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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Rookie Report: Lucky Number 13

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As I am writing this 2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Rookie Report, I started to think about all of the negative association with the number 13.

If the mere mention of 13 makes you uneasy or nervous, you may suffer from triskaidekaphobia— fear of the number 13.

People are so afraid of this seemingly innocent number that the United States economy loses almost a billion dollars in business every time Friday the 13th rolls around.

Whatever its origins, fear of the number 13 is common in Western cultures. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that many airplanes skip the 13th row when they number their seats.  Also, many hospitals don’t have a room with the number 13 on it. Some cities even avoid having a 13th Street!

I don’t believe in superstitions or “bad luck”, so I try to look at the positive side of the ledger with the number 13. One positive is the movie franchise Friday the 13th. Who doesn’t like a slashing, horror movie? The biggest counterargument to all of this unjustified hatred of the meager number 13?  a baker’s dozen. Mmmm, extra bagel.

Let’s take a look on which rookies are lucky and unlucky in the Week 13 Rookie Report.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Rookie Report

In “The Show”

PlayerPositionTeam
Ozzie Albies2B/SSAtlanta Braves
Albert Almora, Jr.OFChicago Cubs
Andrew BenintendiOFBoston Red Sox
Josh Bell1BPittsburgh Pirates
Cody Bellinger1B/OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Jose BerriosSP Minnesota Twins
Ty BlachSPSan Francisco Giants
Jorge BonifacioOFKansas City Royals
Parker BridwellSPLos Angeles Angels
Byron BuxtonOFMinnesota Twins
Matt Chapman3BOakland A's
Matt Davidson3B/DHChicago White Sox
Paul DeJong2BSt. Louis Cardinals
Rafael Devers3BBoston Red Sox
Jacob FariaSPTampa Bay Rays
Derek FisherOF Houston Astros
Clint FrazierOF New York Yankees
Kyle FreelandSPColorado Rockies
Ben GamelOFSeattle Mariners
Mitch HanigerOFSeattle Mariners
Ian Happ2B/OFChicago Cubs
Austin HedgesCSan Diego Padres
Jeff HoffmanSPColorado Rockies
Aaron JudgeOFNew York Yankees
Dinelson LametSPSan Diego Padres
Manuel MargotOFSan Diego Padres
Trey ManciniOFBaltimore Orioles
German MarquezSPColorado Rockies
Ketel MarteSSArizona Diamondbacks
Yoan Moncada2B/3BChicago White Sox
Jordan MontgomerySPNew York Yankees
Sean NewcombSPAtlanta Braves
Hunter RenfroeOFSan Diego Padres
Amed RosarioSSNew York Mets
Antonio SenzatelaSPColorado Rockies
Lucas SimsSPAtlanta Braves
Dansby SwansonSSAtlanta Braves
Nick WilliamsOFPhiladelphia Phillies
Bradley ZimmerOFCleveland Indians

Tyler Austin, 1B, New York Yankees

Tyler Austin started the year on the 60-day disabled list after breaking his foot in February. He returned and was optioned to Triple-A Scranton after a lengthy rehab schedule.

The Yankees have decided that the Chris Carter experiment was over and he was designated for assignment.  The Yankees then recalled Tyler Austin. He was hitting .300/.366/.560 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 27 games at Triple-A. He should see regular playing time at first base, especially with Greg Bird being missing in action with his ankle injury.

Tyler Austin is worth a look as a corner infield option in deeper mixed leagues, especially in that Yankees lineup.

Franklin Barreto, SS, Oakland Athletics

Franklin Barreto is the Oakland A’s top prospect according to Baseball America. He was hitting .281/.326/.428 with eight homers, 32 RBIs and four stolen bases at Triple-A before the call-up. He figures to see starts at second and short while several of the A’s infielders are on the mend.

