Friday, November 20, 2015

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Impact Rookies- Hector Olivera

Hector Olivera is no spring chicken.  He will turn 31 years old on 4/5/2016.  He still has rookie eligibility.  If you recall, he's the Cuban defector with an injury history who the Dodgers threw some money at about a year ago.  The Braves got him in the trade that sent Alex Wood and some salaries to the Dodgers.  Olivera ended up playing for 7 different teams in the 2 organizations ending with an 87 PA sting in the major leagues.  The most outstanding thing about Olivera is he looks dang good in a baseball uniform!  Beyond that, things are not as clear.  He showed some flashes of brilliance in his pro debut, but nothing to make you want to draft him in your fantasy draft except in the deepest of leagues.

He posted a slash line of .272/326/.376 with 5 2B and 2 HR and a 7% BB rate with an interesting 11% K rate in 135 minor league PA's.  In 87 MLB PA's, he slashed a modest .253/.310/.405 line with 4 2B and 2 HR.  His BB% was 5.7 and his K rate was again interesting at 13.8%.

Olivera was 2B in Cuba but is listed as a 3B prospect by BA.  Word is the Braves are moving him to LF.  He is someone you want to keep in eye on in fantasy baseball leagues, but probably do not want to spend a draft pick on him except in the deepest leagues.


  1. I'm not a fantasy sports player though it was an interesting read because I was kind of hoping the Giants would snag him. But that's water over the dam.

    However, I am interested (in a separate post) about the Rule 5 draft and and which of these young men should have been protected and which should not have been (today is the last day to add to the 40-man regarding the Rule 5 draft protection so Saturday (if you're up for it) would be perfect): (The # in parenthese is their MLB prospect rating.)

    6. Kyle Crick, RHP
    9. Steven Okert, LHP
    12. Adalberto Mejia, LHP
    14. Chris Stratton, RHP
    20. Ty Blach, LHP
    21. Clayton Blackburn, RHP
    27. Joe Biagini, RHP

    1. I don't know how much room the Giants have on the 40 man, but almost certainly not enough for all 7. I'll pick 3: Blackburn, Mejia and Crick.

    2. Spoke too soon! Giants add 8! Blach, Blackburn, Crick, Ian Gardeck, Mejia, Okert, Jake Smith and Stratton. Wow! Gotta think there may be a trade or 2 pending.