Top 5 Fantasy Baseball Prospects For Keeper Leagues
Top 5 Fantasy Prospects for Keeper Leagues
Well, it’s that time of year for fantasy owners. If you are in the race in your league this late in the season, congratulations whatever you did worked out great. For the rest of us Fantasy players, it’s too little too late and in keeper leagues, it’s time to start thinking about what is going to get your team back on track for the 2014 season. This is a list of prospects you have to go get right now whether they are already owned or if your fellow league members haven’t had the sense to pick them up already. This list will take into account both overall potential and how close they are to making an impact at the major league level.
1.) Miguel Sano, SS/3B, Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, Minnesota Twins, 20 Years Old
I may catch some flak for putting him at the top of this list since you can argue he’s a one dimensional player, but this kid’s bat is something special. So far over High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain, he has hit 31 HR and 94 RBI recording a .283 AVG in 400 at-bats. He strikes out a ton, so he may not be the second coming of Miguel Cabrera, but in terms of the ability to hit for power he may be very close. He’s a clutch hitter who loves to play the game and drive in runs, he lives to be the best and I think he will an immediate producer when he makes his debut sometime in the summer of 2014.
2.) Javier Baez, SS, Tennessee Smokies, Chicago Cubs, 20 Years Old
Somewhat lost in the hype of Oscar Taveras, Sano, and Xander Bogaerts has been this future superstar. Baez has had a year to remember batting .286 with 33 HR and 100 RBI over 535 at-bats in High-A and Double-A. Baez has always projected as the Cubs future 3B he doesn’t have much of a glove, but he could play some games at SS and if he stays eligible at that position in your league as well as 3B, his value increases immensely. He’ll debut sometime in the summer of 2014.
3.) Oscar Taveras, OF, Memphis Redbirds, St.Louis Cardinals, 21 Years Old
It’s been a tough year to be Oscar Taveras. He was touted as the top prospect in all of baseball coming into this season, and he hasn’t disappointed when he has played this season. Taveras suffered an ankle injury May, and just couldn’t shake it making a couple of trips to the DL. Finally last week Taveras was shut down for the season and underwent ankle surgery 2 days ago to clear out some cartilage. He should make a full recovery going into Spring Training in 2014, but he’ll miss playing winter ball which is disappointing given how little playing time he’s gotten this season. Depending on what happens with Carlos Beltran, Taveras should make his debut next spring and he can hit anything thrown near the strike zone. He has had Vladimir Guerrero comparisons in terms of ability to go get any pitch and hit it anywhere, he has solid 25-30 HR power in the majors but will also bat .300 consistently. Go buy low on him with whoever drafted Taveras and is upset he didn’t debut this season.
4.) Byron Buxton, OF, Fort Myers Miracle-Minnesota Twins, 19 years Old
The only reason Buxton is 4th on this list is that he’s likely at least 1 full season away from making his major league debut, and it’s more likely it’ll happen in the summer of 2015. He has the potential to be the best player on this list by a country mile. He is the definition of a 5-tool player and oozes professionalism and character. So far this season he has posted a .330 AVG with 12 HR, 75 RBI and 52 stolen bases. He is a potentially game changing force in Fantasy Baseball and could put up similar numbers to Mike Trout. Buxton is still very young and has time to get bigger and the power will increase as that happens. That being said, even on a conservative estimate Buxton could bat .300 with 20 HR and 40-50 stolen bases in the majors. He’s also a magician in the OF, which won’t help your fantasy team but will make him even more fun to watch. Go get him early and you’ll be rewarded when he does make his debut.
5.) Carlos Correa, SS, Quad Cities River Bandits, Houston Astros, 18 Years Old
Another player who would be higher on the list if he wasn’t so far away from making his debut sometime in 2016, Correa has torn up A-Ball this year batting .324 with 8 HR and 76 RBI and should be a prolific player at a premium position. If you’re in a deep keeper league and have a free keeper spot or two, take Correa now.
6.) Taijuan Walker, SP, Tacoma Rainiers, Seattle Mariners, 21 Years Old
He should have made my top 5, but it’s been a few weeks for Walker lately and his jaw-dropping numbers have come back a bit. That being said he still has a 2.99 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 135.1 innings pitched. He has a favorable ballpark in Seattle coming to him, he has a plus fastball and a great changeup and curve ball and is very athletic. If you need a future ace, this is your guy.
7.) George Springer, OF, Oklahoma City Redhawks, Houston Astros, 23 Years Old
He could be the minors best player this year, batting .300 with 36 HR, 102 RBI, and 41 stolen bases. the only reason he’s not in the top 5 is his advanced age in comparison to some of the other players on this list, he’ll be 24 on September 19th. There are also questions if he’ll really be able to match this season’s amazing numbers in the majors, but at the least he’s a 15 HR 30 stolen base type of player at minimum
8.) Archie Bradley, SP, Mobile BayBears, Arizona Diamondbacks, 21 Years Old
This may be one player you haven’t heard of. Bradley has played most of this season in Double-A and has some pretty filthy numbers. He’s 10-5 with a 2.07 ERA in 113.0 innings pitched and 112 strikeouts and has allowed just 5 homeruns. That number will probably increase in hitter-friendly Arizona where the ball carries for miles, but he should still be a potential ace in the National League. I almost guarantee he is un-owned by anyone in your league, so grab him cheap now.