Welcome to the SCFE Week 5 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 we have moonshots by a new Bronx bomber. A couple of rookie pitchers holding their own in hitter friendly parks and two future corner infielders trying to force their way into the majors.
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 you in Week 5 of the season in the Week 5 Rookie Report.
Week 5 Rookie Report
**Updated as of April 25
In The Show
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
2017 stats: .279/.343/.639, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 6 BB, 17 K, 0 SB
When Aaron Judge was called up last August, he didn’t live up to the 2016 numbers he put up in Triple-A. At Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge hit .270/.366/.489 with 19 HRs in 410 plate appearances. Once called up, he only hit .179/.263/.345 in 95 plate appearances. Chalk that up to major league pitchers using the scouting report against him.
This year he looks like he is tapping into that huge upside potential. So far this season, Judge has a HR/FB ratio of 26.1% and he is also laying off the soft pitches away that he tried to hit last year. It looks as though the Yankees quick turnaround will be even quicker if Judge can continue to make these kinds of adjustments at the plate. For now, just sit back and watch the mammoth home runs this kid hits while they are trying to compete for an AL East title.
Antonio Senzatela, SP, Colorado Rockies
2017 stats: 4 GS, 3-0 W-L, 2.08 ERA, 0.846 WHIP, 26 IP, 18 H, 4 BB, 17 K
After the news that Chad Bettis’ cancer had returned, the Rockies turned to a couple rookie pitchers to fill out their rotation. Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland were those rookies. Since being named to the rotation, Senzatela has been nothing short of spectacular. After going just five innings his first game against Milwaukee, he threw seven innings in his last three outings. In his two games at Coors Field, he has only given up one home run in each contest. I’m sure some of these numbers will normalize the more he pitches at home. But he has proven more than a reliable option pitching on the road. And with that potent lineup backing him, he should get his share of wins moving forward. Just don’t look for elite strikeout numbers from the rookie.
Amir Garrett, SP, Cincinnati Reds
2017 stats: 4 GS, 2-2 W-L, 5.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 23 IP, 22 H, 7 BB, 22 K
Just like Senzatela, Amir Garrett pitches in a hitter friendly park. The former St. John’s basketball player turned pitcher has done well for the Reds. With their rotation ravaged by injuries, Garrett stepped up and has filed the role admirably so far. In 19.2 innings, Garrett has a 1.83 ERA and punched out 21 batters. Much like Senzatela, his numbers too will not stay as low as they are to date. With the Reds playing as well as they are and Garrett’s swing and miss stuff, he will be a sneaky candidate for wins. Just keep in mind with rookies; they will have their peaks and valleys.
Update: Well that didn’t take long. Garrett was slammed by the Brewers in Milwaukee on April 24. In 3.1 innings he gave up eight hits, four walks and three home runs totaling 10 runs, nine of which were earned. He was bound to have a game like this one. Pitchers, especially rookies, rarely make it through the season without having an outing like this. Some days you just can’t find the control, or don’t have your best stuff. Garrett is still a good option for deeper leagues as a back of the rotation type pitcher.
On The Farm
Cody Bellinger, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 stats: .344/.425/.641, 4 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 21 K, 6 SB at Triple-A Oklahoma City
Dodger fans are sitting back and watching their top prospects dominate in Triple-A. Unfortunately for them, they won’t see Cody Bellinger anytime soon. Much like the route the Cubs took with Kris Bryant, Bellinger’s clock will not be started by calling him up early. Barring injury, the Dodgers are not in any rush to promote the power hitting corner infielder. It is possible that he could be called up in the same vein that teammate Corey Seager was called up.
Wait until the end of the year and get him some at-bats and a possible bench bat for the playoffs. Bellinger also played some outfield during the spring, and grew up playing the outfield. So maybe down the road if he can’t occupy first base, he could step into the outfield and help the Dodgers. Either way, if he keeps putting up these numbers, the Dodgers will have no choice but to get his bat in the lineup.
Update: Apparently I have the magic touch. First it was jinxing Garrett’s nice start. Now, it’s missing on when I believed Bellinger would be called up. The Dodgers are making the move with Joc Pederson going on the 10-day disabled list with a groin strain. It looks like Bellinger will man left and center field against right handed pitchers. Even after Pederson returns, Bellinger will most likely supplant Andrew Toles and take over left field for the foreseeable future. If he’s available in your league, grab him now.
Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Chicago Cubs
2017 stats: .317/.431/.700, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 20 K, 0 SB at Triple-A Iowa
So there is the Week 5 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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