25 Rookies that will Impact Fantasy Baseball in 2015

16) Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks – Word out of Diamondbacks camp is Lamb will break camp with the team, and deservedly so. His exact role it TBD, with him seeing time at first base recently he can spell Paul Goldschmidt when he needs a day off, but I believe he should be the everyday third baseman on opening day. Tomas simply can’t cut it at the hot corner and Lamb proved he can hold down the job defensively. At the plate, Lamb is also better than the third outfielder the D-Backs would start if Tomas is at third. Lamb has the chance to be a very good regular, if not make an All-Star game or two in his career. This year he will be a strikeout risk as his hips tend to fly open too early at the plate but, when he makes contact, his natural upper cut swing give the ball good loft and will clear the wall plenty. I could see a .260 hitter with 15-20 home runs and 75-80 RBIs.

17) Jon Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies – A big bodied starter from Oklahoma, Gray is the epitome of a workhorse. Originally thought to be a guy who wouldn’t make his debut until after the All-Star break, but with the recent release of Jhoulys Chacin, there is suddenly a spot in the rotation for Gray. Gray has a fastball that can sit in the mid 90s and his slider is one of the best among all pitching prospects. He has the ability to strike out both lefties and righties, and seemingly with ease. If Gray does not break camp with the team, then it is likely it will be a while before he makes his debut, but if he is on the Opening Day roster, he could be one of the better rookie pitchers in baseball.

18) Michael Foltynewicz, RHP, Atlanta Braves – The centerpiece of the Braves side of the Evan Gattis trade, Foltynewicz comes with a power fastball and a power curve. His fastball can touch triple digits and his curve can get even the best hitters to chase it, although too often that is just what he needs them to do. The only pitch he can throw with any real command is the fastball, as the curve is rarely in the strike zone. His K/BB ratio in is under two, and he has a low K rate for a guy with such a big fastball, but that will come in time. He has flashed a change that should help keep hitters honest, but it is still a work in progress. All that said, the potential is too strong for Foltynewicz to fall any further than this and a young, talented rotation just may be the only thing that keeps Braves fans interested this season, and that could lead to solid numbers in fantasy.

19) Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins – While my personal rooting interests will be for Tommy Milone to keep his spot in the rotation all season, Alex Meyer is simply too good to keep down for too long and he will probably take Milone’s spot at some point this season. Meyer is 6’9” and can sit in the high-90’s with his fastball and has flashed a plus slider. Command is often the concern with young pitchers, and it is the concern with tall pitchers, so a tall, young pitcher command is clearly his biggest current issue. Who knows how long it will be until he makes the big leagues, but once he does, he should be an immediate impact pitcher.

20) Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez, RHP, Texas Rangers – This is one that won’t be on many, if any, other lists, especially given Gonzalez isn’t even on the Rangers 40-man roster yet. The Rangers rotation has been riddled with injuries this spring, and no young pitcher has been shining more than Chi Chi Gonzalez. Chi Chi hasn’t seen any regular season action over Double-A, but he has 15 strikeouts in less than 14 innings in Spring Training. Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos raved about Chi Chi’s stuff, and Rangers management has not completely ruled out him earning the fifth starter job. While the chances are slim, a last round pick of Gonzalez in a deep league could really pay off.

2 Responses

  1. Scotchy

    In a keeper league, I need to pick 4 out of the following 5
    1) Atulve
    2) Carlos Gonzalez
    3) Prince Fielder
    4) Billy Hamilton
    5) Jorge Soler
    Need help please?? with some thought behind it please to sell me.

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    • Grule

      I’d drop Fielder. Altuve is 24,Cargo could go 30/30,Hamilton could get you 80-100 SB Soler could be Braun Like. You can get a 1B in your draft.

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