2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Rookie Report: Your Number One Fan

by Dennis Sosic
2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Rookie Report: Mothers are always your number one fan

As I am writing this Week 7 Rookie Report, I am getting ready to celebrate Mother's Day with my mother. With that being said, Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mothers for all you do.

My mother was always my number one fan!  No matter what I said or did she always told me to keep doing my best and always emphasized the positive in all of my sports' activities and in life.

She always preached hard work, dedication and to respect others. Those attributes would help me succeed in any part of life and everyone knows Mothers are always right. My mother always sacrificed herself for the rest of the family and that's what made her MOM.

Let's check out which rookie players that I am a fan of and are showing hard work and dedication in the Week 7 Rookie Report.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Rookie Report

In "The Show"

PlayerPositionTeam
Albert Almora, Jr.OFChicago Cubs
Christian Arroyo3B/2BSan Francisco Giants
Andrew BenintendiOFBoston Red Sox
Greg Bird1BNew York Yankees
Josh Bell1BPittsburgh Pirates
Cody Bellinger1B/OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Jose BerriosSP Minnesota Twins
Ty BlachSPSan Francisco Giants
Byron BuxtonOFMinnesota Twins
Matt Davidson3B/DHChicago White Sox
Kyle FreelandSPColorado Rockies
Robert GsellmanSPNew York Mets
Mitch HanigerOFSeattle Mariners
Ian Happ2B/OFChicago Cubs
Austin HedgesCSan Diego Padres
Jacoby Jones3B/OFDetroit TIgers
Aaron JudgeOFNew York Yankees
Manuel MargotOFSan Diego Padres
Trey ManciniOFBaltimore Orioles
Jordan MontgomerySPNew York Yankees
Taylor MotterSS/3B/OFSeattle Mariners
Hunter RenfroeOFSan Diego Padres
Antonio SenzatelaSPColorado Rockies
Dansby SwansonSSAtlanta Braves

Jose Berrios, SP Minnesota Twins

After dominating Triple-A Rochester to the tune of 3-0 with a league-leading 1.13 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings in six starts, he was called up to make a start last Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. Jose Berrios finally showed why he is one of the most hyped pitchers in the minors.

Jose Berrios and the Twins beat the Indians 4-1.  He dominated the Indians for 7 2/3 innings. He gave up one run on two hits while striking out four. Berrios allowed just four runners and threw 71 out of 104 pitches for strikes.

The 23-year-old right-hander looked overmatched in his first crack in the majors last season when he finished with a 3-7 record, an 8.02 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP in 14 starts. The Twins had him focus on his command this season and they saw enough of him to call him up and show what he can do.

While the Twins are in first place in their division, they have one good starter in Erwin Santana, the rest of the staff is mediocre at best. The Twins can afford to bring Berrios along slowly as they continue their surprise run.

Berrios has nothing left to prove in the minors.  Here are his career Triple-A totals:  18-8 record, 2.54 ERA, and a 0.92 WHIP.   He needs to be in the Twins' rotation now and the rest of this season.  IF he is somehow still available in your league, what are you waiting for?  GO pick him up ASAP!

On The Brink

PlayerPositionTeam
Ozzie Albeis2BAtlanta Braves
Franklin BarretoSSOakland A's
Tyler BeedeSPSan Francisco Giants
Lewis BrinsonOFMilwaukee Brewers
Lucas GiolitoSPChicago White Sox
Chad GreenSPNew York Yankees
Rafael Devers3BBoston Red Sox
Brent HoneywellSPTampa Bay Rays
Rhys Hoskins1BPhiladelphia Phillies
Reynaldo LopezSPChicago White Sox
Frances Martes SP/RPHouston Astros
Yoan Moncada2BChicago White Sox
Amed RosarioSSNew York Mets
Gleyber TorresSSNew York Yankees

Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B, Chicago White Sox

He IS the best fantasy prospect in baseball.

Yoan Moncada is dominating Triple-A to the tune of .333/.405/.511 with six home runs, 13 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

There are two negatives with Moncada.  First and foremost, the strikeouts. He has struck out a whopping 42 times in 135 at-bats.  While those numbers are staggering, when he does hit it, he makes a tremendous impact.  Secondly, he is roadblocked by the club due to the Super Two rule and will probably not see action until mid-June so the club can gain another year of control.

He will see action this season with the White Sox, probably after the All-Star break.  He will prove to be worth the wait as he will flash his power/speed combo and will contribute in all fantasy categories.  It is silly that we have to wait for this fantasy dynamo to get to the majors. He is ready to help the White Sox and your fantasy team.

If he was somehow dropped by an impatient owner, please don't hesitate and grab Moncada ASAP!  You will thank me later.

Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

Rhys Hoskins was one of the most pleasant surprises for the Phillies organization last season.  He hit .281 with 38 home runs, 116 RBI and stole eight bases in 2016. He is currently smashing the ball in Triple-A, waiting for his turn as only underachieving Tommy Joseph in his way.

Hoskins is continuing his torrid hitting this season by slashing .345/.432/.655 with nine home runs and 28 RBI.

If Tommy Joseph can not build upon last season or continues to struggle, look for the Phillies to turn to Hoskins as he looks to be ready to come to the big show.

