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“Alluhring Strategy” Real Deal Dynasty Primer: Rookie Impact Power Rankings

Can Rookies be trusted? It has been a wild opening to the 2016 baseball season. We have seen some incredible impact to start the year by some rookie players that were somewhat unexpected. We have also seen some poor performances by some rookie players that leave us scratching our head. Whether you are a fan where your favorite team has had some positive or negative impact by rookies OR you are a fantasy baseball owner that would like to know whether you should burn a precious roster spot on one these guys,

This week I will be launching my “In-Season” Rookie Impact Power Rankings. This list will help you track which rookies are AND will have an impact during the 2016 season. Now that we are nearly two weeks in, we can start to evaluate Rookie debuts and subsequent appearances. I will consider these early season production (or lack thereof) as well as their tool profile to project sustained and/or future impact this season. In this particular piece, I will be using daily stats to see the progress (or regression) over the first week or so. I will break down in more detail the top guys on the list but the rest will get just a sentence or two. I will update this list as the season progresses and comment on the those that rise and fall at the bottom of my weekly articles go forward.

The criteria for this list is simple:

  1. Must not have exceeded Rookie eligibility prior to the start of the 2016 season
  2. Must have appeared in a MLB game this season

That’s it. Very simple concept, but it could potentially help dynasty owners evaluate trade value as well as redraft owners consider if these guys are worth a roster spot. At the very least it should spark some lively debate…

 

Kenta Maeda (LAD) SP

 

Meada did not have the fanfare (or contract) that Darvish and Tanaka imgresreceived during their MLB courting. However, his eight-year track record in Japan indicates the man can pitch. He had a career 2.39 ERA, 1.048 WHIP, 0.6 HR/9, 7.4 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9. He doesn’t have a devastating “out” pitch, but that actually works to his advantage as his best tool is command which will have no problem “translating” to Major League Baseball. He has a four-pitch mix that are all average or above average. The early results have been fantastic…

 

DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 12 Ari 6.0 5 0 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.92
Apr. 6 @SD 6.0 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0.00 0.83

 

He obviously is going to give up runs along the way but his impeccable control and ability to force ground balls will keep him in most games.He never had less than 26 starts in a season in Japan so he is very durable. He likely won’t strike out the 7 ½ men per game in the MLB, but his control numbers will make him valuable in any fantasy scoring format. Run him out there every five days with confidence. He may be listed as the #3 starter, but he will likely end up the 2nd best starter on this team behind Kershaw.

 

Trevor Story (COL) SS

 

I was all set to place the biggest hit of the Spring at #3 on this list after he imageswas shut down by Jeff Samardzija on Tuesday night with an 0-4 with 3 Ks. I was ready to predict that Story would come crashing down to earth. Anyone with a grasp on reality understands that he can’t sustain the pace he has shown in his first 9 games. As I discussed in my article last week, he has never profiled with this type of hit or power tool. Fangraphs gave him a future value of 45 with a ceiling of 40 for his hit tool and power. He is supposed to be a stopgap until the Brendan Rodgers era. Then Wednesday happened…

 

DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 13 SF 4 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .343 .351 1.057 1.408
Apr. 12 SF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .290 .313 .968 1.281
Apr. 10 SD 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .357 1.111 1.468
Apr. 9 SD 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 1.083 1.416
Apr. 8 SD 5 2 3 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .368 .368 1.316 1.684
Apr. 6 @Ari 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 1.143 1.429
Apr. 5 @Ari 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .300 1.200 1.500

 

I would argue that this was by far his best night at the plate so far. He did not have a home run, but it was the approach that impressed me. Coors Field had its fence raised nearly nine feet this off-season. His triple in the 4th would have cleared the fence last year. Instead of trying to “compensate” his swing to get more lift (not that he needed to with a 66.7% Fly Ball rate and 20.8 Line Drive rate) to clear the fence, he came back in the 6th and triples off the wall again. Despite an extremely high K rate (32.4%), he showed some plate discipline with his approach the rest of the game. The most impressive plate appearance was in the 8th with the game on the line. Down 7-6, I thought he would try and muscle one out of the yard to tie it up. Instead he took a fastball to right field for a rare single. This allowed Nolan Arenado to do his thing and hit a go-ahead 3-run Home Run in the going into the 9th inning. It wouldn’t be fair to neglect mentioned he had an RBI Sac Fly in the 1st inning to start it off.

I still stick by my prediction that he levels off on the power and doesn’t exceed 25 HRs on the year. However, this type of growth can ensure he won’t lose any playing time to the embattled, Jose Reyes, if and when he returns.

 

Tyler White (HOU) 1B/3B

 

It’s been quite the Spring for Mr. White. Prior to April, he wasn’t even on theimgres 40 Man Roster. He wins the Opening Day gig over previous top prospect Jon Singleton AND current organizational top prospect, A.J. Reed. Then he continues to rake at the Major League level. The only reason you don’t hear more of him is because he is a terrible fielder and probably best suited to DH. The 25-year-old is an advanced hitter with plus hit tool and above average power tool. Over three seasons in the Minors he slashed .311/.422/.489 with more walks (174) than strikeouts (164). So far there has been no let down in his Major League performance…

 

DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 13 KC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .483 .529 .897 1.426
Apr. 12 KC 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .520 .567 1.000 1.567
Apr. 11 KC 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .545 .577 1.091 1.668
Apr. 10 @Mil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .556 .591 1.167 1.758
Apr. 9 @Mil 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667 .667 1.400 2.067
Apr. 8 @Mil 4 1 3 1 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .692 .714 1.308 2.022
Apr. 7 @NYY 4 1 3 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .700 1.111 1.811

 

Astros’ Brass made the right decision as he has been an impact bat from Opening Day and will save them a year of arbitration on A.J. Reed. In Real Deal Moneyball Dynasty League, White was won in free agent auction on April 6th for $15M. Heavy price tag ($189M cap for 40 Man roster) to pay but there is no reason to believe he can’t hit near .300 with 20+ HRs in a full season. If the Astros want to bring Reed up later this summer they can still keep White’s bat in the lineup at 3B and/or DH. It sounds like they want to let Gattis catch a little this year which will open up the DH spot more.

