2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Rookie Report: All-Star Edition

by Dennis Sosic
2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Rookie Report: All-Star Edition

Major League Baseball will celebrate its halfway mark (roughly) of the season with its annual All-Star Game. It takes place on July 11 at Miami’s Marlins Park.

The MLB season is reaching its peak, and soon MLB teams will begin progressing down the other side as they draw closer to the end of the year than its beginning. Preseason expectations will soon be set aside, if they have not been already, and it won't be long before trade rumors begin to dominate the baseball news cycle.

It seems like the perfect time to reflect on what we have seen thus far. Let's check out the top rookie fantasy producers through this point of the season in the Week 15 Rookie Report.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Rookie Report

In "The Show"

All-Rookie Batting Lineup

Austin HedgesCatcherSan Diego PadresHedges is hitting a dismal .218 but ranks tied for second in home runs with 13 among catchers.
Josh BellFirst BasePittsburgh PiratesBell has showcased unexpected power (16 homers) and low batting average (.239), quite opposite of his initial projections.
Ian HappSecond BaseChicago CubsThe kid is for real. He has 25 extra-base hits — 13 home runs, 10 doubles and two triples — in 183 plate appearances.
Matt DavidsonThird BaseChicago White SoxDavidson has been a nice power revelation as evidenced by his 18 home runs, but the swings and misses are his downfall.
Dansby SwansonShortstopAtlanta BravesSwanson has been overestimated by fantasy players. The results just have not been there for fantasy owners.
Aaron JudgeOutfieldNew York YankeesHe is leading MLB in home runs and WAR, he’s near the top in all three triple crown categories. He should be a runaway rookie of the year, and if he keeps producing, he’ll be the MVP as well.
Cody BellingerOutfieldLos Angeles DodgersBellinger has exceeded all expectations and looks like a special player. He set a MLB record with 21 homers through first 51 games
Andrew BenintendiOutfieldBoston Red SoxBenintendi came into the season with lofty expectations and has produced. He is the first Red Sox rookie to have two five-hit games in a season.
Trey ManciniDesignated HitterBaltimore Orioles Mancini has gone largely unnoticed despite being on pace to be second best rookie in the AL behind Aaron Judge. He is slashing .312/.354/.538 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs

All-Rookie Pitchers

Jacob FariaSPTampa Rays
Parker BridwellSPLos Angeles Angels
German MarquezSPColorado Rockies
Jordan MontgomerySPNew York Yankees
Antonio SenzatelaSPColorado Rockies
Dinelson LametSPSan Diego Padres
Jakob JunisSPKansas City Royals

On the Brink

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Rafael Devers, 20, who signed with Boston less than four years ago, out of the Dominican Republic, is the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox system. He is clearly knocking on the door as a potential X-factor for the Red Sox down the stretch.

In 77 games this year,  Devers has looked like one of the best prospects in baseball with a big league ETA measured in months rather than years. He is batting .300 with a .369 on-base percentage, .575 slugging percentage, .944 OPS, 18 homers, 19 doubles, three triples and 56 RBIs this season for Double-A Portland.

The left-handed hitter ranks among the top three in the Eastern League in homers and OPS despite being the league’s youngest position player. He is showing skills such as an ability to drive the ball out of the park to the opposite field — with 10 of his 18 homers thus far coming to center or left fields, and many of those coming on breaking balls.

The Red Sox have been a train wreck at the third base position in 2017. His promotion to Triple-A could come within days. There is a very real possibility that he could emerge as part of the third base equation in a big-league pennant race. Look for Devers to be the starting third baseman for the Red Sox during the upcoming pennant race. He is definitely someone to grab in keeper leagues if he is somehow still available. If you have room to stash Devers on your roster, I would advise doing so. His upside is tremendous.

Scott Kingery, 2B. Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies' acclaimed prospect Scott Kingery has been making noise across the organization even since the team drafted him in 2015. He has drawn comparisons to Chase Utley at second base.

After hitting .313 with 18 home runs over 69 games in Double-A, He was promoted to Triple-A. Through his first seven games, the 23-year-old has four home runs with a .282 batting average. Kingery also has swiped 23 bases and looks like a legit candidate to be a 20-20 guy at second base for the Phillies.

The Phillies' second base situation has not been anything to get excited about as of late. Cesar Hernandez was having a fine season until he was stymied by an oblique injury, one that will sideline him for a few more weeks at minimum. Philadelphia, in the midst of a rebuilding phase, could look to trade the veteran to a contender this summer, or possibly this winter, and open up a spot for Kingery.

He has the ability to hit for a solid average, get on base consistently and steal some bases. This makes for a very good second baseman who can also play defense competently. While he is the club's presumed second baseman of the future, Kingery has also been seeing work at third base recently. The Phillies' top infield prospect could move to third base with Maikel Franco struggling so far in the big leagues.

The biggest caveat with Kingery is that the Phillies would have to add him to the 40-man roster if they promoted him. Therefore, he does not need to be protected from December's Rule 5 draft.

While Scott Kingery looks to be a fantasy darling in the future, fantasy owners should not look for him this season.  He IS a great player to own in keeper/dynasty formats.

 Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets

The latest speculation on the call up of Amed Rosario to the big leagues is very plausible. He could be called up on August 1st. This will be after the Mets have cleaned house of their walk-year veterans in the days leading to the July 21 no-waivers trade deadline.

Rosario, the top-rated prospect in the Mets' system, has nothing left to prove in the minors. Even accounting for the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, he looks statistically ready, with a .327/.365/.474 slash line with seven homers, 52 RBIs, 16 doubles, seven triples and 16 steals in 83 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. And no one questions his defense, where he has Gold Glove potential.

He batted third and started at shortstop for the World Team in the All-Star Future Game. Rosario, 21, struck out in both of his at-bats. He also made a sick play on defense for the World Team on Sunday at Marlins Park.

Rosario has the potential to offer a solid batting average and a handful of steals in his first two months against big-league pitching.

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Tuesday July 11, 2017 - Fantasy Baseball Links - FantasyRundown.com July 11, 2017 - 5:17 pm

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