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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Rookie Report: Post-Trade Deadline Edition

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The speculation is finally over. The Trade Deadline has passed. Did your favorite teams acquire the players to get them over the top? Did some teams give up too much to get a chance at a championship?

The bevy of moves will affect the playoff picture but also the scope of the league for the near future.

Want to see which rookies were affected by the Trade Deadline? Let’s take a look in the Week 18 Rookie Report.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 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

Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

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Lewis Brinson struggled in his initial trial earlier this season, but he has the potential to make a notable impact down the stretch.

Brinson got the call to the majors for the first time in early June. Over the course of 14 games, he hit just .097/.200/.161 with 13 strikeouts in 35 at-bats. That is a terribly small sample size for a player making his major league debut. Brinson was then sent back down to AAA Colorado Springs to get his swing back and emotions in check.

In 94 at bats after being sent back to AAA Colorado Springs, Brinson slashed .404/.456/.691 with an OPS of 1.148. For the season with Colorado, Brinson had a .345/.417/.569 line along with an OPS at .986.

Brinson was called backed up to the Brewers last Wednesday. He went deep in each of his two contests after rejoining the club. Unfortunately, those two homers are his only hits in his 14 at-bats (.143) since the call-up.

With the potential for five-category contributions and superb results in Triple-A, Brinson has great fantasy upside. He makes an intriguing pickup in all formats. He is a definite add in all rotisserie leagues based upon his power and speed combo.

Erick Fedde, SP, Washington Nationals

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Erick Fedde is the No.3 prospect in the Nationals’ system, according to MLBPipeline.com. Between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, Fedde has a 3.72 ERA with an 8.0 K/9 against 2.4 BB/9 in 77.1 innings.

Fedde was called up to take Steven Strasburg spot in the rotation, who was placed on the disabled list (nerve impingement). He made his debut this past Sunday and struggled thru four innings, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs, struck out three and walked two.

Maybe the right-hander looks to have made his only start of the season as Strasburg is due to return this weekend. Fedde is not someone that you should concern yourself with as post-season awaits.

Lucas Sims, Atlanta Braves

Lucas Sims was called to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers. He will fill the void in the rotation left by the departed Jaime Garcia.

Sims was once one of the Braves’ top prospects, Sims has seen his stock tumble the last two seasons. He seems to have turned it around to start this season with Triple-A Gwinnett Braves. He is 7-4 with a 3.75 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 20 appearances (19 starts). The Triple-A All-Star right-hander has 132 strikeouts to just 36 walks in 115.1 innings. According to MLB.com, Sims is the 19th-best prospect in the Braves’ system.

Unfortunately, he has been shaky lately. Home runs have been a problem (19 allowed this year). He has allowed 20 earned runs in the month of July.

Lucas Sims is worth a speculative add right now in shallow leagues in a best-case scenario.

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

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Because the Mets did not make any major trades involving marquee players before the Trade Deadline, the Mets are officially looking to the future.

Hopefully, the Mets wise up and finally call up Amed Rosario. There have been reports that he will be called up once the Trade Deadline has passed, but I heard all of this before. Amed Rosario deserves to be in the big leagues.

Rosario is hitting .328 with 58 RBI and seven home runs for Triple-A Las Vegas in 94 games. He also has 19 stolen bases and is rated as an above-average defender. In contrast, he can not be any worse defensively than Jose Reyes or Asdrubal Cabrera.

The shortstop is not only considered the No. 1 player in the Mets farm system, he is listed as the second-best prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com.

The Mets remain unlikely to make the playoffs, but adding the young prospect to the 25-man roster should generate plenty of excitement in the final stretch of the season.

Amed Rosario would be a valuable addition in your MI spot if your team is looking for steals and OBP.

Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets

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The New York Mets’ youth movement continues.

Dominic Smith is waiting for the call to the major-league club following the trade of first baseman Lucas Duda to the Rays.  Smith is hitting .343/.396/.539 with a career-high sixteen homers and 72 RBI this season.

Smith remains the Mets’ first baseman of the future, a future which should start immediately.  Give the Mets’ fans a reason to watch the game.

Dominic Smith is one of the top hitting prospects and should be added and stashed in all leagues.

Three Up

Parker Bridwell, SP, Los Angeles Angels

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The rookie right-hander has emerged as a bright spot in a rotation that has been hit hard by injuries.

He has held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his four starts this month and is on an impressive run. As a result, he is 5-1 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 34/13 K/BB ratio in 54 innings.

Parker Bridwell is making the best of his opportunity and claiming a spot in the Angels’ rotation. He has been a wonderful find for the Angels and fantasy owners alike. Bridwell is worth a look in AL-Only formats or deep mixed leagues as he is being effective and worth a speculative add.

