2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Rookie Report: Baseball and Fireworks

by Dennis Sosic
2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Rookie Report: Baseball and Fireworks

July 4th is the celebration of America's birthday and baseball is America's pastime. It is a perfect combination.

Baseball celebrates Independence Day in ballparks big and small. All 30 MLB teams are scheduled to play and all are expected to wear patriotic uniforms. Minor League parks will sell out ballparks to the summertime ritual of baseball and fireworks on Independence Day.

The 4th of July is about celebrating all that makes us proud to be an American. We burst into patriotic life with baseball, hot dogs and fireworks.  It is an All-American, star-spangled celebration with families.

Let's take a look at which rookies and prospects are creating fireworks in the Week 14 Rookie Report.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Rookie Report

In "The Show"

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

Clint Frazier, OF, New York Yankees

Clint Frazier arrived from the Cleveland Indians in the Andrew Miller trade at the trade deadline last season. He rates as the team's No.2 prospect by MLBPipeline.com and the No. 17 prospect in all of baseball.

He certainly displays a fantasy-friendly power/speed skill set. He owns a .257/.345/.474 batting line with 33 extra-base hits including 12 homers, 42 RBIs, and nine stolen bases over 73 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees added their top prospect to replace the injured fellow rookie Dustin Fowler. Frazier should see everyday at-bats in the Yankees' outfield due to the barrage of injuries to the likes of Aaron Hicks (oblique) and Matt Holliday (illness) that they have dealt with. He is likely to keep hitting at the bottom of the order. He can make an impact due to his power/speed profile.

Clint Frazier is worth owning in all leagues and formats. In conclusion, Clint Frazier is worth the investment, especially in keeper leagues.

Ketel Marte, SS/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

Ketel Marte was recalled from Triple-A after shortstop Nick Ahmed was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right hand.

Marte had one of the most productive bats in the Minors. He was slashing .338/.391/.514 with six homers and seven steals with Triple-A Reno in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He was leading the Minor League in hits with 105 in 70 games.

Marte should see semi-regular playing time with the Diamondbacks. They do have options to play in their middle infield including Chris Owings and Brandon Drury. He warrants fantasy consideration in the MI slot in deeper formats.

Luke Weaver, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Luke Weaver rates as the team's No.3 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com. Weaver has been dominating at Triple-A this season. He is 7-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 11 starts. He has recorded a 60/13 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.

Weaver was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team and was the pitcher of the month in May.

Weaver joined the Cardinals for his first call-up of the season. Manager Mike Matheny emphasized that Weaver will not be held back as a long reliever. It seems that Luke Weaver instead will be considered a relief option for any situation.

He looks to be utilized in a couple of different roles with the Cardinals as their rotation looks to be in fine shape. Weaver has immense ability but presently has no defined role.

Luke Weaver is someone to target in dynasty/keeper formats if he is somehow still available. Without a specific role currently, he should not be added in any other fantasy format.

On The Brink

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

Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves

Ozzie Albies has a batting average of .283 with seven home runs, 34 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases in 74 games with the G-Braves this season.

Albies has an amazing skill set at the young age of 20. He has long been one of the Braves' more promising prospects in what has become one of the game's best farm systems. He has all the potential in the world to become one of the best young players in the MLB.

Albies has shown everything he needs to show in the minors. He now needs to show what he can do in the majors. Last season, he crushed Double-A with a .321/.391/.467 line while swiping 21 bases, .391 OBP, and 56 runs in 82 games. He was then promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett rather quickly and is ranked as the Braves No.1 prospect.

The fact that he is hitting for average and power is now scary, especially when you combine it with that plus-size speed.

We should see Ozzie Albies in Atlanta before the end of the season. Brandon Phillips' rejuvenation has removed any pressure to rush Albies to the majors. He remains their second baseman of the future.

In dynasty/keeper formats, Ozzie Albies should already be owned due to his vast potential. We will definitely see Albies during the September call-ups. If your team is looking for speed at the MI slot, please make sure you roster him accordingly.

Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies are nowhere near contention and should give Rhys Hoskins a chance to play in the big leagues.

Rhys Hoskins has built upon his 2016 season and is having an impressive 2017 season so far. He is hitting .300, getting on-base over .400 and slugging above .600!

Also, it is only matter of time before he gets the chance to hit for the Phillies. He is only being held back by the serviceable Tommy Joseph.  With plus power and an improved batting eye, Hoskins should already by playing every day at first for the Phillies.

Hoskins is a definite grab in dynasty/keeper formats and a stash on rosters for the September call-ups. Check out Hoskins in the Future Games on July 9 and tell me what you think.

