, giving up six hits, one earned run, striking out four and walking zero batters.

On The Farm

Brent Honeywell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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2017 stats: 20 GS, 11-7 W-L, 3.74 ERA, 0.991.36 WHIP, 106 IP, 116 H, 28 BB, 135 K at Triple-A Durham

Brent Honeywell has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues. If Tampa Bay can sneak into a Wild Card spot, he could be the type of pitcher to come in and win a playoff game. He has electric stuff and would benefit from no one really having a book on him in the majors.

At the very least he could take the Chris Sale route and be an elite arm out of the Rays bullpen. Either way, once rosters expand, Honeywell will be up and should compete for a starting rotation spot next spring.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves

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2017 stats: .347/.426/.574, 7 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 13 BB, 22 K, 3 SB at Triple-A Gwinnett

Across three levels this year, Ronald Acuna has amassed a .320/.377/.522 slash line, with 16 home runs, 61 RBI, and 36 stolen bases. Still only 19 years old, he’ll be 20 on December 18, people cannot help but make the Andruw Jones comparison. Acuna should hit for a better average than Jones did during his career, Braves fans just want to see him winning meaningful games.

The Braves are all but out of the playoff picture, but Acuna should get the call relatively soon. If not in August, definitely in September when rosters expand.


So there is the Week 20 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.


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