Barreto went 2-for-5 with a single and a two-run homer in his major-league debut Saturday. He followed his impressive major-league debut with a second consecutive two-hit effort. His early returns provide plenty of reason for optimism.

Franklin Barreto would be a fine addition as an MI in AL-Only leagues.

On The Brink

PlayerPositionTeam
Ronald AcunaOFAtlanta Braves
Willie AdamesSSTampa Bay Rays
Chance AdamsSPNew York Yankees
Franklin BarretoSSOakland A's
Tyler BeedeSPSan Francisco Giants
Lewis BrinsonOFMilwaukee Brewers
Walker BuehlerRPLos Angeles Dodgers
Willie Calhoun2B/OFTexas Rangers
Lucas GiolitoSPChicago White Sox
Ronald Guzman1BTexas Rangers
Brent HoneywellSPTampa Bay Rays
Scott Kingery2BPhiladelphia Phillies
Austin MeadowsOFPittsburgh Pirates
Alex VerdugoOF Los Angeles Dodgers

Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets

I noticed that the Mets could not take to watch the misery of Asdrubal Cabrera playing shortstop any longer.  They asked him to play second base. He can not move and he can’t catch a baseball. So in their infinite wisdom, the Mets decide to try Jose Reyes at shortstop. Reyes has not been a shortstop for many years and they are only playing him out of desperation.

Please recall Amed Rosario!  He is one of the best prospects in baseball, and the Mets’ need at shortstop could not be more obvious. Rosario is undoubtedly the future at shortstop for the Mets. Even if he struggled offensively, his defense alone would make him an upgrade over Cabrera and Reyes.

If and when the New York Mets wise up, Rosario would be a nice addition to an MI spot in NL-only leagues. He projects to be a 10/20 hitter.

Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets

According to the Top 10 list by Baseball America, Dominic Smith was named the organization’s second-best prospect.

He is not a slugger, but he can get on-base, and 20-homer seasons are certainly possible. He is a disciplined hitter, striking out in just 13 percent of his plate appearances last year.

Smith is hitting .321 as a 21-year old and his ability to hit for average makes him one of the better first base prospects in baseball.

If and when the Mets fall out of contention and conduct a fire sale, watch for first baseman Lucas Duda to be sought after by playoff teams.If Smith keeps hitting, he will give the Mets a tough decision to make. He should be on your dynasty roster by now.

Three Up

Jacob Faria, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Jacob Faria was recalled from Triple-A after Matt Andriese was placed on the disabled list for a second visit two weeks ago. Faria has been sensational so far this season and has looked like a potential ace.

He has produced three straight wins to start his major league career.  Through four starts, Faria is a perfect 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 29/5 K/BB ratio.

Faria also fared well in Triple-A prior to being called up, going 6-1 with a 3.07 ERA and a 12.9 K/9 rate in 11 starts. The 23-year-old right-hander should be added immediately if he’s sitting on waivers in all leagues.

Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs

The short-handed Chicago Cubs have needed Happ for his versatility and of course his power. The rookie has handled four different positions, each outfield position and second base.

His switch-hitting presence and the middle-of-the-order force is needed with Ben Zobrist on the disabled list and Kyle Schwarber about to get a mental reset at Triple-A.

Overall, he is hitting .262/.338/.577 with 10 home runs, 22 RBIs, 21 runs, and has walked 14 times.

He has struck out in nearly one-third of his plate appearances. Happ does make his contact count by compiling 20 extra-base hits over 35 games. His swing-and-miss tendencies will make it difficult for him to see significant batting average growth. However, you are looking for power with Happ not batting average. He has displayed impressive power and has plenty of upside.

Happ’s first six weeks in the big leagues projected as a 162-game average on BaseballReference.com: 46 homers, 97 RBIs, .916 OPS and 199 strikeouts. Happ’s slugging, ability to take a walk and position versatility makes him a must-own in all formats with confidence.