While he is an intriguing prospect for the Phillies, Hoskins is only valuable in fantasy in NL-Only leagues as a possible corner infielder on a team looking for power.  He is a nice stash candidate in NL-Only leagues.

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Rafael Devers will like to follow the Andrew Benintendi Blueprint, which goes as follows:  Spend a season at Single-A, get invited to big-league camp, move up to Double-A and grab a spot on a pennant-chasing Red Sox team with a positional need.

Devers has a quick bat and hit 11 home runs while stealing 18 bases at Single-A last season. He is currently hitting .324/.393/.590 with seven home runs, 20 RBI and 12 walks in 105 at-bats.

If the Red Sox do not reach out and trade for a rental third baseman, do not be surprised if we see Devers playing third base late this summer during a pennant chase.

He is a speculative add in the truest sense.  IF you have deep rosters in your AL-Only leagues, I would definitely stash him now.

Three Up

Ian Happ, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs

Ian Happ came into this season with a lot of hype and he showed why in his first game.  He slugged a two-run homer off Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez for his first major league hit.

He was called up on a short-term basis while Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Jon Jay are all battling injuries or an illness. The Cubs' bench is very short-handed and he could provide some pop off the bench.

Ian Happ was raking .298/.362/.615 with nine home runs and 25 RBI in 26 games at Triple-A Iowa so far this season. In his two games so far with the Cubs, he is hitting .429 (3-for-7) with that home run and 2 RBI.

While initially called up only to provide temporary assistance until the regulars come back, Happ is making his presence felt and showing that he deserves to stay. He can play multiple positions and obviously has pop in his bat.  I want to have Ian Happ on all of my teams and you should as well.

Antonio Senzatela, SP, Colorado Rockies

Antonio Senzatela has opened his big league career with a 6-1 record, 3.31 ERA, and a 1.16 WHIP while only striking out 29 batters in 49 innings.

He has gone six innings or more in six out of his eight starts. He is not a high strikeout pitcher but he is an innings eater, and all of his stats besides strikeouts have value in fantasy.

Antonio Senzatela continues to impress in his rookie season. He is a nice streaming option in all leagues, especially when he pitches on the road.

Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners

Mitch Haniger took some swings in the batting cage today to test his recovery from an oblique injury. All reports indicate that he came thru pain-free and hopes to begin a rehab assignment this weekend.  His projection return now is May 23.

Haniger started off the season stroking the ball.  Before the injury, he was hitting .338/.422/.600 with four home runs, 16 RBI, two stolen bases in 80 at-bats.

Once he is able to return, he will go right back to being the Mariners' starting right fielder.  If he somehow becomes available in your league, you need to grab him immediately.  It looks like Haniger will prove to be a huge fantasy asset and likely a starter in most championship teams this season.

Three Down

Jharel Cotton, SP, Oakland Athletics

Jharel Cotton was looked upon as a future star coming into this season. He started off this season showing promise but was wildly inconsistent. Then it got even worse.

The right-hander coughed up five home runs in just 11 innings in May!  He gave up at least five runs in three of his seven outings. He was lit up for seven runs on eight hits in his latest effort on Tuesday. Jharel Cotton was optioned to Triple-A on Wednesday.

Cotton had a record of 3-4 and allowed 24 earned runs in 38 innings, while finishing with a whopping 5.68 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP

This was the right move to make for Cotton and the A's.  The Oakland A's were looking to get left-hander Sean Manaea back from the DL and needed room on the roster. Cotton needs to go to the minors to sort out his command issues, something the A's don't have the luxury to wait on in the majors.

All young pitchers go through ups and downs.  You can see that Cotton has excellent stuff, but his command has been shaky all season.  Jharel Cotton will probably be back sometime this season. He is someone to continue to roster if you have deep benches, otherwise, it is ok to move on.

Tyler Glasnow, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

This is the second consecutive week for Tyler Glasnow to be selected as DOWN on my Rookie Report. After his dismal start on Friday, I would not be surprised if Glasnow is sent down to the minors. He only lasted 2 1/3 innings while allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts versus the Diamondbacks.

The right-hander has given up at least three runs in each start so far this season to harness him with a 7.98 ERA this season.  He also has a woeful 2.08 WHIP while giving up a whopping 40 hits and 21 walks in 29.1 innings. His only salvation is his strikeout output. Glasnow has a 9.5 K/9 so far this season. That is the ONLY reason he still on a major league roster, let alone a fantasy roster.

Tyler Glasnow is on a very shaky ground as a starter in the Pirates' rotation. His strikeouts show his potential but he needs to start to show steady improvement with his control or he will be going to striking out batters at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Robert Gsellman, SP, New York Mets

After being a late and a post-season hero for the Mets last season, Robert Gsellman is having a rough time so far in 2017.  In seven starts, he is 2-3 with an ugly 7.07 ERA along with a 1.79 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched.

He has allowed three or more earned runs in every start this season. Over his last four starts, batters are hitting a whopping .333 against him.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are considering skipping Robert Gsellman's next turn in the rotation. Gsellman would pitch out of the bullpen a couple times before his next start in hopes that it might help get him back on track.

Robert Gsellman is safe to waive in deeper mixed leagues.  He should only be owned in deep NL-Only leagues-maybe.

 

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