Welcome to the SCFE Week 9 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, I’m looking at two National League players off to slower starts, but who are turning things around. And a couple pitchers in Triple-A that we could don Major League jerseys later this summer.
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 8 of the season in the Week 9 Rookie Report.
Week 9 Rookie Report
**Updated as of May 24
In The Show
Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates
2017 stats: .254/.346/.507, 9 2B, 0 3B, 9 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 30 K, 1 SB
Josh Bell started the year slowly but has been turning the tide over the last month. In the last 30 days (since April 22), Bell has slashed .274/.378/.684 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 16 RBI during this span. Now, with Gregory Polanco on the 10-day disabled list, Bell should be added immediately. Especially if you are trying to help ease the loss of Freddie Freeman and his fractured left wrist.
Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
2017 stats: .204/.289/.316, 5 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 19 BB, 46 K, 1 SB
On The Farm
Reynaldo Lopez, SP, Chicago White Sox
2017 stats: 9 GS, 5-1 W-L, 2.94 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 49 IP, 39 H, 23 BB, 50 K at Triple-A Charlotte
One of the many pitching prospects the White Sox got in the Adam Eaton deal with Washington. Reynaldo Lopez is quickly showing why he passed Lucas Giolito in the Nationals system last year. Winning five of his first nine starts, it looks like he has righted the ship after having a bad first three starts. In those first three starts, he was 0-1 and allowed eight earned runs en route to a 5.02 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP with 19 strikeouts and nine walks.
Since that time, Lopez is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP with 31 strikeouts and 14 walks. The White Sox will look to let Lopez keep pitching in Charlotte. At least until they finally trade Jose Quintana, or if an injury occurs. But at some point, Lopez will need to be promoted and the Sox will look to lose as many games as possible to keep the rebuild on track.
Chance Adams, SP, New York Yankees
2017 stats: 2 GS, 1-1 W-L, 1.50 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 12 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 11 K at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
For the above stat line, that is just Chance Adams’ Triple-A numbers. Add in what this kid did in Double-A, and the stats look like this; 8 GS, 5-1 W-L, 1.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 47 IP, 29 H, 18 BB, 43 K. Some say with his frame (6′, 215 pounds), he may not hold up as a starter. But so far it doesn’t look like that is an issue.
Even if he is called up for a cup of coffee in September, he should do really well as a reliever in the short term. Many future starters used a September call-up the year before they became a staple in the rotation. Look for him to get a shot with the major league club, even if just as a reliever.
So there is the Week 9 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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