Welcome to the SCFE Week 21 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, a Red Sox outfielder coming on as of late. Another White Sox rookie looking solid in his first games as a major leaguer. And a couple minor league players that used to be teammates.
Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help in the Week 21 Rookie Report.
Week 21 Rookie Report
**Updated as of August 16
In The Show
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
2017 stats: .279/.359/.450, 17 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR, 67 RBI, 50 BB, 78 K, 14 SB
Andrew Benintendi has been on a tear in his last 10 games. Hitting .517 with five home runs, 12 RBI, four walks and four stolen bases. The run is syncing up not long after prized prospect Rafael Devers was called up to man third base. The future looks bright for the young kids the Red Sox have compiled and kept. Even giving up top prospect Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, they received an Ace pitcher in Chris Sale. And he has been worth everything they gave up.
Benintendi flashed his potential in 34 games last year. He’s looking like he is worth all of the hype coming into the season. He still ran into slumps, all players do. He may not be the .295 hitter he was last year, but if he can keep his average around .280, no one should complain. Look for his growth come the MLB Playoffs, while the Red Sox should be a lock for either their division or a Wild Card berth.
Nicky Delmonico, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
2017 stats: .364/.440/.477, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 11 K, 0 SB
The White Sox have uncovered another good prospect. Signing as a free agent in 2016 after asking for his release from the Brewers in 2015. He’s having a nice start in his 12 games in Chicago.
His 2016 minor league numbers were pretty good, .279/.397/.490, 17 home runs and 61 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A. That did come with 107 strikeouts, but nowadays, strikeout numbers won’t keep you down in the minors like it would in past decades.
On The Farm
Walker Buehler, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 stats: 6 Appearances, 1-1 W-L, 4.70 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 15.1 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 23 K at Triple-A Oklahoma City
The Dodgers held on to pitcher Walker Buehler when discussing the Yu Darvish trade. Through three levels this season, Buehler has 22 appearances, 3-3 record with one save, 80.2 innings pitched, with 114 strikeouts and 29 walks.
His strikeout potential is a high one, and he keeps the walks to a minimum. He should get the call when rosters expand, he would likely come out of the pen, unless injuries strike the starting rotation.
Willie Calhoun, 2B/OF, Texas Rangers
2017 stats: .296/.352/.577, 24 2B, 6 3B, 27 HR, 76 RBI, 37 BB, 53 K, 3 SB at Triple-A Round Rock
Willie Calhoun was traded to the Texas Rangers for Yu Darvish. The Rangers extracted a nice haul for a rental. But the Dodgers are going for it this year. At Triple-A Round Rock, Calhoun is slashing .279/.295/.605, with four home runs and nine RBI in 11 games played.
While second base is his natural position, he’s not as good as incumbent Rougned Odor, so Calhoun has been manning the left field for Round Rock. Look for Calhoun to possibly get a call in September. If not, he will be in the mix for a starting job out of spring training next year.
So there is the Week 21 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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