Unless your league is Dynasty-format, rookie’s rarely get drafted yet can provide top-tier value when they arrive in the big leagues. Think of Spencer Strider last year; he was a relatively small name but came up and dominated. Here’s the best rookies in 2023 by position group.
Francisco Alvarez (HM Yainer Diaz)
Probably the easiest choice of this list. Alvarez leads all rookie catchers in Home Runs, Runs, RBI’s and is in the top 3 in OPS, WRC+ and WAR. The former #1 prospect is simply one of the best offensive bats at the position in all of baseball.
Middle Infield – SS/2B
Matt McLain (HM Elly De La Cruz)
De La Cruz has shown the flashes that will make him one of the faces of MLB but McLain has been having more consistent production for a longer stretch of games. McLain is batting .298 with an .881 OPS while pouring in 52 Runs, 12 Homers and 9 steals this season. Extremely underrated next to all of those Cincy rookies.
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Welcome to a Sports Ethos fantasy podcast called It’s Gone, hosted by Britton Allan. Today Britton discusses FAAB Targets including the just called up Darick Hall, Jordan Westburg, Nick Gonzales, Hunter Harvey, and Kolby Allard.
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Joe goes over some news and notes, including Mike Clevinger hitting the IL and Carlos Rodon beginning a rehab assignment.
Joe goes over some of the biggest news in fantasy baseball, including the injury to Mason Miller, the disaster that is the St. Louis Cardinals, and he also goes over almost every single projected two-start pitcher for this coming week.
Joe (@JoeOrrico99) is joined by Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) to talk about some starting pitchers who have surprised us so far, for better or worse. Nick also reacts live to the debut of Mason Miller, and talks about his fantasy viability in 2023
Some names discussed
- Sandy Alcantara
- Alek Manoah
- Grayson Rodriguez
- Joe Ryan
- Pablo Lopez
- Justin Steele
- Graham Ashcraft
Joe talks about the injuries to Jacob deGrom and Corbin Burnes, Monday’s notes, Wednesday pitching streams, and the idiotic rules MLB will be testing in the Atlantic League
Joe (@JoeOrrico99) is joined by Ariel Cohen (@ATCNY), the creator of ATC projections and host of the Beat The Shift podcast, to talk about how you should use projections during the season
- How to use projections when trading or making pickups
- At what point do you adjust a players projection?
- Are projections done mid-season more volatile than the ones from Spring? Should we trust the historical data or the recent sample more?
- Did projections properly compensate for the rise in SB?
- How you should manually adjust existing projections
- and much more!
Joe (@JoeOrrico99) is joined by Eric Cross (@EricCross04) of FTN Fantasy, RotoBaller, and The Toolshed Pod to talk about some rookies who could have a big fantasy impact in 2023.
Some names they went over:
- Jordan Walker
- Anthony Volpe
- Grayson Rodriguez
- Brandon Pfaadt
- Vaughn Grissom
- Brice Turang
- Elly De La Cruz
and many more!
Joe (@JoeOrrico99) is joined by Michael Govier (@mjgovier) and Scott Bogman (@BogmanSports) for an ADP battle episode, going over one major decision for fantasy managers at each position.
Jacob deGrom vs Aaron Nola
Kyle Schwarber vs Luis Robert
Raisel Iglesias vs Ryan Helsley
Jose Abreu vs Vinnie Pasquantino
Oneil Cruz vs Xander Bogaerts
and many more!!!
Joe goes through some recent news from spring training, including the demotion of Vaughn Grissom, the timeline for Jose Altuve’s return, and injured pitchers such as Carlos Rodon, Tyler Glasnow, and Tony Gonsolin.
Joe goes through a Yahoo style mock draft on FantasyPros, picking out of the 6th slot
Joe wraps up pitcher week and his SP rankings by going through #51-100 on his list!
Joe continues breaking down his pitcher rankings, going through the 36-50 range