Welcome to this week’s 2016 Fantasy baseball Rookie Report. This past week has seen a lot of action from the youngsters and some puzzling moves by upper management.
The Nationals, similar to the Rangers and Joey Gallo, promote a top prospect, offer him little playing time, then send him back to Triple-A. In each case, a struggling veteran continues to receive playing time.
Jose Reyes has two hits in 20 plate appearances in his minor league rehab stint and only has one stolen base. When Reyes is recalled, the Rockies will try to get him at- bats but it will be hard to find a place for him. Nolan Arenado can not be moved, Trevor Story has hit 16 HRs and his bat is too valuable to take out of the lineup. Therefore, DJ LeMahieu may lose some at-bats here.
Jhonny Peralta is back for the Cardinals and will get starts all over the Diamond. Peralta started at 3B on June 7 and had two hits and two RBIs. Aledmys Diaz is continuing to hit, so the Cardinals need his bat in the lineup. Diaz could see time at second if Peralta moves to SS or Diaz could stay at short and Matt Carpenter could push to second. Keeping both Peralta and Diaz’s bat in the lineup will be beneficial to the Cardinals’ success.
Let’s take a look around the league to see what is happening in this week’s 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report
In The Majors
Rob Refsnyder, 2B, New York Yankees
With the injury to Mark Teixeira and lack of organizational depth at first base, Refsnyder has been called up and received starts at first base. A second baseman thus far in his career, Refsnyder was called up at the end of last season and showed promise hitting .302, with two HRs and five RBIs.
Refsnyder was not exactly dominating at Triple-A this season, but was has been a productive part of the offense and provides the Yankees with some flexibility if he can handle first base. One of the reasons Refsnyder did not make the team was to spend more time in Triple-A working on his defense.
He will not give you a lot of power as he only hit 14 HRs between two levels in 2014 and 11 HRs between two levels in 2015. He also provides some speed and could steal 5-10 bases if he gets regular at-bats. There is no rush to pick him up, so wait to see if he can maintain a starting spot.
Trea Turner, 2B, Washington Nationals
Ridiculous! What are the Nationals doing? Turner was called up to fill the spot vacated by Ryan Zimmerman who was on paternity leave and he was then sent down to Triple-A June 6. He started one game, went 3-3 with a double and a walk and then sat the remainder of the weekend so Danny Espinosa could go 1-for-10.
Espinosa is currently hitting .196 and striking out in 24-percent of his at-bats. He provides more pop in the lineup than Turner, but he does not provide the speed. Turner has also cut down his strikeout percentage to under 20-percent this season. Will the Nationals try to improve their team with an in-house upgrade at second base? Maybe someday, but until then Turner owners will have to continue to wait patiently.
Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
It looks as though something has finally clicked for Buxton. After being sent down, Buxton found his power stroke, hitting six HRs since May 3. He was hitting .336 before being called up. Since being called up on May 31, he has hit safely in six games. This could be the time that he sticks, so if he is available go out and get him.
Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs
With the injury to Jorge Soler, Almora has been called up to fill his roster spot. Almora is better known for his glove than his bat. So far this season, Almora is hitting .318 with three HRs, 30 RBIs and 10 SB.
Joe Madden has said that Almora will primarily play against lefties, which will limit his at-bats. Almora has never hit more than eight HRs in a season, so he will not provide much pop. The 10 stolen bases so far are a career high, so if he continues to run successfully, he could be useful if you need steals. I would wait to see if his at- bats increase before rushing to pick him up.
Tyler Naquin, OF, Cleveland Indians
Naquin is a platoon player playing primarily center field. He has filled in decently, hitting .338 with seven RBIs, eight extra base hits, and three home runs. Naquin caught fire this weekend hitting three home runs. He will not hit many home runs, but in a deep league you could ride the hot streak then drop him when he cools off.
Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Urias had his best start June 7, allowing one run on three hits and striking out seven with a walk. His command was also better, throwing 56-of-86 pitches for strikes. One thing to note is that Urias threw those 86 pitches over four innings of work. This was an encouraging start for Urias owners, but we’ll need to see if his success can continue to his next scheduled start.
Urias will be kept under 90 pitches in his upcoming starts, so that could keep him from helping in the win and quality start category, but should help your other ratios.
Michael Fulmer, SP, Detroit Tigers
Fulmer has not allowed a run in his past three starts. In those three starts, he has only allowed seven hits total. He has also won five starts in a row. If you have not picked him up by now, you may have missed your chance. If you own him and do not believe he can sustain this level of production, this may be a time to sell high.
Jameson Taillon, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates have made the move to upgrade the rotation. Taillon gets the first call and deservingly so as he has pitched extremely well. He had managed a 2.04 ERA, 8.9 K/9 and .88 BB/9. His control is what earned him the call before Tyler Glasnow who has more overpowering stuff, but walks 4.21 BB/9.
In his Debut June 8, Taillon produced a quality start, allowing three earned runs with three Ks and two BBs. This was a solid first outing for Taillon with the hope of many solid outings to come.
On The Farm
Wilson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs
Contreras has a 14 game hitting streak dating back to May 20. During the streak he had six HRs, 20 RBIs and two SBs. On the season, he is hitting .346 and has 27 Ks and 27 walks. He looks to be ready for the major leagues and his time could come very soon, so keep an eye on this situation.
A.J. Reed, 1B, Houston Astros
While the Astros could use Reed’s bat to help ignite the team and help with a playoff push, he has struggled over the past week. In the past seven games he has one HR, three hits and seven Ks, which brings his total to 43 Ks on the season. Reed’s time will come, but he needs to show the big club more contact and less swing and miss.
Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres
The Padres sell off has begun. With James Shields being dealt to the White Sox, the team could look to dump more salary and veterans for low cost prospects. Manuel Margot could see his first taste of the big’s in the near future.
In 56 games at Triple-A, Margot is hitting .313 with three HRs, 47 runs, 26 RBIs, and 16 SBs. Melvin Upton is playing well, but it likely will not last and Travis Jankowski has been underwhelming thus far. Matt Kemp won’t lose his spot but could be an attractive trade chip if the teams can figure out the money. Margot could get his shot some time after the trade deadline, so keep an eye on the Padres outfield situation.
Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets
Nimmo began the season slow but has turned it on the past month. He is hitting .317 with three HRs, 27 RBIs and four SBs. The Mets offense has been sluggish and the roster has experienced many injuries. Nimmo could be a second-half call up that could spark the offense to provide some run support for the pitching staff.
Lucas Giolito, SP, Washington Nationals
Giolito seems to have figured things out in his past six starts. He has not allowed more than two runs and has put up good strikeout numbers, but still continues to be plagued by the walk. There does not appear to be any room for him in the major league rotation, and judging by the handling of Trea Turner, the Nationals are in no hurry to promote any minor leaguers. Giolito will continue to work on his control at Double-A.
Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Losing out in the race to the majors, Glasnow has still been good but not as good as teammate Jameson Taillon. His strikeout numbers have been lower his past two starts and walks have continued to be an issue.
- June 1: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
- June 6: 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
His season ERA of 2.04 is great, but he just needs to get the command in check. His time will come.
Alex Reyes, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
After three stellar starts, Reyes came crashing back to earth in his start June 7. He allowed four earned runs over 1.2 innings. He struck out four batters but also allowed six hits. There are bound to be one or two sub-par performances, so there is no need to worry unless this trend continues.
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