Matt Davidson, 3B, Chicago White Sox

The rookie slugger has a dangerous bat and will continue to get the bulk of at-bats as the White Sox’s designated hitter out of the six hole. Davidson is currently slashing .260/.302/.553 with 17 homers, 38 RBIs along with a .855 OPS.  He has tremendous raw power, but the strikeouts are the downfall. He has struck out a staggering 86 times in 208 at-bats.

Davidson is slugging a hot bat of late, hitting .378 (17-for-45) while smashing seven homers across his past 10 games.

The counting stat potential is still there moving forward. Guaranteed Rate Field still serves as a fantasy friendly ballpark and the White Sox lineup is not completely devoid of talent.

The power is legitimate. If you are in need of power stats, add Matt Davidson immediately. He is worth the investment in power in all formats and leagues.

 

Three Down

Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Lewis Brinson was optioned back to Triple-A Colorado Springs this past weekend. His demotion should make room for Ryan Braun, who is expected to return on Tuesday.

Brinson, the Brewers’ top prospect according to MLB.com, was hitting just .100/.206/..167 with no RBI and a 13/3 K/BB ratio in 34 plate appearances. He struggled significantly in his limited action and he also battled a finger injury after being hit in the pinkie recently.

Brinson will get regular playing time at the Triple-A, and will most likely be back up in September. Of course, if he performs well in AAA and the Brewers end up with a need for an outfielder due to injury, he could be back sooner.

Lewis Brinson should only be owned in dynasty/keeper formats.

Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees

The Yankees’ top prospect was acquired from the Chicago Cubs as part of the Arolidis Chapman trade last summer. He seemed on the fast track to the big show after the organization promoted him from the Double-A Thunder to Scranton after 32 games.

Gleyber Torres suffered a torn UCL in his non-throwing elbow when he made an awkward slide into home plate.After undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, Torres is now out for the season.

He slashed .273/.367/.496 in Trenton while being on a rotation between shortstop, his natural position, third and second. Then he compiled a .309/.406/.457 slash in 96 appearances with Triple-A Scranton where he played nine games at third, nine at short and five at second.

Torres was being groomed to play third base despite having no experience at the hot corner position prior to this season. There had been excitement that he might reach the majors at some point this season. Please do not forget his name during fantasy drafts next season.

Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Julio Urias and the Dodgers recently received the devastating news that he will need surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. This capsule surgery is one of the most difficult arm surgeries for a pitcher to recover from. Pitchers who have required the procedure in the past have required as many as 18 months to fully recover.

Some familiar names have had this procedure. Johan Santana, Chien-Ming Wang, and Michael Pineda to name a few. Unfortunately, none of them were really the same pitchers in their returns.

Among the most promising young pitchers in the game, the precocious pitching prospect was injured despite an unusual program designed by management to limit his innings to avoid such a setback.

A year ago, no Dodgers prospect shined brighter than Julio Urias. He was MLBPipeline’s No.4 overall prospect in 2016. He was sent down to Triple-A on May 21 after having trouble with his command.  Since his May 21 demotion, he has posted a 3.12 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings in three starts. The southpaw has a 0-2 record and sports a 5.40 ERA in five starts in the Majors this season.

Give his age and the amount of talent that he has, I believe that we will not see Julio Urias pitch until spring training 2019! The Dodgers’ front office has tried to protect his arm so I can see Julio missing the entire next year. This timeline would mean that the lefty would be pitching again at the age of 22. This is still way earlier than most pitchers who make it to the big leagues.


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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL and college football, MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He is an avid Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. He participates in numerous fantasy football leagues annually and is the commish in his two biggest money leagues. Also, participates in up to four fantasy baseball leagues annually and is the commish in one league that has been competing for over 15 years. Dennis has won several leagues in each sport and is the team to beat in the league and everyone knows it. Dennis is also an avid DFS player in both football and baseball. Dennis is a student of all sports and normally calls out what the game announcers say before they say it. Coming soon....twitter account.

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