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians

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Bradley Zimmer has mostly held his own at the plate so far this rookie season. He has offered five category production since he got the call to the majors a few months ago. He has a .279 batting average with seven homer, 35 RBI, and 13 stolen bases along with a .355 OBP in 204 at-bats.

Consequently, the rookie outfielder should continue to hold on to the Indians’ leadoff spot as he continues to illustrate the power-speed ceiling that he possesses along with his great defense.

Most rookies are inconsistent in their initial seasons, and Zimmer has had his ups and downs so far this season. After stumbling out of the All-Star break with a 0-for-11 slump, he is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with two homers, 10 RBI, four stolen bases and a .808 OPS.

Bradley Zimmer can certainly help owners with home runs and steals in category leagues. He is an above-average source of power and speed and will become a must-own if he can diminish his strikeouts.

Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres

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Manuel Margot just became the first Padres’ player to win Player of the Week honors this season.  He went 12-for-24 with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs last week.

Since his return from the disabled list (strained calf), Margot is hitting .310/.333/.517 with four homers, eight RBI, a .851 OPS and four stolen bases. He is showcasing the power and speed potential that made him of the Padres’ top prospects heading into the season.

Overall, Margot is hitting .281 with a .321 on-base percentage, 11 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 11 steals. His four lead off home runs is the second-most in a season in Padres history, behind only Will Venable‘s five in 2011.

The Padres’ lead off hitter does have to contend with the team’s lack of offensive support, which limits his counting stats but his surprise home run production only increases his ceiling.

His power and speed combo provide tons of potential. Fantasy owners in need of outfield help should pick up Margot now. As a result, he is definitely worth starting in rotisserie formats, because of his ability to produce among multiple categories.

Three Down

Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Mitch Haniger is having an adventurous rookie season.

He started the season on fire by slashing .338/.442/.600 with four homers, 16 RBI, two steals and 20 runs scored in his first 21 games. Unfortunately, Haniger suffered an oblique injury, which forced him to miss six weeks of the season.

He picked up where he left off when he returned from the disabled list last month initially but now is in the midst of a major slump over his past 30 games. He is hitting only .176 (12-for-68) with one homer and two RBI with 13 strikeouts.

Overall, he is now hitting .255/.358/.425 with seven homers, 24 RBI, and three stolen bases.  Like most rookies, he will continue to experience growing pains as he negotiates through his first full season.

Unfortunately, the rookie now has another pain to get over. Haniger took a 95 mph fastball off his face this past weekend. He didn’t suffer any facial fractures but does require plastic surgery to repair a facial laceration.  He was placed on the 10-day disabled list and will out of action for approximately two weeks.

Fantasy owners have received virtually nothing from Haniger since his hot start of the season.  It looks like he will miss closer to a month to recover from his latest injury.  I do not think there is a reason to wait any longer for Haniger to produce as he did in the beginning of the season. It is time to look elsewhere for help in your outfield.

Adam Frazier, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

With Starling Marte (suspension) returning to the lineup, Adam Frazier becomes a utility man for the Pirates. Frazier started the season on fire, batting .370/.458/.500 in 107 plate appearances. Unfortunately, he has hit just .207 over his past 42 games.

Since mid-May, he maintained an everyday role with the Pirates.  Unfortunately, Frazier now has lost most of his playing time in the outfield with Marte returning. Although he could either move back and forth between second base and third.

Frazier’s upside is limited due to his 28.1 percent hard-hit rate. The newly-appointed utility man becomes more of a match up option off the bench that an everyday starter. Therefore, he should be left on waivers in most, if not all leagues.

Jeff Hoffman, SP, Colorado Rockies

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Jeff Hoffman started off the season strong and became a serviceable starter for the Rockies in the first few months of the season.

In contrast, he has been roughed up for 21 earned runs on 30 hits and 10 walks in his past four starts, seeing his ERA jump from 4.01 to 5.58 in the process. In his three starts after the All-Star break, batters are hitting a whopping .404 against him.

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Of course, there is always the Coors Field factor with regards to their pitchers and Hoffman is definitely not any different. He now has a 7.79 ERA at home this season compared to a 3.65 on the road.

Jeff Hoffman is trending downward. Earlier in the season, he could be trusted as a streaming option while pitching on the road. Unfortunately, lately, he has really struggled. Also, he has a 1.77 WHIP and a 22/18 K/BB ratio in 37.1 innings over his last seven starts. Consequently, that just isn’t going to cut it, regardless where you are pitching. I think it is safe to say, that fantasy owners need to move on from Jeff Hoffman.

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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