Three Up

Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs

I have one question regarding Ian Happ: Why is his ownership level under 46 percent in ESPN leagues?

Happ has put up a stellar rookie season, slashing .264/.331/.566 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs in 45 games played.  He will continue to receive regular playing time in a strong Cubs lineup, which should give him the chance to put up even better numbers in the second half of the season.

His multi-position eligibility of second base and outfield is fantasy gold. In addition, he is also a clutch performer as well, which might him improve his spot in the lineup. He is hitting .333 (11-for-33) with three homers and 16 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

Basically, Ian Happ should be owned in all formats!

Sean Newcomb, SP, Atlanta Braves

Sean Newcomb was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett after posting a 2.97 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings in 11 starts this season. He made his big-league debut on June 10 and has been excellent through four starts, posting a minuscule 1.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

Also, the Braves look like they made a clever trade when they shipped Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for the young southpaw.

The rookie's 1-2 record hides the fact that he has tossed a quality start in each of his four outings so far. He has also addressed any concerns about his control (5.15 BB/9 at Triple-A) with just two walks over his past two starts.

Sean Newcomb should be rostered in NL-Only leagues and streamed in all formats.

Paul DeJong, 2B/3B, St. Louis Cardinals

Paul DeJong was recalled from Triple-A to fill in at second base after Kolten Wong was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season. He hit 13 homers in just 190 Triple-A plate appearances this season.

DeJong has done a very nice job in his limited action initially with the big league club. He is currently slashing .269/.280/.490 with six homers, 16 RBIs in 104 plate appearances. Now that Aledmys Diaz is back to Triple-A, DeJong's playing time will increase further by filling at shortstop.

His outrageous 33/2 K/BB ratio thru 104 at-bats would make you believe that a possible regression is upcoming.

He has shown above-average power in the upper minors and majors the past two seasons, but his plate discipline could use some work.
Paul DeJong would seem to be locked into playing time as he contributes at second base, until Kolten Wong gets back, and at shortstop. He is only NL-Only relevant and MI in the deepest of mixed leagues.

Three Down

Robert Gsellman, SP, New York Mets

The rookie has had a difficult time living up to the 2.42 ERA that he put up last season. He is now 5-5 with a 6.16 ERA, 1.62 WHIP along with striking out only 57 batters in 76 innings.

Gsellman tweaked his hammy while running out a grounder and was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain. He now resides on the 10-day disabled list.

Gsellman came into this season as a deep sleeper after his terrific production during the stretch run for the Mets last season. He struggled to start the season when he posted a 7.27 ERA over his first seven outings. He was demoted to the bullpen as a result of his poor production.

Gsellman has struggled throughout this season and it is hard to be optimistic that he will turn it around after he returns from his injury.

As a result, I would definitely feel safe in dropping Gsellman if you have not done so already.

Tom Murphy, C, Colorado Rockies

Tom Murphy made his season debut just a couple weeks ago after missing time with a fractured wrist.  He struggled in his return to the tune of going just 1-for-20 at the plate with two walks and seven strikeouts in eight games. He now heads back to Triple-A Albuquerque to recapture his hitting form.

In addition, the Rockies are playoff contenders and Murphy would have added another nice bat to a potent lineup. It looked like he was ready to come back. Murphy went 12-for-24 with seven RBI over his last five rehab games.

Murphy was likely stashed in several leagues considering his power upside and the lack of options at catcher. His return looked like fantasy gold for his owners. Now, Murphy could be in the minors for an extended time to clear his head. It would be difficult for owners to secure a roster spot at this juncture.

Antonio Senzatela, SP/RP, Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies announced last weekend that right-hander Antonio Senzatela will move to the bullpen for the foreseeable future. The organization wants to monitor his innings.

The 22-year-old rookie never pitched above Double-A. He's already well past halfway his career highs in starts (26) and innings (154). It makes sense that the Rockies want to slow things down a bit.

Rockies' Manager Bud Black sees Senzaleta (9-3, 4.79 ERA) working either in situational relief or a long-man role. He does expect the right-hander to return to the rotation at some point this season.

He started off the season in dazzling fashion but it has been heading into a downward spiral since. In his past five starts, he is 2-2 with an 8.54 ERA and has given up eight home runs in 26.1 innings.

The Rockies' rotation is now full with ace Jon Gray returning and fellow rookie Jeff Hoffman dazzling. It seems that the league has caught with Senzatela and with his increasing workload, a regression was inevitable.

With the current starting staff of the Rockies, I do not see Senzatela starting a game unless there is an injury.  Therefore, I don't see a point in keeping him unless your league has very deep rosters.

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