Fantasy Sports Fix: 2016 baseball prospects and rookies
Every year there is a new group of rookies that take the stage in Major League Baseball. They all come with expectations of high performance and a lot of promise. Some of them actually live up to the hype, while others, maybe not so much.
This year, there have been several rookies and prospects that have caught my eye. There seems to be a lot of talent centered around the shortstop position this year as two rookies that have really made impacts have both been from that position. Let’s take a look.
Corey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles DodgersCorey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers
Corey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers
An unusual combination as he bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He was the No. 5 prospect last year, but this year he’s No. 1. Some people are saying he should be an All-Star, and with 50 runs, 38 RBIs, 16 home runs and a near-.300 average, I would only have to agree. He came into the week riding a 10-game hit streak but was held out of Monday’s contest because he needed some rest.
Lucas Giolito, starting pitcher, Washington NationalsLucas Giolito, starting pitcher, Washington Nationals
Lucas Giolito, starting pitcher, Washington Nationals
He was drafted in the first round of the 2012 (pick 16) MLB June Amateur Draft. He has a high ceiling for talent to go along with an impressive strikeout per nine innings rate. He just made his debut Tuesday against the Mets and Matt Harvey. He sports a 3.17 era and 1.42 WHIP in 14 starts this year at Double A. Manager Dusty Baker said he is unsure of how long Giolito will be with the Nationals, but he is maybe worth a spot in deeper leagues while he’s around.
Trevor Story, shortstop, Colorado RockiesTrevor Story, shortstop, Colorado Rockies
Trevor Story, shortstop, Colorado Rockies
He was the April National League Rookie of the Month and even led the league in home runs at one point during his hot start to the season. The Rockies seem to be doing well at shortstop in the post-Tulowitzki era as Story is first in the National League in extra base hits and third in home runs with 19. Right now though, he is dealing with a hand injury as he was hit by a pitch on Sunday against the Diamondbacks. X-rays were negative, but he still might be held out for some time as his right middle finger is still severely sore.
Julio Urias, starting pitcher, Los Angeles DodgersJulio Urias, starting pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Julio Urias, starting pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
He seems like he’s still finding his groove, though he has an 11.7 strikeout per nine innings rate and has lowered his era from around 9 to 4.33. Do be wary though, he could be sent back to the minors at some point but he is pitching better in his last four outings after a rough start. He is averaging 13 fantasy points over his last three starts as opposed to just the two points he averaged in his first three.
Joey Gallo, third base/outfield, Texas RangersJoey Gallo, third base/outfield, Texas Rangers
Joey Gallo, third base/outfield, Texas Rangers
The prized Rangers prospect had 108 at-bats last season when he was called up but hit just .204. He might be a nice stash in deeper leagues until he gets the official call up from the Rangers, but with his size and strength he could become a legitimate power hitter when he makes it to the majors.
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