Fantasy Baseball: The Poor Man’s Juan Soto

by Fantasy Insider | Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
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Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to striking out against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of the game on August 18, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

As fantasy baseball junkies from all around the globe begin to strategize for their upcoming drafts, here is a player who could come much cheaper and a few rounds later while putting up similar numbers to outfielder Juan Soto.

Don’t get me wrong, Juan Soto is one of the most exciting young talents in the game with a ceiling that is second to none, however, if he is snatched up sooner than anticipated or is bid up higher than the forecasted $21 in your auction draft. Look no further than the Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario. The 27-year old is predicted by ESPN to go 63rd overall as opposed to that of Sota at 31st and is a few dollars cheaper in the $15 range.

In 2018, Rosario hit .288/.323//479 with 24 round trippers, 77 runs batted in and a 3.6 WAR in 138 games for the Twins. On the flip side, Soto slashed .292/.406/.517 with 22 bombs, 70 runs batted in and a 3.0 WAR in 116 games. Soto will presumably continue to get better but Rosario now has back to back seasons with 27 and 24 home runs respectively.

The Twins figure to be in the thick of things once again in the AL Central especially with the additions of Nelson Cruz, Jonathan Schoop, and C.J. Cron this past offseason. Rosario should see some better protection in the heart of the order with the likes of Cruz and Cron hitting around Rosario. The Twins brain trust was able to inject 88 home runs into their offence with the additions of that homer-happy trio.

Although Rosario is no longer an under the radar or sleeper pick, he may still be overlooked for more household names playing in larger markets. My advice to fellow poolies is to target Soto but have Rosario tucked away in your back pocket on the off chance you don’t land the teenager.

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