 

Corey Seager (LAD) SS

 

Considering the start by a few other Rookies, some may consider Seager to CoreySeagerFacehave had a disappointing opening week. I would strongly disagree with this assessment. He has not shown any power yet, but that is not what should determine success regardless of what Trevor Story is doing. Seager hit safely in his first six games to start this season and has only two strikeouts in his first 40 plate appearances (5.0% K rate). As he gets settled in the rest of this impressive tool set will translate. So far this season…

 

DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 13 Ari 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .297 .325 .405 .730
Apr. 12 Ari 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .361 .455 .816
Apr. 10 @SF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .344 .433 .777
Apr. 9 @SF 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .320 .333 .440 .773
Apr. 8 @SF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292 .280 .375 .655
Apr. 7 @SF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .300 .421 .721
Apr. 6 @SD 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .357 .333 .500 .833

 

When the 2016 season has come to a close, I expect Seager to be at the top of this list and NL Rookie of the Year. If you can find an owner that is impatient, go get him. If you have him, play him everyday as he’s still a Top 10 SS in nearly every scoring format.

 

Nomar Mazara (TEX) RF

 

Mazara might be higher on this list with but he’s about a week behind the imagesothers. I’m not sure Texas wanted to call him up this early and would have preferred that he got more reps in at AAA. It does speak volumes of the Joey Gallo standing within the the organization. It appears he’s done in the outfield, which is why Nomar got the call. Gallo is back to being groomed as a 3B despite the Rangers negotiating to extend Betre another two years (maybe a vesting 3rd). Mazara on the other hand might not have the prolific power of Gallo, but he’s projected to have plus power as well as above average hit tool. He has improved his plate discipline and contact rate since beginning in pro ball four years ago.

 

DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 13 @Sea 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .389 .563 .952
Apr. 12 @Sea 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .462 .429 .692 1.121
Apr. 11 @Sea 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .625 .556 1.000 1.556
Apr. 10 @LAA 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750 .750 1.500 2.250

 

He started off with a bang with a 3 for 4 debut featuring a home run. He has looked like he belongs and is a nice catalyst at the top of the Rangers order. With Hamilton and Choo out another 4-6 weeks, he should get every opportunity to show that he should stay. I don’t think Texas is worrying about protecting his service time since they called him up so early, but unless he’s still crushing it when the veterans get healthy, they may send him back AAA so he can play every day rather than rotating with a potential crowded outfield. Dynasty owners should be clamoring for this guy, but the price is probably a bit too high right now. Wait until mid-year and see if the price has come down. Regardless, he will be a tremendous long-term asset but his impact in 2016 might not be sustainable.

 

Jeremy Hazelbaker (STL) CF – Although a Rookie, he’s not really a prospect of a dynasty asset. 28-year-old could produce on a short-term basis but as soon as the Cardinals get healthy, he will be a bench player.

 

Ross Stripling (LAD) SP – 7.1 innings of NO-HIT baseball to debut in the Majors gets him on this list. He was scheduled to pitch 4/14 at 10pm EST which is after this article was submitted so by the time you read this he may have shot up OR off this list.

 

Joey Rickard (BAL) LF – Hit safely in his first five career games. He’s not flashy, but he’s parlaying and excellent 2015 campaign and Spring Training into a regular gig in Baltimore. He’s worth a plug and play, but he may not be as effective later in the season when other teams have seen him.

 

Aledmys Diaz (STL) SS – Extremely productive filling in for Peralta. Has 3 months to prove he belongs and give STL some tough decisions to make.

 

Socrates Brio (ARI) CF – Coolest name in the Majors has some value in deeper leagues with Pollock down for most if not all of the season.

 

Miguel Castro (COL) RP – Apart from one bad pitch, he has been lights out out of the pen for Colorado.

 

Seung-hwan Oh (STL) RP – Yet to give up earned run and 9:4 K/BB ratio in first five MLB appearances.

 

Steven Matz (NYM) SP – Tough First Start of the Season (7 ER in 1.2

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…says every Buxton owner everywhere!

INN), but there is no reason to panic.

 

Byron Buxton (MIN) CF – Former #1 Prospect slashing .167/.167/.250 with 54.2% K rate.

 

Tony Zych (SEA) RP – Tagged with a few runs but will be Closer in Seattle by season’s end.

 

Mychal Givens (BAL) RP – Nasty stuff keeps in him high-leverage situations despite giving up a few runs early.

 

Mallex Smith (ATL) CF – Two week fill in will provide some speed stats in category/roto leagues. Will be make down to AAA when Inciarte is healthy.

 

Scott Schebler (CIN) OF – Getting playing time and can be productive if he sustains that. Nothing flashy but can contribute as an injury replacement.

 

Hector Olivera (ATL) LF – Not living up to hype and now is in off-the-field trouble.

 

Byung-ho Park (MIN) DH – Hitters from the Korean league just don’t seem to translate to MLB.

 


 

Bryan Luhrs

Major League Fantasy Sports
Writer & Contributor
Real Deal Dynasty Sports
Owner, League Developer & Executive Commissioner

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  1. Joe Iannone

    April 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t care what the girls on Reddit say. This is exactly the type of info that we need in fantasy. The temptation to overspend on a rookie (or failure to sell high when you can) can do some real damage.

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